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 Optimize Interview: The Psychology of Possibility with Ellen Langer 02/06/2020
Optimize Interview: The Psychology of Possibility with Ellen Langer Ellen Langer is a professor of psychology at Harvard and one of the world's leading experts on the science of wellbeing, and what she refers to as the "psychology of possibility."
info_outline +1: #1030 Want to Make It Stick? 01/30/2020
+1: #1030 Want to Make It Stick? We’re going to consult with Barbara Oakley on this one. Barbara taught one of the most popular classes in history. Nearly 2 million people from 200 countries have taken her Coursera class called Learning How to Learn.
info_outline +1: #1000 The Optimize +1 Hall of Fame 12/31/2019
+1: #1000 The Optimize +1 Hall of Fame This is Optimize +1 #1,000. I don’t really know how to best start this one other than by saying: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Seriously. I am so honored to be a part of your life—whether that’s occasionally or every day. And I’m deeply grateful to have your support so I can do what I do. Thank you.
info_outline +1: #980 The Master Fails More Times 12/11/2019
+1: #980 The Master Fails More Times 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.
info_outline +1: #965 Asking for Qualities 11/26/2019
+1: #965 Asking for Qualities In our last +1, we spent some time with Todd Herman, Batman, Dora the Explorer and YOUR most heroic self. Today we’re going to connect all that goodness to wisdom from the classic peak-performance book The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallwey.
info_outline +1: #960 Capturing a Richer Mindset 11/21/2019
+1: #960 Capturing a Richer Mindset In our last +1, we revisited Ellen Langer at her “Psychology of Possibility” lab at Harvard to learn that words matter. As you may recall, simply priming people with words associated with old age (via a crossword puzzle!) will cause them to walk more slowly to the elevator than those who weren’t primed with those words.
info_outline +1: #955 Falling on Your Butt 11/16/2019
+1: #955 Falling on Your Butt Geoff Colvin’s Talent Is Overrated is a great book. It falls into the “Effort Counts Twice” / Deliberate Practice bucket of how to reach our Peak via Grit, etc. It’s packed with great stories about, as per the sub-title of the book: “What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else.”
info_outline Optimize Interview: The Alter Ego Effect with Todd Herman 11/14/2019
Optimize Interview: The Alter Ego Effect with Todd Herman The Alter Ego Effect. This is one of the most fun and compelling and inspiring books I’ve read in awhile. I REALLY (!!!) enjoyed reading it, had a ton of fun constructing and playing with some potential Alter Egos and highly recommend it.
info_outline +1: #950 Natural Born Heroes 11/11/2019
+1: #950 Natural Born Heroes The other day I found myself re-reading our Notes on Christopher McDougall’s great book Natural Born Heroes. Although we’ve talked (many times) about the fact that the ancient word for hero literally meant “protector,” I realized that (somehow!) I’ve never shared McDougall’s brilliant wisdom that catalyzed my emphasis on the whole idea of all of us becoming modern heroes.
info_outline Optimize Interview: The Passion Paradox with Brad Stulberg 11/07/2019
Optimize Interview: The Passion Paradox with Brad Stulberg Brad Stulberg writes, coaches, and speaks on health and human performance. Steve Magness coaches some of the world’s top distance runners and has propelled numerous athletes to Olympic trials, world championship teams, and the Olympics.
info_outline +1: #945 Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. 11/06/2019
+1: #945 Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. As we’ve discussed, a mantra is literally “a tool of the mind.” By repeating a mantra over and over and over again (spiritual teachers say!), it takes hold in our subconscious and subtly shapes our mind.
info_outline +1: #940 Stress Curfews 11/01/2019
+1: #940 Stress Curfews Not too long ago, we talked about Sleep Curfews. Five of them, to be precise. One for Caffeine. Another for Exercise. Plus Eating. Plus Screens. Plus Work. As you may recall, Caffeine has a half-life of 5 to 6 hours so try to cut back on that by around noon or 2 or whatever you find works best for you.
info_outline Optimize Interview: The Power of Agency with Paul Napper & Anthony Rao 10/31/2019
Optimize Interview: The Power of Agency with Paul Napper & Anthony Rao Paul Napper and Anthony Rao are leading consultants and clinicians (who have both held academic positions at Harvard Medical School). In their great book, they define agency as “the ability to act as an effective agent for yourself—reflecting, making creative choices, and constructing a meaningful life.”
info_outline +1: #935 The Eternal Feast 10/27/2019
+1: #935 The Eternal Feast In our last +1, we talked about A World Without Heroes and the fact that “A hero sacrifices for the greater good. A hero is true to his or her conscience. In short, heroism means doing the right thing regardless of the consequences.”
info_outline Optimize Interview: Stillness is the Key with Ryan Holiday 10/25/2019
Optimize Interview: Stillness is the Key with Ryan Holiday Ryan is one of my absolute favorite writers and I'm excited to sit down with him to chat about his latest book, Stillness is the Key.
info_outline Optimize Interview: Everything is Figureoutable with Marie Forleo 10/18/2019
Optimize Interview: Everything is Figureoutable with Marie Forleo 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!!!”