In 2011, the movie Limitless revolutionized how people thought about the brain worked in the way of how an experimental drug can single-handedly increase a person’s confidence, creativity, focus, and memory. But can a drug like this truly exist, though? Scientists say that a pill like that isn’t all that crazy. What if there really is a drug that can give you added focus, improve short-term memory, and keep you awake for hours without the post-intake crash of traditional stimulants? Introducing Modafinil, the real “Limitless” drug. Marketed as Provigil in the US, Modafinil is a drug used to help people who suffer from sleep disorders like narcolepsy. Modafinil is a stimulant that helps sufferers stay awake during the daytime, basically assisting the brain’s sleep cycles.
That’s how it’s supposed to be used. However, usage of this drug was dramatically re-envisioned when Dave Asprey, a very successful entrepreneur, credited his success in Silicon Valley to Modafinil.
I started taking it when I was getting my MBA while working full time at a start-up we sold for $600 million. I ended up taking it pretty much every day from 2001 to 2009. I think it’s been an enormous boost for my career and even my family, having limitless energy and focus is amazing.
Founder, The Bulletproof Executive
Since then, the use of Modafinil has exploded and has increasingly become popular as the real-life version of the drug used in Limitless. Reviews on the drug are generally positive, and reports state that it gives you a high amount of energy and consistent focus for several hours.
It must be stated, however, that this drug does not make you more creative. Some people have taken this drug in hope of it providing more creativity, but it doesn’t do that at all. It gives you mental endurance – the push to get you further when you need it.
Although it’s nice to imagine a pill out there that can solve all your problems, open your mind to be a creative freak, transform you into a mental genius, and get you filthy, stinking, rich, it’s simply not realistic. But in this case, Modafinil is as close as it gets.