loader from loading.io

+1: #995 10 Spartan Core Virtues

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Release Date: 12/26/2019

PNTV: Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth (#415) show art PNTV: Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth (#415)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Eric Butterworth was a prolific author and Unity minister—one of the great spiritual teachers of the 20th century. We featured another one of his books called Spiritual Economics.

info_outline
#1: Project: Strength for 2 + Handbook + Nextcitement + ... (#54) show art #1: Project: Strength for 2 + Handbook + Nextcitement + ... (#54)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In this Sunday edition, we talk about doubling my basic training protocol (it's the 200 burpees and 20k steps a day that provide the best challenge!) and some iterative creative progress on the book.

info_outline
#1: Tour: Outdoor office: #1: Tour: Outdoor office: "Before" view (#53)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Weekend edition: Today we take a quick trip to the back of the property for a "Before" look at what (Deo Volente) will soon be an awesome outdoor office. Fun. :)

info_outline
+1: Spray Painting Leaves | Wise Gardening for Mind Body and Soul (#1270) show art +1: Spray Painting Leaves | Wise Gardening for Mind Body and Soul (#1270)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

In our last +1, we hung out with some scientists and doctors who decided to test whether or not FOOD prescriptions would be more cost-effective (and health-boosting effective) than just normal prescriptions for medicine.

info_outline
Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (#414) show art Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (#414)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

My wife Alexandra has been a huge fan of Marie’s for a long time. I knew she was awesome. But... As I told Alexandra: “I had no idea Marie was THAT awesome!!!” My excuse: I’ve been in hermit-mode and have done nothing but read books for 5 years (no blogs/videos/etc.) so I wasn’t able to get the full sense of Marie’s heroically brilliant and grounded and HILARIOUS power until this book came out.

info_outline
#1: Stepping into the (re-)new(ed) identity: Philosopher + CEO + Handbook WINs +... (#52) show art #1: Stepping into the (re-)new(ed) identity: Philosopher + CEO + Handbook WINs +... (#52)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Today we have fun with my (re-)new(ed) identity: Philosopher + CEO and some Handbook +1s.

info_outline
#1: Good bad nights via sleep algorithms (+ v1 OPTIMIZE Handbook cover!) #51 show art #1: Good bad nights via sleep algorithms (+ v1 OPTIMIZE Handbook cover!) #51

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Today we take a sneak peek at v1 of the OPTIMIZE Handbook cover and look at some Oura data on a good bad night saved by an algorithm!

info_outline
#1: Target Practice with Apollo and Handbook scaffolding project COMPLETE! (Yay!) (#50) show art #1: Target Practice with Apollo and Handbook scaffolding project COMPLETE! (Yay!) (#50)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Today we chat about missing the ol' mark on the 3:00 last-input target. And simply recommitting. And... Finished Phase I of the Handbook construction process. Scaffolding is in place. Fired up. (Just noticed this is #50. Time flies when you're having fun!) As always:

info_outline
PNTV: Positive Psychology and the Body by Kate Hefferon (#413) show art PNTV: Positive Psychology and the Body by Kate Hefferon (#413)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

"Positive Psychology and the Body." Unfortunately, those two subjects are rarely connected--which is why I was so excited to get this book when I saw the title. It's actually a *textbook* not a normal book.

info_outline
#1: 101 days left in 2020 = LET'S GOOOOO! (What're your wildly important targets?) (#48) show art #1: 101 days left in 2020 = LET'S GOOOOO! (What're your wildly important targets?) (#48)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Did you know there are 101 days left in 2020. Yep. Time to finish strong. I share a little on how I'm going to do that with the Handbook, etc. How about YOU?

info_outline
 
More Episodes
In our last +1, we hung out with my two favorite Joes: Scholar of the Hero’s Journey (and Grandpa in my spiritual family tree) Joseph Campbell, and gritty heroic exemplar (and soul brother), Joe De Sena.
 
Today I want to spend a little more time with Joe De Sena.
 
Let’s open up his latest book The Spartan Way. Page 14.
 
He tells us: Through work and endurance racing I have come to know many people. Some of them were unforgettable. These great ones all shared the same core qualities. I call them the Spartan Core Virtues. Combine these qualities into one person and you have the ideal boss, the valuable employee, the perfect business partner, or comrade in any endeavor. Here’s a short description of each of the Spartan Core Virtues.
 
Self-Awareness: Know who you are and who you are not. If you don’t, you’ll be confused daily. 
 
Commitment: Stick to it because the world is filled with people who don’t. You’re better than
that.
 
Passion: If you’re not passionate about what you do, you’re not going to be great at it. Take things seriously and learn to be passionate.
 
Discipline: Set your rules and stick to them. Be disciplined about it. 
 
Prioritization: Deal with the important things—important being what you define as
important—first.
 
Grit: Get gritty. Break out of your comfort zone. Do the hard, scary shit. Find your passion and persevere.
 
Courage: This is the ability to stay focused and work relentlessly with both intensity and passion through virtually anything, especially through failure.
 
Optimism: See the world as you want it to be, not as it is. Be ever hopeful. 
 
Integrity: If you’re not honest with yourself and others, then what are you? 
 
Wholeness: Live the life of a complete and whole Spartan.”
 
There ya go. The Ten Spartan Core Virtues.
 
Repetition is the essence of mastery, so let’s go through them again. This time, if you feel so inspired and didn’t already do a quick inventory on how you’re doing with each, please do.
 
Self-Awareness + Commitment + Passion + Discipline + Prioritization + Grit + Courage + Optimism + Integrity + Wholeness.
 
So... What’s awesome? 
 
What needs work? 
 
What can (and will!) you start doing differently? 
 
Let’s remember: It’s ALL (!!!) about OPERATIONALIZING VIRTUE.
 
+1. +1. +1.
 
P.S. One of the things Joe and I joke about is that I’m his brother from Athens. (Hah.)
 
Embodying those Spartan virtues? 
 
Well… That, of course, is what Aristotle taught us when he said that the summum bonum (the highest good!) is to live with eudaimonia—to flourish by having a “good soul.” 
 
How do we do that? LIVE VIRTUOUSLY!! 
 
(Again, echo, the one-word summation of ALL of our work together? Areté. Express the best version of yourself moment to moment to moment and voila! Enter: Eudaimonia + a deep sense of flourishing.)
 
More on all that soon (and forever)…