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OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson features the best Big Ideas from the best optimal living books. More wisdom in less time to help you live your greatest life. (Learn more at optimize.me.)
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Jul 16, 2021

The Placebo effect is a pretty nutty phenomenon. Merely the *belief* that a pill (or surgery) will benefit you can lead to those results--even without the actual pill. In this great (!) book, Dr. Joe Dispenza tells us we can harness that power and shows us how. In the Note we'll have fun looking at how to become the new you as you cross the river of change and become an epigenetic engineer.

Jul 14, 2021

Troy Bassham is a 4 time National Champion and World Champion rifle shooter. He's also gold medalist Lanny Bashamm's son. Together they share extraordinary wisdom in their Mental Management® System. This book is fantastic. In the Note, we take a quick look at the 12 elements of elite performance.

Jul 12, 2021

Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from “One Spirit Medicine“ by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. Hope you enjoy!

Alberto Villoldo is a fascinating blend of medical anthropologist and practicing shaman—having explored, practiced and taught these ideas for decades. Alberto walks us the healing wisdom at the nexus of ancient shamanic wisdom and modern science. Big Ideas include how (and why!) to optimize our gut-brain, removing two of the most toxic things in our diet, adding superfoods and detoxing from news and TV while cultivating stillness.

Jul 9, 2021

Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. Hope you enjoy!

This is a great little book packed with gems on the creative process we can apply to both our work AND our lives. As per the sub-title, Austin gives us  “10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.” Big Ideas we explore include the need to start copying, the importance of taking care of ourselves and establishing a routine as we set creative constraints, and amassing a body of work as we consistently show up.

Jul 7, 2021

Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "The Myths Of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky. Hope you enjoy!

Sonja Lyubomirsky is one of the world’s leading positive psychology researchers. Her award-winning and very well-funded research is on “the possibility of permanently increasing happiness.” — How cool is that? This book focuses on, you guessed it, the myths of happiness—those things we *think* will make us happy (or devastated) but don’t. The book has over 700 (!) scholarly references. I always love connecting ancient wisdom and fun self-help with SOLID research so this book was a great treat.

Jul 2, 2021

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times journalist (and Harvard MBA) who wrote the best-selling book The Power of Habit in which he walked us through the science of building better habits. In this book, he walks us through the science of being productive so we can be smarter, faster and better at everything we do. It’s a great book packed with fascinating stories and practical applications. Big Ideas we explore include the 2 keys to motivation, how to build your focus, the best way to set goals (think: Stretch + SMART), why disfluency helps learning and how productivity is all about choices.

Jun 30, 2021

This is a surprisingly awesome book—a fable about a young captain who spends time with a master and commander who reveals the secret code of rockin’ it. It’s kinda like if a Navy SEAL wrote The Alchemist or The Way of the Peaceful Warrior or The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Big Ideas we cover include: U.P.E.R.S.I.S.T. (the code to being unstoppable), the 2 limitations in life, how to discover your why, how to plan in 3-D, and the magic pill you need to take.

Jun 25, 2021

Did you know there’s an equation for Procrastination? Yep. Expectancy x Value / Impulsiveness x Delay = Motivation. Thank you, Piers Steel. In this great book, Piers (a leading researcher on the science of motivation/procrastination) walks us thru the power of that equation.

Big Ideas we explore include: Mental Contrasting (and why it beats creative visualization), goal setting (3 scientific keys) and how to add a month of productivity to your year.

Jun 25, 2021

John Maxwell is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership. He’s trained millions (literally) of leaders and has written over 50 (!) books that have sold over 13 million copies—this one alone has sold over 3 million copies. After a super quick look at the 21 Laws, Big Ideas we explore: The Law of Process (aka: Leaders are learners), the foundation of leadership (= trust), leaders are practical AND visionary, the law of victory (!), and your legacy—what will people say when you die? + What’s your “life sentence”?

Jun 23, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. Hope you enjoy!

Jun 21, 2021

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Here are some of my favorite Big Ideas from "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. Hope you enjoy! :) 

Jun 18, 2021

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The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. In this PN TV episode, we'll have fun checking out some Big Ideas from Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz's great book "The Power of Full Engagement." Hope you dig it!

Jun 16, 2021

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Mastery by George Leonard. In this PN TV episode we'll explore some of George Leonard's Big Ideas on "Mastery"--ranging from the importance of diligence (patience and persistence!) to the pitfalls of masters (a couple: obsessive goal setting and laziness). Hope you dig it and here's to mastery!

Jun 14, 2021

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"As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen might just win the most densely packed with wisdom award and in this PN TV episode we'll have fun looking a few of my favorite Big Ideas on how we can shape our minds our create our ideal lives. Hope you enjoy!

Jun 11, 2021

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Joseph Campbell rocks and in this PN TV episode we'll have fun looking at how to embrace our hero's journey, shed some skin and jump into our Highest Selves as we explore some of my favorite Big Ideas from "A Joseph Campbell Companion"! Hope you dig it. :)

Jun 9, 2021

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Why is it that IQ isn't that highly correlated with success? Because "Emotional Intelligence" plays a *huge* role! In this PN TV episode we'll explore some Big Ideas on how to rock our EQ from Daniel Goleman's classic. Hope you dig it! :)

Jun 8, 2021

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Tony Horton. If you've done P90X then you both LOVE him and you hate him (for kicking your butt!). Hah! Tony brings the same energy and laughs to this great book featuring his 11 Laws for rockin' it. In the Note, we'll have fun looking at the voices in his head, where he came up with his classic "Do your best and forget the rest!" and other goodness!

Jun 4, 2021

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Cal Newport is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth who went on to MIT for his Ph.D. and is now a Professor at Georgetown. In this book, Cal shares the top ideas he gleaned from interviews with non-grind Phi Beta Kappa members at elite schools across the country. They had to perform well AND they had to achieve those results without grinding away. Their practices, although discovered independently, reflect the same wisdom shared in the science books. It’s great to see the overlap. Big Ideas: pseudo-work vs. real work (and a secret formula), conquering procrastination, when/where/how long should you study?, #1 way to learn (and #1 trap), the importance of spacing out your work and the power to choose your future via excellent grades.

Jun 3, 2021

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If you’ve ever had stress in your life (hah!) and wondered how to deal with it more optimally, I think you’ll love this. McGonigal tells us that how we THINK about stress plays a huge role in its affect on us and walks us thru the science behind it. Rather than try to get rid of stress (good luck with that!), we’re much better off shifting our mindsets to embrace and use the stress wisely!

May 31, 2021

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Adam Grant is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and the top-ranked Professor at Wharton. He’s also a great writer. In Originals, we take a look at "How Non-Conformists Move the World." Big Ideas we explore in the Note include vuja de, creating a ton of stuff, activating your GO! system when fear strikes, the fact that venting just fuels anger (and why empathetic anger is where it’s at), and how proper revolutions are less about cataclysmic explosions and more about long, controlled burns.

May 28, 2021

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Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history and arguably the greatest athlete ever. This book is a quick look at 8 virtues that led to his 8 gold medals in '08. Big Ideas we explore include how to train your mind, going all in, knowing what's important now (aka W.I.N.), and not confusing "can't" vs. "won't."

May 26, 2021

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Ryan Holiday is brilliant. So is this book. The ancient Stoics taught us how to not only accept challenges but to thrive on them. Ryan brings their wisdom to life with compelling stories of great peeps who have rocked it in the face of adversity. In the Note we'll take a quick look at the three keys to making obstacles work for us: Perception + Action + Will.

May 24, 2021

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Motivation and Personality by Abraham Maslow. Here's a look at some of my favorite Big Ideas from the dood who occupies the Great-Grandfather slot in my Spiritual Family tree: Abraham Maslow. He came up with the idea of "self-actualizing" and the hierarchy of needs and we chat about all that and more in this episode of PhilosophersNotes TV. Hope you enjoy! :)

May 21, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Natural Born Heroes" by Christopher McDougall. Hope you enjoy!

May 19, 2021

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Here are some of my favorite Big Ideas from "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal. Hope you enjoy!

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