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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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Aug 20, 2015

Marci Shimoff is a celebrated transformational leader and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In addition to authoring the worldwide bestsellers, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, she is the coauthor of six of the top-selling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a featured teacher in the international movie and book sensation The Secret.

Aug 20, 2015

Michael J. Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership and author of the bestselling How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Brain Power, and Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius.

Aug 20, 2015

Steve Chandler's MindShift frees people from unnecessary pessimism and puts them back in touch with the source of their enthusiasm for work and life. He is the author of over 30 books, including Time Warrior and Wealth Warrior.

Aug 20, 2015

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer, teaching at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He taught the largest course at Harvard on "Positive Psychology" and the third largest on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of over 1,400 students.

Aug 19, 2015

Frank Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where his personal blend of Western and many other medicines, what he calls Good Medicine, has helped thousands of people recover their energy and zest for life.

Aug 19, 2015

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a motivational psychologist, speaker, author of SUCCEED: How We Can Reach Our Goals, blogger for Huff Post, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, SmartBrief, and Psychology Today.

Aug 19, 2015

Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness, a book of strategies backed by scientific research that can be used to increase happiness.

Aug 19, 2015

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. He is an authority on self-directed neuroplasticity.

Aug 19, 2015

Alan Cohen, M.A., is the author of 24 popular inspirational books including The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Why Your Life Sucks. He brings a warm blend of wisdom, intimacy, humor, and vision to the path of personal, professional, and spiritual growth.

Aug 19, 2015

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is the author of Eat to Live and Super Immunity.

Aug 19, 2015

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the engineer of GTD, the ground-breaking Getting Things Done methodology that has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes.

Aug 18, 2015

We've all heard that championship athletic performance is 90% mental. But that applies to EVERYTHING in our lives. Here are three ways to train your mind.

Aug 18, 2015

An untrained elephant grabs bananas and coconuts as it cruises thru the market. Your untrained mind does the same thing. The trick? Pick up a stick!

Aug 18, 2015

You want a great relationship? Fantastic. Start by dialing in your relationship with yourself! Know your #1s. And, support your Love by knowing *their* #1s.

Aug 18, 2015

Imagine someone following you tomorrow and keeping notes on EVERY single moment of your day--from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. And they document it all to share with the world. Change anything?

Aug 18, 2015

Did you know the word mediocre comes from the Latin words medius ("middle") + ocrus ("rugged mountatin")? It literally means to settle halfway up a rugged mountain. Let's not do that. Let's embrace excellence and summit the peak of our potential!

Aug 18, 2015

There's a gap between your comfort zone and your discomfort zone. That's where we're able to get our incremental improvement on. Let's play there. Stretch don't snap!

Aug 18, 2015

What do you want? Are you willing to pay the price? Fantastic. That's the ticket. (And, if you're feelin' it, go make 1,300 three-pointers every day like Kobe.)

Aug 18, 2015

We all know the slow and steady tortoise beats the bunny that burns himself out. But what if there was a creatture that combined both speed AND endurance. Meet your new friend Smokey!

Aug 18, 2015

Did you know that you can strike a power pose and boost your testosterone by 20% in 2 minutes? While dropping your cortisol 20%? Nuts, eh? Yet it's true. Weak poses = the opposite: 10% reduction in testosterone + 15% increase in cortisol. Wow.

Aug 18, 2015

He's tiny. Almost invisible. But he has a HUGE mouth and he's constantly telling you why you can't win. That's Mr. Mediocrity. We need to silence him.

Aug 18, 2015

The Pain Paradox: Only doing the easy stuff today makes it more difficult later. Paradoxically, doing the hard stuff now makes things easier in the future. Think cows vs. buffalo! :)

Aug 18, 2015

Feeling anxious or bored? Here's a quick look at how you can get into flow!

Aug 17, 2015

Although, as per the sub-title, the book is ostensibly about “How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra),” it’s really about excelling at learning and at LIFE! Barbara Oakley is an award winning engineering teacher who used to struggle mightily with math and science. She walks us through the latest research in neuroscience and learning as she shares fascinating biographical sketches of scientific + mathematical luminaries along with wisdom from other world-class teachers. Great stuff.

Aug 17, 2015

If you’re looking for a smart, grounded, funny and well-written introduction to the Paleo movement, this is the perfect place to start. Big Ideas we explore include the five ages of our origins (Animal + Paleolithic + Agricultural + Industrial + Information), poisons vs. fountains of youth, the importance of meaning (and how to dial it in) and alarm clocks for bed time.

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