The True Limitless Pill Revealed

The True Limitless Pill Revealed

Last updated: March 10, 2017

Humans (homo sapiens specifically) have many characteristics and attributes that have led to our domination of the Earth and the living creatures that inhabit it. We aren’t omnipotent, but we have found a great degree of power in our nature.

Part of our nature is a desire to find shortcuts, easier routes, and better solutions. Bill Gates famously said “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job… because he will find an easy way to do it.” Indeed, for thousands of years humans have been rewarded for seeking the easiest route to overcome whatever obstacle stands in our way.

As with any other characteristic, there is a downside to this part of human nature. The same desire for a shortcut has lead to a search for the limitless pill. It is the same feature that encourages people to spend billions of dollars on face creams, muscle building supplements, fat burners, and a whole host of other consumer products.

The bottom line is: there is no limitless pill.

I will discuss nootropic drugs that have a huge impact on cognitive abilities, but it is imperative to start off on the right foot. You aren’t “bad” or “dumb” for trying to find a limitless pill. You’re just following human nature.


A Limitless Pill in the Small Things

When Bill Gates developed Microsoft and collected his billions of dollars ($76+ billion to be exact), it had nothing to do with a limitless pill. In fact, even though Gates talks about finding an easy way to do things, the foundation and building of Microsoft was anything but easy.

Gates instead focused on the small things. At age 13 he was already using a teletype block computer at his private prep school. By the age of 17 he had studied source code diligently and started a business with a friend [1].

He did not fast track his way to success with a limitless pill, but instead spent many years of his life doing small things that mattered. He learned skills like coding, negotiation, sales, and he did all of this at a time when most other children were outside playing and having fun. He was taking a disciplined approach that focused on small tasks done repeatedly and done rightly.

This is where success happens and this is the true limitless pill revealed: the small things.

The small, daily tasks we engage in make a big difference. If you ensure to get enough sleep, eat the right foods, and read the right books, you won’t need a limitless pill in order to make giant leaps in your education, professional life, or entrepreneurial project.

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Nootropic Drugs – A Bargain to Break Through

Even though small tasks and practices make the biggest difference in success or failure, sometimes having a nootropic drug may help you to break through to another level. A perfect example of this is the author Tim Ferriss, author of the 4 Hour Workweek, 4 Hour Body and 4 Hour Chef, and one of the most enjoyable, inspiring, and informative podcasts that exists [2].

When he was writing his books, he took a drug called CILTeP (“chemically induced long-term potentiation”), which is said to increase focus, concentration, and memory. Ferriss mentioned “I love CILTeP… if I use it, I just need to ensure that I can budget for 10 to 12 hours of sleep that night because I need to replenish whatever is being put into hyper-drive, but for writing it’s fantastic.”[3]

Ferriss made a bargain to increase his level of writing capabilities even if it meant he needed more time to recuperate. He traded something in order to go above and beyond 100% for a short while.

This is what most people are doing with nootropics and that is fine. However, it’s imperative to realize you are making a trade off before you do so. CILTeP and similar products aren’t simply a limitless pill or shortcut, but an added bonus if you are doing all the other small things right.


This nootropic was developed within the community by a man pseudonym “Abelard Lindsay”. He wrote on the Longecity forums in 2011 and thousands of people used the formulation for themselves [4].

As this stack developed, people like Tim Ferriss and Dave Asprey started to discuss the common positive effects they experienced while using it. Hundreds of thousands of people joined the conversation on the forums and Reddit.

Many of them experience similar positive effects as Ferriss and Asprey. In 2013 Abelard Lindsay also partnered to create the Natural Stacks CILTeP product, which is currently the most affordable and easy way to use this combination.

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Modafinil / Adrafinil

Another common drug people look to as a “limitless pill” is called modafinil. Within some communities, modafinil is the go-to drug of choice because it can improve memory [5], reaction time [6], and prevent fatigue in those who are sleep deprived [7].

Dave Asprey has famously gone on CNN in order to discuss the drug and considers most people to be “suffering from a modafinil deficiency” [8]. Despite the exaggeration, there are hundreds of studies proving the efficacy of modafinil.

If you want to buy modafinil, there are online pharmacies where you can purchase it. Nootropedia recommends Modafinil Cat, but you may also choose to purchase adrafinil if that legal option is more in alignment with your values.


Racetams are one of the first class of drugs considered “nootropics”. Piracetam was initially synthesized in the 1960s and has since become a classic starting point amongst those who are starting a nootropics journey. While some sources tout piracetam as a limitless pill, the truth is quite different.

Piracetam is well studied in many regards, but it is assuredly not the most potent of the racetams. Phenylpiracetam, however, has been listed on the 2016 World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances [9]. While athletes may not be able to buy phenylpiracetam because of the enhanced stimulation, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage.


Limitless Pills & Doing the Work

Bill Gates took no shortcuts, neither did Tim Ferriss, or any of the successful people in this world. At least, not from the perspective of finding a “limitless pill” that solved all of their problems. Many of these men were ingenious in their pursuit of the easiest way to do things, but it all came through steady, deliberate, practice and discipline regarding small practices.

That doesn’t mean nootropics and cognitive enhancers can’t work. Ferriss and many others have obviously used nootropics with great success, but that wasn’t the magic pill that made them achieve.

Nootropics can help and sometimes it is a trade off, but the real limitless pill is in the small tasks. Be wary of magic potions and limitless pills. They will never be a substitute for doing the work.

References (Click to Expand)
  1. Gates, Bill (1996). The Road Ahead. Penguin Books. Page 14
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  • David Scott

    Finally a light in the darkness, an honest man….well done.

    • Mansal Denton

      Hey David, much appreciated! Thanks for the kind words. Everyone’s lookin’ for a shortcut 😉

  • beriggio

    why don’t u use 100 or 200mg Co-Q10 per day, then lets see what happens…

    • Mansal Denton

      I love CoQ10! Definitely a useful tool 🙂

      • beriggio

        I am using it with solgar omega 3 950, pretty effective 🙂

  • Robert Blanton

    It exists, but it’s a science and dangerous. If you come off it, you could actually die; you need to wean yourself of it (serotonin syndrome). The combination is Adderall and Zoloft. I use 20mg of Adderall and 50mg of Zoloft. I’m 67″ and weigh 155. Lasts about 8 hours, you turn into a sponge for knowledge and you become a social butterfly. Make sure you consult a psychiatrist and have them monitor and set dosages, I’m not a doctor.

    • Mansal Denton

      Quite the suggestion! Interesting one, Robert. Thanks for sharing.

  • David stone

    No matter how small or big the things you want. it always happens. it depends on your standards.but remember you have to start realistically.

    • Mansal Denton

      Definitely have to start realistically! Good comment, David 🙂

  • Don Sherwood

    i took Modafinil last year after my stroke in Feb 2017. i couldnt believe the difference it made in my recovery. after i went home in April 2017, i ran out and my ins. co. Silver Script, said the only way they would cover it is if my Dr. would call them. unfortunately at that time my dr was in his 70’s or maybe 80;s and refused to call them and told me Modafinil was a ‘voodoo’ drug. LOL.