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 +1: #675 Meet My New Sweatband: Leonidas 02/09/2019
+1: #675 Meet My New Sweatband: Leonidas In our last +1, we met Joe De Sena’s kettlebell named Leo. (I laugh as I type that.) As you may recall, little Leonidas goes everywhere Joe goes. Traveling around the world? Mr. Leo gets checked in. Heading to the office in the morning. Leo’s going, too.
info_outline Digital Minimalism 101 (Intro) 02/05/2019
Digital Minimalism 101 (Intro) Cal Newport joins us as a guest teacher for this class! He is one of my favorite thinkers. He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT and is now a Professor at Georgetown. He’s also a bestselling author of a number of books.
info_outline +1: #670 Meditation’s Instant ROI 02/04/2019
+1: #670 Meditation’s Instant ROI Meditation. At this point, most of us are pretty aware of the fact that it’s been proven to be pretty epic for our well-being. Congrats, high fives, curtsies, etc. if you’re rockin’ a meditation practice already. If you’re not investing a few minutes of your day into meditation yet, what’re you waiting for?! Perhaps you’re telling yourself you don’t have the time?
info_outline +1: #665 Turning on the Light 01/30/2019
+1: #665 Turning on the Light In our last +1, we talked about the Optimize Master’s program (aka Optimize Coach!) and had fun with some wisdom on moving from theory to practice—reminding ourselves that the theory (although important!) is just the rudimentary stuff. The ADVANCED work is the actual PRACTICE.
info_outline +1: #660 How Clark Kent Becomes Superman in 11 Seconds 01/25/2019
+1: #660 How Clark Kent Becomes Superman in 11 Seconds In our last +1, we talked about our inaugural Optimize Coach program (there’s still a little more time to sign up and join hundreds of other passionate Optimizers in making this the greatest year of our lives while helping others in our lives do the same, btw).
info_outline +1: #645 Boundaries or Burnout 01/10/2019
+1: #645 Boundaries or Burnout In our last +1, we talked about how the Peak Performance guys recommend we craft our optimal work-to-rest ratio. Pop quiz: You recall the ratio? Pop answer: 50 to 90 minutes ON. 7 to 20 minutes OFF. Making nice rhythmic waves… (More importantly: You practice it yesterday?)
info_outline PNTV: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington 01/04/2019
PNTV: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington (CEO of Thrive and co-founder + editor in chief of The Huffington Post) went from being a sleep-deprived executive to a sleep evangelist after passing out and banging her head following years of a grueling work!
info_outline Greatest Year Ever 2019 (Intro) 12/28/2018
Greatest Year Ever 2019 (Intro) Ready to make 2019 the Greatest Year of Your Life? Me, too. It’s time to Operationalize Virtue—getting (even more) clarity on what our Optimus selves look like and getting even better at consistently showing up AS that best version of ourselves.
info_outline PNTV: Fat for Fuel by Dr. Joseph Mercola 12/27/2018
PNTV: Fat for Fuel by Dr. Joseph Mercola Dr. Mercola is a super-popular alternative health physician who runs the equally popular site Mercola.com. In this book, we get a look at his “Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy” program. MMT for short.
info_outline +1: #630 Want to Be Great? 12/26/2018
+1: #630 Want to Be Great? In our last +1, we talked about LeBron James and the fact that he tries to get 11 to 12 hours of sleep per day when he’s training. (So does Roger Federer. And, Tom Brady is in bed at 8:30.) Let’s talk about LeBron a little more today...
info_outline PNTV: Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson 12/25/2018
PNTV: Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson Susan Peirce Thompson is a Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. She’s an expert in the psychology of eating and creator of Bright Line Eating Solutions, “a company dedicated to helping people achieve long-term, sustainable weight loss.
info_outline Interview: Lead Yourself First with Mike Erwin 12/22/2018
Interview: Lead Yourself First with Mike Erwin Solitude. It’s the secret sauce to leadership. But... In their great book Raymond Kethledge and Michael Erwin tells us: “Solitude is a state of mind, a space where you can focus on your own thoughts without distraction, with a power to bring mind and soul together in clear-eyed conviction.
info_outline +1: #625 Unfortunate vs. Unforgivable 12/21/2018
+1: #625 Unfortunate vs. Unforgivable Today I’d like to talk about a little more wisdom from Seth Godin’s Icarus Deception. As we’ve discussed, his book (and his entire body of work for that matter), is basically a plea for us to step up and into our highest potential.
info_outline PNTV: Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf 12/18/2018
PNTV: Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf Robert Lustig is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco. He has authored 120 peer-reviewed articles and 70 reviews and is a leading voice on childhood obesity.
info_outline PNTV: The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn & Elissa Epel 12/13/2018
PNTV: The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn & Elissa Epel Elizabeth Blackburn won the Nobel Prize for her discovery of telemorase - “the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage.” Elissa Epel is one of the world’s leading health psychology researcher. Together, they have created a great book that walks us through the best of what we know about telomeres, why they’re so important and what we can do to Optimize them.
info_outline +1: #615 There Are No Perfect Relationships 12/11/2018
+1: #615 There Are No Perfect Relationships A couple +1s ago, we talked about Optimizer Jessica’s kind words and then had fun talking about Mr. Anonymous Troll Guy as well. Today I want to talk about a line from Jessica’s little note that I didn’t share before.
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 by James Clear 12/06/2018
PNTV: Atomic Habits by 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.