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.)
info_outline Interview: Atomic Habits with James Clear 12/08/2018
Interview: Atomic Habits with James Clear James Clear has a super-popular website (jamesclear.com). Millions of people visit it every month and hundreds of thousands subscribe to his email newsletter. After reading this book, I can see why. He’s a great writer and distills the essence of habit formation into, well, its fundamental components—the “atomic” structure if you will—while showing us how those TINY little incremental improvements add up to MIGHTY results.
info_outline PNTV: Atomic Habits 12/06/2018
PNTV: Atomic Habits James Clear has a super-popular website (jamesclear.com). Millions of people visit it every month and hundreds of thousands subscribe to his email newsletter. After reading this book, I can see why. He’s a great writer and distills the essence of habit formation into, well, its fundamental components—the “atomic” structure if you will—while showing us how those TINY little incremental improvements add up to MIGHTY results.
info_outline +1: #610 The Greatest Stock Market 12/06/2018
+1: #610 The Greatest Stock Market In our last +1, we met one of my heroes, Mrs. Kristie Kuehnast. I smile with joy (and in awe) every time I imagine her fifth-grade students coming back into the classroom after their mile run to sit down and watch a new +1 or PNTV.
info_outline PNTV: Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*T by Steven Pressfield 12/04/2018
PNTV: Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*T by Steven Pressfield When I first saw the title for this book I thought to myself, “Really, Steve? THIS is what you think I need to hear? That nobody wants to read my sh*t? I thought we were working on our Resistance and winning the War of Art!" Then I bought the book and embraced the tough love with a growth mindset.
info_outline +1: #605 Genius Is Self-Bestowed 12/01/2018
+1: #605 Genius Is Self-Bestowed A few +1s ago, we talked about Walter Russell and the sound of joy. Today I’d like to talk about another one of his powerful insights. Here it is. He tells us: “Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed.”
info_outline PNTV: The Artist's Journey by Steven Pressfield 11/29/2018
PNTV: The Artist's Journey by Steven Pressfield This is Steven Pressfield’s 19th book. It’s the 10th book of his I’ve read and it’s the 4th book on which I’ve done a Note. As with all of his books, this one is written in his inimitable, pithy style. (In fact, as I consulted my dictionary for the precise definition of the word pithy, I realized just how much his style epitomizes that word. Pithy means “concise and forcefully expressive.” <--Exactly.)
info_outline PNTV: The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney 11/27/2018
PNTV: The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney are both academic researchers and professors who have been studying sports nutrition, ketogenic diets and peak performance for decades.
info_outline +1: #600 Ballet, Anyone? 11/26/2018
+1: #600 Ballet, Anyone? In our last couple +1s, we talked about the lead-up to a recent keynote talk I gave and some wisdom gleaned in the process—including practicing the “Bring it on!” and “I’m excited!” tools THE MOMENT I experienced doubt/fear/etc. and… Hanging towels over mirrors to reduce the ol’ self-consciousness. Today I want to talk about being a ballet dancer. (Hah.)
info_outline PNTV: Relentless by Tim S. Grover 11/22/2018
PNTV: Relentless by Tim S. Grover Tim Grover was Michael Jordan’s trainer and, basically, his mental toughness coach. Kobe Bryant’s as well. And Dwayne Wade’s. And... Well, a ton of other elite athletes. He’s one of the world’s top mental toughness coaches and this book is, as per the sub-title, a manual on how to go “From Good to Great to Unstoppable.”
info_outline +1: #595 The 1-Hour (Deep) Workday 11/21/2018
+1: #595 The 1-Hour (Deep) Workday We’ve been talking a fair amount about the idea that some of history’s greatest creators didn’t work all that much. To be clear, they worked hard and (very importantly!) CONSISTENTLY, but the fact is that it’s really hard to put in any more than 4 to 6 hours of really high-quality work.
info_outline +1: #590 The 4-Hour Workday 11/16/2018
+1: #590 The 4-Hour Workday In our last +1, we talked about the fact that we need to train our recovery the same way we train our Deep Work. We want to create nice, rhythmic waves in our lives and prioritize rest. One great way to do that? Deep Play.
info_outline PNTV: 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson 11/14/2018
PNTV: 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson Jordan Peterson is one of the world's leading intellectuals. He's a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto. (Before that, he taught at Harvard.) He’s published over 100 scientific articles and he’s super-popular on YouTube. This book is wonderfully intense and equally thoughtful...
info_outline PNTV: Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron 11/13/2018
PNTV: Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron If you’ve ever worked out at a CrossFit gym and/or watched the Reebok CrossFit Games, you know that the absolute best CrossFit athletes are absolute beasts. Well, Ben Bergeron has been the coach behind six world championships.
info_outline +1: #585 You and the Swami Spartan 11/11/2018
+1: #585 You and the Swami Spartan Continuing our theme of wisdom gleaned from Zen Optimize in the Art of Spartan Racing, let’s talk about spiritual obstacle course racer, Sri Swami Satchidananda. Sri Swami Satchidananda was an obstacle course racer? Well, yah!
info_outline PNTV: Lead Yourself First by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin 11/08/2018
PNTV: Lead Yourself First by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Lead Yourself First" by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin. Hope you enjoy!
info_outline PNTV: The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle 11/06/2018
PNTV: The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "The Nicomachean Ethics" by Aristotle. Hope you enjoy! Aristotle's writings have been extraordinarily influential since ancient times. This treatise is named after his son and is a collection of his lecture notes--imagining attending his Lyceum and listening to him teach 2,300 years ago!
info_outline +1: #580 Average vs. Elite 11/06/2018
+1: #580 Average vs. Elite In our last +1, we talked about Zen in the Art of Spartan Spear Throwing and the recent installation of a spear throw setup in our backyard, complete with bails of hay, etc. (Yes, we’re ALL IN at the Johnson house.) How about YOU? Do you have a deep commitment to mastery in your life?
info_outline PNTV: Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler 11/01/2018
PNTV: Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Reinventing Yourself" by Steve Chandler. Hope you enjoy! I got this book years ago when I first started working with Steve Chandler. At the time, I read and listened to a ton of his stuff. Steve and I worked together one-on-one for a couple years. This is our sixth Note on his books.
info_outline +1: #575 You, Horseshoes & Autonomous Cars 11/01/2018
+1: #575 You, Horseshoes & Autonomous Cars In our last +1, we talked about the fact that Americans check their phones 8 BILLION times every day. (Wow.) We also talked about the fact that (at least 5 billion of) those 8 billion checks are essentially kryptonite for the love in your life. Today I want to talk about some more wisdom from Yuval Noah Harari’s new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. But first, let’s talk about horses.
info_outline Energy 101 (Intro) 10/31/2018
Energy 101 (Intro) We’re going to have a hard time actualizing our potential if we have a hard time getting out of bed. Energy is SUPER important. In fact, it’s the engine for our actualization. In this class, we’ll integrate a lot of the most essential aspects of eating, moving, and sleeping. But first, we’ll start by stepping back and recognizing just how important it is that we flip the switch in our minds...
info_outline Optimizing for the Modern Hērō 101 (Intro) 10/23/2018
Optimizing for the Modern Hērō 101 (Intro) I created this class after my friend Matt McCall (who helps run the Pritzker Group Venture Capital fund) asked me to do a talk for 60 of their portfolio CEOs. He was thinking “Optimizing for Supheroes 101.” I loved that idea and decided it would be the perfect context to share my absolute best stuff and here we are.
info_outline +1: #560 Full Effort = Full Victory 10/17/2018
+1: #560 Full Effort = Full Victory We’ve been talking a lot about how champions maximize minutes—giving everything they’ve got into being the best versions of themselves. Thank you, John Wooden, Vince Lombardi, and Dan Millman for your wisdom. Today we’e going to invite Gandhi to the party to establish the fact that this isn’t a SPORTS idea, it’s a SPIRITUAL ideal.
info_outline +1: #555 Strong Ego = Ticket to Divine 10/12/2018
+1: #555 Strong Ego = Ticket to Divine In our last +1, we continued our chat about the fact that your perfection is already there. It’s just waiting for you to follow Rule #1 and quit doing yourself harm. I said that that just requires a little more discipline from you. (And me.) Which makes me think about the connection between our ego and the divine within. This is part of a much longer discussion. But here’s the quick take.
info_outline +1: #550 Envy Begone 10/07/2018
+1: #550 Envy Begone In our last +1, we talked about the science of social comparison and reiterated the fact that it’s toxic. Remember, as per Sonja Lyubomirsky: “You can’t be envious and happy at the same time. People who pay too much attention to social comparisons find themselves chronically vulnerable, threatened, and insecure.”