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+1: #980 The Master Fails More Times

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Release Date: 12/11/2019

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In our last +1, we got our inner Freak on as we spent some time with Dav!d Rendall and learned to embrace constraints as we reminded ourselves to approach this whole game of life as Optimalists rather than Perfectionists—using our ideals as GUIDING STARS not distant shores.

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Mark Hyman, MD, is head of strategy for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and board president for the Institute for Functional Medicine.

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PNTV: Breath by James Nestor (#410) show art PNTV: Breath by James Nestor (#410)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

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PNTV: Life's Great Question by Tom Rath (#409) show art PNTV: Life's Great Question by Tom Rath (#409)

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I’m a big fan of Tom Rath and his work. And... I’m not alone. His 10 books have sold over 10 million copies. Dan Pink (author of Drive and When) calls him “One of the most successful nonfiction writers of his generation.”

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PNTV: The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth (#408)  show art PNTV: The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth (#408)

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PNTV: Sea Stories by Admiral William H. McRaven (#407) show art PNTV: Sea Stories by Admiral William H. McRaven (#407)

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I got this book immediately after finishing Admiral McRaven’s first book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World.

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+1: The Flat Tire | And the Ultimate Question: What Do You Want? (#1261) show art +1: The Flat Tire | And the Ultimate Question: What Do You Want? (#1261)

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In our last couple +1s, we’ve been chatting about Trevor Moawad’s wisdom on what he calls “neutral thinking.” We started by hanging out with Russell Wilson en route to winning a Super Bowl. Then we visited the Johnson Ranch to discuss my relationship with our new chickens and their poop.

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#1: Pause button, foolish consistency and WIN!! (#44) show art #1: Pause button, foolish consistency and WIN!! (#44)

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Today we hit the pause button on the ol' #1s as it's taking a little more Energy + Focus than I'm willing to give it vis-a-vis my truly What's Important Now targets. I think I'll be back with these near the end of the year to make sure we're wrapping up 2020 with antifragile ferocity and getting ready to make 2021 THE Greatest Year of our Lives.

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+1: Your Stinkin’ Thinkin’ | Chickens, Poop, and Neutral Thinking (#1260) show art +1: Your Stinkin’ Thinkin’ | Chickens, Poop, and Neutral Thinking (#1260)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In our last +1, we spent some more time with Trevor Moawad and explored some more wisdom from his great book, It Takes What It Takes. As you may recall, we chatted about neutral thinking. As Trevor says: “No matter where I work, the same truth keeps emerging. Neutral thinking is the key to unlocking a set of behaviors that can turn also-rans into champions and champions into legends.”

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PNTV: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (#406) show art PNTV: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (#406)

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Admiral William H. McRaven is a Retired U.S. Navy SEAL who served for thirty-seven years and commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces.

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A few +1s ago, we had fun chatting about the starting and finish lines of my first business, eteamz. 
 
I mentioned that it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows and we briefly discussed the fact that I’ve failed WAY MORE times than I’ve succeeded.
 
(btw. As a recovering fixed-mindset perfectionist, it was therapeutic for me to type that. Hah. Seriously.)
 
Today we’re going to remind ourselves to embrace the mis-takes and failures of life that INEVITABLY (and NECESSARILY!!) occur as we strive to do great things in pursuit of mastering ourselves in service to the world.
 
This gem is pretty epic and worth contemplating: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
 
Then there’s Adam Grant’s wisdom from Originals where he quotes Randy Komisar—one of the best entrepreneurs/investors alive: “Whether you’re generating or evaluating new ideas the best you can do is measure success on the kind of yardstick that batters use in baseball. As Randy Komisar puts it, ‘If I’m hitting .300, I’m a genius. That’s because the future cannot be predicted. The sooner you learn it, the sooner you can be good at it.’”
 
And… There’s Michael Jordan’s wisdom via Carol Dweck’s Mindset (one more time!): “Michael Jordan embraced his failures. In fact, in one of his favorite ads for Nike, he says: “I’ve missed more than nine thousand shots. I’ve lost almost three hundred games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot, and missed.” You can be sure that each time, he went back and practiced the shot a hundred times.”
 
As we look forward to 2020 and commit to making it the best year of our lives (and the start of the best DECADE of our lives!!) let’s reframe our mis-takes and failures as foundation-building fuel for our heroic quests.
 
Capitalize all those mistakes. Use the data wisely.
 
And, one more time: Give us all you’ve got.
 
TODAY.