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May 13, 2021

Mental Toughness. If we want to optimize our lives and actualize our potentials, we MUST get our minds strong! This book is a *great* look at how to go about doing that. It’s a quick-reading, engaging look at Jason Selk’s practical, 10-minute plan to mental toughness. Big Ideas range from learning how to control our arousal state, replace negative thoughts, being solution-focused and the #1 rule for crushing it.

May 11, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from Falling Upward by Richard Rohr. Hope you enjoy!

Alexandra got this book for me after I told her how much I loved David Brooks’ The Second Mountain. Apparently it is recommended alongside that book on Amazon. With 1,400+ reviews, Alexandra thought I might like it. Not only did I like the book, I loved it. And, I fell in love with Richard Rohr. Father Rohr is a Franciscan priest who beautifully integrates his faith with wisdom from various perspectives. Big Ideas we explore include our main Job in life (remembering that we're light bulbs and staying screwed in!), life's two major tasks, the fact that the way UP is DOWN (hence, the title of the book: Falling Upward), the hero and the heroine and their journeys, the paradox of the ego ("You ironically need a very strong ego structure to let go of your ego"), and how to become a Serene Disciple (let God drive).

Get Falling Upward on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Upward-Spirituality-Halves-Life/dp/0470907754

Learn more about Richard Rohr: https://www.optimize.me/authors/richard-rohr-ofm/

► RELATED RESOURCES:
Big Idea 1: LIGHT BULBS
- +1: We’re Only the Light Bulbs | Our Job Is to Remain Screwed In! (#1090) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/were-only-the-light-bulbs/
- +1: Optimize = Optimus | = The Best Version of You (#367) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/optimize-optimus/
- +1: Lightbulbs in the Temple of God | Less Graffiti, More Shining (#887) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/lightbulbs-in-the-temple-of-god/

Big Idea 2: 2 TASKS
- PN: The Second Mountain by David Brooks → https://www.optimize.me/philosophers-notes/the-second-mountain-david-brooks/
- +1: The Paradox of the Ego | Ironically: We Need a Strong Ego to Let Go of Our Ego (#1092) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-paradox-of-the-ego/
- +1: The Mountain-Races of Life | And How to Win Them (#1066) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-mountain-races-of-life/

Big Idea 3: TURNAROUND
- +1: Jesus Said: Who Shall Inherit the Earth? | Was It the “Meek” or the “Disciplined”/”Tamed”? (#438) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/jesus-said-who-shall-inherit-the-earth/
- PNTV: Fearless by Eric Blehm → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z46dJ0c_JRY
- +1: Legitimate Suffering | Let’s Allow It and Stop Multiplying It (#1097) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/legitimate-suffering/

Big Idea 4: HEROS
- PN: The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell → https://www.optimize.me/philosophers-notes/the-hero-with-a-thousand-faces-joseph-campbell/
- Finding Joe documentary → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8nFACrLxr0
- Pilot + Co-Pilot + Autopilot | The Art and Science of Installing Good Habit-Algorithms (#865) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/pilot-copilot-autopilot/

Big Idea 5: CHOICELESS
- +1: The Illusion of Choice | Want Greatness? There Is No Choice (#1263) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-illusion-of-choice/
- PNTV: It Takes What it Takes by Trevor Moawad → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-88d6BM8Fb0

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May 10, 2021

Sam Harris is part philosopher, part neuroscientist (with a Ph.D. from UCLA) and part contemplative seeker. His writing is smart, incredibly clear, and unapologetically direct. In Waking Up, he applies his intellect to the subject of discussing spirituality rationally—devoid of the baggage of both religious superstition/dogma and New Age woo woo-ness. Big Ideas: Mindfulness + meditation, stages of spiritual development, cultivating choice, and accepting while striving.

May 6, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Die Empty" by Todd Henry. Hope you enjoy!

May 5, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "The Inner Game of Tennis" by W. Timothy Gallwey. Hope you enjoy!

May 4, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Courage Under Fire" by James Stockdale. Hope you enjoy!

Apr 30, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "How Champion's Think" by Bob Rotella. Hope you enjoy!

Dr. Bob Rotella is widely recognized as the world’s leading sports psychologist. He’s coached everyone from basketball stars like LeBron James to rock stars like Seal. The golfers he’s coached (including greats like Rory McIlroy) have won an astonishing 80+ major championships. Want to know how champions think in both sports AND life? Well, here you go. Big Ideas we explore include the importance of going for "exceptionalism" (by definition, to be reat/a champion you need to be an "exception" to the norm so...), a message from God (key takeaway: focus on the process, results are all good), train it and trust it, enthusiasm (it's the catalyst of champions), how to create your own reality (hint: don't do what average people do), and how to win the ultimate game of life.

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Apr 28, 2021

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Here are some of my favorite Big Ideas from "An Iron Will" by Orison Swett Marden. Hope you enjoy! :)

Apr 23, 2021

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Happiness. It's what we're all after. Here are some Big ideas from two of the world's leading positive psychologists on the *science* of how to create true psychological wealth!

Apr 21, 2021
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In the PNTV episode we take a quick look at Will Bowen's great book, A Complaint Free World. Goodness includes the fact that we are all self-made, a look at how we develop any new skill and the importance of being the change. Hope our enjoy!!
 
Apr 19, 2021

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In this PNTV episode, we'll have fun with a few of my favorite Big Ideas from Ayn Rand's classic "The Fountainhead." (Always fun to see if we can distill some goodness from a 750+ page book into 10 minutes. Hope you dig it! :)

Apr 15, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from The Second Mountain by David Brooks. Hope you enjoy!

David Brooks is one of the nations’ leading writers and commentators. He is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and appears regularly on PBS NewsHour and Meet the Press. I loved his book The Road to Character. I loved this one even more. David tells us there are two mountains: The first mountain? That’s what society tells us we should pursue: all the normal trappings of success. The second mountain? That’s where the magic (and joy!) exists: where we move beyond ourselves and COMMIT (important word for this book!) to giving ourselves most fully to something bigger than ourselves. David identifies four potential commitments: to our families, to our vocations, to our faith/philosophy of life and to our communities. Ultimately, the book is intended to be a guide to the ULTIMATE quest in life: “The Quest for a Moral Life.”

Get The Second Mountain on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Second-Mountain-David-Brooks/dp/0812993268

Learn more about David Brooks: https://www.optimize.me/authors/david-brooks/

► RELATED RESOURCES:
Big Idea 1: HAPPINESS VS. JOY
- PNTV: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbYeFrbnDQE
- PN: The Power of Ideals by Anne Colby and William Damon → https://www.optimize.me/philosophers-notes/the-power-of-ideals-william-damon-anne-colby/
- PN: The Road to Character by David Brooks → https://www.optimize.me/philosophers-notes/the-road-to-character-david-brooks/
- The 5 (Greek) Keys to Optimizing | Areté + Eudaimonia + en*theos + Hērōs + Euthymia (#200) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-5-greek-keys-to-optimizing/
- +1: Eulogy Virtues | How to Chisel on Your Road to Character (#212) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/eulogy-virtues/
- +1: The Mountain-Races of Life | And How to Win Them (#1066) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-mountain-races-of-life/

Big Idea 2: THE COMMITTED LIFE
- +1: Eudaimonism vs. Hedonism | Don’t Want to Be Depressed? Science Says… (#1166) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/eudaimonism-vs-hedonism/
- +1: Success Doesn’t Matter in This World | Commitment Does (#1078) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/success-doesnt-matter-in-this-world/

Big Idea 3: VOCATION
- Viktor Frankl → https://www.optimize.me/authors/viktor-frankl/
- +1: Don’t Aim at Success | Dedicate Yourself to a Cause Bigger Than Yourself (#1040) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/dont-aim-at-success/
- +1: Your Specific Mission in Life | You Have One… What Is It? (#1041) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/your-specific-mission-in-life/

Big Idea 4: RECOMMITMENT
- +1: Recommitment | Commitment Is Easy - It's ALL about Recommitting (#154) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/recommitment/
- +1: Falling in Love vs. STANDING in Love | One’s a Lot Easier than the Other (#134) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/falling-in-love-vs-standing-in-love/

Big Idea 5: FLASHLIGHT VS. HAMMER
- +1: Flashlight vs. Hammer | How Are You Using Life's Data? (#1088) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/flashlight-vs-hammer/
- +1: The Optimize Compass | And How to Make One (#1128) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-optimize-compass/
- Conquering Perfectionism 101 → https://www.optimize.me/conquering-perfectionism/
- Conquering Anxiety 101 → https://www.optimize.me/conquering-anxiety/
- Conquering Depression 101 → https://www.optimize.me/conquering-depression/

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Apr 14, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from Gandhi the Man by Eknath Easwaran. Hope you enjoy!

Eknath Easwaran is one of my absolute favorite teachers. In this beautiful and brilliant biography we get his insights into the transformation of Gandhi the man into the Mahatma or "great soul." As per the sub-title of the book, we learn “How one man changed himself to change the world.” Big Ideas we explore include why/how it all starts with being the change, the power of satyagraha (= soul-force!), making history (by ignoring historians), Gandhi and sugar (and fuel for his soul engine), the call to action (to be moral warriors), and "my life is my message" (what's yours?).

Get Gandhi the Man on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gandhi-Man-Changed-Himself-Change/dp/1586380559

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► RELATED RESOURCES:
Big Idea 1: Φ + 1 + 1 + 1 = O = ∞
- PNTV: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, OFM → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbYeFrbnDQE
- PNTV: The Second Mountain by David Brooks → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNjsbl89Zds
- The Paradox of the Ego | Ironically: We Need a Strong Ego to Let Go of Our Ego (#1092) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-paradox-of-the-ego/
- +1: The Optimize Compass
- Eric Butterworth → https://www.optimize.me/authors/eric-butterworth/
- +1: We’re Only the Light Bulbs | Our Job Is to Remain Screwed In! (#1090) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/were-only-the-light-bulbs/
- Jocko Willink → https://www.optimize.me/authors/jocko-willink/

Big Idea 2: MAKING HISTORY
- Abraham Maslow → https://www.optimize.me/authors/abraham-maslow/
- +1: You and Gandhi | Making History (#847) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/you-and-gandhi/

Big Idea 3: SUGAR
- “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson → https://www.optimize.me/quotes/ralph-waldo-emerson/18509-what-you-do-speaks-so-loudly-that-i-cann/
- PN: The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes → https://www.optimize.me/philosophers-notes/the-case-against-sugar-gary-taubes/

Big Idea 4: WARRIORS
- PN: The Baghavad Gita by Krishna → https://www.optimize.me/philosophers-notes/the-bhagavad-gita-krishna-eknath-easwaran/
- +1: The (Lucky) Master’s Path | Walk 1 Mile and Destination Is 2 Miles Farther Away (#456) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-lucky-masters-path/

Big Idea 5: “MY LIFE”
- +1: Being the Change | YOU Want to See in the World (#824) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/being-the-change/

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Apr 12, 2021

Osho's a fascinating guy and in this Note we'll take a look at the power of Zorba the Buddha, the importance of self-discipline, the fact that we've got to have a firm hold on our ego before we have any hope of letting it go (big point a lot of peeps tend to miss!), and a lot of other Big Ideas on making our potential a reality.

Apr 9, 2021

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Here's a quick look at five of my favorite Big Ideas from "The ONE Thing" by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Hope you enjoy!

Apr 6, 2021

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He’s also an extraordinary, best-selling author of a number of books. Short story: Want to get things right? Use a checklist. Sounds too silly to work but… It does. Period. Big Ideas we explore include two reasons we err (ignorance + ineptitude), what to do about it (checklists!), how to reduce your Masterpiece Day mortality rate by at least 47% (checklists!), why Van Halen doesn’t like brown M&M’s (checklists!), and your Big 3 Keystone Initiative (checklist!).

Apr 5, 2021

Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Hope you enjoy!

Ralph Waldo Emerson. He’s the great-great-grandfather in my spiritual family tree. We named our son Emerson after this great 19th century philosopher and when I imagine the heroes whose qualities I want to emulate, he’s on the top of the list. Big Ideas we explore include: Trust thyself (every heart vibrates to that iron string!), nonconformity (and the integrity of your own mind), what must you do? (vs. what will they think?), Hobgoblins (begone), your voyage (of a thousand zigs and zags), and the Royal You (act like that now!).

Apr 1, 2021

I’m a HUGE fan of Phil and Barry's first book, The Tools. Coming Alive is kinda like The Tools Part 2. In this book, we get four new tools to go along with the original five tools. Big Ideas we explore include how to connect to our Life Force, defeat Part X (their name for that part of each of us that gets in the way), build our confidence and learn to see problems as gifts as we live a GREAT life.

Mar 31, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy" by Donald Robertson. Hope you enjoy!

Got problems with your soul? These days, you’d see a psychotherapist. But, back in the day, it was the philosopher who’d help you optimize—they were the preferred physician of the soul. This book is about the philosophical roots of modern psychotherapy. Specifically, it outlines the connection between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Stoicism. Big Ideas we explore include being a warrior of the mind vs. a librarian of the mind, your highest human purpose, getting on good terms with your inner daimon, practicing the reserve clause and modeling your ideal sage.

Mar 29, 2021

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Nietzsche was said to deliver his philosophy with a hammer and in this PN TV episode we'll take a quick look at some Big Ideas from his classic "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." We'll explore everything from why he said "God is dead!" to the importance of giving joy to enjoy and I hope you dig it!

Mar 26, 2021

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Here are some of my favorite Big Ideas from "Unbeatable Mind" by Mark Divine. Hope you enjoy!

Mar 24, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from Willpower by Roy Baumeister & John Tierney. Hope you enjoy!

Mar 22, 2021

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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. He is extraordinary. He survived the horrors of concentration camps and created "Logotherapy"--his philosophy of life that he articulates in his classic book, "Man's Search for Meaning." In this PN TV episode, we'll take a quick look at a few of my favorite Big Ideas. Hope you enjoy!!

Mar 19, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Thanks!" by Robert Emmons. Hope you enjoy!

Mar 17, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Legacy" by James Kerr. Hope you enjoy!

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