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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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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!

Mar 16, 2021

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Here's your guide to the good life (Stoic style!)!! :) I mentioned these links in the video: Happiness, Eudaimonia & Arete: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLL6wj... Louis CK on Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy (hilarious!): Hmmm... It's disappeared! Google it! :)

Mar 12, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Black Hole Focus" by Isaiah Hankel. Hope you enjoy!

Mar 10, 2021

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Loving What Is by Byron Katie. In this PN TV episode, we explore a few of my favorite Big Ideas from Byron Katie's brilliant book, "Loving What Is." Hope you enjoy! :)

Mar 8, 2021

Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from the Lectures and Sayings of Musonius Rufus, translated by Cynthia Arrieu King. Hope you enjoy!

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Musonius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. In fact, he was known as the “Roman Socrates.” To put him in historical context with the other three great Roman Stoics: He was born in AD 30, about 34 years after Seneca. He taught Epictetus (who was born in AD 55). Epictetus died in 135 but taught the guys who taught the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (who was born in AD 121) his Stoic philosophy—which is why Aurelius refers to him more than any other teacher in Meditations. Big Ideas we explore include: Theory vs. Practice (which is more important?), practicing philosophy (is where it's at!), vice vs. exile (free yourself from vice!), food (it's the medicine of life), and stoic love advice (competing in kindness).

Mar 5, 2021

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Overachievement by John Eliot. In this PN TV episode we take a quick look at some of my favorite Big Ideas from "Overachievement"--a book all about rockin' our greatness! :)

Mar 4, 2021

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Leo Buscaglia was known as the Dr. of Love and in this PN TV episode we'll take a quick look at some of my favorite Big Ideas from his classic book, "Love." Hope you *love* it! :)

Mar 1, 2021

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Ego Is the Enemy" by Ryan Holiday. Hope you enjoy!

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