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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.)

Episodes

  • +1: #746 Baselines: Best vs. Meh

    Apr 21 2019

    One of the key themes we come back to in our Optimizing work together is the idea that we want to make our prior best our new baseline.    Another key theme we revisit again and again is to MAKE THE CONNECTION between how very simple micro-lifestyle choices aggregate and compound into very significant gains (or losses) over an extended period of time.   But...    What if we’ve unwittingly made our kinda sorta OK our accepted baseline?    And then failed to make the connection between tha...more

  • +1: #745 Sleep: The Miracle Drug!

    Apr 20 2019

    Why We Sleep is a life-changing kinda book.   We’re going to spend a few more days mining a few more of the many gems from Matthew Walker’s masterpiece.   Today we’re going to flip open our virtual Optimize magazine to the kind of ad we’d allow in there.   Here it is:   “AMAZING BREAKTHROUGH! Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and low...more

  • +1: #740 To Read on an iPad at Night

    Apr 15 2019

    In our Optimize Coach certification program, we kick the party off by establishing the game we’re playing in Module I: Eudaimon-ology in which we connect ancient wisdom (Aristotle!) to modern science (Seligman!) to establish the fact that it’s all about flourishing/having a “good soul” via living with virtue.   Then we move on to get clarity on how to Operationalize Virtue—going from theory to practice to mastery. When? TODAY!!!    After a quick look at Module II: The Big 3 x 2 (aka: En...more

  • Lead Yourself First 101

    Apr 12 2019

    Mike Erwin joins us as a guest teacher for this class! CEO of The Character Center, co-founder of the Positivity Project, and co-author of the book Lead Yourself First, Mike is passionate about inspiring leaders across the country. His secret sauce to leadership? Solitude! (More specifically, freedom from the input of other minds.) In this class, Mike debunks the assumption that great leaders must always be accessible and uncovers the personal + organizational benefits of leaders who seek out pe...more

  • +1: #735 Grow Lights

    Apr 10 2019

    In our last +1, we did some severe pruning with Steve Chandler and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (How’d that go for you? More specifically: What went for you?)   Today we’re going to spend some more time doing creative gardening with Steve.    Now, as we discussed in our +1 on our radish farm (oops!), I’m not much of a gardener. (Hah.) So… I’d never heard of “grow lights” before but I love the way Steve captures their metaphorical power.    Here’s how he puts it in CREATOR: “When an awar...more

  • +1: #725 Your Marching Orders

    Mar 31 2019

    In our last +1, we had some fun soaking our minds in some epic “To Dare or Not to Dare” wisdom. We kicked that party off with a Søren Kierkegaard gem.   This one: “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”    (How’s your daring going?)   Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. (Thank you, Wikipedia.)   He was also the purveyor of o...more

  • Unstoppable Teams 101 (Intro)

    Mar 30 2019

  • +1: #720 Broken Monitors

    Mar 26 2019

    In our last +1 we talked about the fact that, as per legendary tough guy Vince Lombardi, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”    Then we operationalized a super-simple antidote to cowardice via a super-simple PM Bookend routine. (How’d that go for you?)   I mentioned the fact that we’d connect that fatigue-coward phenomenon to my heart rate monitor. So, let’s.   Not too long ago, I introduced you to my Suunto watch. Love it. Works great.    … Except when it doesn’t!   Every once in awhile...more

  • Genius 101 (Intro)

    Mar 23 2019

    Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Roche and YPO. He brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele. Michael Gelb is the...more

  • +1: #715 Ambi vs. Heroic Valence

    Mar 21 2019

    Continuing our time with my dear friend Katherine Collins, let’s talk about another micro-moment of Divine wisdom from our recent chat.   Quick context.   As you know if you’ve been following along, I’ve spent half of the last 20 years in Founder/CEO mode and the other half in Philosopher/Lover-of-Wisdom mode.   Although I’m not really into astrological signs (lol), I happen to be a Gemini and that myth happens to describe one of my primary challenges pretty well.   I often feel a pull to ...more

  • +1: #710 Virtue Mantras

    Mar 16 2019

    In our last couple +1s, we talked about the 11 virtues that show up on our shiny new Optimus medallions and make an appearance in our Optimus meditation.   Wisdom + Arete + Confidence + Purpose + Self-Awareness + Telos + Energy + Presence + Courage + Love + en*theos.    I’ve been playing around with those virtues in my formal meditation practice and while I’m rowing and while I’m training and before I fall asleep and after I wake up and, well, a lot. (Laughing. “That’s like me!”)   ...more

  • +1: #705 The Psychology of Pain

    Mar 11 2019

    Continuing our exploration of how to endure the pain of walking over burning (psychological) coals in pursuit of the upper limits of our potential, let’s talk about one of Matt Fitzgerald’s recommended “coping strategies” to Optimize our perception of effort and get closer to that wall of our potential.   Today we’re going to talk about The Psychology of Pain. (Cue weird music?)   Short story: Researchers have studied how different people deal with pain and have discovered that some peo...more

  • +1: #700 UPERSIST!

    Mar 06 2019

    In our last +1, we talked about you feasting on your Hero Bars—using memories of your past success as fuel to walk through fear doors today.   (You grab three for Today?)   All of those Cookies and Hero Bars remind me of an idea from former Navy SEAL Alden Mills’ great book Be Unstoppable.    I read it years ago and recently re-read it with Emerson.   It’s a fantastic parable about a young captain who meets a wise, older mentor-captain who teaches him how to Optimize and actualize his poten...more

  • +1: #695 Lincoln’s Response to (Epic) Failure

    Mar 01 2019

    In our last +1, we talked about the wonderful little book-gift I received from Cal Newport and we reflected on a particular passage from that book (Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin) that really jumped out and grabbed me.   The essence of that passage?   Our presidential luminaries differed in many ways. But they ALL shared a “fierce ambition.”   Of the heroic kind.   Today I’d like to talk about another passage from the book. This one’s from page 106. I actually ST...more

  • +1: #690 Your Engine: V-12 or V-Lawnmower?

    Feb 24 2019

    Continuing our theme of seeking/conquering fear, let’s have some fun with Jon Eliot and his wisdom from Overachievement.   Here’s how he (brilliantly!) puts it: “Working on techniques to manage stress is a bit like trying to win the Indy 500 by putting a governor on the engine of your race car or swapping out a powerful V-12 for a V-4 because it offers a ‘quieter ride.’ You wouldn’t do that. Not if you were after the checkered flag. Not if you were racing star Jeff Gordon. No superstar i...more

  • +1: #685 The Case Against Sugar

    Feb 19 2019

    Gary Taubes wrote a great book called The Case Against Sugar.   Basic idea: If you were a detective in charge of figuring out a series of crimes and you noticed a common pattern among those crimes, you’d be smart to put the pieces together and see if you could narrow your search down to a single suspect.   Right?   Well… That’s what Taubes does in his book.   The crimes? All the chronic diseases wreaking havoc on our society—from diabetes and obesity to heart disease and cancer.   Short st...more

  • +1: #680 The Moment of Decision

    Feb 14 2019

    In our last +1, we took a quick trip to Michelangelo’s studio and saw the Optimus You sitting there in the uncarved marble. Then we did a little chiseling at some behaviors that might be getting in the way.   Today’s +1 is another super-quick one.   Pop quiz: You know what moment Michelangelo decided to capture when he carved David?    Hint: It wasn’t his moment of celebration right after he “officially” became a hero by defeating Goliath.    It was his moment of DECISION.   It was the m...more

  • +1: #675 Meet My New Sweatband: Leonidas

    Feb 09 2019

    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.    All day every day. Joe and his 44-pound cast-iron little Leo are BFFs.   Now, as I was preparing for Greatest Year Ever 2019, I was reflecting on that epic love story and thinking about the importance of having symbols to capture our m...more

  • Digital Minimalism 101 (Intro)

    Feb 05 2019

    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. Given the fact that the fastest way to Optimize your life is to STOP doing things that are sub-optimal AND the fact that (for nearly all of us) our use of technology is the #1 thing that “Needs work!,” it’s SUPER important for us to figure out how to best use all the tech...more

  • +1: #670 Meditation’s Instant ROI

    Feb 04 2019

    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?   Well, we know that’s a pretty flimsy excuse (hah!) but if you’re not meditating and you have a tough time falli...more

  • Interview: Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

    Feb 02 2019

  • +1: #665 Turning on the Light

    Jan 30 2019

    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.   Here’s what was kinda weird.   As I was drafting that +1, I was doing some quick key word searches on my Mac to find the quotes I wanted to pull. I grabbed one from Ernest Holmes’s Creative Mind and Success and on...more

  • +1: #660 How Clark Kent Becomes Superman in 11 Seconds

    Jan 25 2019

    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).   Specifically, we discussed the very first email we send out with the very first micro-exercise to invite Optimus Us to the party.   It goes like this:    Stand up. Expand. Relax. Pull the thread thru your head. Take a deep breath ...more

  • +1: #655 Michael Phelps’ Golden Gene-Inseam

    Jan 20 2019

    In our last +1, we took a nice stroll down Brian’s Biographical Byway—exploring the power of flipping Identity switches. (You make any distinctions? Flip any switches?)   btw: That Seneca quote with which we wrapped up that +1 always knocks my socks off: “It is not because things are difficult that you do not dare. It is because you do not dare that things are difficult.”    Today I want to go back to Atomic Habits and explore an Idea that didn’t make it into the Note.    It has to do w...more

  • +1: #650 Your Escort of Angels

    Jan 15 2019

    In our last +1, we talked about how to make yourself a quadrillion (!!!) times better. The recap there: Just let the magic of compounding 1% gains work for you. Every day. 10 years. Boom!   Of course the fine print includes the fact that, although inspiring, that’s (obviously) pretty much impossible as NO ONE, not even the best among us, are perfect (thanks, Maslow!) and we won’t be the first. But contemplating the sheer potential force of compounding tiny gains is pretty inspiring.   N...more

  • +1: #645 Boundaries or Burnout

    Jan 10 2019

    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?)   Today, as promised, I want to talk about the importance of creating boundaries lest we teeter into the realm of burnout and/or never leave the realm of sub-awesome performance.   First, let’s talk about the ...more

  • Interview: My Morning Routine with Benjamin Spall

    Jan 05 2019

  • +1: #640 Campfires and Chairs

    Jan 05 2019

    Continuing (and concluding) our trip through Steve Chandler’s wise brain (and great book, Reinventing Yourself), let’s talk about campfires.   Campfires? Yep. Campfires.    So… You’re out camping. It’s night time. You light a fire. It keeps you warm. You wake up the next morning. The fire is out. You’ll need to light another fire tonight to get warm again.   Now, do you complain about the fact that you need to create another fire? Or, do you just accept that that’s how it is?   Unless y...more

  • PNTV: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

    Jan 04 2019

  • Interview: The Spartan Way with Joe De Sena

    Dec 29 2018

  • Greatest Year Ever 2019 (Intro)

    Dec 28 2018

    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. In this class, we review why we do what we do together, take a quick trip to hell (yikes!) then to Michelangelo’s studio (yay!) then we get to work sculpting our Energy, Work and Love—taking the time to wrap our souls around our Identity + Virtues...more

  • PNTV: Fat for Fuel by Dr. Joseph Mercola

    Dec 27 2018

    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. As you could probably guess, this is a high-fat (+ “adequate” protein + low-carb) diet. If that approach fires you up, I think you’ll love the book. If not, well… :) Big Ideas we explore include: meeting our mitochondria (the key to health), why “adequate” protein is where it’s at (not low or moder...more

  • +1: #630 Want to Be Great?

    Dec 26 2018

    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.    Renowned mental toughness coach Bob Rotella kicks off his book How Champions Think with a story about how LeBron thinks.    It goes something like this.   Once upon a time early in LeBron’s career, Rotella spent some time working with LeBron. He knew ...more

  • PNTV: Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson

    Dec 25 2018

    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.” Plus... She used to be obese and, as she says, addicted to *everything.* She integrates her background in neuroscience with her personal experience conquering her diet and other addiction issues in this super popular book. Bi...more

  • Interview: Lead Yourself First with Mike Erwin

    Dec 22 2018

    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. Like a great wave that saturates everything in its path, however, handheld devices and other media now leave us awash with the thoughts of others. We are losing solitude without even realizing it.” Big Ideas w...more

  • +1: #625 Unfortunate vs. Unforgivable

    Dec 21 2018

    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.    He tells us: “Your ability to follow directions is not the secret to your success. You are hiding your best work, your best insight, and your best self from us every day.”   That’s inspiringly true.    (Note the references to “your best,” “your best...more

  • PNTV: The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

    Dec 20 2018

  • PNTV: Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

    Dec 18 2018

    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. And, his YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has been viewed over 7 million times. Obesity is a global pandemic. It’s astonishing how rapidly it’s expanding. And it’s COMPLETELY preventable. Lustig has dedicated his ...more

  • +1: #620 Spiritual Sports

    Dec 16 2018

    With all this talk about sports heroes and scoring touchdowns and winning forever, I think it’s time to remind ourselves that sports simply provide the perfect (over-simplified) context for SPIRITUAL truths.    That’s why we love watching the Olympics, Super Bowls and World Cups so much. When we watch an athlete performing at their absolute (optimus!) best we’re simply reminded of our own heroic potential.   Of course, we want to make sure we get off the couch and get into the arena of lif...more

  • Interview: Brain Health 101 with David Perlmutter

    Dec 15 2018

  • PNTV: The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn & Elissa Epel

    Dec 13 2018

    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. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about telomeres, THIS is the book to read. Big Ideas we explore include wh...more

  • PNTV: Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

    Dec 11 2018

  • +1: #615 There Are No Perfect Relationships

    Dec 11 2018

    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.    In addition to her kind words about my commitment to sharing my own struggles and how that has helped her build resilience, she said this: “Furthermore, the partnership he and Alexandra have built is exemplary — I only wish they weren’t so hard to emulate!”   Now, again, ...more

  • Interview: Atomic Habits with James Clear

    Dec 08 2018

    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. I rarely say a book is a must-read but this one’s as close as it gets. B...more

  • PNTV: Atomic Habits by James Clear

    Dec 06 2018

    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. I rarely say a book is a must-read but this one’s as close as it gets. B...more

  • +1: #610 The Greatest Stock Market

    Dec 06 2018

    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.    High fives, Kristie. We appreciate you. (Oh! Please walk through a cloning machine about 50 million times. Thank you.)   We also briefly touched on Yuval Noah Harari’s perspective on the subject of Education. Today I want to revisit some more wisdom from his n...more

  • PNTV: Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*T by Steven Pressfield

    Dec 04 2018

  • Optimal Weight 101 (Intro)

    Dec 02 2018

    Weight. It matters. A lot. Although I’m obviously not a weight-loss guy, as I prepped for Energy 101 I realized that we needed to talk about Optimizing our weight. Enter, this class—which could more accurately be called Optimal METABOLISM 101. Fact is, if our weight is off, our METABOLISM is off. Specifically, our insulin levels (which disrupts another hormone called leptin that regulates our appetite). In this class, we take a quick look at why it’s so hard to Optimize our weight and how to ma...more

  • +1: #605 Genius Is Self-Bestowed

    Dec 01 2018

    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.”   Here’s the slightly longer version: “I believe that every man has consummate genius within him. Some appear to have it more than others only because they are aware of it more than others are, and the awareness or unawareness of it is what makes each one of them in...more

  • PNTV: The Artist's Journey by Steven Pressfield

    Nov 29 2018

    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.”) Big Ideas we explore include defining the artist's journey (vis-a-vis the hero's journey; note: we all li...more

  • PNTV: The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney

    Nov 27 2018

    Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney are both academic researchers and professors who have been studying sports nutrition, ketogenic diets and peak performance for decades. To put it in perspective, Dr. Stephen Phinney (with his MD from Stanford and PhD from MIT) coined the phrase “keto-adapted” in 1980. Big Ideas we explore include: the accepted dogma (vs. compelling data), two fuel tanks (you want to go hours or days?), veto-adaptation (how to), protein (necessary but in moderation), fat (your most...more

  • +1: #600 Ballet, Anyone?

    Nov 26 2018

    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.)   Well, actually, I want to talk about some of my favorite feedback from the event. I had some great conversations with the people at...more

  • PNTV: Relentless by Tim S. Grover

    Nov 22 2018

    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.” Big Ideas we explore include: relentless commitment (vs. "Meh, good enough"), Do. The. Work (eat frogs and dominate), Pressure (pressure, pressure! BRING IT ON!), the source of ...more

  • +1: #595 The 1-Hour (Deep) Workday

    Nov 21 2018

    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.   Of course, we all have our own idiosyncratic professional responsibilities. And, in addition to Deep Work, we all have (and, for the record, all of history’s greatest creators had!) some Team Work ...more

  • PNTV: Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Nov 20 2018

    Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Hope you enjoy! Ralph Waldo Emerson. He’s the great-great-grandfather in my spiritual family tree. We named our son Emerson after this great 19th century philosopher and when I imagine the heroes whose qualities I want to emulate, he’s on the top of the list. Big Ideas we explore include: Trust thyself (every heart vibrates to that iron string!), nonconformity (and the integrity of your own mind), what must you do...more

  • +1: #590 The 4-Hour Workday

    Nov 16 2018

    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.   I briefly mentioned the fact that, as Alex Pang tells us in his great book Rest, when we look closely at the routines of some of history’s greatest, most creative and most prolific creators what we find is that they don’t actually work that much.   Here’s how he puts i...more

  • PNTV: How Champions Think by Bob Rotella

    Nov 15 2018

    Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "How Champion's Think" by Bob Rotella. Hope you enjoy! Dr. Bob Rotella is widely recognized as the world’s leading sports psychologist. He’s coached everyone from basketball stars like LeBron James to rock stars like Seal. The golfers he’s coached (including greats like Rory McIlroy) have won an astonishing 80+ major championships. Want to know how champions think in both sports AND life? Well, here you go. Big Ideas we explore include the importance of...more

  • PNTV: 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson

    Nov 14 2018

    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. Peterson’s integration of everything from evolutionary psychology, politics, religion and morality is astounding. After taking a super-quick look at all 12 Rules, Big Ideas we cover in...more

  • PNTV: Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron

    Nov 13 2018

  • +1: #585 You and the Swami Spartan

    Nov 11 2018

    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!   Satchidananda was one of the most revered Yoga Masters of the 20th century. He wrote a great book called The Golden Present. It’s one of those books that has a chapter for each day of the year so you can work through the wisdom and create your greatest year ev...more

  • PNTV: Lead Yourself First by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin

    Nov 08 2018

    Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "Lead Yourself First" by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin. Hope you enjoy!

  • PNTV: The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

    Nov 06 2018

    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! Of course, it's packed with culture-changing Big Ideas. Some of my favorites we cover include the ultimate end: eudaimonic happiness (vs. "happiness" as most of us think ...more

  • +1: #580 Average vs. Elite

    Nov 06 2018

    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?    Remember: Even the most mundane practices can be a portal into enlightenOptimizement.    So…    I’m in my backyard throwing my spear and thinking about Steven Pressfield’s wisdom. As I had fun walking ...more

  • PNTV: Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler

    Nov 01 2018

    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. It was super fun to reread this book and dive back into Steve’s down-to-earth and empowering wisdom. I love his short, to-the-point, funny style. Big Ideas we explore includ...more

  • +1: #575 You, Horseshoes & Autonomous Cars

    Nov 01 2018

    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.   I live in a small town in Southern California called Ojai. I’m pretty sure it’s one of th...more

  • Energy 101 (Intro)

    Oct 31 2018

    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—raising our standards and TRULY committing to being our best, most energized selves so we can change the w...more

  • +1: #570 Champ Champ Champ

    Oct 27 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about my quest to be a Spartan champion in 2025 and how that’s resulted in a lot of WINing TODAY. (How’re your goals-systems?!)   Today I want to talk about being a Champ Champ Champ.    ← I laugh as I type that.    Note: This +1 is a bit ridiculous.    So…    Quick context: After one of the best mixed martial arts coaches in the world (Firas Zahabi, owner of Tristar gym and Georges St Pierre’s coach) became an Optimizer then sent a note telling me how much he ...more

  • Energy 101 - Behind-the-Scenes Overview!

    Oct 26 2018

    Here’s a quick look at our next class: Energy 101!  (You can get instant access to dozens of archived classes, hundreds of PhilosophersNotes and Optimize +1s and this class when we release it by becoming an Optimize member: optimize.me )

  • Optimizing for the Modern Hērō 101 (Intro)

    Oct 23 2018

    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. In this extra-long class, we start by connecting “Optimizing” and “Hērō” to their ancient Greek philosophical roots then we proceed to walk thru how to go about integrating ancient w...more

  • +1: #560 Full Effort = Full Victory

    Oct 17 2018

    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.   Here’s how Gandhi puts it: “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”   Full effort is full victory. We do o...more

  • +1: #555 Strong Ego = Ticket to Divine

    Oct 12 2018

    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.   Most people think we need to “get rid of” our ego or subdue it or tame it or otherwise mai...more

  • Play 101 (Intro)

    Oct 07 2018

    Alexandra joins us as a guest teacher for this class! Learn how to activate your superpowers, increase your mojo & have more fun.

  • +1: #550 Envy Begone

    Oct 07 2018

    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.”   Plus: “The happier the person, the less attention she pays to how others around her are doing.”   Today we’re going to talk about what we can do when we inevitably find ourse...more

  • +1: #545 Being a Champion

    Oct 02 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about my mission to become a Spartan World Champion.    My heart skips a beat just typing that.   (Which, btw, is a good “reverse indicator” as my Yoda would say. Btw2: When Phil and I chatted about my contemplations about raising my standards and going all in on the Spartan mission, he told me that I MUST go for it or the Universe will fire me from my job. Laughing.)   So…   The title of that last +1 was “Becoming a Champion.” Today’s it’s called “Being a Cha...more

  • +1: #540 Meet the 250-Foot Tall You

    Sep 27 2018

    A few +1s ago we talked about Stuart Wilde. He’s an old-school self-help teacher who used to lecture with Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay and Deepak Chopra.    He’s really funny. He’s also a fascinating blend of super-esoteric spirituality AND super-intense discipline. (As per our “Dominate Your Life!!” +1!!)   Today I want to chat about a practical little exercise I’ve been using from his great book Infinite Self.   Short story: The book is, as the title suggests, all about connecting to a...more

  • +1: #530 Hagfish Are Pretty Freaky

    Sep 17 2018

    Continuing our underwater theme for a moment longer, have you ever heard of hagfish?   They’re pretty creepy. (I apologize in advance for the visual image here but I think it’s worth it…)   Here’s how Steve Chandler describes hagfish in Time Warrior:    “To really live now there are two things I want to phase out of my life forever: (1) Resentments about the past and (2) Worries about the future.   These two activities, strengthened by repeated indulgence, are like hagfish. Hagfish? ...more

  • +1: #525 Work or Play?

    Sep 12 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about W.H. Auden’s (genius) quip that routine, in an intelligent person, is a sign of ambition. (I laugh with joy every time I type that.)   Then we did a quick check in on your ambition. And, hopefully, we dialed it up a notch and made sure that your routines were reflecting that strong desire to Optimize and actualize in service to your family, community and world.   Today I want to talk about work and play.   A lot of people think those two things are separa...more

  • +1: #520 The $7 Trillion Mind-Hacking Industry

    Sep 07 2018

    A couple +1s ago, while celebrating Yuval Noah Harari’s lack of a smartphone, I mentioned the fact that we don’t need to become smashing Luddites in response to the tsunami of technology that hammers us all day every day.   But… We ALSO want to make sure we don’t become addicted users.    The best solution? Be an Optimizite. Let’s make the best use of technology to sculpt the best possible version of yourself. (Recall that Optimize comes from the Latin optimus which literally...more

  • +1: #515 Running Experiments

    Sep 02 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about Professor Harari’s two world maps—one before The Scientific Revolution that was all filled in (including areas they knew NOTHING about) and one after that had plenty of empty spaces (accounting for all they things they didn’t know).    Then we talked about YOUR maps. And, hopefully, we all added a good deal more empty space in our maps—especially that space outside our comfort zones that leads to the unknowable zone of our infinite potential.   Today I...more

  • +1: #510 Demonstration vs. Instruction

    Aug 28 2018

    Wallace D. Wattles was an old-school Philosopher-Optimizer who wrote The Science of Getting Rich. He also wrote a little book called The Science of Being Great. (Both of those titles are, of course, finalists for best titles ever.)   In The Science of Being Great he has a great line that has been tattooed on my brain since I read it.   He said: “The world needs demonstration more than it needs instruction.”   The world needs DEMONSTRATION more than it needs INSTRUCTION.   Isn’t that a ...more

  • Optimizing Algorithms 101 (Intro)

    Aug 26 2018

  • +1: #505 Solvitur Ambulando

    Aug 23 2018

    Today we’re going to talk about walking.   Walking is awesome. In fact, it’s so old-school epically awesome in helping thinkers think that our ancient friends even had a Latin phrase to capture its power: Solvitur ambulando. <- "It is solved by walking.”   Nietzsche would agree. He said: “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”   Kierkegaard would agree. He put it this way: “I have walked myself into my best thoughts.”   Then we have Immanuel Kant. He was so consistent ...more

  • +1: #500 Thrown a Perfect Game Lately?

    Aug 18 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about the fact that batting .300 over the course of your Major League Baseball career gets you in the Hall of Fame.   Today we’re going to continue the baseball metaphor.    Pop quiz for baseball fans: You know how many perfect games have EVER been thrown?!    (For those who may not know, a perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball (via Wikipedia) as “a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches for a victory [in a game] that lasts a...more

  • +1: #495 Conquering Hero vs. Suffering Martyr

    Aug 13 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about the science of daydreaming. Quick recap: Stay out of the “poor attention control” and “guilty-dysphoric” realms and in the “positive-constructive” mode.   Here’s another way to think about it. (Thanks again to Manoush Zomorodi!)   When your mind is wandering and you’re kinda randomly thinking about your life, do you imagine yourself as the CONQUERING HERO of your own story (positive-constructive!) or the SUFFERING MARTYR (guilty-dysphoric) of the st...more

  • +1: #485 The Rules of Breathing

    Aug 03 2018

    In our last couple +1s, we’ve talked about your breathing. If you haven’t checked out the full Optimal Breathing 101 master class yet, you might dig it.    For now, how about a quick look at the THREE simple rules of optimal breathing?   Here they are: Breathe through your nose Into your belly And exhale slightly longer than you inhaled 1 + 2 + 3 = Magic.   How about a quick inventory then a closer look?   First, the quick inventory: You breathing through your nose? (Most peop...more

  • Conquering Digital Addiction 101 (Intro)

    Jul 29 2018

    ​​Technology is, obviously, awesome. We’ve been using “tech” tools for 2.5 million years since our protohuman ancestors first picked up a stone and used it as a tool. 1.8 million years ago, “we” figured out how to make an acheulean hand axe which was a pretty epic innovation at the time. ​​ ​​So, with the advent of smartphones in what’s known as the “Input Age,” I’m not suggesting we should all become tech-smashing Luddites. But… (And this is a big but!), I also don’t think we should underestima...more

  • +1: #480 Put Your Name on a Sheet

    Jul 29 2018

    Since our time with George Leonard exploring his ideas on Mastery, I’ve been thinking about him a lot.   I realized that I forgot to share another one of my favorite Ideas from his great little book that has most changed my life.    It’s super simple but equally powerful.    First, the context.    In a section on getting energy for mastery, George tells us: “A human being is the kind of machine that wears out from lack of use. There are limits, of course, and we do need healthful rest and...more

  • Optimal Breathing 101 (Intro)

    Jul 27 2018

    Breathing. It’s easy to take for granted but when you stop to think about it, it quickly becomes obvious just how powerful it is. Get this: You can live for weeks without food and days without water but, of course, only minutes without oxygen. Plus: Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen you consume while breathing is responsible for 70% (!) of your body’s detoxification. Yet… If you’re like most people, you’re probably doing this simple, should-be-easy fundamental wrong. In this class, we’ll look at...more

  • +1: #475 Want Recognition?

    Jul 24 2018

    Continuing our good times with Confucius, here’s one of the gems from his Analects that has tattooed itself on my brain since I read it a decade ago.   “The Master said, He does not mind not being in office; all he minds about is whether he has qualities that entitle him to office. He does not mind failing to get recognition; he is too busy doing the things that entitle him to recognition.”   How great is THAT?   Would you like a little more recognition than you’re getting?   OK. That’s fin...more

  • +1: #470 How to Win the Olympic Games

    Jul 19 2018

    I can’t resist. One more +1 on Aristotle.   So… The Olympic Games started in Olympia (not too far outside of Athens) in 776 BC.   A few centuries later, Aristotle told us that you can’t just SHOW UP at the Olympics and look like a great athlete, you have to actually COMPETE.   Here’s how he puts it: “Just as at the Olympic Games it is not the best-looking or the strongest men present that are crowned with wreaths, but the competitors (because it is from them that the winners come), so...more

  • +1: #465 Virtuous Activity of the Soul

    Jul 14 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and the fact that his word for “happiness” was VERY different than our word.   Eudaimonia, as we discussed, literally means “good soul” and implies a powerful sense of actualizing our potential—succeeding in expressing the best within ourselves.   Today we’re going to focus on HOW Aristotle teaches us to create THAT type of “happiness.”   Pop quiz: Can you guess?   …   Pop answer: In a word: Virtue.    In a Greek wo...more

  • +1: #460 Delete THAT App

    Jul 09 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about the fact that 25 minutes every day = 2 YEARS of your life.    Did you figure out how you’re wasting time and make some progress eliminating that time wasting activity?   If so, high fives.   If not, here’s a tip.   In Bored and Brilliant, Manoush Zomorodi gives people a 7-Day Challenge to invite more boredom and more brilliance into their lives. Challenge #4 is pretty epic. It’s the fastest way to add two years back to our lives.   Here’s how she puts it: “...more

  • +1: #455 The Master

    Jul 04 2018

    George Leonard was an aikido master who wrote a great little book called Mastery.    It’s a tiny little book packed with a ton of wisdom. I highly recommend it.    There’s one particular passage that’s been tattooed on my mind since I read it over a decade ago. We’re going to talk about that tomorrow. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at how Leonard describes mastery and the other paths that can trip us up.   First, pop quiz! When you think of the path of Mastery and the Master who wal...more

  • +1: #450 Food Poisons Part 2

    Jun 29 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about Rule #1 of Nutrition. You remember what it was?   Basic idea: It’s not what you start eating that has the most positive impact. It’s what you STOP eating. There aren’t any Fountains of Youth in nature; there ARE poisons. And, you can’t eat enough broccoli to make up for all that pizza.   (So, what did you eliminate?)   Although I did share his high-level perspective, I didn’t share John Durant’s perspective on what he thinks we should remove as I wanted to ma...more

  • +1: #445 Sentence Completions

    Jun 24 2018

    Nathaniel Branden was a fascinating guy. As a teenager he wrote a fan letter to Ayn Rand—which she ignored. Then he wrote another letter a little later which led to an intimate relationship and collaboration.    We’ll save the details of that relationship for another discussion. For now, let’s look at some wisdom from The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem where Nathaniel tells us about a little self-awareness exercise called “sentence completion.”   Here’s how he puts it: “Sentence-completion ...more

  • +1: #440 Exercise vs. Zoloft

    Jun 19 2018

    We’ve talked about how exercise is kinda like taking a little bit of Ritalin and a little bit of Prozac, but somehow we’ve gotten this far into our +1 series without talking about the fact that exercise is as effective as Zoloft in reducing depression.   Get this.   In The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirksy walks us through a little experiment.    Bring clinically depressed individuals into a lab. Split them into three groups. The first group is assigned to four months of aerobic exercise ...more

  • +1: #435 Other Image 101

    Jun 14 2018

    In Self-Image 101, we talked about how to create the most heroically awesome version of yourself by integrating the “Optimus” you and the “en*theos” you into the “Hērōs” you.   We also talked about Other Image 101—aka: How do you see OTHERS?   Walt Whitman helped us out with this idea.    He once said: “In the faces of men and women, I see God.”   Which begs the question: When you look in the faces of men and women, what do YOU see?   That’s actually Today’s +1.   When you’re ...more

  • Food 101 (Intro)

    Jun 10 2018

    How to Feel Empowered Around Food and Fuel Your Awesomely Authentic Life

  • +1: #430 Chewing on 100k Words Per Day

    Jun 09 2018

    Here's another little gem from Dan Pink’s To Sell Is Human. (The man is a brilliant writer and a treasure-trove of goodness.)   He tells us that, according to research from McKinsey: “the typical American hears or reads more than one hundred thousand words every day.”   Think about that for a moment.   100,000 words. EVERY DAY.   When I think about that, I immediately think of a few things: A Lion, a King, and a Monk.    Specifically, I think about Alberto Villoldo’s wisdom that we a...more

  • +1: #425 It’s Always Hard

    Jun 04 2018

    Emerson is learning how to read and I’m the lucky guy who gets to teach him.   The other day Emerson wrote his first word: “mom.” Then he busted out “dad.” Then he was able to write his name by himself. (I get a little misty just typing that.)   I don’t hang on to much “stuff” but those first, handwritten words are now my most prized possessions.   Philosophically, it’s amazing to see how something that is super hard — like, for example, Emerson writing an “a” — suddenly becomes “...more

  • +1: #420 WOOPy WOOP!

    May 30 2018

    Yesterday we reviewed our Motivation Equation. I hope you took the time to hang out with your #1 Wildly Important Goal and run it through the little magical formula.    And, if not: Pardon the soapbox moment but… Um… Well, hmmmm…    We can’t incrementally crush it together if we’re not actually PRACTICING these ideas on a consistent (read: daily!) basis.    We’ve gotta move from THEORY to PRACTICE and there’s only ONE way to do that…   PRACTICE! PRACTICE!! PRACTICE!!!   Ahem. I am now s...more

  • +1: #415 Your Grand Purpose

    May 25 2018

    One of the themes we come back to again and again is the basic idea of loving what is — whether that’s via Byron Katie’s wisdom or the Stoics or the Serenity Prayer.   Here’s another take on it that I’ve found super helpful.   Vernon Howard tells us: “If your grand purpose in life is to wake up, then whatever happens to you is good, for it can prod you into self-awakening.”   And, he says: “If it takes apparent misfortune to turn us into true philosophers and doers of good to receive...more

  • +1 #410 Command & (/or) Obey

    May 20 2018

    In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche tells us: “He who cannot command himself should obey. And many can command themselves, but much is still lacking before they can obey themselves.”   How epic is that?!   Let’s slow down and read it again: “He who cannot command himself should obey. And many can command themselves, but much is still lacking before they can obey themselves.”   To translate: Can’t figure out what you should do? No big deal. Just get used to following orders from someone...more

  • +1: #422 Levity + Gravity = Buoyancy

    May 02 2018

    Dan Pink tells us that To Sell Is Human.   Although only 1 in 9 Americans is technically in sales, he says that the other 8 in 9 spend a ton of their time in “non-sales selling.” In fact, the research he commissioned shows that we spend around 40% (!) of our time (or 24 minutes out of every working hour!) trying to move people to do things—whether that’s pitching an idea to colleagues or trying to change someone’s behavior.   (That’s, obviously a lot. And, being good at that is, obvio...more

  • +1: #390 Cancer’s Achilles: How to Exploit

    Apr 30 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about our 80/20 180 phase in which we implemented a number of high-leverage lifestyle changes.   After that stabilization and Optimizing process, we went deep into what research shows to be a REALLY powerful targeted therapy for cancer: a ketogenic diet.   In fact, we hired the woman who literally wrote the book on it.   That book is called Keto for Cancer. Its author, Miriam Kalamian has been my brother’s day-to-day nutritionist for the last x weeks. She and her...more

  • Public Speaking 101 (Intro)

    Apr 28 2018

    We’ve had a lot of people ask for a class on Public Speaking. It tends to freak a lot of people out which is why Idea #1 features Jerry Seinfeld’s quip that most people are so afraid of public speaking that they’d prefer to *receive* a eulogy than give one. (Hah.) Alas, if you have any fears over speaking in public, you’re not alone. Enter: Common humanity. And, enter my own stories about my fears and my favorite ways to alchemize that energy. (“I’m excited!” + “Bring it on!” + threat vs. challe...more

  • +1: #385 Two Theories on the Origins of Cancer

    Apr 25 2018

    So, on one hand, as per our last +1, science shows that genes play a surprisingly small role in the cause of cancer.   Yet…   Guess where nearly all of that $100 billion of research money has has been spent?   Yep.   We’ve spent $100 billion dollars on research and we spend $100 billion dollars on cancer medications every year operating under the assumption that cancer is, primarily, a genetic issue.   To put it directly, that appears to be the essence of why we’ve failed to win the war on ...more

  • Cooking 101 (Intro)

    Apr 21 2018

    What You Can Do on a Daily Basis to Optimize Your Nutrition in an Easy and Practical Way.

  • +1: #380 Seneca Says: Be Harsh with Yourself at Times

    Apr 20 2018

    In our last couple +1s, we had some fun at the hospital with our Stoic friends Seneca and Epictetus.    Recall Epictetus’ wisdom that sometimes good philosophy feels more like a trip to the hospital than a spa. (Ouch!)   Seneca echoes this wisdom in Letters from a Stoic where he says, “Be harsh with yourself at times.”   Now, of course, this does NOT mean that we need to go around like that albino monk from The da Vinci Code mutilating ourselves. (Yowsers!)   But…    It DOES mean tha...more

  • +1: #375 You, a Farmer and His Horse

    Apr 15 2018

    Once upon a time in a land far away, there was an old farmer.   This man had a horse.   Then, one day, his horse ran away.    All the neighbors said, “Gah!! That’s such a bummer. What bad luck.”   The man said, “Maybe. It is what is.”   Then, one day, the horse returned!! And, lo and behold, the horse brought along a bunch of wild stallions with him!   All the neighbors said, “Wow!! That’s incredible. What good luck!”   The man said, “Maybe. It is what it is.”   At this point in the ...more

  • +1: #370 Mistake-Learner’s High

    Apr 10 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about Phil Stutz’ great phrase: “Endlessly evolving process.”   Phil likes to draw upward spiraling loops to describe the flow of evolving into the best version of ourselves.   In fact, his spiraling loops are almost identical to Ray Dalio’s spiraling loops. Remember his? We unpacked his 5-Steps to Success model not too long ago.   The super-quick recap: You start with an audacious goal. Then you fail. Then you figure out why you failed. Then you design a better so...more

  • +1: #365 Fingers and Lectures

    Apr 05 2018

    Please extend your pointer finger and shake it as if you’re lecturing someone — saying something like, “You shouldn’t do this, this and this! Do that, that and that!”   Thank you.   Now, look at your hand and count how many fingers are pointing at the person you’re lecturing and how many fingers are pointing back at you.   Unless you’re missing a digit, you should see one finger pointing at the lucky recipient of your lecture and THREE fingers pointing back at you.   You may want to pay att...more

  • Conquering Cancer 102 (Intro)

    Mar 31 2018

  • +1: #360 Isn’t That Extreme?

    Mar 31 2018

    Susan Peirce Thompson wrote a great book called Bright Line Eating. She has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of eating.    Before all that, Susan was addicted to cocaine and food and basically everything else — which gives her a very nice vantage point from which to talk about how to recover from addiction.   In her book and programs, she applies the bright lines of Willpower 101 we talk about all the time to the fundamentals of Nutrition 101...more

  • +1: #355 The Decade View

    Mar 26 2018

    Matthew Kelly has written a number of great books. We have Notes on three of them: Perfectly Yourself, The Rhythm of Life and Off Balance.   In Off Balance, Mathew tells us that if we want to change the trajectory of our lives (and/or careers), we need to change the period of time we think about.   Here’s how he puts it: “So, the first step is, don’t be in too much of a hurry to create the ideal life you have imagined. Personal and professional satisfaction are built like a castle, one ...more

  • +1: #350 Wealth thru Profound Service

    Mar 21 2018

    When I worked with Steve Chandler, one of the themes of our work together was “creating wealth through profound service.”   I just love that phrase: “Wealth through profound service.”   Steve wrote a great book called Wealth Warrior and he’s the one who inspired me to look up the ancient meaning of the word “astonish.” It’s from the Latin ex "out" + tonare "to thunder." It literally means "to leave someone thunderstruck.” Or, as I like to say, “to strike with lightning.”   Steve s...more

  • +1: #345 No More Ice Cubes, Please

    Mar 16 2018

    A couple +1s ago we talked about taking a systems approach to disease vs. just a symptoms approach. We referenced Dr. Junger’s metaphor of a wise gardener tending to the roots.   Which reminds me of T Harv Eker’s line: “In every forest, on every farm, in every orchard on earth, it’s what’s under the ground that creates what’s above the ground. That’s why placing your attention on the fruits that you have already grown is futile. You cannot change the fruits that are already hanging on the...more

  • +1: #340 How to Win the Cancer War

    Mar 11 2018

    Continuing our Anticancer theme, let’s chat about another brilliant idea from David Servan-Schreiber’s book, Anticancer.   Imagine this.   It’s 1942. Hitler has amassed an army of one million Nazi soldiers. They’re pushing to take over Russia — which finds itself so undermanned that adolescents and schoolgirls who have never used a firearm are joining the fight.    Miraculously, the Russians are able to resist. But, knowing they can’t sustain the defense, their leader shifts their strategy...more

  • +1: #335 Meet Your Telomeres

    Mar 06 2018

    Elizabeth Blackburn won a Nobel Prize for her research on telomerase — the enzyme that nourishes our telomeres. She wrote a book called The Telomere Effect with another world-class researcher named Elissa Epel in which they tell us just how powerful our telomeres are.   Today, we’re going to meet our telomeres.   But first, a quick pronunciation lesson: I always thought “telomeres” was pronounced “tell-o-meres” but, apparently, it’s pronounced “tee-lo-meres.”   Alright. With that out ...more

  • +1: #330 Hit the Rock

    Mar 01 2018

    In our last +1, we took a quick look at Warren Buffett’s three-step goal setting process and then chatted about how it fits into our Big 3: Energy + Family + Service.   First, pop quiz: Did you do that exercise? If not, all good but…    If we want to move from theory to practice and from merely consuming these ideas to actually deeply thinking about and LIVING these ideas, we’ve gotta do the work.   The image that comes to mind for me is a stonecutter.    Imagine a guy (or gal) banging away...more

  • Conquering Cancer 101 (Intro)

    Feb 25 2018

    Ready to conquer anxiety? Our first step is to embrace the fact that it happens and then we’ll quit making it worse as we choose a target (calm confidence!), get our fundies in order, remember to breathe (deeply + properly), turn the serenity key in our brains, do some Olympic-style focus training so we see challenges not threats as we exit our mind and enter the moment. We’ll also look at how to create calm confidence in 5 steps and how to tap into infinite calm confidence. Tame those gremlins ...more

  • +1: #325 The Psychology of Hope

    Feb 24 2018

    Rick Snyder was the founder of research into the science of hope. And, he was one of the pioneers of the positive psychology movement. In fact, he literally wrote the textbook on “Positive Psychology.”   He documented just how important hope is to our overall well-being and tells us that there are three primary components to having high hope: Goals + Willpower + Waypower.   It all starts with a Goal. Happy people have projects. And, happy, hopeful people have GOALS! They have a future...more

  • +1: #320 You, Buddha and Your Fundies

    Feb 19 2018

    In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that when he was a young monk he thought the Buddha never suffered.    Then, as he matured, he realized that OF COURSE the Buddha suffered. He had a body so he had to at least occasionally get a headache or a stomachache. And, when a friend died, he’d feel sad. He was a human being. Therefore, he experienced pain and suffering.   Of course, he was also the enlightened Buddha so he was very good at regaining his equanimity.   Which leads to a...more

  • +1: #315 Expecto Patronum!

    Feb 14 2018

    Continuing our Harry Potter theme, let’s explore how to deal with dementors in your life.   Recall that dementors are big, ugly, wraith-like creatures that feed on and suck all the happiness out of you. And, if they’re feeling really feisty, they’ll give you a kiss that sucks your soul right out of you. (Yikes!)    Also recall that there’s a special way to deal with these foul creatures. It’s called the Patronus Charm.    Here’s how Professor Lupin describes it to Harry in The Prisoner...more

  • +1: #310 The 2nd Arrow

    Feb 09 2018

    In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that suffering is a part of life.    You can’t create a beautiful lotus flower without some stinky mud. As he says, lotuses don’t grow in marble. And… You can’t create a happy, flourishing life without some suffering. That’s just how it is. We need to embrace that reality.   In fact, Thay (as he’s known to his students) tells us that a big part of happiness is learning how to “suffer well.” We want to quit making our suffering worse than it need...more

  • PNTV: The Art of Connection by Michael Gelb

    Feb 07 2018

    Michael Gelb is one of the world’s leading creativity teachers. He’s also a qi gong and aikido master who wrote one of my favorite books: “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.” In this book, he teaches us the art of creating connection. Big Ideas we explore include how to optimize our ability to connect (practice with the little moments!), The Pygmalion Effect (aka the self-fulfilling prophecy), the importance of centering for conflict resolution, and how our addiction to digital devices (ADD) i...more

  • +1: #305 Spiritual Farts

    Feb 04 2018

    ​​In our last +1, we explored the analytics of American farting behaviors and compared that to the even more prolific Facebook-liking behaviors. (Laughing.) Today, we’re going to explore the subject of farts a little more.​ ​​A particular, shall we say, spicy variety of farts.​​ Spiritual farts. ​​Yes, spiritual farts. ​​What are spiritual farts, you ask?

  • PNTV: Wired to Create by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman

    Feb 02 2018

    This book started out as a blog post by Carolyn Gregoire based on Scott Barry Kaufman’s work that went viral: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. Scott is one of the world’s leading creativity researchers. Carolyn is a senior writer at the Huffington Post. Together, they wrote a great little book on the mysteries of the creative mind. Big Ideas we explore include: the fact that creativity is a messy business (embrace complexity!), the power of walking for daydreaming (all the cool p...more

  • PNTV: The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala

    Jan 31 2018

    Emma Seppälä is the science director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She also has a popular blog called Fulfillment Daily. In this great little book, she walks us through the latest scientific research on everything from resilience, willpower and compassion to positive stress, creativity, and mindfulness. Big Ideas we explore include how to find fulfillment (hint: it’s in this moment—right now!), how to skillfully surf stress waves, the most powerful leve...more

  • +1: #300 Play Well the Given Part

    Jan 31 2018

    Epictetus told us that we don’t always get to pick the position we have in life. Our job is to make sure we play that role well.    Specifically, he said: “Remember that thou art an actor in a play of such a kind as the teacher (author) may choose; if short, of a short one; if long, of a long one: if he wishes you to act the part of a poor man, see that you act the part naturally; if the part of a lame man, of a magistrate, of a private person, (do the same). For this is your duty, to act w...more

  • Abundance 101 (Intro)

    Jan 28 2018

    I created 25 classes before we got to money/wealth/etc. That was deliberate. (Virtue for the win!) And… It was fun to create this class and share my thoughts on how to create true wealth. First idea? We’ve gotta remember that the Ultimate Currency/the reason we do *anything* is to be Happy. Therefore, we want to run our pursuit of material abundance through that lens. Then we talk about how to become psychologically wealthy (billionaires, baby!) (and look at how to Optimize your balance sheet), ...more

  • PNTV: Head Strong by Dave Asprey

    Jan 26 2018

    Dave Asprey is a fascinating guy. He’s a professional bio-hacking machine whose publicly-stated goal is to live to 180. We covered his last book called The Bulletproof Diet and our kitchen’s pantry is filled with a bunch of his Bulletproof products. In this book, he unveils his best bio-hacks for, as the sub-title suggests, “activating untapped brain energy to work smarter and think faster.” Big Ideas we explore: Your brain on energy, kryptonite dust (what’re yours?), mitochondria (one QUADRILLI...more

  • + 1: #295 Newton's First Law: Fine Print

    Jan 26 2018

    In our last +1 we talked about Isaac Newton and his First Law of Motion. Recall the basics: An object at rest will stay at rest. An object in motion will stay in motion.   Today I’d like to look at the fine print of that Law.   Let’s dust it off and read the whole thing again.    *unfurls parchment*   “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by some outside force.”   Oh! We missed the last part i...more

  • PNTV: The As If Principle by Richard Wiseman

    Jan 24 2018

    William James once said: “If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.” In this book, Richard Wiseman, Britain’s official professor in “the Public Understanding of Psychology” walks us through the astonishing array of research that proves what he calls the “As If Principle.” Big Ideas we explore include an exploration of the fact that feelings follow behavior, how to make yourself happy, the paradox of rewards, and how to create a new you.

  • PNTV: Trying Not to Try by Edward Slingerland

    Jan 18 2018

    Edward Slingerland is one of the world’s leading experts on both ancient Chinese thought AND modern cognitive science. This book is a melding of those two realms. It’s a truly fascinating read. I read it in a day and felt like I was spending the day hanging out with a brilliant thinker—getting privileged access to twenty years of deep thinking. If you’re into ancient wisdom and modern science I think you’ll love the book as much as I did. Big Ideas we explore include defining wu-wei + de (one of...more

  • PNTV: Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

    Jan 16 2018

    Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times journalist (and Harvard MBA) who wrote the best-selling book The Power of Habit in which he walked us through the science of building better habits. In this book, he walks us through the science of being productive so we can be smarter, faster and better at everything we do. It’s a great book packed with fascinating stories and practical applications. Big Ideas we explore include the 2 keys to motivation, how to build your focus, the best way t...more

  • +1: #285 How Are You Intelligent?

    Jan 15 2018

    In our last +1, we had fun hanging out with your Genius.    Recall: EVERYONE in ancient Roman times was said to have their own guiding spirit, or “genius” that helped them rock it.    That reminds me of Sir Ken Robinson. In The Element, he tells us that our whole concept of “intelligence” is backward.   Rather than ask, “How intelligent are you?” we SHOULD be asking “HOW are you intelligent?”   We all have our own Geniuses. And… We all have our own different kinds of Intelligence.    ...more

  • PNTV: Breathe by Belisa Vranich

    Jan 12 2018

    Breathing. It’s obviously important. And... I’m beginning to realize *just* how important it is. In fact, breathing properly is quickly becoming my #1 fundamental. Belisa Vranich is a clinical psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts on how to breathe right. In this Note, we take a quick peek at why breathing is so important, learn how to measure your Vital Lung Capacity, observe the difference between Clark Kent and Superman and get to work on training the most important and underapp...more

  • PNTV: Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker

    Jan 10 2018

    Eric Barker is the creator of the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree, which “presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life.” This is a REALLY engaging, well-written, compelling book. Eric takes us on a fun adventure through the science of what *really* works. And, as the sub-title suggests: How most of what you *think* works, is either a LOT more nuanced than you may have been led to believe or is just plain wrong. Big Ideas we explore include why valedictorians don’...more

  • +1: #280 How to Flourish

    Jan 10 2018

    Martin Seligman is basically the Godfather of the Positive Psychology movement. He’s written a number of seminal books on the science of well-being.   When Seligman first kicked off the Positive Psychology party, he wrote a book called Authentic Happiness. A decade later, he updated his thinking with a book called Flourish.   Short story: A good life isn’t just about maintaining a positive emotional state represented by that big yellow smiley face. A good life is about moving toward your hig...more

  • PNTV: The Ultra Mindset by Travis Macy

    Jan 08 2018

    Travis Macy is best known as the record-setting champion of Leadman—“a sort of six-week Grand Prix of Ultra Endurance” that consists of a jaw-dropping number of challenges. This book is a fun look at the eight principles that make up the Ultra Mindset Travis uses to do extraordinary things. Big Ideas we explore include: Your new mantra, what to do when you don’t feel like it, thinking about thinking, making the choice to give up choice, and never quitting… except when you should quit (w/a great ...more

  • +1: #275 First Things First

    Jan 05 2018

    One of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is “First Things First.” He also wrote a whole book by the same name.   But you know where he got that phrase?   Peter Drucker.   It was Drucker who said “Put first things first.”   And you know what he said we should do with “second things.” He said we should ignore them. Specifically, he said, “First things first — and second things not at all.” (He also said, “If there is one ‘secret’ of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective e...more

  • PNTV: The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry

    Jan 02 2018

    The Plant Paradox. In a nutshell: The plants that nourish us can also hurt us. Dr. Steven Gundry is a renowned cardiologist and heart surgeon. He’s a former professor at Loma Linda University and has authored 300+ peer-reviewed articles on using diet and supplements to eliminate a bunch of diseases. And, to put it in perspective: He’s Tony Robbins’s doctor. Big Ideas we explore include Rule #1 of nutrition (and life) (hint: STOP eating/doing stuff that doesn’t work for you), the little edible en...more

  • +1: #250 Incremental to Bam!

    Jan 01 2018

    As all parents know, one of the most amazing things about having kids is watching them hit new milestones—when, one day, they can do what was impossible just the day before.   This recently happened in the Johnson house.   Our little baby Eleanor went from not being able to crawl to being able to cruise all over the place in what appeared to be the span of 24 hours. Of course, that’s life changing not just for her but for mom and dad as well. (Hah!)   As a father who happens to be a lover o...more

  • +1: #245 On a Bad Team?

    Jan 01 2018

    In our last +1, Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin told us that leadership is all about EXTREME Ownership. No excuses. No blaming. Ever.   They tell us that, ultimately, there are no bad teams per se, only bad leaders. To bring the point home, they tell us a story about guys in boats.   Imagine Navy SEAL training. You’re already exhausted from weeks of basic training. Now it’s time for Hell Week.   One of the most brutal aspects of the training is when the aspiring SEALs are split in...more

  • +1: #240 Our Minds Must Relax

    Jan 01 2018

    In our last +1, we talked about the Cal Newport-inspired “Shut-down complete!”   First, quick check in: You win that game?   Get this: Seneca was talking about the same thing 2,000 years ago.    As you may know, Seneca was born around the time Jesus was born. He was one of history’s leading Stoic philosophers. In addition to being one of the wealthiest people of Rome and a statesman plus advisor to emperors, he was also a playwright and is considered the creator of the essay.   In one of hi...more

  • +1: #235 Regret, Science Of

    Jan 01 2018

    Mark Twain tells us that twenty years from now we will be more disappointed by the things we didn't do than by the things we did do. So, he says, we should throw off the bowlines and sail away from the safe harbor—catching the trade winds in our sails.   Get this: Science agrees.    In The Myths of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky walks us through the fact that we are surprisingly resilient in the face of adversity.    And, we consistently overestimate how bad we’ll feel in the future if some...more

  • +1: #230 Marginal Gains

    Jan 01 2018

    Once upon a time, no British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France. Over 100 years of trying, and, precisely, zero wins. Then a guy named Sir David Brailsford stepped in and created Team Sky. He said that a British cyclist would win the Tour within five years. People thought he was crazy. Until they won it in two years. Then, for good measure, they won four of the next five races as well.  How’d he do it? Marginal gains. He looked for all the tiny little places where he could Optimize.  Things...more

  • +1: #225 How to Avoid Burnout

    Jan 01 2018

    Continuing our theme of sharpening our saw and resting before we get tired, let’s figure out how to avoid burnout.   Tal Ben-Shahar wrote a great book on how to quit being a perfectionist. He tells us that the root cause of fatigue, anxiety, depression and burnout in the corporate world “is not hard work; the problem is insufficient recovery.”   Think about that for a moment.   The problem isn’t that we WORK too hard per se. It’s that we don’t RECOVER enough.   That’s a really powerful dis...more

  • +1: #220 Put First Things First

    Jan 01 2018

    We’re officially on a roll with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We’ve covered Habit #1: Be Proactive and Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind.   Today? Habit #3: Put First Things First.   Here’s the short story: Covey tells us that some things matter and other things don’t. Highly Effective People know the difference and they “Put First Things First.”   As Goethe said: “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.”   Covey shares a handy-dandy fo...more

  • +1: #215 Proving Yourself Right

    Jan 01 2018

    When Peyton Manning was released from the Indianapolis Colts after fourteen seasons, a number of teams recruited him. He picked the Denver Broncos.   Now, when he decided to go with the Broncos, he didn’t say to himself, “I hope this works out alright.”   He decided to PROVE HIMSELF RIGHT.   There’s an epically huge difference between those two perspectives.   In one, you kinda-sorta hedge and never really go all in. It’s a good way to protect yourself from the risk of being wrong but it’s ...more

  • +1: #210 You + Michelangelo + Your Potential

    Jan 01 2018

    Legend has it that when Michelangelo stepped up to a block of marble, he could see the finished statue in his mind’s eye. His job was simple: Get rid of what was in the way. That’s a pretty powerful image. Let’s apply it to our lives. Step back from your current life for a moment. Fast-forward 5-10 years. Look within the block of marble that is you and your potential.  SEE the best version of you sitting within that block of marble. Can you see it? You at your best.  Now… What’s in the way of yo...more

  • +1: #205 To Thine Own Self Be True

    Jan 01 2018

    William Shakespeare once told us (via Polonius in Hamlet): “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” For some reason, as a 15-year old in high school, I decided THAT would be the very first quote I ever wrote down and committed to memory. I can still vaguely see my handwriting on a little index card in my mind’s eye. I laugh with joy as I think of that awesome younger version of me thinking that was a quote wor...more

  • +1 #200: The 5 (Greek) Keys to Optimizing

    Jan 01 2018

  • Greatest Year Ever 101 2018 (Intro)

    Dec 31 2017

    Want this year to be the greatest year of your life? Here's how to go about making that happen. We’ll start with a quick inventory of what’s awesome. And, what needs work. Then we’ll move on to imagine THE (!) best version of you in 10 years and 25+ years (eulogy you!) while reflecting on how to make the prior best version of you your new baseline. Then… It’s all about being that version of you NOW. We’ll revisit the fundies and your Big 3 while creating Masterpiece Days, avoiding the pickles an...more

  • +1 #195: Microscopes + Telescopes

    Dec 30 2017

  • PNTV: The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot

    Dec 29 2017

    Pierre Hadot was one of the most influential historians of ancient philosophy. In this book, he gives us an incredible look at Marcus Aurelius and his classic Meditations. You can feel Hadot’s incredible intellectual rigor and equally incredible passion for engaged philosophy. It’s inspiring. Big Ideas we explore include spiritual exercises, your inner citadel, your daimōn, amor fate, turning obstacles upside down and carpe areté.

  • +1 #190: Approach vs. Avoidance

    Dec 29 2017

  • PNTV: The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Donald Robertson

    Dec 27 2017

    Got problems with your soul? These days, you’d see a psychotherapist. But, back in the day, it was the philosopher who’d help you optimize—they were the preferred physician of the soul. This book is about the philosophical roots of modern psychotherapy. Specifically, it outlines the connection between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Stoicism. Big Ideas we explore include being a warrior of the mind vs. a librarian of the mind, your highest human purpose, getting on good terms with your in...more

  • +1 #185: The Angel's Advocate

    Dec 27 2017

  • PNTV: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

    Dec 25 2017

    This book combines two of my favorite things: Stoicism + Ryan Holiday’s wisdom. Stoicism was one of the most influential philosophy of the Roman world and has continued to influence many of history’s greatest minds. As Ryan says: It’s time to bring it back as a powerful tool “in the pursuit of self-mastery, perseverance, and wisdom.” This is one of the my favorite books ever. Big Ideas we explore: the #1 thing to know about Stoicism, how to create tranquility, a good answer to “What’s the latest...more

  • +1 #180: Thinking vs. Doing

    Dec 25 2017

    In one of my coaching sessions with Phil Stutz he told me to write something down. (He often does that. 😃) He said, “Draw a horizontal line. Above that line, put ‘Thinking Space.’ Below the line, put ‘Work Space.’” Then he asked me, “You know what the ‘Thinking Space’ is good for?” I didn’t have a very good answer. He said, “NOTHING. Nothing happens in the Thinking Space.” Hah. Obviously, stepping back and thinking about things is a vital skill but the fact is, nothing actually HAPPENS un...more

  • +1 #175: How Caffeine Really Works

    Dec 24 2017

    Do you know how caffeine actually works? Most of us think that caffeine gives us energy. But what it actually does is mask our fatigue—making us feel more energized than we actually are. Here’s the quick story on what’s going on behind the scenes. One of the by-products of being awake and having your neurons fire is a neurotransmitter called adenosine. As adenosine accumulates in your brain, you get tired—cueing you to go to sleep to recover. Caffeine is structurally very similar to adenosin...more

  • PNTV: The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy

    Dec 22 2017

    Darren Hardy is the publisher of SUCCESS magazine. His message is clear: We are living in the era of greatest opportunity in human history. There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. NOW IS THE TIME to hop on the entrepreneur roller coaster. Big Ideas we explore include the importance of getting super freaky, practicing getting up after getting knocked down, setting the pace as an effective leader and remember it’s the fear of fear we fear.

  • +1 #170: Eating Sugar in an fMRI Machine

    Dec 22 2017

    In our last couple +1s, we’ve been hanging out in an fMRI scanning our brains and seeing some fascinating stuff. Let’s stay in there for one more study on how your brain lights up in different ways depending on the food you eat. First, a little background: David Ludwig is a professor and researcher at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He has both an M.D. and a Ph.D. and is one of the world’s leading researchers on the science of optimal nutrition. He’s overseen d...more

  • PNTV: Unsubscribe by Jocelyn K. Glei

    Dec 20 2017

    This is a quick-reading, smart, practical guide on how to, as the sub-title suggests, “Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done. My kind of book. I *highly* recommend it. Big Ideas we explore include rats + rewards (real vs. random), progress hacks to conquer the progress paradox, saying “YES!!!” en route to saying “No” plus the physics of emails and 21st century superpowers.

  • +1 #165: Flow

    Dec 20 2017

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the world’s leading researchers studying the science of well-being. He co-founded the Positive Psychology movement with Martin Seligman and has written landmark books on Creativity and Flow. After surveying thousands of people, Mihaly was able to shine some light on that elusive state in which we’re at our best. In fact, he’s the one who coined the word “Flow.” Here’s the basic idea: Imagine drawing two lines. On the x axis we have our Skill level. On the y a...more

  • +1 #160: Presence

    Dec 19 2017

    In our last +1, we talked about the fact that the word courage comes from the Latin word for “heart.” Just as our heart pumps blood to the rest of our body, our COURAGE pumps energy to our other virtues. Here’s one of the simplest, easiest and most powerful ways to build your courage in any given moment. Strike a pose. A courageous, power pose. As we’ve discussed so many times, the relationship between our feelings and our behaviors is what researchers describe as “bidirectional.” It goes bo...more

  • PNTV: The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

    Dec 18 2017

    Sonja Lyubomirsky is one of the world’s leading positive psychology researchers. Her award-winning and very well-funded research is on “the possibility of permanently increasing happiness.” intensity and how to set goals.

  • +1 #155: Precommitment

    Dec 17 2017

    In our last +1, we talked about the power of recommitting. You make a big commitment, then you fall a little off track. No big deal, REcommit and continue on. Today, we’re going to add a little letter to recommitment. It’s a “P.” We’ll drop it in right at the beginning. Giving us: PREcommitment. So, now we have: Precommitment. Commitment. And Recommitment. Science says precommitment is one of the most powerful tools in the Willpower tool chest. They even give precommitments a pretty cool na...more

  • PNTV: Love 2.0 by Barbara Fredrickson

    Dec 15 2017

    Ready to upgrade your vision of love? Then you’re in for a treat with this fantastic book by Barbara Fredrickson. Barbara is one of the world’s leading positive psychologists. The book is incredibly well-written, deeply inspiring and incredibly practical as well. In fact, I just told Alexandra that this book might be the one that most positively impacts my life. Big Ideas we explore include: Love 1.0 vs. Love 2.0, taking a trip to Vagus, identifying our prevailing desire, #1 tip: create 3 loving...more

  • +1 #150: Hedonic Adaptation

    Dec 15 2017

    In our last +1 we hopped on a treadmill with Will Smith and Smokeybot. Today, let’s hop on a treadmill with well-being researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky. Sonja is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of what is called “hedonic adaptation.” Basically, hedonic adaptation is a fancy phrase for our tendency to get used to good things. The way we so easily adapt to awesome stuff is kinda like being on a treadmill. You get fired up about making $x per year or having a certain car or house o...more

  • +1 #145: Opportunities to Move

    Dec 14 2017

    Continuing our movement-is-good for you theme, let’s talk about how Michelle Segar looks at this. You may recall that Michelle is one of the world’s leading researchers on the science of actually DOING the things you know are good for you. In her book No Sweat she tells us that we need to find “opportunities to move” throughout the day. Her clients like to shorten that to OTMs. OTMs. Opportunities to Move. Little things. They exist all day, every day. And, if we want to make our TRILLIONS (...more

  • PNTV: The Way of the SEAL by Mark Divine

    Dec 13 2017

    A former U.S. Navy SEAL Commander, Mark Divine integrates the ancient warrior traditions with grounded, practical virtue and 21st century get-it-done effectiveness in a way that I find incredibly inspiring. Big Ideas we cover include the power of front-sight focus, how to DIRECT your mind, going Yoda on your commitments and creating micro goals when things are tough.

  • +1 #140: Stop Stopping

    Dec 12 2017

    Men’s Health says that Dean Karnazes is one of the 100 Fittest Men of ALL Time. He’s done crazy things—like running 350 miles at once. Plus running a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. Then there was the time he ran 50 marathons in all 50 US states in 50 days—finishing with the NYC Marathon which he banged out in 3 hours flat. (Nice!) In our interview about his great book The Road to Sparta, I asked him what ONE piece of wisdom he would share with someone looking to Optimize th...more

  • PNTV: The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown

    Dec 11 2017

    Patrick McKeown is one of the world’s leading teachers of the Buteyko Breathing Method which was created in the 1950s by a Russian doctor named Dr. Konstantin Buteyko. McKeown suffered from asthma for decades until he found the Buteyko Method. At which point, he reversed his asthma symptoms and then dedicated his life to helping others optimize their breathing. In this book, he extends the Buteyko Method into an approach he calls the Oxygen Advantage. Big Ideas we cover include the #1 obstacle t...more

  • +1 #135: Repairing Relationships

    Dec 10 2017

    In our last +1 we chatted about the difference between FALLING in love and STANDING in love. It’s easy to fall in love. It’s considerably more challenging to stand in love—whether we’re talking about an intimate relationship with a significant other, a child or a dear friend. So, know this: We’re inevitably going to run into conflict and challenges in our intimate relationships. THAT’S A GIVEN Today’s +1 is a key practice for STANDING in love. Leading mindfulness and neuroscience and relati...more

  • +1 #130: What's Your Partner’s #1 Self-Care Habit?

    Dec 09 2017

    In our last +1, we talked about the importance of identifying and installing your #1 self-care habit. Today I want to talk about another SUPER important thing: Identifying your significant other’s (or kids’ or friends’ or colleagues’) #1 self-care habit. Fact is, great relationships are only created by two healthy people. 1 + 1. If you want to Optimize the love in your life, you’d be wise to a) start by Optimizing yourself and b) support your partner (assuming they want the support!) Optimiz...more

  • PNTV: Rethinking Narcissism by Craig Malkin

    Dec 08 2017

    Dr. Craig Malkin is an author, clinical psychologist, and Instructor of Psychology for Harvard Medical School. He’s also one of the world’s leading authorities on the science of narcissism. In this book, he shares “The bad—and surprising good—about feeling special.” The short story? Narcissism is a lot more nuanced than we might have been led to believe. Big Ideas we explore: the Myth of Narcissus, the Spectrum of Narcissism, healthy narcissism (no, that isn’t an oxymoron), how to bring it forth...more

  • +1 #125: Follow Your Grunt

    Dec 07 2017

    In our last +1, we talked about Scott Adams’s wisdom on Wishing vs. Deciding (https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/deciding-vs-wishing/). The key difference? When we DECIDE, we get clear on what we want AND we get clear on the price we’ll need to pay. Then… We get busy paying it. Scott tells us that one of the ways to reduce the price and make it more palatable is to create systems. He’s ALL about systems. In fact, he tells us that “Goals are for losers.” (Hah.) We obviously need goals but he sa...more

  • PNTV: Coaching the Mental Game by Harvey Dorfman

    Dec 06 2017

    Harvey Dorfman was one of the world’s leading mental training experts. Major League Baseball described him as a “pioneering sports psychologist.” He earned World Series rings as the mental skills coach for both the Oakland A’s and Florida Marlins. In this book, he covers the A to Z of mental discipline. Big Ideas we explore include Carpe momentum (seize the task at hand!), the peak performance cycle (approach + results + response), the blind men (and their elephant), and Percussus Resurgo (“Stru...more

  • +1 #120: Pulling Power

    Dec 05 2017

    In our last +1 we talked about the magic of creating a hoped-for future vision that has super-strong "Pull Power." Today we're going to talk about Pull Power's best friend, Pulling Power. Step 1. Create a vision for your future that truly fires you up. Got it? Great. Pull Power in place. Step 2. Now, imagine that future sitting there in a bag on the ground about 25 feet in front of you. That bag weighs a lot. It's tied to a rope that's right down by your feet. Step 3. Your mission, should yo...more

  • PNTV: Irresistible by Adam Alter

    Dec 04 2017

    Irresistible. That’s the perfect word to describe the growing array of addictive technologies that are capturing so much of our attention these days. And, it’s the perfect name for the book. Adam Alter is an associate professor of marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business. This is a great book on, as the sub-title suggests, “The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.” Big Ideas we explore include the fact Steve Jobs didn’t let his own kids use an iPad (why?), why a...more

  • +1 #115: Smile!

    Dec 04 2017

    Get this: Scientists can bring people into a lab and have them hold a pen in their mouths in one of two different ways to elicit two very different outcomes. One group comes in and holds a pen between their lips. The other group holds the pen between their teeth. (Try it to feel the difference!) Guess what? The group that holds the pen between their teeth (which, you may notice, creates a sort of smile) are HAPPIER at the end of the experiment than people who hold the pen between their lips (...more

  • +1 #110: Desirable Difficulties

    Dec 02 2017

    We’re on a roll with the whole “embrace challenges on your epic quest!” theme so how about one more +1 on the subject? Malcolm Gladwell wrote a great book called David and Goliath in which he walks us through some fascinating stories that demonstrate the fact that sometimes what we perceive to be our greatest weaknesses can actually be turned into our greatest strengths. Scientists call these “desirable difficulties.” Imagine that, difficulties that are desirable. Like what? Well, how about...more

  • PNTV: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

    Dec 01 2017

    Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He’s also an extraordinary, best-selling author of a number of books. Short story: Want to get things right? Use a checklist. Sounds too silly to work but… It does. Period. Big Ideas we explore include two reasons we err (ignorance + ineptitude), what to do about it (checklists!), how to reduce your Masterpiece Day mortality rate by at least 47% (checklists!), why Van Halen doesn’t like brown M&M’s (checklists!), and your Big 3 Key...more

  • +1 #105: Resistance Breathing

    Nov 30 2017

    What do you think is the most important, underappreciated muscle in your body? Think about that for a moment. What’s your guess? I think this is the most underappreciated muscle in my body: ___________________________. Well, get this: Breathing experts tell us that the award for the most underappreciated muscle in the human body goes to… your diaphragm—that little, SUPER (!) important muscle down there right below your lungs. Recall: You can live for weeks without food, days without water, ...more

  • PNTV: The Progress Principle by Steven Kramer and Teresa Amabile

    Nov 29 2017

    Teresa Amabile is the Director of Research at Harvard Business School. It’s pretty much impossible to read a book on business, creativity, or happiness at work and not run into her research. She wrote this book with her husband, leading developmental psychologist Steven Kramer. In it, we learn the secret of joy, engagement and creativity at work. Hint: Small wins! On (important distinction) meaningful stuff. Big Ideas we explore include the power of our “inner work life,” the 3 key influences to...more

  • +1 #100: Euthymia

    Nov 29 2017

    First: Welcome to our 100th +1. It’s a special milestone. Kinda excited about it. 😃 Let’s celebrate it with one of my favorite words ever: euthymia. Seneca talks about the power of euthymia in his classic essays. He tells us that euthymia is all about knowing yourself and having the courage to walk your own authentic path. The English translation of that beautiful word? Tranquility. It’s the feeling we have when we truly TRUST ourselves. When we know we’re headed in the right direction and...more

  • PNTV: The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker

    Nov 27 2017

    Peter Drucker is considered the father of modern management. This book was originally published in 1967. It’s *remarkably* well written and lucid. And, of course, packed with Big Ideas on how to optimize our effectiveness. We cover the 5 key practices/habits of the effective executive: time (first things first; second things never!), contribution (what can you contribute?), strengths (make yours productive; make weaknesses irrelevant), concentration (the secret to effectiveness), decisions (boun...more

  • +1 #95: Mediocrity vs. Excellence

    Nov 27 2017

    In our last few +1s, we’ve been chatting about reaching the Peak of our potential. What’s the alternative? Well, did you know that the Latin root of the word mediocre LITERALLY means to get stuck in the middle of a rugged mountain? Yep. Medius = “middle.” Ocris = “rugged mountain.” Mediocrity. That’s not where we want to get stuck. 😃 How do we make it through that mid-way point and summit the peak of our potential? Let’s open up our Thesaurus for some clues. We’ll start with synonyms ...more

  • +1 #90: Your Declaration of Independence

    Nov 25 2017

    For those of you in the States celebrating today, Happy Independence Day. For everyone else around the world, Happy 4th of July! 😃 The 4th of July. Of course, today we’re celebrating Independence Day. But it’s important to note that we’re not celebrating the day we *won* our independence. We’re celebrating the day we DECLARED our independence. Of course, there was SEVEN YEAR’S worth of blood, sweat, and tears that went into the Revolutionary War to back up that declaration (!!), but that’s...more

  • PNTV: The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Jim Huling, and Stephen Covey

    Nov 24 2017

    I planned to read this book since Cal Newport referenced it in Deep Work. I finally did so in preparation to teach Productivity 101. It’s fantastic. If you’re a business leader or entrepreneur I think you’ll particularly enjoy it. Big Ideas we cover include the 4DX, the whirlwind, your Wildly Important Goals, Lag vs. Lead measures, the power of keeping score, and avoiding the blackhole of the magnificently trivial.

  • +1 #85: 50 Pounds = A

    Nov 24 2017

    Imagine this: It’s your first day of art class. You signed up for an intro class on pottery. (Nice! Go you!) The teacher does something a little weird. He points to one half of the class and says, “On the last day of class I’m going to bring in a bathroom scale. You guys will get an ‘A’ if you produce 50 pounds of pots. A ‘B’ for 40 pounds. 30 pounds gets you a ‘C.’” Then he points to the other half of the class and says, “You guys? You’ll get an ‘A’ for creating an amazing pot. I just need o...more

  • PNTV: Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

    Nov 22 2017

    Brad Stulberg is a writer focused on health and the science of human performance. (Amy Cuddy calls him her favorite health and science writer.) Steve Magness is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world. Together, they’ve written a super-engaging, quick-reading book on how to pursue growth in a healthy, sustainable way—aka, without burning out. Big Ideas we explore include the secret equation of sustainable awesome (Stress + Rest = Growth), just-manageable challenges, the iPhone E...more

  • +1 #80: Time Blocks

    Nov 22 2017

    Continuing our theme of making TODAY (and every day!) a Masterpiece Day, let's take a quick look at Time Blocks. Gary Keller wrote The ONE Thing. He also created the largest real estate agency in the world. In his great little book, he tells us how important it is to ruthlessly focus on what’s most important—the key activities that drive the real results. He takes the 80/20 principle to the extreme and has you continue drilling down on the most important things until you get to the ONE Thing t...more

  • PNTV: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

    Nov 20 2017

    Josh Waitzkin is an extraordinary human. Ever heard of the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer? That’s the story of Josh life. Literally. After a childhood and young adulthood spent dominating chess, Josh then went on to master Tai Chi and became a World Champion. But what he REALLY became was a master of learning and peak performance. Big Ideas we explore include the two approaches to leaning, the downward spiral (what it is and how to avoid it), honoring your unique disposition, investing in los...more

  • +1 #75: Simplify the Battlefield

    Nov 20 2017

    In our last +1 we talked about Spinny Fingers and how to quickly regain our equanimity when life spins us around. Here’s another way. Mark Divine is a former Commander in the Navy SEALs. He tells us that in the chaos of war, elite SEALs are taught to “simplify the battlefield.” When the fog of battle rolls in and things are nowhere near as clear as they were a moment before, it's absolutely essential that we simplify everything. Commander Divine tells us that we need to identify THE next mos...more

  • +1 #70: 5-Minute Sweaty Conversations

    Nov 19 2017

    You know those times when you need to initiate a tough conversation and you're kinda sorta dreading it and avoiding it? One of my old mentors once told me that you just need to move through what he called “sweaty five-minute conversations” to get to the other side of clarity and resolution. Most of us avoid the challenging conversations because we aren’t willing to endure those few minutes of discomfort. I definitely used to avoid them. Now, I remember that Speed Is a Force then I WOOP it, cha...more

  • PNTV: Coming Alive by Barry Michels and Phil Stutz

    Nov 17 2017

    I’m a HUGE fan of Phil and Barry's first book, The Tools. Coming Alive is kinda like The Tools Part 2. In this book, we get four new tools to go along with the original five tools. Big Ideas we explore include how to connect to our Life Force, defeat Part X (their name for that part of each of us that gets in the way), build our confidence and learn to see problems as gifts as we live a GREAT life.

  • +1 #65: Sacrifices vs. Decisions

    Nov 17 2017

    George St-Pierre is one of the greatest mixed martial artists in the world. Ever. Of course, he wasn’t always one of the greatest. At one point, he was just a young guy working as a garbage man who DECIDED he was going to be the best in the world. People around him thought he was crazy. (Of course they did. Who says stuff like that? Hint: People who have a shot at making it happen.) So, when GSP decided (!) he would be the best in the world at what he wanted to do, he also decided what he WAS...more

  • +1 #60: Never Waste a Mis-take

    Nov 15 2017

    Have you ever made a mistake? (Hah.) Right. (I’ve made a mistake or 3 million as well.) Here’s the deal: When we approach it with the right mindset (that would be a growth, experimental mindset), we come to realize that those mistakes are P R E C I O U S. The data we get on what DOESN’T WORK is priceless. Therefore, never (!) beat yourself up about a mis-take. Simply remind yourself that we either win or we learn and that no movie was ever shot from start to finish without a ton of re-tak...more

  • +1 #55: The Law of Diminishing Intent

    Nov 14 2017

    In our last +1, we talked about the fact that Speed Is a Force. Jim Rohn said the same thing a little differently. He told us about the “Law of Diminishing Intent.” The basic idea: The likelihood of doing something diminishes the further away you get from the initial moment of inspiration. So true. And your confidence erodes as well. Not a winning combination. Jim Rohn’s protégé, Tony Robbins, echoes this wisdom as well. He tells us that we must never leave the moment of inspiration without...more

  • +1 #50: Perfectionist vs. Optimalist

    Nov 12 2017

    Speaking of perfectionism, let’s look at the essence of Tal Ben-Shahar’s great book The Pursuit of Perfect. Tal is one of the world’s leading positive psychologists. He taught the largest class in Harvard’s history: Positive Psychology 101. He tells us that there are two distinct forms of perfectionism—one of them is actually adaptive and the other is not. He tells us they are so different that they need different names. There’s the unhealthy perfectionist who suffers from all the things you’...more

  • +1 #45: Bright Lines

    Nov 10 2017

    I dropped out of law school before a semester was over but I do remember one Big Idea from Contracts class. Lawyers like to say that a contract is a good one when there are “bright lines”—when it’s super obvious what everyone is agreeing to. Fuzzy lines? Not so good. We want super crisp, obvious, BRIGHT lines. Research scientists borrowed that phrase to describe one of the key attributes of creating good deals with yourself as you architect your ideal life. They tell us that when we’re buildi...more

  • +1 #40: 3 + 1 = Magic

    Nov 09 2017

    We all have areas of our lives we want to Optimize. Stephen Covey tells us to think about our “Roles and Goals.” Tony Robbins calls it “Categories of Improvement.” The challenge with those is that we can get confused with a near-infinite number of Roles and Categories. I like to boil it down to my Big 3: Energy + Family + Service. Energy. For me, it ALL starts with Energy. If I have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning, I’m going to have a tough time living optimally. Therefore, I p...more

  • +1 #35: Journal Lately?

    Nov 07 2017

    Here’s another simple way to keep your motivation high: Journal. Sonja Lyubomirsky is one of the world’s leading scientists studying well-being. She tells us that one of the most robust ways to boost our optimism and positive thinking (actually, she says it’s "The most robust" strategy) is to journal daily—reflecting on our hopes and dreams, visualizing our success and reflecting on the steps we will take to make it all happen. Ten to twenty minutes per day. Even as little as two minutes has ...more

  • +1 #30: Sharpening the Saw

    Nov 05 2017

    Stephen Covey's seventh habit of Highly Effective People is "Sharpen the Saw." He tells us about the importance of renewal if we want to stay at our best and shares this parable to bring the point home: Imagine walking into a forest. You see a guy sawing a tree. He's working and working and working but not getting very far. His blade is clearly dull. So, you suggest he step back and sharpen the saw a bit. He says that's simply not possible. He's way too busy to slow down to sharpen anything....more

  • +1: #25 - Grateful Flow

    Nov 04 2017

    In our last +1, we chatted about the scientifically-proven power of gratitude: Simply writing down 5 things you're grateful for can boost your happiness up to 25%. (Wow.)    Here’s another way to practice the magic of gratitude right in the moment when you need it most.   The Tools guys call it “Grateful Flow” and it’s one of their ways to deal with any negative feelings you might be experiencing—overwhelm, depression, that sort of ick sauce.   Here’s the quick take on how to put the too...more

  • +1: #20 - How to Stop Thinking

    Nov 02 2017

    Patrick McKeown is one of the world’s leading experts on optimal breathing.    When I interviewed him recently, he made a very interesting point. He said that we spend all our lives in school learning how to think but that we’re never taught how to STOP thinking.   Fact is, most of our “thinking” isn’t thinking at all. We’re simply looping the same unproductive thought over and over again.   Get this: According to a study done at USC, the average person has 70,000 thoughts per day. And,...more

  • +1: #15 - Did I Win?

    Oct 31 2017

    Gold-medal-winning mental toughness coach and author Lanny Bassham is all about focusing on the PROCESS of goal achievement. He tells a great story about one of his clients—a pro golfer.    Now, this professional golfer was struggling a bit. He was setting his goals for the year and Lanny told him not to think about winning tournaments but to put all of his attention on mastering the process of playing well—identifying the key components of a successful shot and then taking it, literally, o...more

  • +1 #10: Antifragile

    Oct 30 2017

    In his great book Antifragile, Nassim Taleb walks us through the fact that there’s a big difference between being fragile, being resilient, and being ANTIfragile.   In short:   If you’re fragile and life hits you hard, you break.   If you’re resilient and life hits you hard, you withstand more and… eventually…  you break.   But…   If you’re ANTIFRAGILE, when life hits you hard you actually get stronger.   Think about that.    The more you get kicked around and challenged by life, the S ...more

  • +1 #5: 3:59.4

    Oct 28 2017

    At this point, most of us know that Roger Bannister was the first person to break the 4-minute mile. Very smart people of his era said that it was impossible. Period. End of story. He, of course, wasn’t so sure.   But here’s what’s awesome: Do you know how Roger trained to do the impossible?    Hint: He broke down his goal into bite-sized pieces.   Here’s how: First, he trained until he could run a quarter mile in a minute. (Nice job!) Then he trained until he could run half a mile in two...more

  • +1: #1 - +1 or -1 = Destiny Math

    Oct 27 2017

    In our last +1, we had fun applying Rumi’s wisdom that God turns us from one feeling to another so we have two wings to fly and not one.   Today, we’ll look at another one of my favorite gems from Rumi.   He tells us: “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”   Think about that.   If you want to be polished (aka Optimized!!), how do you expect to get there if you’re irritated by every little rub of life?   Guess what?   It’s those “rubs” (aka challenges!) that are ...more

  • Journaling 101: Behind the Scenes

    Oct 20 2017

    Here’s a quick look behind the scenes for one of our next classes: Journaling 101: How to Use a Pen and Paper to Create Clarity, Confidence, and Consistency. I hope you enjoy this overview of the class (and my process in creating it)! P.S. Optimize with us: http://optimize.me

  • My morning journaling and strategy thinking (+ Top 10 Books) (behind the scenes)

    Oct 03 2017

    I've been thinking about how I can help you optimize (technically, I'm pretty much *always* obsessing about it) and realized I should probably do some more behind-the-scenes videos to capture my (often messy) thought process about how to take Optimize to the next level and do my life's work while serving you profoundly and creating an exemplary business that scales in the process. This video is the fruits of that. Hope you enjoy! Optimize with us at https://optimize.me P.S. Notes on my Top 10 fa...more

  • Interview: The Art of Connection with Michael Gelb

    Sep 12 2017

    Michael Gelb is one of the world’s leading creativity teachers. He’s also a qi gong and aikido master who wrote one of my favorite books: “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.” In this book, he teaches us the art of creating connection. Big Ideas we explore include how to optimize our ability to connect (practice with the little moments!), The Pygmalion Effect (aka the self-fulfilling prophecy), the importance of centering for conflict resolution, and how our addiction to digital devices (ADD) i...more

  • Interview: Coming Alive with Barry Michels

    Sep 02 2017

    I’m a HUGE fan of Phil and Barry's first book, The Tools. Coming Alive is kinda like The Tools Part 2. In this book, we get four new tools to go along with the original five tools. Big Ideas we explore include how to connect to our Life Force, defeat Part X (their name for that part of each of us that gets in the way), build our confidence and learn to see problems as gifts as we live a GREAT life.

  • Interview: Anxiety Free with Patrick McKeown

    May 13 2017

    This is a quick-reading, simple, practical guide to, as the sub-title suggests, “Stop Worrying and Quieten Your Mind—Featuring the Buteyko Breathing Method and Mindfulness.” If you’re looking for a general introduction to the power of Oxygen, I’d recommend you go with Patrick’s more recent and more all-purpose Oxygen Advantage. If you suffer from anxiety and/or panic attacks, this might be a great place to start. Big Ideas we explore: The #1 rule of breathing, the 2 key benefits of putting your ...more

  • Interview: The Oxygen Advantage with Patrick McKeown

    May 12 2017

    Patrick McKeown is one of the world’s leading teachers of the Buteyko Breathing Method which was created in the 1950s by a Russian doctor named Dr. Konstantin Buteyko. McKeown suffered from asthma for decades until he found the Buteyko Method. At which point, he reversed his asthma symptoms and then dedicated his life to helping others optimize their breathing. In this book, he extends the Buteyko Method into an approach he calls the Oxygen Advantage. Big Ideas we cover include the #1 obstacle t...more

  • Interview: Movement Matters with Katy Bowman

    May 11 2017

    This book is an adaptation of a series of essays Katy created over the last five years in which she unpacks her evolving views on what she calls “movement ecology.” It’s not your typical “do X, Y, and Z” optimal living guidebook. It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at why—as you can guess by the title—Movement Matters and a challenging look at how our individual and cultural decisions have created a sedentary culture and a significant nature debt that few of us ever stop to think about....more

  • Hero Training 101 - Friday PM

    May 06 2017

    Welcome: Your Heroic Quest + Making it a Reality Our world needs heroes today more than ever before. We need YOU to be a Hero. We hope you enjoy this video from Friday Night of our weekend immersion workshop: Hero Training 101. Let’s do this! Watch the entire weekend workshop here: www.optimize.me/hero

  • Interview: The Road to Sparta with Dean Karnazes

    May 05 2017

    Do you know why we call our modern marathon a marathon? You may think you know the real story behind the very first marathon, but in this captivating, inspiring tale, Dean Karnazes (named by Men’s Health as one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time) gives us a deeper look at the man who, 2,500 years ago, ran the first ULTRAmarathon and, in doing so, effectively saved Western civilization. :) Big Ideas we explore: a history lesson The Battle of Marathon, why balance doesn’t lead to happiness (and wh...more

  • Stoicism 101: How to Apply the Ancient Wisdom of Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius to Your Modern Life (Intro)

    Feb 25 2017

    I love Stoicism. In this class we take a quick look at the cast of characters (from founder Zeno to Seneca + Epictetus + Marcus Aurelius) and then dive into the ultimate goal of Stoicism (hint: become bff’s with your inner daimon so you can experience a state of well-being and flourishing) along with the practices that help us apply this wisdom to our lives. We’ll create energized tranquility and equanimity as we have fun becoming our own ideal sages.

  • Interview: Hero Training with David Allen

    Jan 30 2017

    Here's what David Allen has to say about Hero Training 101.

  • Interview: The Leadership Challenge with Jim Kouzes

    Jan 25 2017

    James Kouzes and Barry Posner are two of the world’s preeminent researchers on leadership. This is the 25th anniversary, fifth edition version of their best-selling classic that has sold over 2 million copies. One of the things I most like about this book is the fact that it covers the SCIENCE of leadership. Kouzes and Posnar have been conducting empirical research for over three decades. Big Ideas we explore: The 5 Practices (

  • Interview: The Way of the Seal with Mark Divine

    Jan 17 2017

    A former U.S. Navy SEAL Commander, Mark Divine integrates the ancient warrior traditions with grounded, practical virtue and 21st century get-it-done effectiveness in a way that I find incredibly inspiring. Big Ideas we cover include the power of front-sight focus, how to DIRECT your mind, going Yoda on your commitments and creating micro goals when things are tough.

  • You at your best: What’s it look like? (Behind-the-scenes)

    Jan 06 2017

    Here’s another behind-the-scenes look at how I’m thinking about The Big 3: Energy + Family + Service as we raise our standards to heroic levels. Primary questions: What does you at your best look like in each domain? What will you experience/who will you be when you are your best? (Aka: The Why) And, most importantly, what ONE thing will you do every.single.day to make that ideal self a reality? Hope you enjoy! More on Hero Training 101: optimize.me/hero

  • Hero Training 101. Its time.

    Jan 06 2017

    Join us for my first ever offline immersion workshop. It will be at our new Optimize Oasis in Ojai in April. We’re calling it Hero Training 101. It’s time. Learn more: https://optimize.me/hero

  • Hērōs + Virtues vs. Bling (My focus on New Year’s morning!)

    Jan 02 2017

    So I figured out my one word for 2017: Hērōs. Popped up in meditation this AM. It’s basically the perfect expression of what we discussed yesterday: Community + Consistency. Here’s how I’m thinking about Hērōs + Virtues vs. Bling on this fine first day of 2017! Here’s to stepping into the highest version of ourselves and serving profoundly!!!!

  • Community + Consistency + My love affair w/Calendars (behind-the-scenes)

    Jan 02 2017

    Turning the last page on my 2016 calendar is a pretty exciting thing for me. (Hah.) Here’s a sneak peek at what’s going to be important for me in 2017. You? Let's make 2017 the Greatest Year Ever!! Join nearly 10,000 people Optimizing at https://optimize.me/join

  • Greatest Year Ever 101: 2017 Prep! (Behind-the-scenes :)

    Jan 02 2017

    Here’s a quick look at Greatest Year Ever 101. Join us at our new Oasis in Ojai (907 El Centro Street, Ojai 93023) or via Livestream as a member: optimize.me/join. Let’s do this!

  • Hero365: Greatest Year Ever + 2017 Curriculum

    Dec 23 2016

    Today we take a quick look at my creative planning to help us make 2017 the Greatest Year Ever. Fun! (I mention our membership. If you haven't joined yet and it feels like a good fit, learn more/sign up here: http://optimize.me/join)

  • Hero365: Your #1 Goal? (+ Habit?) + Chasms vs. Cracks

    Dec 23 2016

    In this little trip behind-the-scenes we take a quick look at the evolving 2017 Q1 calendar and how fired up I am about PN-LIVE. Plus we have fun with two micro classes: one on identifying your #1 (or Top 3) goals for next year that’ll make it amazing (along with the 1 or 2 habits you need to install to make that goal happen); and, we have fun looking at chasms vs. cracks. Joseph Campbell said that when you get to a chasm, jump. It’s not as wide as you think. I share a couple stories of my own w...more

  • Hero365: #JUSI (aka “Just Ship It.” Pronounced “Juicy.” :)

    Dec 23 2016

    Big visions are awesome, of course. But ultimately it's all about ACTION--taking gritty baby steps every.single.day in pursuit of our big audacious goals and purpose-driven destiny. One great tactic? Get Juicy!! Just ship it. #JUSI

  • Hero365: Time to 10x. (Make that 20x! :)

    Dec 23 2016

    After my strategy journaling I often send a quick video my right-hand genius ninja Evan. Today I started doing that and realized I should just share it with you as well as part of this series. So, here we are. Theme: Let's 10x--make that 20x!!-- the value we create for our members by sharing 250 PN-LIVEs + 250 Office Hours. Still noodling but basically, Monday thru Friday at 10am PST I'm thinking we can hang out and Optimize. Then on Saturday we'll have a longer lecture for more awesome. Then I ...more

  • Hero365: Top 100 Books: PN-LIVE in 2017

    Dec 23 2016

    Another quick peek at my prep for 2017. Short story: We're going to livestream awesome classes on my 100 favorite book ever. Q&A. etc. It's going to be awesome.

  • Hero365: My daily journal + OPTIMIZE biz overview

    Dec 23 2016

    Every morning I spend ~5 minutes quickly journaling on what I am committed to doing and who I am committed to being in the world. Here's a quick peek behind the scenes on this AM's journaling in which I share the big vision for our business Optimize Enterprises, Public Benefit Corporation.

  • Hero365: Hero Training 101 (The Manifesto)

    Dec 23 2016

    Hero Training 101. It's time.  Here's the full script:  Do you know what the word “hero” means? In ancient Greek, the word “hērōs” (spelled with a cool line over the e and the o) meant PROTECTOR. Not “killer of bad guys” or “super strong tough guy” but PROTECTOR. A hero has strength for two. The hero’s secret weapon?  LOVE.  Compassion. Empathy. A hero CARES.  And a hero is willing to do the work necessary to be strong enough to serve and to protect the people and community and country she loves...more

  • Micro Class: Foundation of Leadership = Credibility

    Dec 02 2016

    You know what the foundation of leadership is? Credibility. Know how to build your credibility as a leader? Four key qualities. Here they are.

  • Micro Class: Influence Yourself

    Nov 29 2016

    Want to influence yourself? Tap into your natural tendency to want consistency. Here's a quick look at how to do that. (Hint: Start small. Write down your commitment. Share your it.)

  • Micro Class: Charisma 101

    Nov 25 2016

    Charisma. First thing to know: You can build it. Here's how. (Focus on three skills: Presence + Power + Warmth!)

  • Micro Class: Hero = Protector

    Nov 22 2016

    Hero. Did you know the word means "protector" in Greek? Yep. Let's shift from "What's in it for me?" to "How can I be my brother's keeper.

  • Micro Class: Procrastipain

    Nov 18 2016

    Did you know thinking about things we procrastinate about triggers a pain response in our brains? Yep. But get this - Only the *anticipation* creates pain; doing doesn't! So, just do it.

  • Micro Class: 10% = 1 Month

    Nov 15 2016

    Did you know that if you boost your productivity by 10% you basically add a MONTH's worth of productivity to your year? NUTS, eh? And true. Here's how to add at least a month.

  • Micro Class: Oil Barrels

    Nov 11 2016

    Brian Tracy once crossed the Sahara desert. 500 miles of nothing but sand. All he had to do was go from oil barrel to oil barrel. Incremental improvement is where it's at.

  • Micro Class: PCT vs. RSF

    Nov 08 2016

    PCT = Problem-centric thinking. RSF = Relentless solution focus. Mentally tough people focus on SOLUTIONS. Are you?

  • Micro Class: Dreams + 2m Steps

    Nov 04 2016

    The first time GSP told his dad his dream to be a world champion his dad thought he was crazy. He kept going. Step by step. You know how many steps are in a 1,000 journey? About 2,112,000. #walkingshoes

  • Leadership 101: How to Inspire and Empower People to Do Great Things (Intro)

    Nov 01 2016

    Leadership is all about inspiring and empowering people to do great things. In this class, we’ll explore the fact that leadership starts by leading yourself as we identify your noble purpose, chisel your foundation, create a compelling vision, embrace the process, and do what you’re here to do. We’ll also look at the power of charisma, the neuroscience of being an iconoclastic leader, and discuss the best-kept secret of leadership to help you create your legacy.

  • Micro Class: Experiments Never Fail

    Oct 28 2016

    Experiments never fail. That's a powerful distinction. Let's put on our lab coats + goggles and embrace a TESTING mindset vs. a "trusting" one.

  • Micro Class: Keep it Simple

    Oct 25 2016

    Coach Wooden believed in simplicity. His teams ran 1 offense, 1 defense, 1 out-of-bounds play. They MASTERED their one thing and became unstoppable. How about you: Is your life simple or complex?

  • Micro Class: You + Future You (in an fMRI)

    Oct 21 2016

    Imagining sliding into an fMRI. Researchers ask you to imagine yourself, a stranger and you in 10 years. The results are interesting and powerful.

  • Micro Class: 3:59.4

    Oct 18 2016

    3:59.4. That's less than 4 minutes. Running a mile in that time used to be impossible. Until it wasn't. What impossible thing do you need to reframe into possible?

  • Micro Class: #Repeat

    Oct 14 2016

    John Maxwell tells us that systems are just good strategies repeated. I like that. Nice and simple: Figure out what works. Do more of it. #repeat.

  • Micro Class: Plan A to Z

    Oct 11 2016

    Strong Hope has three things firing: Goals + Agency + Pathways. We need to futurecast a goal that fires us up, believe we can have it and be willing to take infinite Pathways to rock it! Plan A to Z.

  • Micro Class: The Big 7

    Oct 07 2016

    Here are Neil Pasricha's 7 favorite scientifically proven ways to boost our happiness.

  • Micro Class: Kiwi Kaizen

    Oct 04 2016

    The All Blacks are all about getting better all.the.time. Can you find 100 things you can improve 1%? Marginal gains, baby!

  • Micro Class: How to Grow Your Grit

    Sep 30 2016

    Here are the four psychological assets you need to grow your grit: Interest + Practice + Purpose + Hope.

  • Micro Class: Rational Optimism

    Sep 29 2016

    We want to be RATIONAL optimists--not irrational optimists. Here's the difference. (And, how it's kinda like irrational vs. rational visualization WOOP style.)

  • Micro Class: Full-Court Press

    Sep 28 2016

    One way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage? Run a full-court press!

  • Micro Class: Law of Leadership: Foundation = Trust

    Sep 27 2016

    Want to be a great leader? It starts with trust--which starts with character. Here are 3 ways to chisel your goodness.

  • Micro Class: Zig Zags

    Sep 26 2016

    Growth does not occur in a straight line. Time to embrace the zigs and the zags that are part of mastery as our highs get higher and our lows get higher.

  • Micro Class: Anti-Fragile Tip - The Barbell Strategy

    Sep 25 2016

    Nassim Taleb tells us how to become more anti-fragile. Here's a quick look at his "barbell strategy." Key: Be BOTH super aggressive AND super conservative.

  • Micro Class: Iceberg Illusion

    Sep 24 2016

    When we see an iceberg, we're tempted to think it's just the tip, but we KNOW there's a lot going on beneath the surface. Same thing with world-class performance.

  • PNTV: The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma

    Sep 23 2016

    Robin Sharma is one of the world’s top leadership experts. He’s also an extraordinarily inspiring guy. This is an inspiring fable about a disillusioned former veteran (Blake) who meets a mysterious mentor (Tommy) who introduces him to four exceptional leaders who change his life. Via this fun cast of characters, Robin downloads his ENORMOUS array of wisdom on leadership + personal greatness. Big Ideas we explore: the four keys to leading without a title, how to flip the leadership switch, the po...more

  • Micro Class: Suck to Unsuck

    Sep 22 2016

    Pixar execs say they take their films from suck to unsuck. (Hah.) We need to do the same. (Did you know WALL-E had 98,173 (!!!) storyboards? Yep.) That's a lot of little bets.

  • PNTV: The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

    Sep 21 2016

    James Kouzes and Barry Posner are two of the world’s preeminent researchers on leadership. This is the 25th anniversary, fifth edition version of their best-selling classic that has sold over 2 million copies. One of the things I most like about this book is the fact that it covers the SCIENCE of leadership. Kouzes and Posnar have been conducting empirical research for over three decades. Big Ideas we explore: The 5 Practices (

  • Micro Class: Boldest Version of You

    Sep 20 2016

    How would the boldest, most authentic, best version of you act? Now a good time to be that? (A: YES! "Fake it until you become it.")

  • Interview: How to Become a Straight-A Student with Cal Newport

    Sep 19 2016

    Cal Newport is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth who went on to MIT for his Ph.D. and is now a Professor at Georgetown. In this book, Cal shares the top ideas he gleaned from interviews with non-grind Phi Beta Kappa members at elite schools across the country. They had to perform well AND they had to achieve those results without grinding away. Their practices, although discovered independently, reflect the same wisdom shared in the science books. It’s great to see the overlap. Big Ideas: p...more

  • Optimal Nutrition 101: How to Optimize Your Health, Energy and Happiness Starting at the End of Your Fork (Intro)

    Sep 18 2016

    Nutrition. It’s easy to get lost in the labyrinth of conflicting science. In this class, we focus on the 2 facts Michael Pollan tells us we can all agree on and then look at how to eliminate the primary causes of disease caused by our modern diets. Optimizing our health, energy and happiness starts at the end of our fork!

  • Interview: Sleep Smarter with Shawn Stevenson

    Sep 17 2016

    Shawn Stevenson is a health coach who has one of the most popular health & fitness podcasts out there called The Model Health Show. This is a short, quick-reading, funny and practical little book featuring 21 tips on how to optimize your sleep. Big Ideas we cover: #1 tip: value your sleep (it’s the secret sauce), avoid the blue lights, adenosine (did you know how caffeine really works?), staying cool, getting your vitamin G and creating PM rituals.

  • PNTV: Existentialism Is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre

    Sep 16 2016

    Jean-Paul Sartre was a French philosopher, novelist, playwright, and critic. He was a leading intellectual of the 20th century and the leading proponent of existentialism. This short book is a transcript of a speech Sartre gave in 1945 to address many of the critics of existentialism. It’s a *remarkably* lucid, concise exposition on the primary tenets of existentialism—even more remarkable given the fact that Sartre gave this lecture without notes. Big Ideas we explore: Anguish + its antidote, p...more

  • Micro Class: Double Down on Your Talents

    Sep 15 2016

    Unless you're looking to be mediocre, focus more on your talents than your weaknesses. Forget about being well-rounded and focus on being the best version of you.

  • Interview: Natural Born Heroes with Christopher McDougall

    Sep 14 2016

    Christopher McDougall is a brilliant story teller (and author of Born to Run). In this great book, he weaves together a number of different narratives, with an emphasis on two: one about an extraordinary wartime adventure on Crete and the other about Natural Movement. In the process, he shares a ton of Ideas on how we can each tap into the extraordinary superpowers latent within. Big Ideas we explore include the ancient Greek meaning of the word “hero,” the mantra of the hero, why weeds + fat ar...more

  • PNTV: Influence by Robert Cialdini, Ph.D.

    Sep 13 2016

    This is the classic text on the psychology of persuasion. Robert Cialdini is a professor of both psychology and marketing at Arizona State University. He’s one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of persuasion. The book is simultaneously kind of a consumer protection guide (how not to be duped) AND a manual for marketers (how to sell your stuff!). Cialdini has identified six core psychological principles of persuasion. We take a quick look at each, how they can be used for good or i...more

  • Micro Class: Permanent Beta Mode

    Sep 12 2016

    You know how long Google kept Gmail in Beta mode? 5 years. Only after MILLIONS of people used and loved it did they declare beta complete. We need to put ourselves in permanent beta mode!

  • Interview: Don't Just Sit There with Katy Bowman

    Sep 11 2016

    Katy Bowman is the world’s leading biomechanist—helping us apply wisdom from that domain to optimizing our lives. This is a great, quick-reading, smart and funny look at how we can optimally transition from sitting all.day.long to creating a standing and dynamic (

  • Interview: Move Your DNA with Katy Bowman

    Sep 10 2016

    Katy Bowman is one of the world’s leading biomechanists—helping us integrate proper body movement to optimize our well-being. She has a great podcast + blog you might enjoy as well. This book is packed with a ton of exercises and plenty of info on the science of biomechanics to help us pay more attention to the loads we’re putting on our bodies throughout the day so we can get in harmony with how our bodies were designed to move. Big Ideas we explore include moving your TRILLIONS of cells, why m...more

  • PNTV: The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

    Sep 09 2016

    Charisma. The idea that you’re either one of the lucky few born with it or not is a MYTH. Fact is: We can all cultivate our personal magnetism. In this fun, quick-reading, compelling book, Olivia Fox Cabane walks us through the practical application of the art and science of deliberately dialing our charisma up. Big Ideas we cover: The Big 3 of charisma: Presence + Power + Warmth (and how to boost each), what gets in the way (and what to do about it), the power of visualization (#1 tip) and more...more

  • Micro Class: Warren Buffett on Goals

    Sep 08 2016

    Here's a quick look at some of Warren Buffett's thoughts on goal setting. In short: Identify 25 important life goals. Identify the top 5. Throw away the rest and get to work!

  • PNTV: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    Sep 07 2016

    John Maxwell is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership. He’s trained millions (literally) of leaders and has written over 50 (!) books that have sold over 13 million copies—this one alone has sold over 3 million copies. After a super quick look at the 21 Laws, Big Ideas we explore: The Law of Process (aka: Leaders are learners), the foundation of leadership (= trust), leaders are practical AND visionary, the law of victory (!), and your legacy—what will people say when you die? + W...more

  • Micro Class: The Gift of Greatness

    Sep 06 2016

    When you look at EXTRAORDINARY performers do you find yourself saying, "Wow. They must have been born with something special?" If so, remember: SO WERE YOU.

  • PNTV: Discourses by Epictetus

    Sep 05 2016

    Epictetus is known as one of the world’s leading Stoic philosophers. (Along with Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the three make up a very interesting bunch.) Epictetus was a former slave turned philosopher who lived from 55-135 (a little later than Seneca and before Aurelius). This book is a transcription of the informal lectures Epictetus gave to his students. It’s awesome. Big Ideas we explore: why Hercules needed challenges (and so do you), what figs can teach us about greatness, the good + the b...more

  • Learning 101: The Science of How We Learn and Make Things Stick (Efficiently) (Intro)

    Sep 04 2016

    Did you know there’s a science (+ art!) to learning? Yep. In this class, I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas on how to learn + make things stick–efficiently! Whether you’re a student, parent or life-long learner, I hope you enjoy!

  • Interview: True to Form with Eric Goodman

    Sep 03 2016

    Eric Goodman is the creator of Foundation Training. If you’ve ever had back or neck or other physical pain, this book might be just what your doctor forgot to order. And, of course, if you’re just looking to take your energy to the next level, this is a gem. In the Note, we take a quick look at why gravity + sitting/bad posture = compression and why that’s so bad plus how to deal with it as we become fluent in a new movement language and have fun becoming perpetual motion machines.

  • PNTV: Iconoclast by Gregory Berns

    Sep 02 2016

    Wonder what the iconoclast’s brain looks like? Well, that’s what this book is all about. Our guide is Gregory Berns, one of the world’s leading pioneers (iconoclasts?) in the field of neuroeconomics. Berns is a professor in the department of Psychiatry and Economics and at the Goizeta Business School at Emory University. This book is a fascinating look at the three primary facets of the iconoclast’s brain (perception + courage + social skills), brought to life via research studies and biographic...more

  • Micro Class: Good Food

    Sep 01 2016

    Dallas and Melissa Hartwig tell us good food passes four tests. Here they are.

  • Micro Class: Purpose Formula

    Aug 30 2016

    The Purpose Formula has three parts. How do you fill in the bubbles? Where do your skills and joy meet the world's needs?

  • PNTV: On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis

    Aug 29 2016

    Warren Bennis is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership. This is, as Peter Drucker puts it, his “most important book.” Big Ideas we explore include the basic ingredients of leadership (#1 = Guiding Vision!), the importance of self-invention (hint: write your own story!), the power of trusting ourselves, choosing to express ourselves rather than prove ourselves, how to cultivate trust, and becoming a world-class leader.

  • Micro Class: Soul o2

    Aug 28 2016

    Welcome to OPTIMIZE Airlines. Please fasten your seatbelts and... remember that if cabin pressure changes you need to give yourself oxygen before trying to help others!

  • Micro Class: Common Denominator of Success

    Aug 27 2016

    Here's the definition of the Common Denominator of Success: Successful people make a habit of doing the things failures don't like to do.

  • PNTV: Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot by James Stockdale

    Aug 26 2016

    Vice Admiral James Stockdale is an American hero. Stockdale spent nearly eight years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He spent four of those years in solitary confinement and was repeatedly tortured. He was the commanding officer of hundreds of other U.S. soldiers and received the Medal of Honor for his service beyond the call of duty. This is an incredibly inspiring look at the powerful mind and equally powerful moral commitment of a hero. Big Ideas we explore: Being our brother’s keeper,...more

  • Micro Class: What’s in the Way?

    Aug 25 2016

    Pete Carroll and Michael Gervais made mental training as important as the physical training with the Seahawks. One trick? They'd have their players imaging their peak performance. Then think about what gets in the way of that. Then they'd systematically remove those obstacles. <-- Good idea!

  • PNTV: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

    Aug 24 2016

    Phil Knight created Nike. This book is a *phenomenally* well-written, funny, tear-jerking, inspiring look at how he and his eclectic team of misfit geniuses made Nike one of the most iconic brands in the world. If you’re into sports, business and hero’s journeys, you’ll love it. I highly recommend it. Big Ideas we explore include: Crazy Ideas, victory, billionaires getting their credit cards declined (before they’re billionaires), optimal business, gratitude, luck and answering your calling.

  • Interview: Extreme Ownership with Leif Babin

    Aug 23 2016

    Jocko Willink and Leif Babin were two of the most senior (and decorated) SEALS on the ground in the most intense battles of Iraq. In this book they share their leadership lessons on how U.S. Navy SEALs lead and win. It’s an intense, impactful read. Big Ideas we explore include a definition of Extreme Ownership, the fact that there are no bad teams, only bad leaders, how to prioritize and execute and remembering that discipline = freedom.

  • Micro Class: Outperform Your Contract

    Aug 22 2016

    Here's an awesome standard: Outperform your contract. At work. At home. Let's astonish.

  • Movement 101: How to Optimize Your Energy, Genes, Mind, Mood and Body as a Perpetual Motion Machine (Intro)

    Aug 21 2016

    Movement. It’s about more than just exercise. Did you know you can be active *and* sedentary? Yep. In this class we’ll take a look at how to optimize your energy, genes, mind, mood, and body as a perpetual motion machine!

  • Interview: Always Hungry? with David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.

    Aug 20 2016

    David Ludwig has both an M.D. and a Ph.D. and is a professor and researcher at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He’s overseen dozens of diet studies, authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and supported thousands of patients looking to optimize their weight. In this book, we learn how to conquer cravings, retrain fat cells, and lose weight permanently.

  • Micro Class: #1 Rule of Confidence

    Aug 19 2016

    What's the #1 rule of confidence? "The *actions* of confidence come first; the *feelings* of confidence come later."

  • Micro Class: Chisel —> Character

    Aug 18 2016

    Did you know the word "character" comes from the Greek word for "chisel"? Yep. Just as you chisel away at a marble statue to create a work of art, we need to chisel away at everything that gets in the way of making our lives a work of art.

  • PNTV: Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

    Aug 17 2016

    Christopher McDougall is a brilliant story teller (and author of Born to Run). In this great book, he weaves together a number of different narratives, with an emphasis on two: one about an extraordinary wartime adventure on Crete and the other about Natural Movement. In the process, he shares a ton of Ideas on how we can each tap into the extraordinary superpowers latent within. Big Ideas we explore include the ancient Greek meaning of the word “hero,” the mantra of the hero, why weeds + fat ar...more

  • Micro Class: Can't vs. Won't

    Aug 16 2016

    Michael Phelps tells us there’s a big difference between “Can’t” and “Won’t.” His coach, Bob Bowman, told him, “‘Can’t’–that’s a tough word.” Let’s preserve our power and quit throwing around “can’t” when we really mean “won’t”!

  • Micro Class: Get to the Starting Line

    Aug 15 2016

    The Spartan Race tagline is "You'll know at the finish line." But getting to the STARTING line is way more important.

  • PNTV: It Starts with Food by Dallas Hartwig & Melissa Hartwig

    Aug 14 2016

    This is a *super* popular book in the Paleo movement that, as the sub-title suggests, introduces us to the Whole30 and can change your life in unexpected ways. Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig created the Whole30 that has inspired tens of thousands of people to follow their plan and change their life. I’m one of those people. I talk more about how my life changed as a result in the Note. Big Ideas we explore include +1 or -1 bite by bite, the experiment of ONE, the four tests of Good Food, are...more

  • PNTV: Spartan Fit! by Joe De Sena with John Durant

    Aug 12 2016

    Joe De Sena is the founder of the Spartan Race. He’s also, as Angela Duckworth, author of Grit, tells us: “a paragon of grit” who “shows you how you’re capable of so much more than you think.” A paragon of grit. That’s the perfect description. After inspiring us with stories of real-life heroes and ancient Spartan lore, De Sena walks us through the seven pillars of Spartan training + a 30-day plan to get Spartan Fit. Big Ideas we explore include getting to the starting line, developing obstacle ...more

  • Micro Class: Industrialized Food

    Aug 11 2016

    Want to know what happens when we industrialized our food. Here are 5 key things to keep in mind.

  • PNTV: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

    Aug 10 2016

    Michael Pollan is one of the world’s leading thinkers on nutrition. Time magazine voted him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He’s also a Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. One of the things I most love about him and his work is that, as a journalist, he takes a much wider, more objective view of the nutritional landscape—which can often be dominated by (and muddled by) individuals with *very* strong, dogmatic, inflexible ideologies. Big Ideas we explore: Nutritionism (vs...more

  • Micro Class: Work = Time x Intensity

    Aug 09 2016

    There's REAL work and then there's pseudo-work. It's all about intensity. Remember: Work = Time x Intensity.

  • PNTV: The Happiness Diet by Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey, MD

    Aug 08 2016

    What if happiness began at the end of your fork? The latest research on neuroscience and nutrition tells us that’s a VERY wise place to start. And, of course, that’s what this book is all about: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body. It’s a really well-written, eye-opening look at how we got into the nutritional mess we’re in and the extremely damaging effects of the modern American diet. And, of course, more importantly, how we can optimize our nu...more

  • Conquering Perfectionism 101: How to Quit Being a Perfectionist and Start Being an Incremental Optimizer (Intro)

    Aug 07 2016

    High standards are great. Perfectionism? Not so much. In this class, we’ll take a look at why it’s so important to embrace the constraints of reality as we have fun incrementally optimizing–aggregating and compounding tiny improvements over time to create magic!

  • Micro Class: Good Fats. Bad Fats.

    Aug 06 2016

    Fats. They are not created equal. Here's a quick look at the good, the bad, and the truly evil.

  • Micro Class: Learning: Enemy #1

    Aug 05 2016

    Want to know learning's enemy #1? Here it is: the fluency illusion. And, here's how to beat it!

  • PNTV: How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport

    Aug 04 2016

    Cal Newport is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth who went on to MIT for his Ph.D. and is now a Professor at Georgetown. In this book, Cal shares the top ideas he gleaned from interviews with non-grind Phi Beta Kappa members at elite schools across the country. They had to perform well AND they had to achieve those results without grinding away. Their practices, although discovered independently, reflect the same wisdom shared in the science books. It’s great to see the overlap. Big Ideas: p...more

  • Micro Class: Conquer Cravings

    Aug 03 2016

    Did you know fast-acting carbs light up the addiction center (called the nucleus accumbens) of your brain? Yep. Here's a quick look at some fascinating reseaarch on this and a tip on how to conquer your cravings.

  • Interview: Sitting Kills, Moving Heals with Joan Vernikos

    Aug 02 2016

    Joan Vernikos was the former Director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division. Basically, she was responsible for understanding how to optimize the health and well-being of our astronauts. In this book, she walks us through how our sedentary lifestyles are surprisingly similar to the gravity-free lifestyles of astronauts in space. Just as an astronaut’s health rapidly deteriorates outside of gravity’s pull, OUR health erodes when we adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Big Ideas we cover include Gravity 101, w...more

  • Interview: The Living Experiment with Dallas Hartwig & Pilar Gerasimo

    Aug 01 2016

    Here's a fun interview with Pilar Gerasimo and Dallas Hartwig about their new podcast called The Living Experiment. Check them out! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/living-experiment-rethink/id113903086

  • Micro Class: Edible Foodlike Substances (vs. Food)

    Jul 31 2016

    "Edible foodlike substances." That's what Michael Pollan calls the stuff food scientists are cooking up these days. Remember Rule #1: Eat food. If your great-grandmother didn't eat, you probably shouldn't eat it. If it doesn't rot, don't eat it. If your 3rd grader can't pronounce ingredients? Don't eat it.

  • Interview: The Seventh Sense with Joshua Cooper Ramo

    Jul 30 2016

    This book is very different than the types of books I usually focus on. It’s not “self-development” per se; it’s more like “state-development”—as in, the optimal politics for our nation and world. The main thrust of the book is that we are entering a revolutionary time, the era of “Great Connection.” His primary focus is on a macro level. In our Note we focus on how we can apply this wisdom on an individual level. Big Ideas include a look at the #1 illness of our era and how to deal with it, why...more

  • PNTV: Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark Hyman

    Jul 29 2016

    Want to reach your optimal weight while preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancer AND while feeling energized as you live longer? Eat more fat. That’s what Dr. Mark Hyman—one of the world’s leading Functional Medicine doctors—tells us. This book is ridiculously packed with Big Ideas—walking us through the eye-opening science of why fat is awesome along with a plan on how to “reboot our biology to our original factory settings” via a 21-day program followed by a long-term pla...more

  • Micro Class: Gravity + Compression

    Jul 28 2016

    Gravity. It's always pushing us into the center of the Earth. If we're sitting all day every day, that causes super unhealthy compression. We need to decompress. Easiest way to do that? Stand tall!

  • PNTV: How We Learn by Benedict Carey

    Jul 27 2016

    Benedict Carey is an award-winning science writer for The New York Times. This book is his exploration of what the latest research says about, you guessed it, How We Learn. Big Ideas we cover include the #1 enemy to learning (and how to win that battle), why distributed your learning is where it’s at, how sleeping is like learning with your eyes closed and how to put the Zeigarnick Effect to use for maximum benefit.

  • Micro Class: Shelf Life + Your Life

    Jul 26 2016

    Next time you walk through the grocery store remember: The long the shelf life, the shorter YOUR life. Choose real food.

  • PNTV: Always Hungry? by David Ludwig

    Jul 25 2016

    David Ludwig has both an M.D. and a Ph.D. and is a professor and researcher at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He’s overseen dozens of diet studies, authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and supported thousands of patients looking to optimize their weight. In this book, we learn how to conquer cravings, retrain fat cells, and lose weight permanently.

  • Micro Class: Struggle Switch

    Jul 24 2016

    When you experience pain do you struggle and try to control your thoughts and feelings or do you accept the pain and commit to values-based action? Choose wisely! Keep the struggle switch in the OFF position. Remember: S = P x R.

  • Interview: Mind Hacking with Sir John Hargrave

    Jul 23 2016

    Sir John Hargrave is a funny guy and this book is awesome. If you’re a bit of a geek (or if you’re married to one!) looking for a fun, grounded, super practical take on how to get your mind right so you can do what you’re here to do, I think you’ll love this book. Big Ideas we explore include: how to develop Jedi-like concentration, how to debug your mind, creating a vision of the best version of your life 10 years from now (and why it matters), how to make your life a masterpiece.

  • PNTV: Food Rules by Michael Pollan

    Jul 22 2016

    Michael Pollan is the author of a number of New York Times best-selling books on nutrition. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. If you’re looking for a SUPER compact, witty look at the primary rules on how to eat well, this is it. It’s a fun, witty, concise guide to eating well featuring 64 food rules structured around Pollan’s seven words of wisdom: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Big Ideas we explore include the 2 Facts of nutrit...more

  • Micro Class: Fear = Enemy #1

    Jul 21 2016

    Eleanor Roosevelt tells us we gain strength, courage, and confidence every time we stop to look fear in the face and she challenges us to do that EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

  • PNTV: True to Form by Eric Goodman

    Jul 20 2016

    Eric Goodman is the creator of Foundation Training. If you’ve ever had back or neck or other physical pain, this book might be just what your doctor forgot to order. And, of course, if you’re just looking to take your energy to the next level, this is a gem. In the Note, we take a quick look at why gravity + sitting/bad posture = compression and why that’s so bad plus how to deal with it as we become fluent in a new movement language and have fun becoming perpetual motion machines.

  • Micro Class: Movement > Exercise

    Jul 19 2016

    Movement transcends and includes exercise. How much do YOU move? (And are you ready to become a perpetual motion machine? :)

  • Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger, M.D.

    Jul 18 2016

    The gut. That’s where all the health magic (or challenges!) begins. Alejandro Junger is a cardiologist turned functional medicine doctor who created the incredibly popular Clean Program. We covered his first book Clean and now for a spotlight on the Clean Gut. Big Ideas we explore include symptoms vs. root causes (paint any brown leaves green lately?), how food’s shelf life correlates with yours, your 2nd brain, nutrigenomics, gluten (the ubiquitous poison) and step 1 to cleaning things up (hint...more

  • Willpower 101: The Science of Self-Control and How to Build Your Optimizing Engine (Intro)

    Jul 17 2016

    Willpower is the queen of all virtues. It outpredicts IQ by a factor of TWO for academic performance (and everything else we want in life). This class is all about the science of how to systematically build our willpower so we can reach our highest potential.

  • Interview: Be Unstoppable with Alden Mills

    Jul 16 2016

    This is a surprisingly awesome book—a fable about a young captain who spends time with a master and commander who reveals the secret code of rockin’ it. It’s kinda like if a Navy SEAL wrote The Alchemist or The Way of the Peaceful Warrior or The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Big Ideas we cover include: U.P.E.R.S.I.S.T. (the code to being unstoppable), the 2 limitations in life, how to discover your why, how to plan in 3-D, and the magic pill you need to take.

  • Micro Class: Success Formula + 2 Easies

    Jul 15 2016

    Jim Rohn's success formula is simple: Do your key disciplines every.single.day. It's easy to do. But it's also easy *not* to do. (What are YOUR daily disciplines? You doing 'em?)

  • PNTV: The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

    Jul 14 2016

    ACT. That’s where it’s at. This is our second Note on Russ Harris and his great introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. (Check out the Notes on The Confidence Gap as well.) In this book, Russ walks us through how we get caught in the happiness trap and, more importantly, how to free ourselves. We’ll take a quick look at the myths of happiness, the six principles of ACT, how to deal with emotional quicksand, how NOT to visualize (and what to do instead), and writing down your values (

  • Micro Class: Rumination vs. Reflection

    Jul 13 2016

    There's a big difference between fruitlessly ruminating and productively reflecting. Here's a quick look. (Remember: Focus on the +1 solution!)

  • PNTV: You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

    Jul 12 2016

    Eleanor Roosevelt served as the First Lady for 12 years—through her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt’s terms as President during the Great Depression and World War II. She went on to play a leading role as a diplomat in the United Nations was one of the most loved and influential women of the 20th century. This book is a beautifully written, inspiring look into “Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life.” Big Ideas we cover include how to conquer the great enemy (fear), Eleanor’s Top 4 Big Ideas on Ti...more

  • Micro Class: Gravity 101

    Jul 11 2016

    It's crazy how much leaving gravity diminishes an astronaut's health. Guess what? We do the same kinda thing to our health when we sit all.day.every.day.

  • PNTV: Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman

    Jul 10 2016

    Katy Bowman is one of the world’s leading biomechanists—helping us integrate proper body movement to optimize our well-being. She has a great podcast + blog you might enjoy as well. This book is packed with a ton of exercises and plenty of info on the science of biomechanics to help us pay more attention to the loads we’re putting on our bodies throughout the day so we can get in harmony with how our bodies were designed to move. Big Ideas we explore include moving your TRILLIONS of cells, why m...more

  • Interview: The Champion's Mind + Comeback with Jim Afremow

    Jul 09 2016

    Jim Afremow is one of the world’s leading sports psychologists and this great book is packed with Big Ideas. We explore: the vision of a champion (and how to fuel it), what mental toughness *really* is, how/why to be ugly but effective, how to evaluate yourself (3 q’s: good + better + best), and creating sustained obsession as you take the champion’s honor pledge.

  • Micro Class: Sea Turtles & Your Sleep

    Jul 08 2016

    Baby sea turtles in Cancun used to be able to "seafind" via the moon's light. Since hotels moved in to the beach, they're losing that ability. Guess what? We suffer a lot from unnatural light at night as well. To digital sunsets and viva la sea turtle!

  • PNTV: Leading an Inspired Life by Jim Rohn

    Jul 07 2016

    Jim Rohn was one of the 20th century’s leading personal development gurus—influencing everyone from Tony Robbins to Darren Hardy. He wrote and taught in a simple, conversational, down-to-earth style. Reading this book feels like sitting down and having an inspiring chat with one of the best old-school coaches out there. Big Ideas we explore include the formula for success (+ the 2 easies), how to unlock your potential, character = chisel, and the key to perseverance.

  • Micro Class: Purpose = Engine to Success

    Jul 06 2016

    How do successful people get themselves to do things failures don't like to do? One word: PURPOSE. (How's yours?)

  • PNTV: Focus by Daniel Goleman

    Jul 05 2016

    Daniel Goleman is a former New York Times science writer and author of the uber-bestselling book Emotional Intelligence. In Focus, we look at the underlying neuroscience of attention. We need to start by realizing that the strength (or weakness) of our attention is at the core of E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. we do. Everything! Which is why Goleman calls it “the hidden driver of excellence.” Big Ideas we explore include rumination vs. reflection, the three foci of willpower, smart practice and hitting th...more

  • Special: Qi Gong with Michael Gelb (Three Treasures)

    Jul 04 2016

    In addition to being a dear friend and author of one of the books that most profoundly changed my life (How to Think Like da Vinci), Michael Gelb is a qi gong master. In this special episode, Michael walks us thru The Three Treasures qi gong practice. Hope you enjoy and here's to optimizing our qi!

  • Peak Performance 101: How to Reach Your Potential & Do Your Best When It Matters Most (Intro)

    Jul 03 2016

    Ready to reach your potential and perform at your best when it matters most? Fantastic. Let’s get clear on where you’re headed, go all in, and cultivate our grit + presence + self-confidence as we vacuum up any potential choke dust, visualize, let it rip and win or learn.

  • Interview: Manage Your Day to Day + Make Your Mark + Maximize Your Potential with Jocelyn Glei

    Jul 02 2016

    Jocelyn Glei is the bestselling writer + editor of three great books we featured: Manage Your Day-to-Day, Make Your Mark, and Maximize Your Potential. They’re all awesome. She was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of 99U--an award-winning resource that provides the missing curriculum on making ideas happen. Today we’re going to talk about some of my favorite Big Ideas from her great books. (And, get a little preview on her upcoming book UNSUBSCRIBE!)

  • PNTV: Sitting Kills, Moving Heals by Joan Vernikos

    Jul 01 2016

    Joan Vernikos was the former Director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division. Basically, she was responsible for understanding how to optimize the health and well-being of our astronauts. In this book, she walks us through how our sedentary lifestyles are surprisingly similar to the gravity-free lifestyles of astronauts in space. Just as an astronaut’s health rapidly deteriorates outside of gravity’s pull, OUR health erodes when we adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Big Ideas we cover include Gravity 101, w...more

  • Micro Class: F.E.A.R. --> D.A.R.E.

    Jun 30 2016

    F.E.A.R. got you stopped in your tracks? It's time to D.A.R.E. Defuse from your negative thoughts, Accept discomfort, set Realistic goals and Embrace your values and #bam. You're rockin' it.

  • PNTV: Don't Just Sit There by Katy Bowman

    Jun 29 2016

    Katy Bowman is the world’s leading biomechanist—helping us apply wisdom from that domain to optimizing our lives. This is a great, quick-reading, smart and funny look at how we can optimally transition from sitting all.day.long to creating a standing and dynamic (

  • Micro Class: 3-D Planning

    Jun 28 2016

    You have a big goal. You have your why. Here's how to make a plan to rock it. It's all about 3-D planning!

  • Interview: Peak with Anders Ericsson

    Jun 27 2016

    Anders Ericsson is the world’s leading scientist studying expert performance—looking at how, precisely, the people who are the best in the world at what they do became the best. In this Note, we take a quick look at The Gift that we all have that’s the key to our potential greatness, HOW to go about tapping into the benefits of that gift via a certain type of practice (forget naive practice and go for purposeful + deliberate!), the fact that there is no such thing as a “10,000 Hour Rule,” and wh...more

  • Interview: Olympic-Style Peak Performance with Canadian Women's National Soccer Coach John Herdman

    Jun 26 2016

    John Herdman is the head coach of the Canadian women's national soccer team that won Bronze in London and is off to the Olympics in Rio. In this chat, we explore some of his wisdom on how to cultivate belief, the power of clarity and simplicity, how to deal with adversity (by inviting it in) and what makes the best so great.

  • Interview: Living forward with Daniel Harkavy

    Jun 25 2016

    Living Forward is a powerful little book all about helping us figure out our Life Plan—which is, essentially, the vision for every aspect of our lives and our plan to make it a reality. The book is the result of a collaboration between leading publisher + author Michael Hyatt and his coach Daniel Harkavy. It’s basically like having one of the world’s leading life coaches walk you through the Life Planning process he’s used with thousands of his clients. Big Ideas we explore include The Drift, yo...more

  • PNTV: The Common Denominator of Success by Albert E.N. Gray

    Jun 24 2016

    This is a dinky little pamphlet of a book based on a speech Albert E.N. Gray gave to a group of Prudential life insurance agents back in 1940. It’s packed with goodness and is uber-popular. In this Note, we define The Common Denominator of Success, identify the power of purpose and the fact that your future is formed by your habits.

  • Micro Class: Meditation: Mind Alarm

    Jun 23 2016

    Your amygala is kinda like a car alarm for your limbic system. You don't want it to go off at the smallest thing. Meditation helps cool a hot amygdala so you're not always in fight-or-flight.

  • PNTV: The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris

    Jun 22 2016

    Russ Harris is one of the world’s leading authorities on one of the most cutting-edge forms of therapy known as Acceptance and Commitment Training, or ACT for short (pronounced like the word “act” not A.C.T.). In this book, Russ tells us that we’ve been following the wrong rule book if we want to dial in our confidence. We explore The Golden Rule of confidence (and 9 other rules), why we need to defuse from our negative thoughts NOT try to eliminate them, how to have instant success (presto!), a...more

  • Micro Class: Flexibility --> Tranquility

    Jun 21 2016

    We need to be committed, of course. But, there's a virtuous way to go about it and a not-so-effective. It's all about flexibility (not fickleness or obstinacy).

  • PNTV: Be Unstoppable by Alden Mills

    Jun 20 2016

    This is a surprisingly awesome book—a fable about a young captain who spends time with a master and commander who reveals the secret code of rockin’ it. It’s kinda like if a Navy SEAL wrote The Alchemist or The Way of the Peaceful Warrior or The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Big Ideas we cover include: U.P.E.R.S.I.S.T. (the code to being unstoppable), the 2 limitations in life, how to discover your why, how to plan in 3-D, and the magic pill you need to take.

  • Fatherhood 101: How to Win Dad of the Year While Doing Your Life's Work (Intro)

    Jun 19 2016

    Did you know the word “parenting” comes from the Latin “to bring forth”? Yep. Begs the question, what do YOU want to help bring forth in your kids?! In this class, we explore 10 of my favorite Ideas on how I’m approaching fatherhood and going for dad of the year while doing my life’s work.

  • Interview: Make It Stick with Peter Brown

    Jun 18 2016

    Want to learn about the science of successful learning? Then this is the book for you. Written by a story-teller and two of the world’s leading cognitive scientists who have dedicated their careers to mastering memory + learning, the book is packed with wisdom on what works and what doesn’t. Big Ideas we explore include mastery vs. fluency, the power of active retrieval (aka “the testing effect”), explaining stuff in your own words and the wisdom in the adage that whether you think you can or t...more

  • PNTV: The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo

    Jun 17 2016

    This book is very different than the types of books I usually focus on. It’s not “self-development” per se; it’s more like “state-development”—as in, the optimal politics for our nation and world. The main thrust of the book is that we are entering a revolutionary time, the era of “Great Connection.” His primary focus is on a macro level. In our Note we focus on how we can apply this wisdom on an individual level. Big Ideas include a look at the #1 illness of our era and how to deal with it, why...more

  • Interview: Smarter Faster Better with Charles Duhigg

    Jun 16 2016

    Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times journalist (and Harvard MBA) who wrote the best-selling book The Power of Habit in which he walked us through the science of building better habits. In this book, he walks us through the science of being productive so we can be smarter, faster and better at everything we do. It’s a great book packed with fascinating stories and practical applications. Big Ideas we explore include the 2 keys to motivation, how to build your focus, the best way t...more

  • PNTV: On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

    Jun 15 2016

    Seneca was an old-school Roman statesman and one of history’s leading Stoic philosophers. In this book he tells us that life is only short if you don’t know how to use it and also gives us some tips on how to deal with challenging times and cultivate tranquility. Big Ideas we explore include making T.O.D.A.Y. the day, how to deal with being exiled (never know when it could happen ;), and why flexibility is the virtuous road to tranquility (and how to avoid the detours).

  • Micro Class: Purpose + Entrepreneurial Spirit

    Jun 14 2016

    "As a predictor of later success in life, I would place my bet on strong entrepreneurial capacitites" says William Damon, one of the world's leading development psychologists. Here's a quick look at those 7 qualities.

  • PNTV: Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons

    Jun 13 2016

    Russell Simmons is often called the godfather of hip-hop. He’s a fascinating guy and entrepreneur. This book is a quick, straight-to-the-point guide to meditation written in a style that makes you feel like you’re having a chat with Russell. Super simple, fun, practical. Big Ideas we explore include: how to deal with the #1 excuse for not meditating, and the #2 excuses + how meditation benefits your focus + creativity and how make your amygdala quit acting like an annoying car alarm.

  • Optimal Sleep 101: How to Get a Great Night of Sleep to Optimize Your Energy, Mood and Mojo (Intro)

    Jun 12 2016

    Sleep. It’s the secret sauce to optimal living. In this class, explore my Top 10 favorite Big Ideas on how to create consistent, great night’s of sleep to optimize your energy, mood and mojo. We’ll start with why, unpack the kryptonites that get in the way, set some curfews and get you sleeping like a champ.

  • Interview: Presence with Amy Cuddy

    Jun 11 2016

    Amy Cuddy is awesome. Her TED talk is the 2nd most popular ever. This book is just as good. Learn the science of cultivating your personal power to bring your boldest self to your biggest challenges. Big Ideas we explore: self-affirmation theory, priming + nudges, the magic of expanding your body to increase your power, iHunch (how’s yours?), and the boldest you.

  • PNTV: The Path to Purpose by William Damon

    Jun 10 2016

    This book is a scientific look at Purpose by one of the world’s leading developmental psychologists—a powerful look at how to cultivate purpose in our children (and, for that matter, ourselves) and why it’s so important. Big Ideas we explore include a definition of what it means to be purposeful (and a look at the alternatives), the #1 thing that gets in the way of discovering and creating purpose, 9 key things parents can do to help their kids with purpose, why entrepreneurial spirit is so imp...more

  • Micro Class: Veritas

    Jun 09 2016

  • PNTV: The Power of Ideals by William Damon and Anne Colby

    Jun 08 2016

    William Damon and Anne Colby are two of the world’s leading researchers in the field of moral psychology. They’re both Professors at Stanford and have been married for 30+ years. This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book that challenges the “new science of morality”’s view that morality is essentially biologically and socially determined. Damon and Colby argue that we all have the power to cultivate our more noble, moral possibilities. Big Ideas we explore include a quick look at our mora...more

  • Interview: Ego Is the Enemy with Ryan Holiday

    Jun 07 2016

    Meet the enemy: Your ego. Our guide, Ryan Holiday, wrote one of my favorite books of 2015: The Obstacle Is the Way. Ego Is the Enemy is now one of my favorite books of 2016. It’s fantastic. Big Ideas we explore include: defining ego, becoming more than a flash in the pan, finally answering the question of whether it takes 10,000 or 20,000 hours to attain mastery, the virtue and value of staying true to your own path and making it rather than faking it.

  • Micro Class: The 3 P's of Peak Performance

    Jun 06 2016

    Mistakes are part of life/performing. It's what we do when they happen that matters. Remember the 3 P's: Present + Positive + Process.

  • Interview: Black Hole Focus with Isaiah Hankel

    Jun 05 2016

    Black holes. Just contemplating the sheer, fierce power of them is awe-inspiring, eh? Isaiah Hankel tells us that although physicists used to think that everything got destroyed in a black hole, now they believe that it’s less about destruction and more about *transformation.* And shines some light on the power of focusing on our purpose with black hole intensity. Big Ideas we explore include sheep vs. strategists, figuring out your ikigai (= why you get up in the morning), the fascinating endu...more

  • Interview: Purpose, Leadership & Peak Performance with the CEO of the Detroit Pistons, Dennis Mannion

    Jun 04 2016

  • PNTV: The Champion's Comeback by Jim Afremow

    Jun 03 2016

    Jim Afremow is one of the world’s leading sports psychologists. We covered his first book The Champion’s Mind. This one is kinda like part 2 in which we look at how the Champion responds to the inevitable (!) setbacks faced on the road to greatness—using those setbacks as opportunities to bounce back and make a sweet comeback. Big Ideas we explore include seeing setbacks as challenges rather than threats, outperforming our contracts, practicing ’till you can’t get it wrong, and the 3 P’s of pea...more

  • Micro Class: How to Develop Jedi-Like Concentration

    Jun 02 2016

    Want Jedi-like concentration powers?! (Me, too.) John Hargrave tells us there are two keys: We need to 1. Reclaim and 2. Retrain our attention.

  • PNTV: Mind Hacking by Sir John Hargrave

    Jun 01 2016

    Sir John Hargrave is a funny guy and this book is awesome. If you’re a bit of a geek (or if you’re married to one!) looking for a fun, grounded, super practical take on how to get your mind right so you can do what you’re here to do, I think you’ll love this book. Big Ideas we explore include: how to develop Jedi-like concentration, how to debug your mind, creating a vision of the best version of your life 10 years from now (and why it matters), how to make your life a masterpiece.

  • Micro Class: The Drift

    May 31 2016

    The Drift. It's what happens when we don't have a clear plan for our lives. Are you drifting? Acknowledge it then create a plan!

  • PNTV: Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

    May 30 2016

    Living Forward is a powerful little book all about helping us figure out our Life Plan--which is, essentially, the vision for every aspect of our lives and our plan to make it a reality. The book is the result of a collaboration between leading publisher and author Michael Hyatt and his coach Daniel Harkavy. It’s basically like having one of the world’s leading life coaches walk you through the Life Planning process he’s used with thousands of his clients. Big Ideas we explore include The Drift,...more

  • Optimal Business 101: How to Create a Great Business and Get Paid to Change the World (Intro)

    May 29 2016

    Over the last 20 years, I’ve spent half my time in Founder/CEO-mode and the other half in Philosopher-mode. Before going all in as a Philosopher, I built and sold two market-leading social platforms (raising $10m in the process). In this class, I share my Top 10 Ideas on how to create a great business and get paid to change the world. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, solopreneur, small business owner or leader in any organization, we hope you love it.

  • PNTV: Noble Purpose by William Damon

    May 28 2016

    William Damon is one of the world’s leading scientists studying human development and the psychology of morality. In this book, he gives us a guide to discovering and creating our noble purpose. Big Ideas we explore include making a distinction between noble and heroic, the ultimate purpose formula, 9 tips on how to cultivate your noble purpose, the one phrase your advisor should whisper in your ears when you’ve achieved ultimate success, and how to create true, sustainable happiness.

  • PNTV: Primary Greatness by Stephen Covey

    May 27 2016

    Stephen Covey passed away in 2012. This book was published posthumously and features a collection of wisdom focusing on the fact that private victory precedes public victory. Primary greatness. It’s all about what’s on the INSIDE. Covey tells us there are 12 levers of success—each with its own chapter in this great book. Big Ideas we explore include: Esse Quam Videri (“to BE rather than to seem”), Virtues: meet your parents, say “YES!,” your high-tech power saw and living in crescendo.

  • Micro Class: News + Mood

    May 26 2016

  • PNTV: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

    May 25 2016

    Want to make your relationship work? Then you’d be wise to turn toward the world’s leading researcher on the science of what makes love work: John Gottman. This book has sold over 1 million copies and it’s easy to see why. Big Ideas we explore: How Gottman can predict divorce with 91% accuracy (in < 15 minutes), a quick look at the 7 principles, the power of cherishing your partner, turning toward (and not being a tech rat), how to solve the solvable problems and starting “I love you” with the ...more

  • Micro Class: "Sic Transit Gloria" <-- Words of wisdom from your Roman advisor

    May 24 2016

    Imagine being at the height of power. Crowds adore you. You are a total 100% rock star of awesome. And, wisely, you appointed an advisor to whisper in your ear: "Sic transit gloria"... "All glory is fleeting." Humility is a very powerful tool in crafting a noble life.

  • PNTV: Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson

    May 23 2016

    Shawn Stevenson is a health coach who has one of the most popular health & fitness podcasts out there called The Model Health Show. This is a short, quick-reading, funny and practical little book featuring 21 tips on how to optimize your sleep. Big Ideas we cover: #1 tip: value your sleep (it’s the secret sauce), avoid the blue lights, adenosine (did you know how caffeine really works?), staying cool, getting your vitamin G and creating PM rituals.

  • Micro Class: Virtues, Meet Your Parents!

    May 22 2016

  • Interview: Broadcasting Happiness with Michelle Gielan

    May 21 2016

    In this book, Michelle Gielan takes her background in broadcast journalism (as a CBS News anchor) and combines it with her background in positive psychology to show us how we are ALL broadcasters. Big Ideas we explore include the 3 key factors that account for 75% of success (!), power leads and how to use them, rational optimism vs. irrational optimism, fact-checking your story to find fueling facts that catalyze rather than paralyze and how/when to H.A.L.T.!

  • PNTV: Choke by Sian Beilock

    May 20 2016

    Sian Beilock is one of the world’s leading researchers studying the science of optimal performance. In this book, she walks us through a range of research studies she and her colleagues have conducted to help us get a better understanding of why, under pressure and when it matters most, some of us choke. And, of course, Sian provides a range of tips on what we can do about it. Big Ideas we explore: the what and why of choking, the ultimate choke vacuum, practicing under pressure, an antidote to...more

  • Micro Class: Euthymia = Tranquility

    May 19 2016

  • PNTV: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

    May 18 2016

    Jocko Willink and Leif Babin were two of the most senior (and decorated) SEALS on the ground in the most intense battles of Iraq. In this book they share their leadership lessons on how U.S. Navy SEALs lead and win. It’s an intense, impactful read. Big Ideas we explore include a definition of Extreme Ownership, the fact that there are no bad teams, only bad leaders, how to prioritize and execute and remembering that discipline = freedom.

  • Micro Class: Résumé Virtues vs. Eulogy Virtues

    May 17 2016

  • PNTV: Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

    May 16 2016

    Meet the enemy: Your ego. Our guide, Ryan Holiday, wrote one of my favorite books of 2015: The Obstacle Is the Way. Ego Is the Enemy is now one of my favorite books of 2016. It’s fantastic. Big Ideas we explore include: defining ego, becoming more than a flash in the pan, finally answering the question of whether it takes 10,000 or 20,000 hours to attain mastery, the virtue and value of staying true to your own path and making it rather than faking it.

  • Creativity 101: How to Create Cool Stuff and Do Your Life's Work (Intro)

    May 15 2016

    In this class we’ll look at your #1 creative project, doing your life’s work, turning pro and the three laws of mastery. Plus how to get your mind right and deal with troll poop. Let’s master the process of consistently creating cool stuff and giving our gifts to the world!

  • PNTV: The Road to Character by David Brooks

    May 14 2016

    In today’s world, the road to character has a much less defined map than the road to external success. In this thoughtful, penetrating book, New York Times op-ed columnist and author David Brooks walks us through the evolution of our culture away from a character ethic toward a society all about what he calls the “Big Me.” And, of course, he shows us the way back to character. Big Ideas we explore include résumé virtues vs. eulogy virtues, answering the summons, conquering yourself, living for ...more

  • Micro Class: Gritty Passion

    May 13 2016

  • Micro Class: Success: 3 = 75%

    May 12 2016

    Michelle Gielan and Shawn Achor have worked with 1/3 of the Fortune 100 companies. They have discovered 3 core attributes that lead to 75% of success. Here they are.

  • PNTV: Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle Gielan

    May 11 2016

    In this book, Michelle Gielan takes her background in broadcast journalism (as a CBS News anchor) and combines it with her background in positive psychology to show us how we are ALL broadcasters. Big Ideas we explore include the 3 key factors that account for 75% of success (!), power leads and how to use them, rational optimism vs. irrational optimism, fact-checking your story to find fueling facts that catalyze rather than paralyze and how/when to H.A.L.T.!

  • Micro Class: How to Create Miracle Months

    May 10 2016

    Want to create Miracle Months? Well, here's how I'm approaching it. Hope you enjoy!

  • PNTV: Grit by Angela Duckworth

    May 09 2016

    Angela Duckworth is the world’s leading authority on the science of grit. In fact, she pioneered the field and, as Daniel Gilbert says on the cover: “Psychologists have spent decades searching for the secret of success, but Duckworth is the one who found it.” In this Note, we explore the two facets of grit (hint: passion + perseverance, why they’re important and how to cultivate them.

  • Mommahood 101: How to Celebrate Motherhood—The Most Creative Work of Your Life! (Intro)

    May 08 2016

    In this special class, my wife Alexandra joins us to share her Top 10 Big Ideas on how to celebrate the most creative time of your life. Discover how to mother from your essence, be a self-care queen, ignite your desire power and see your mothering as holy work + invisible art as you bring more fun and play and mindfulness into your heroine’s journey.

  • The Confidence Quadrant (via The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha)

    May 06 2016

    Confidence. It's very different than Arrogance and Insecurity. Here's how.

  • Micro Class: Wise Parenting (for Fatherhood 101 via Grit by Angela Duckworth)

    May 05 2016

  • Interview: The Art of Work with Jeff Goins

    May 04 2016

    As the sub-title suggests, this book is all about “A proven path to discovering what you were meant to do.” If you’re looking for an inspiring introduction to clarifying and living your purpose, I think you’ll enjoy this book. Big Ideas we explore include a quick peek at the 7 characteristics of a Calling, why Awareness is so important, why Painful Practice is also super important, why we should be thinking “bridges” not “leaps” as we pursue our calling ad other goodness.

  • Micro Class: Joy-$-Flow

    May 03 2016

  • PNTV: Making Hope Happen by Shane Lopez

    May 02 2016

    Did you know there's a science of hope? Yep. And Shane Lopez is the world's leading researchig studying the science of hope. This book is an inspiring look at the buts of bolts of cultivating hope. Big Ideas we explore include differentiating hope from fantastizing and dwelling, the three keys to hope (goals + agency + pathways) , futurecasting, sirens, when/where plans and why hope is so important for leadership.

  • Micro Class: The 3 Laws of Mastery

    Apr 29 2016

  • PNTV: Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    Apr 28 2016

    Creativity with a capital C—the type of Creativity that changes the world. How can we go about cultivating it in our lives? That’s what this book is all about. Our guide is the legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Big Ideas we explore include defining true Creativity, focusing our attention and being willing to be kinda weird, the one personality trait all Creators have in common (hint: complexity!), creating rhythms and the nine elements of flow and how to tap into it!

  • PNTV: Born for This by Chris Guillebeau

    Apr 27 2016

    What were you born to do? As you might have guessed, that’s what this book is all about. Our guide, Chris Guillebeau, gives us a bunch of helpful tips and strategies to help us find the work we were meant to do. Big Ideas we explore include how win the career lottery (hint: think JOT-MONEY-FLOW), playing the elimination game, remembering that if Plan A fails you still have 25 other letters, Warren Buffett on goals, and getting good at quitting.

  • Micro Class: Creativity + “No, thx!”

    Apr 26 2016

  • Micro Class: Your Legacy?

    Apr 25 2016

    What will your legacy be? Tune in to your eulogy + Job with a capital J.

  • PNTV: Drive by Dan Pink

    Apr 25 2016

    Dan Pink is an incredibly engaging writer and this book is fantastic. In this book, he tackles human motivation and, as the sub-title suggests, tells us “The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.” Here’s his Twitter summary: “Carrots & sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose.” Big Ideas we explore include understanding Motivation 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 along w/how to upgrade our operating system, why Autonomy is so important, ...more

  • Purpose 101: How To Discover Your Purpose and Fulfill Your Destiny. (And Why it Matters.) (Intro)

    Apr 24 2016

    Abraham Maslow tells us that what one ​can​ be, one must​ be. Actualizing our potential is like oxygen for the soul. Helping you discover your purpose and fulfill your destiny is what this class is all about.

  • PNTV: Legacy by James Kerr

    Apr 20 2016

    New Zealand’s national rugby team The All Blacks are arguably THE greatest team ever. In this book, James Kerr unpacks what makes them so great and how we can lead + create a Legacy. Big Ideas we explore include the fact that Better People Make Better All Blacks, Kiwi Kaizen, embracing expectations and leaning into the power of Loss Aversion (remember: no pressure, no diamonds), hitting the psychological gym and answering a couple questions that will help clarify YOUR legacy.

  • Micro Class: Greatness + Homeostasis + Adaptability

    Apr 19 2016

    Homeostasis is a system's tendency to do what it needs to do to maintain stability. Here's how to use that to our advantage to reach our potential. (This is also a quick look at the science of why we need to exit our comfort zone if we want to improve!)

  • PNTV: Peak by Anders Ericsson

    Apr 18 2016

    Anders Ericsson is the world’s leading scientist studying expert performance—looking at how, precisely, the people who are the best in the world at what they do became the best. In this Note, we take a quick look at The Gift that we all have that’s the key to our potential greatness, HOW to go about tapping into the benefits of that gift via a certain type of practice (forget naive practice and go for purposeful + deliberate!), the fact that there is no such thing as a “10,000 Hour Rule,” and wh...more

  • Interview: Born for This with Chris Guillebeau

    Apr 05 2016

    What were you born to do? As you might have guessed, that’s what this book is all about. Our guide, Chris Guillebeau, gives us a bunch of helpful tips and strategies to help us find the work we were meant to do. Big Ideas we explore include how win the career lottery (hint: think JOY-MONEY-FLOW), playing the elimination game, remembering that if Plan A fails you still have 25 other letters, Warren Buffett on goals, and getting good at quitting.

  • Interview: Willpower with Roy Baumeister

    Mar 29 2016

    Willpower. It’s ESSENTIAL to optimizing our lives. In fact, in their *great* book, Willpower, Roy Baumeister (one of the world’s leading scientific researchers on self-control) and John Tierney (science writer for the New York Times) tell us that “Improving willpower is the surest way to a better life.” In this Note, we’ll learn how to eat our way to willpower (seriously), how to exercise our self-control muscles, why “precommitment” is so important and how to win the willpower game with bright ...more

  • Conquering Depression 101: How to Tame the Gremlins and Create an Awesome Life (Intro)

    Mar 28 2016

    Have you or someone you loved ever experienced depression? If so, it’s time to tame the gremlins and create a sustainably awesome life. Here are my Top 10 Big Ideas on how to CONQUER depression–forged from my own experience.

  • Interview: The Tools (Part 3!) with Phil Stutz & Barry Michels

    Mar 27 2016

    Join us for Part 3 in The Tools interview series as Phil Stutz and Barry Michels walk us through the two Tools we didn't touch on in the prior chats: Grateful Flow (the way to deal with anxiety) and Active Love (powerful tool to deal with anger). Super inspiring, practical wisdom. Hope you love it! (Learn more about Phil + Barry + The Tools at thetoolsbook.com)

  • Interview: The Happiness Equation with Neil Pasricha

    Mar 26 2016

    Neil Pasricha is a fascinating guy. A Harvard MBA and director of leadership development for Walmart who gave one of the most popular TED talks ever and published The Book of Awesome which sold 1m+ copies. This book is a fun, quick-read packed with great Ideas. We cover: The Big 7 ways science says we can boost our happiness, waking up with an Icky Guy (the good kind), how to add an hour to your day, a great question to tap into your purpose and wisdom from the greatest physicist ever (hint: cre...more

  • Interview: Get Fully Charged with Tom Rath

    Mar 25 2016

    Tom Rath is a best-selling author of Eat Move Sleep + Are You Fully Charged? and a bunch of other great books. (He also wrote our favorite kids book: The Rechargeables!) And, he's a cool guy. Join us as we explore some great, super practical Big Ideas!

  • Micro Class: Icky Guys

    Mar 24 2016

    Do you wake up and high five your Icky Guy? If not, you're missing out. Here's why you want to make your ikigai your new bff.

  • Micro Class: Limbic-PFC Seesaw

    Mar 23 2016

    Did you know your limbic system (think: emotions) and prefrontal cortex (think: rational thoughts) act like a sort of seesaw? When one is up the other is down. Knowing this, we can use some tricks to stay cool under pressure. Here they are.

  • Meditation 101: How to Meditate without Moving to the Himalayas (Intro)

    Mar 22 2016

    Meditation. It’s unequivocally awesome. But it can also get a little more esoteric than necessary. Enter: How to meditate without moving to the Himalayas! Here are my Top 10 Big Ideas on the nuts and bolts of how to create a great, sustainable practice.

  • Micro Class: Ugly But Effective + Good Bad Days

    Mar 21 2016

    UBE + GBD. Ugly but effective + Good bad days. That’s where it’s at. When things get wobbly we can’t let it all fall apart. Gotta be a champ and play poorly well. Get scrappy!

  • Positive Psychology 101: How to Tap into the Science of Optimizing + Actualizing (Intro)

    Mar 18 2016

    I LOVE the science of flourishing. In this class, we have fun exploring my absolute favorite Big Ideas from my absolute favorite psychologists. Life-changing stuff. The psychologists: Maslow + Frankl + Csikszentmihalyi + Seligman + Dweck + Baumeister + Ben-Shahr + Oettingen + Segar + McGonigal. The Ideas: Actualizer + Choice + Flow + Virtues + Mindsets + Willpower + Optimalist + WOOP + Why + Stress.

  • Micro Class: Fear: Stop vs. GO!

    Mar 17 2016

    Fear strikes. Now what do you do? Try to calm yourself down or lean into it? Learn how to activate your GO! systems when you're feeling high states of arousal. Research says it's often much more effective than slamming on the brakes while driving 80 mph.

  • Interview: Choose the Life You Want with Tal Ben-Shahar

    Mar 16 2016

    Tal Ben-Shahar is one of the most popular professors in Harvard’s history and does a great job of integrating the rigor of the science of happiness with the fun of self-help. Drawing on the latest psychological research, this book walks us through 101 choices we make throughout our lives. Big Ideas include finding happiness boosters, joining the failure hall of fame, focusing on your strengths and co-creating your reality.

  • Micro Class: Sirens + Odysseus Contracts

    Mar 15 2016

    Did you know the Sirens in the Odyssey tailored their songs for each voyager's unique weaknesses? Yep. Makes you wonder what they sing to YOU, eh? Let's figure that out and create some Odysseus Contracts to deal with them.

  • Love 101: How to Optimize the Love in Your Life (Intro)

    Mar 14 2016

    Want to optimize your relationship? My wife, Alexandra, joins us for this special class. Join us as we explore 10 of our favorite Big Ideas--starting with a definition of love then looking at the difference between falling in vs. standing in love and then some nuts and bolts Ideas on how to rock it.

  • PNTV: Your Brain at Work by David Rock

    Mar 11 2016

    Ever wonder how your brain works while you’re at work? And, even more importantly, how you can OPTIMIZE how your brain works while you work? If so, this is the book for you. Big Ideas we explore include the importance of prioritizing prioritizing (aka quit blowing your brain up), how to decrease your IQ by 15 points (hah—seriously—here’s how to be 3 times less effective than someone stoned! :0), why your basal ganglia is awesome, and how to rock the seesaw that is your limbic system + prefrontal...more

  • Micro Class: What Is Hope? (+ Why does it matter?)

    Mar 10 2016

  • PNTV: The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

    Mar 09 2016

    Neil Pasricha is a fascinating guy. A Harvard MBA and director of leadership development for Walmart who gave one of the most popular TED talks ever and published The Book of Awesome which sold 1m+ copies. This book is a fun, quick-read packed with great Ideas. We cover: The Big 7 ways science says we can boost our happiness, waking up with an Icky Guy (the good kind), how to add an hour to your day, a great question to tap into your purpose and wisdom from the greatest physicist ever (hint: cre...more

  • Micro Class: Good, Better, Best

    Mar 08 2016

    How do you evaluate your performance? Most people get it wrong. Do you? (Hint: Don’t start with the negative stuff. Start with the GOOD then think about how you can get BETTER so you can be your BEST.)

  • PNTV: Black Hole Focus by Isaiah Hankel

    Mar 07 2016

    Black holes. Just contemplating the sheer, fierce power of them is awe-inspiring, eh? Isaiah Hankel tells us that although physicists used to think that everything got destroyed in a black hole, now they believe that it’s less about destruction and more about *transformation.* And shines some light on the power of focusing on our purpose with black hole intensity. Big Ideas we explore include sheep vs. strategists, figuring out your ikigai (= why you get up in the morning), the fascinating endur...more

  • Conquering Procrastination 101: How to Quit Putting Your Life on Hold and Actualize Your Potential (Intro)

    Mar 06 2016

    Procrastination. We all do it to some extent but the best among us have learned how to conquer it to sustain peak motivation in pursuit of their goals. In this class we look at what SCIENCE says works to quit putting our life on hold and actualize our potential. If you've ever procrastinated I guarantee you'll get at least one life-changing idea from this action-packed class.

  • Interview: The Neuroscience of Emotion + Meditation with Richie Davidson

    Mar 05 2016

  • PNTV: The Champion's Mind by Jim Afremow

    Mar 04 2016

    Jim Afremow is one of the world’s leading sports psychologists and this great book is packed with Big Ideas. We explore: the vision of a champion (and how to fuel it), what mental toughness *really* is, how/why to be ugly but effective, how to evaluate yourself (3 q’s: good + better + best), and creating sustained obsession as you take the champion’s honor pledge.

  • Micro Class - Self-Affirmation Theory

    Mar 03 2016

    Stuart Smalley affirmations aren't awesome but science says self-affirmation is. Here's a quick look at the difference.

  • PNTV: Originals by Adam Grant

    Mar 02 2016

    Adam Grant is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and the top-ranked Professor at Wharton. He’s also a great writer. In Originals, we take a look at “How Non-Conformists Move the World.” Big Ideas we explore in the Note include vuja de, creating a ton of stuff, activating your GO! system when fear strikes, the fact that venting just fuels anger (and why empathetic anger is where it’s at), and how proper revolutions are less about cataclysmic explosions and more about long, controlled ...more

  • Micro Class: Energy Now

    Mar 01 2016

    Why do you strive to exercise more, eat well and sleep better? Your motivation matters. Here's what science says about how to best optimize. (Hint: Connect how you feel today with what you do today!)

  • Interview: The Coaching Habit with Michael Bungay Stanier

    Feb 29 2016

    Michael Bungay Stanier is one of the world's leading coaches. Join us we chat about some of the Big Ideas from his new book: The Coaching Habit!

  • Habits 101: How to Discover Your Super Powers and Create Habits that Will Change Your Life (Intro)

    Feb 26 2016

    Aristotle tells us: "We are what repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a HABIT." It's not about living at your best every once in a while. It's about rockin' it day in and day out. Making it who you are. A habit. That's what this class is all about. We'll help you identify and install your #1 keystone habit while learning how to tap into your superpowers and create habits that will change your life.

  • Interview: The Science of Success with Matthew Syed

    Feb 04 2016

    What do you think about excellence? Do you think it’s primarily driven by natural, inborn talent? Or, do you think that it’s primarily driven by effort? Matthew Syed tells us that’s a very important decision that has a broad impact on how we show up and shows us how to Bounce into our highest potential. Big Ideas we explore include: the iceberg illusion, 1 million balls, doublethink and the importance of purposeful practice + the growth mindset.

  • Interview: The Right Kind of Crazy by Adam Steltzner

    Jan 19 2016

    Adam Steltzner is the right kind of crazy. How else do you figure out a sky crane to drop a rover on Mars? (Hah.) In this book, he walks us through "A true story of teamwork, leadership, and high-stakes innovation." Big Ideas we cover include the power of holding on to the doubt (#HOTTD!), embracing the Dark Room, working out and shopping at Radio Shack on Mars.

  • Interview: Multiply Your Time with Rory Vaden

    Jan 16 2016

    Rory Vaden has written two great books I love: Take the Stairs + Procrastinate on Purpose. In this chat, we have fun exploring some of my favorite Big Ideas from each to help us learn how to Multiply Time!

  • Masterpiece Days 101: How to Create a Great Life One Great Day at a Time (Intro)

    Jan 09 2016

    Great lives (and great 2016s!) are created one great day at a time. Here’s how to rock it. Get the Workbook + watch the full Masterpiece Days 101 class at brianjohnson.me

  • PNTV: Presence by Amy Cuddy

    Jan 05 2016

    Amy Cuddy is awesome. Her TED talk is the 2nd most popular ever. This book is just as good. Learn the science of cultivating your personal power to bring your boldest self to your biggest challenges. Big Ideas we explore: self-affirmation theory, priming + nudges, the magic of expanding your body to increase your power, iHunch (how’s yours?), and the boldest you.

  • Greatest Year Ever 101: How to Make 2016 the Best Year of Your Life (Intro)

    Dec 28 2015

    This is an introduction to our newest Master Class: Greatest Year Ever 101: How to Make 2016 the Best Year of Your Life and Create an Unending String of Such Awesome Years. :) Get instant access to the full class plus a ton of other goodness as a member. Sign up here: https://brianjohnson.me/membership/

  • Micro Class - Self-theories: 2 Frameworks + 2 Goals

    Dec 17 2015

    Carol Dweck tells us we can have 2 different frameworks to approach intelligence and achievement. Each has its own goal. Here they are. (P.S. Choose wisely!)

  • Micro Class - Anxietivity

    Dec 15 2015

    Creativity and anxiety go together. Anxietivity. Let’s remember that a meaningful life in which we’re flourishing and giving ourselves most fully to the world involves stress.

  • PNTV: Make it Stick by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger & Mark McDaniel

    Dec 14 2015

    Want to learn about the science of successful learning? Then this is the book for you. Written by a story-teller and two of the world’s leading cognitive scientists who have dedicated their careers to mastering memory + learning, the book is packed with wisdom on what works and what doesn’t. Big Ideas we explore include mastery vs. fluency, the power of active retrieval (aka “the testing effect”), explaining stuff in your own words and the wisdom in the adage that whether you think you can or th...more

  • Interview: Deep Work with Cal Newport

    Dec 12 2015

    Deep Work. It’s the key to how you get So Good They Can’t Ignore You—which, of course, is the title of another one of Cal’s great books. Big Ideas include Deep Work vs. Shallow Work, how to give your neurons a workout, cleaning up attention residue, the four rules of deep work, finding the routine that works for you and learning how to shut down completely.

  • PNTV: Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath

    Dec 11 2015

    Eat Move Sleep. The simple, powerful keys to optimal health and well-being. We talk about these fundamentals ALL the time and this is my new favorite book on health. Big Ideas we explore include 10,008 hours and 36 minutes (the magic # of elite performance), candy for cancer cells, the power of measuring whatever it is you want to improve, how to buy willpower at the store, and a vaccine for the common cold.

  • Micro Class - Passion: Naive vs. Informed

    Dec 10 2015

    Naive passion is *great*!! Right up to the first obstacle. Then our hero tiptoes out the back door. We need the courage of informed passion.

  • PNTV - Are You Fully Charged? by Tom Rath

    Dec 09 2015

    Are you fully charged? Tom Rath tells us it’s all about what we do DAILY and that if we want to improve the quality of our lives (and sense of aliveness!), we need to focus on optimizing three key conditions: Meaning + Interactions + Energy. Big Ideas we explore include the meaning equation, doubling down on your talents, embracing the 500 million moments of our lives, and The iPhone Effect.

  • Micro Class - Desirable Difficulty

    Dec 08 2015

    Malcolm Gladwell tells us some difficulties can be desirable. How about yours?

  • PNTV: Maximize Your Potential by Jocelyn K. Glei

    Dec 07 2015

    This is the second of the three books currently in 99U Book Series. (We cover them all.) Big Ideas we explore in this one include putting yourself into permanent beta, making a decision and then working hard to prove yourself right Peyton Manning style, expanding the amplitude of the waves you make and becoming the Better You.

  • PNTV - Make Your Mark by Jocelyn K. Glei

    Dec 04 2015

    This is the third installment in 99U’s book series on the “missing curriculum” for creative leaders. Like the other two, it’s a collection of short essays by great leaders + creators + writers. The content is organized in four domains: 1) Defining your purpose + 2) Building your product + 3) Serving your customers + 4) Leading your team. Big Ideas we explore include purpose, eating your own dog food (aka making something YOU are excited to use), serving profoundly, character as your #1 asset and...more

  • Micro Class - Doublethink

    Dec 03 2015

  • Micro Class - 50 lbs for an A

    Dec 02 2015

    Imagine a ceramics teacher splitting a class in two: One group is graded for quantity, the other for quality. Which one do you think creates the bet stuff? (Hint: Think quantity. :)

  • Micro Class - Motivation Tip: Spark + Sustain + Amplify

    Dec 01 2015

  • PNTV: Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei

    Nov 30 2015

    If you’re looking to optimize your day-to-day-productivity, this collection of wisdom from some of the world’s leading creative gurus via 99U is a fantastic place to start. Big Ideas we explore include the importance daily routines, the most important thing you can do to boost your productivity, how screen apnea leads to things you don’t want and why rats love to check email.

  • Interview: Mindsight with Dr. Dan Siegel

    Nov 29 2015

    Mindsight. It's the seventh sense you didn't know you had! Can you pay attention to the inner workings of your own mind? That's what Dr. Dan Siegel, one of the world's leading neuroscientists + psychotherapists, helps us do in this phenomenal book. We'll explore Big Ideas ranging from the basics of brain hygiene to the power of integration and how to live with more flexibility and coherence as we leverage the best of modern neuroscience.

  • Interview: The Paleo Manifesto with John Durant

    Nov 28 2015

    If you’re looking for a smart, grounded, funny and well-written introduction to the Paleo movement, this is the perfect place to start. Big Ideas we explore include the five ages of our origins (Animal + Paleolithic + Agricultural + Industrial + Information), poisons vs. fountains of youth, the importance of meaning (and how to dial it in) and alarm clocks for bed time.

  • PNTV - The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell

    Nov 27 2015

    Do you want to reach your potential? If you’re reading this then the answer seems clear. The path to do so is pretty obvious as well: We must grow. And, as Maxwell advises, we must be intentional about it. Big Ideas we explore include a couple uber-powerful questions, Discipline as the bridge btwn your goals and accomplishments, trade-offs, and the magic of “Do it now!”

  • Micro Class - Smartcut Hack: Small Wins

    Nov 26 2015

  • PNTV - Self-theories

    Nov 25 2015

    Carol Dweck is one of the world’s leading researchers on the science of motivation. This book is a collection of brief essays on various aspects of “self-theories.” It’s essentially a bridge between her extensive academic research studies and her popular book Mindset. It’s amazing. Big Ideas we explore include the two frameworks (entity vs. incremental) and their two goals (performance vs. learning), attributional retraining (aka learning the best way to respond to failure!), and moving from con...more

  • PNTV - Little Bets by Peter Sims

    Nov 23 2015

    Little bets. Peter Sims tells us they’re a LOT wiser than bet-it-all-and-pray big bets. He shows us the wisdom of the little bets approach via fascinating stories highlighting the extraordinary success of everyone from Chris Rock mastering a performance to Pixar creating their ingenious films. Big Ideas we explore include how to build our growth mindset muscles, going from suck to unsuck, smallifying, creating small wins and doing things to discover things.

  • Micro Class - Your Hungry Brain

    Nov 22 2015

  • Micro Class: What's Wildly Important?

    Nov 21 2015

    It’s a LOT easier to get fired up to do something with a strong YES!! What’s your WILDLY awesome goal that’ll help you crowd out all the shallow distractions?

  • PNTV - Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

    Nov 20 2015

    Art and fear. (You may have noticed they go together.) This is a quick-reading (122 pages), witty, real look at the process and challenges of making art. Of course, I think the biggest art project all of us can ever engage in is the creation of our own optimized and actualized lives, so we’ll be focusing on Big Ideas we can apply to our lives today including: quitting vs. stopping, fast vs. slow, 50 lbs, the importance of progress, naive passion vs. informed passion and how to get work done like...more

  • Interview: The Energy Project with Tony Schwartz

    Nov 19 2015

    Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, which helps companies fuel sustainable high performance by better meeting the needs of their employees. Drawing on the multidisciplinary science of sustainable high performance, Tony’s abiding passion and lifelong commitment is to change the way the world works.

  • Interview: Steal Like an Artist with Austin Kleon

    Nov 18 2015

    This is a great little book packed with gems on the creative process we can apply to both our work AND our lives. As per the sub-title, Austin gives us “10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.” Big Ideas we explore include the need to start copying, the importance of taking care of ourselves and establishing a routine as we set creative constraints and amassing a body of work as we consistently show up.

  • Interview: Show Your Work with Austin Kleon

    Nov 17 2015

    This is Austin Kleon’s second masterful little book on optimizing creativity. The first? Steal Like an Artist. After learning how to get our creativity on, we’re ready to become the artist whose ideas *others* steal. Big Ideas include chain creating, micro sabbaticals, playing till the 9th inning, troll pooper scoopers, and the #1 way to get more followers.

  • PNTV - Bounce by Matthew Syed

    Nov 16 2015

    What do you think about excellence? Do you think it’s primarily driven by natural, inborn talent? Or, do you think that it’s primarily driven by effort? Matthew Syed tells us that’s a very important decision that has a broad impact on how we show up and shows us how to Bounce into our highest potential. Big Ideas we explore include: the iceberg illusion, 1 million balls, doublethink and the importance of purposeful practice + the growth mindset.

  • Interview: Black Box Thinking with Matthew Syed

    Nov 15 2015

    Failure. Some of us lean into it and learn as much as we can from it, and some of us prefer to avoid thinking about it and/or pretend it never happened. As you may guess, one approach leads to dramatically better performance over the long run. (Hint: Seeing failure as feedback + learning opportunities is a very wise idea.) Big Ideas we explore include a quick look at the aviation vs. health care industries, the importance of quantity of work if you want quality, marginal gains, cognitive dissona...more

  • Interview: The Game-Changers Blueprint with Robin Sharma

    Nov 14 2015

    Robin Sharma is one of the world's leading authorities on leadership, greatness and living an extraordinary life. Join us for an inspiring chat about some of his top Big Ideas on how to optimize and actualize!

  • PNTV: How Successful People Think by John Maxwell

    Nov 13 2015

    John Maxwell is one of the world’s authorities on leadership. He’s sold over 25 million (!) books. This is a quick-reading 127 pages packed with wisdom and Big Ideas on Maxwell’s eleven essential types of thinking—ranging from Big-Picture thinking to Realistic Thinking and everything in between. Big Ideas we explore include the power of targets for focused thinking, becoming a possibility thinker and anxietivity—how creativity and anxiety go together.

  • Micro Class - No Pressure No Diamonds

    Nov 12 2015

    In my interview with Steven Kotler about The Rise of Superman his #1 piece of advice was to remember this: “No pressure, no diamonds.” It’s time to rise.

  • PNTV - Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

    Nov 11 2015

    Failure. Some of us lean into it and learn as much as we can from it, and some of us prefer to avoid thinking about it and/or pretend it never happened. As you may guess, one approach leads to dramatically better performance over the long run. (Hint: Seeing failure as feedback + learning opportunities is a very wise idea.) Big Ideas we explore include a quick look at the aviation vs. health care industries, the importance of quantity of work if you want quality, marginal gains, cognitive dissona...more

  • Micro Class - Your Mind as a Video Game

    Nov 10 2015

    Imagine your mind as a video game. If you're playing intelligently, you're learning as you advance thru levels. Always better than getting killed by the same monster in the same spot every.single.time, eh?!

  • PNTV: The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard

    Nov 09 2015

    Brendon Burchard is one of the most popular motivation and business marketing experts in the world. (To put it in perspective: He’s one of the Top 100 most popular public figures on Facebook and has twice as many fans as Tony Robbins.) This book is packed with Big Ideas. We explore the root of the word motivation, how to spark + sustain + amplify our motivation, eliminating digital addictions, and creating out own motivation manifesto.

  • Interview: The Willpower Instinct with Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

    Nov 08 2015

    Willpower. It’s huge. The Willpower Instinct by award-winning Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a GREAT book based on “The Science of Willpower” class Kelly teaches through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. It’s *packed* with super practical Big Ideas on the newest scientific insights about self-control to explamkdirin how we can “break old habits and create healthy habits, conquer procrastination, find our focus, and manage stress.” In this Note, we’ll check out the ...more

  • Interview: The Upside of Stress with Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

    Nov 07 2015

    If you’ve ever had stress in your life (hah!) and wondered how to deal with it more optimally, I think you’ll love this. McGonigal tells us that how we THINK about stress plays a huge role in its affect on us and walks us thru the science behind it. Rather than try to get rid of stress (good luck with that!), we’re much better off shifting our mindsets to embrace and use the stress wisely!

  • Interview: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big with Scott Adams

    Nov 06 2015

    Dilbert creator Scott Adams is a funny guy. He's also a wise human robot. In this chat, we explore some of my favorite Big Ideas from his great (!) book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (sub-title: Kind of the Story of My Life <-- hah!). Big Ideas include the importance of systems (and why they trump goals), deciding vs. wanting, programming your moist robot, the mysterious power of affirmations, and being the first against the odds.

  • PNTV - Smartcuts by Shane Snow

    Nov 04 2015

    Shane Snow is a journalist and entrepreneur who takes us on a fascinating tour of “How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.” The book is packed with stories capturing the ascent of everyone from young Presidents, Jimmy Fallon, and Elon Musk—and, of course, the “Smartcuts” they used to get there. Big Ideas we explore include: the power of progress, failure as feedback, creating a deep reservoir, stripping away the unnecessary and 10Xing our thinking.

  • Interview: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life with Dr. Daniel Amen

    Nov 03 2015

    Dr. Daniel Amen MD is one of the world’s leading psychiatrists. He’s a clinical neuroscientist (love that phrase!) who has performed 115,000+ SPECT scans on his patients’s brains. (That’s a lot.) This book captures what he’s learned about optimizing our brains, why it’s important and how to do it. Big Ideas we explore include #ANTspray, wisdom from Fat Freddie the penguin, how hungry your brain is (did you know it’s 2% body weight but uses 20-30% of calories consumed?), and a bunch of other good...more

  • PNTV: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

    Nov 02 2015

    As millions of people would agree, Malcolm Gladwell is an extraordinarily (!) captive writer. This is another one of Gladwell’s gems—packed with riveting stories that challenge our notion of what it means to be an underdog and how, as the sub-title suggests, we can embrace our misfit status as we master the art of battling giants. It’s awesome—especially if you’re looking for a fun, entertaining read that’s packed with wisdom but delivered in a delightful package. Big Ideas include the fact that...more

  • Interview: The Power of TED* with David Emerald

    Nov 01 2015

    David Emerald's wonderfully wise fable rocks. In this Note, we'll take a quick look at one of my favorite books as we explore the importance of stepping out of DDT (the Dreaded Drama Triangle) and stepping into TED (The Empowerment Dynamic) as we learn to more consistently live from a Creator's perspective (rather than a Victim's) and learn how to hold the tension between our ideals and our current realities by taking baby steps.

  • Interview: Mastery with Robert Greene

    Oct 31 2015

    Leonardo da Vinci. Charles Darwin. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Martha Graham. The Wright Brothers. Jane Goodall. Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Edison. Zora Neale Hurston. What do they all have in common? Mastery. In this great book Robert Greene shows us the key components of their mastery and, most importantly, how WE can each attain our mastery in our own lives.

  • PNTV: The Mental Edge by Kenneth Baum

    Oct 30 2015

    This is an old-school mental training book written for athletes in 1999. When Kenneth Baum wrote it, the mind-body connection wasn’t as well-established as it is now so many of the ideas he shares were cutting-edge at the time. Big Ideas we explore include the power of a desire inferno, DROPing into WOOP, power talk, 26,000 breaths a day, and Maslow’s warning.�

  • Micro Class - Perfect M+M Days

    Oct 29 2015

    Masterpiece days are where it's at. Here's a quick look at the M&Ms: Macro + Micro.

  • PNTV: Deep Work by Cal Newport

    Oct 28 2015

    Deep Work. It’s the key to how you get So Good They Can’t Ignore You—which, of course, is the title of another one of Cal’s great books. Big Ideas include Deep Work vs. Shallow Work, how to give your neurons a workout, cleaning up attention residue, the four rules of deep work, finding the routine that works for you and learning how to shut down completely.

  • Procrastination 101 - How to Quit Putting Your Life on Hold and Actualize Your Potential (Intro)

    Oct 27 2015

    Ready to quit putting your life on hold and actualize your potential? Awesome. Here's a quick overview of Big Ideas I explore in my Procrastination 101 class. Join our membership program and get access to this class + a ton of other classes (like Confidence 101 + Habits 101 + Meditation 101 + Relationships 101 + ...) AND get instant access to 300 PhilosophersNotes. Sign up here: brianjohnson.me/membership

  • PNTV: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Dr. Daniel Amen, MD

    Oct 26 2015

    Dr. Daniel Amen MD is one of the world’s leading psychiatrists. He’s a clinical neuroscientist (love that phrase!) who has performed 115,000+ SPECT scans on his patients’s brains. (That’s a lot.) This book captures what he’s learned about optimizing our brains, why it’s important and how to do it. Big Ideas we explore include #ANTspray, wisdom from Fat Freddie the penguin, how hungry your brain is (did you know it’s 2% body weight but uses 20-30% of calories consumed?), and a bunch of other good...more

  • Micro Class - How to Discover and Use Your Signature Strengths

    Oct 25 2015

  • Interview: The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth

    Oct 25 2015

    Bernard Roth has been a Professor of Engineering at Stanford for over FIFTY (!!) years. A pioneer in the field of robotics, Bernie is one of the founders of the famed d.school at Stanford. In this great book, he brings the concepts of design thinking to life in the context of our most important design project: designing our optimal lives. Big Ideas we explore include the 5 elements of design thinking, doing vs. trying, ignoring odds, and being the cause.

  • Micro Class - Peaks + Valleys

    Oct 24 2015

  • Interview: How to Solve the Procrastination Puzzle with Tim Pychyl

    Oct 24 2015

    EVERYBODY procrastinates. And this "concise guide" by Timothy Pychl, Ph.D.--one of the world's leading procrastination experts--helps us solve the procrastination puzzle. Big Ideas we explore include IF ... THEN (<-- huge!), Just getting started (vs. Just doing it), the horror of "It will just take a minute," why multitasking is a myth, and why it's best to be nice to yourself when you stumble.

  • Interview: The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

    Oct 23 2015

    Ready to get your greatness on? Lewis Howes joins us to chat about my favorite Big Ideas from his new book The School of Greatness. Highlights include: the importance of vision (lesson #1!!), creating perfect days, dealing with adversity, and the all-important HUSTLE muscle.

  • PNTV - The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes

    Oct 23 2015

    Ready to attend The School of Greatness? Awesome. Lewis Howes shares his lecture notes from 200+ interviews with extraordinary humans for his uber-popular podcast. Lessons include Creating a Vision + Turning Adversity into Advantage, and Flexing Your Hustle Muscle. To greatness!

  • Micro Class - Mistakes Are Just Mis-takes. Be Willing to Make Them!

    Oct 22 2015

    Time to embrace our mistakes and see them for what they are: mis-takes! (And, totally forgot to give a shout-out to Michael Beckwith who inspired the video with this thought: "A conscious realization of our innate oneness with the Ineffable does not mean that we will never make a mistake again. Even enlightened beings burn their bagels once in a while. It's important to maintain a sense of humor because this is how you will stop being afraid of making a mistake. You'll make some, but so what? Th...more

  • Micro Class - The Big U

    Oct 22 2015

  • Micro Class - Get Your Inbox to Zero!! (@ Least Once Every 24 Hours!)

    Oct 21 2015

    A quick look at the why's and how's of getting your inbox to zero.

  • PNTV: Waking Up by Sam Harris

    Oct 21 2015

    Sam Harris is part philosopher, part neuroscientist (with a Ph.D. from UCLA) and part contemplative seeker. His writing is smart, incredibly clear, and unapologetically direct. In Waking Up, he applies his intellect to the subject of discussing spirituality rationally—devoid of the baggage of both religious superstition/dogma and New Age woo woo-ness. Big Ideas: Mindfulness + meditation, stages of spiritual development, cultivating choice, and accepting while striving.

  • Interview: How to 10x Your Life with Grant Cardone

    Oct 20 2015

    Ready to 10X your thinking and your action? Fantastic. Grant Cardone is your man. In this high intensity, LET'S DO THIS! chat you'll get fired up to go out and crush it. Big Ideas we explore include the importance of 10x-ing your vision AND your action, how to starve fear, why obsession is a gift not a disease and how Smokey would smoke the tortoise and the hare.

  • Micro Class - How's Your Promise-Keeping Ratio?

    Oct 20 2015

    Promises. Do you make a lot of 'em and then drop the ball? We want to make sure we honor our commitments. It's one of the keys to integrity.

  • Micro Class - Superman + Flow + 4%

    Oct 20 2015

    Want to rise like superman? Fantastic. Get into flow. How? Challenge yourself 4% beyond your current skill. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. And make the impossible possible.

  • PNTV: The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

    Oct 19 2015

    Want to get Bulletproof? Then Dave Asprey is your man. An uber-successful entrepreneur who weighed 300 lbs before bio-hacking his way to optimal awesome, Dave gives us a guide to upgrading our lives. Big Ideas include the 10 Diet Myths, inflamma, fruitsandvegetables, and making health a means to a much bigger end.

  • Micro Class - 3 Quick Tips on How to Close an Integrity Gap

    Oct 19 2015

    Want more happiness, meaning and mojo? Time to close our integrity gaps. Here are three ways to rock it!

  • Micro Class - Let's Be Flexible (Rather than Rigid or Chaotic)

    Oct 18 2015

  • Interview: The Power of Rest with Dr. Matthew Edlund, M.D.

    Oct 18 2015

    Rest. You getting enough? If you're like most of us, the answer is No. Leading medical doctor, Matthew Edlund shows up how sleep isn't enough. We need to cultivate "active rest" into our day-to-day lives. In this Note, we'll look at how to integrate active Mental + Physical + Social + Spiritual rest while working out our brain, breathing and optimizing our lives.

  • Micro Class - Where Are You in Covey's 4 Quadrants?

    Oct 17 2015

  • Interview: The Practicing Mind with Thomas Sterner

    Oct 17 2015

    The Practicing Mind. It’s the key to true inner peace and contentment. In a world that conditions us to obsess about goals and outcomes, it’s easy to miss the importance of the process. The PRACTICE. Thomas Sterner brilliantly (!) helps us bring discipline and focus into our lives to experience the presence and joy that comes as a result. (Bonus: We also create a frictionless path to our goals as well!)

  • Interview: Greatness with Idan Ravin, The Hoops Whisperer

    Oct 16 2015

    Who do LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Dwight Howard, James Harden and a ton of other top basketball players go to to get better? Idan Ravin. If you’re into sports + self-development + the pursuit of being the best you can possibly be, I think you’ll *love* the book. Big Ideas include getting paid to do what you love, greatness, obstacles and exiting the cave.

  • Micro Class - 99% Is a Bitch. 100% Is a Breeze.

    Oct 16 2015

  • Micro Class - How to Turn Your Discipline into Blissipline!

    Oct 15 2015

    Discipline. It's a secret sauce to awesomeness. Here's how to turn your discipline into blissipline! -)Discipline. It's a secret sauce to awesomeness. Here's how to turn your discipline into blissipline! -)

  • Interview: How to Go Wild (+ Why You Should) with John Ratey, MD

    Oct 15 2015

    Ready to go wild?! John Ratey, MD is here to give us the guidebook on how to make that happen! In this chat, we explore Big Ideas ranging from wild nutrition to getting adequate sleep and connecting with our tribe. Hope you enjoy!

  • Micro Class: Top 10 Tips on How to Take Consistent, Impeccable Action to Achieve Your Goals

    Oct 14 2015

    Got some inspiring goals? Awesome. Here are 10 tips on how to take consistent, impeccable action to achieve those goals!

  • Interview: The New Science of Exercise with John Ratey, MD

    Oct 14 2015

    John Ratey is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and one of the world’s leading authorities on the revolutionary new science of exercise. Join us for a discussion on how exercise boosts your creativity, reduces depression and is, essentially, like taking a little bit of Ritalin and a little bit of Prozac—it increases your focus + boosts your mood in powerful ways!

  • Micro Class - 2 Reasons Why Your Vision Board Might Suck (+ How to Unsuck It)

    Oct 13 2015

    Got a vision board? Here are two big reasons why it might suck! -0

  • Interview: Talent + How to Tap into Your Greatness with Dan Coyle

    Oct 13 2015

    Dan Coyle tells us that greatness isn't born. It's grown. In The Talent Code + The Little Book of Talent, he shows us how. Join us as we explore some Big Ideas on how to get your greatness on as you grow your myelin and ignite your potential.

  • Micro Class - Are You a Rat Racer, a Hedonist, a Nihilist or a Happy Person?

    Oct 12 2015

  • Interview: The Rise of Superman with Steven Kotler

    Oct 12 2015

    Steven Kotler is one of the world's leading experts on the science of flow--the secret sauce to optimizing our lives and actualizing our potential. Join us as we talk about some of my favorite Big Ideas on how to Rise like Superman.

  • Micro Class - Your Most Important Meeting Today

    Oct 11 2015

  • Interview: How to Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice with Todd Henry

    Oct 11 2015

    Todd Henry tells us that history’s most impactful humans all had a unique, powerful, authentic voice. This book is all about helping us harness the power of OUR authentic voice. Three keys: Identity + Vision + Mastery. And, we’ve gotta learn how to own the Big U as we run our own race, have fun in monk mode and practice action + patience.

  • Micro Class - Are You Fragile or Antifragile?

    Oct 10 2015

  • Interview: Philosophy for Geniuses (<--That's You) with Tom Morris

    Oct 10 2015

    Tom Morris literally wrote the book on Philosophy for Dummies. A double Ph.D. from Yale (Philosophy + Religious Studies), he taught at Notre Dame and has been a professional, public philosopher for decades. Let's apply wisdom to our own lives!

  • Interview - Die Empty with Todd Henry

    Oct 09 2015

    How do you want to die? With a calm serenity knowing you gave your best or with deep regret that you never took the risks and cultivated the discipline to show up with urgency and diligence each day to create a life of deep meaning? The answer is obvious. Big Ideas we explore on how to die empty include optimism vs. wishing, the root of mediocrity, the 3 S’s of goal setting and dealing with The Lag.

  • Interview: How to Get So Good They Can't Ignore You with Cal Newport

    Oct 09 2015

    Want to get so good they can't ignore you? (Me, too.) Cal Newport tells us we need to shift from a passion mindset to a CRAFTSMAN mindset as we become true masters of our craft and create a ton of value in the world. We do *that* and we'll accumulate what Cal calls "career capital" that we can cash in for the ideal set up. Another Big Idea: Figure out how you can deliberately practice! (<-- Huge.) This is a fun, quick chat. I hope you love it and here's to mastering our craft and serving prof...more

  • Interview: Mental Toughness Training with Jason Selk

    Oct 08 2015

    Jason Selk is one of the world’s leading peak performance experts. His tagline? “The relentless pursuit of greatness.” If that appeals to you, you’ll love this book. It’s *fantastic*! Big Ideas we explore include the difference between Process and Product Goals, a 100-second mental training workout, why your self-image matters and the REMARKABLE benefits of writing down your goals.

  • Micro Class - The Tools: Bring It On!

    Oct 08 2015

    Tool #1: We need to reverse our relationship with fear. Rather than avoid pain, we need to lean into it--KNOWING that our infinite potential exists outside our comfort zone on the other side of our fear.

  • Interview: The Tools with Barry Michels

    Oct 07 2015

    The Tools. This was easily the best book I read in 2012. It's *packed* with goodness. Stutz and Michels are two no-nonsense therapists who developed powerful tools to transform our problems into courage, confidence, and creativity. In this Note, we'll take a quick peek at how to put these powerful tools to work to creat real change in our lives.

  • PNTV - The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

    Oct 07 2015

  • Interview: The Tools with Phil Stutz

    Oct 06 2015

    The Tools. This was easily the best book I read in 2012. It's *packed* with goodness. Stutz and Michels are two no-nonsense therapists who developed powerful tools to transform our problems into courage, confidence, and creativity. In this Note, we'll take a quick peek at how to put these powerful tools to work to create real change in our lives.

  • Micro Class - Left Hook

    Oct 06 2015

  • Interview - How to Be an Imperfectionist with Stephen Guise

    Oct 05 2015

  • PNTV - Louder Than Words by Todd Henry

    Oct 05 2015

    Todd Henry tells us that history’s most impactful humans all had a unique, powerful, authentic voice. This book is all about helping us harness the power of OUR authentic voice. Three keys: Identity + Vision + Mastery. And, we’ve gotta learn how to own the Big U as we run our own race, have fun in monk mode and practice action + patience.

  • Micro Class - How to Set Goals That Will Actually Make You Happy!

    Oct 04 2015

  • Interview - Crazy Good with Steve Chandler

    Oct 04 2015

  • Micro Class - How to Develop True Confidence

    Oct 03 2015

  • Interview: The Science of Making Your Dreams Come True with Gabriele Oettingen

    Oct 03 2015

    Gabriel Oettingen is one of the world’s leading researchers in “The New Science of Motivation.” The basic idea of the book is captured in a clever image on the cover: Rose colored glasses with one lens cracked. Oettingen walks us thru the compelling research that demonstrates the power of seeing both the positive AND the challenges. When we contrast our wishes with the obstacles to their attainment we, almost magically, catalyze an extraordinarily higher level of performance. 

  • Micro Class - Exercise - The #1 Way to Boost Your Mojo

    Oct 02 2015

  • Interview - Constructive Living with David Reynolds

    Oct 02 2015

    Dan Millman (author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and other great books) introduced me to David Reynolds's great book Constructive Living years ago as he's been deeply influenced by David's integration of Zen Buddhism and Western Psychotherapy. I like to say it's the best book you've (likely) never heard of. Join David and I for a chat about some of my favorite Big Ideas on how to live with greater self-mastery by more effectively relating to our emotions and consistently asking ourselves: "Now...more

  • Micro Class - Self-Mastery Tip - Now What Needs to Be Done?

    Oct 01 2015

  • Micro Class - If-Then Planning for Hot Spots

    Oct 01 2015

    You have any impulsive behaviors you'd like to cool off? (If you're human, the answer is yes.) Then If-Then planning for hot spots is for you!

  • Micro Class - Do You Have Spiritual Farts?

    Sep 30 2015

    Spiritual indigestion. It comes from a lot of studying and not a lot of applying. The solution is simple - move from theory to practice by LIVING your truths! -)

  • PNTV - The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel

    Sep 30 2015

    Test: "I'll give you two marshmallows if you wait 20 minutes or you can have one now." How pre-schoolers responded to that predicted their SAT scores at 16, their BMI at 30 and brain health at 50. (WOW.)

  • Micro Class - Thomas Jefferson's Practice of Happiness

    Sep 29 2015

  • Micro Class - Tents + Towers

    Sep 29 2015

  • Micro Class - How to Deal with Any Problem

    Sep 28 2015

  • PNTV - Be Quick -- But Don't Hurry

    Sep 28 2015

    Be quick!! But don't hurry. John Wooden repeated that all.the.time to his players in every.single.practice. We need to live with intensity (!), fully showing up and playing at the edge of our abilities WHILE staying centered. Andy Hill walks us through how he learned how to do that playing under Wooden during their dynasty days.

  • Micro Class - How to Develop Your Intuition + Tap Into Your Inner Wisdom

    Sep 27 2015

    Fact - We already know. The question is - do we have the courage to trust ourselves and follow our own wisdom? Here are a few exercises and questions to help you tap into your inner wisdom and develop your intuition!

  • Micro Class - Want to Build Talent? Hit the Sweet Spot

    Sep 27 2015

    There's a sweet spot between your comfort zone and your survival zone. That's where we want to hang out as we deliberately practice and move to mastery.

  • Micro Class - +1 or -1 (Which Way Are You Headed?!)

    Sep 26 2015

  • Interview - Today We Are Rich with Tim Sanders

    Sep 26 2015

    Tim Sanders is awesome. He was the Chief Solutions Officer for Yahoo! back in the day and wrote the uber-cool book Love Is the Killer App. In this interview, we’ll learn how to be truly rich via powerful daily practices as we become healthy-thought nuts and POETs who practice persistence. Fun!

  • Micro Class - What Are Your #1s?

    Sep 25 2015

    Want to optimize your life? Try this simple exercise to identify the top things you could *start* doing and *stop* doing that will lead to the most positive impact in your life!!

  • Interview - The Procrastination Equation with Piers Steel

    Sep 25 2015

    Did you know there’s an equation for Procrastination? Yep. Expectancy x Value / Impulsiveness x Delay = Motivation. Thank you, Piers Steel. In this great book, Piers (a leading researcher on the science of motivation/procrastination) walks us thru the power of that equation. Big Ideas we explore include: Mental Contrasting (and why it beats creative visualization), goal setting (3 scientific keys) and how to add a month of productivity to your year.

  • Micro Class - How to Figure Out Your Mission in Life (5 Big Ideas + 5 Journal Questions + 5 Tips!)

    Sep 24 2015

    Want to figure out your mission in life? Here are 5 Big Ideas + 5 journal questions + 5 tips to help you rock it!!!

  • PNTV - The Little Book of Talent

    Sep 24 2015

    In The Talent Code, Dan Coyle introduced us to the power of myelin and its role in creating world-class performance. In The Little Book of Talent, he shares 52 uber-practical tips on how to improve our skills. Big Ideas we explore include how to actually deliberately practice (hint: find your sweet spot), the most important skill (hint: get good at actually practicing), playing mental movies, adopting a blue collar mind set and thinking like a gardener while acting like a carpenter.

  • Micro Class - Top 10 Ways to Build Your Willpower (and Why You Should Care!)

    Sep 23 2015

    Willpower. It's the queen of all virtues--the greatest predictor of health, happiness, wealth and all other good things. Here are 10 tips on how to build *your* willpower!!

  • Micro Class - WOOP!

    Sep 23 2015

    Want to catalyze your motivation + goal attainment? Get your WOOP on! Wish + Outcome + Obstacle + Plan = magic.

  • Micro Class - What Went Well Today and Why?

    Sep 22 2015

    Gratitude, as we know, is huge. Here's another really powerful exercise to flex your appreciation muscles and train yourself to see what's working in your life!!

  • Interview - Learning How to Learn with Barbara Oakley

    Sep 22 2015

    Barbara Oakley teaches one of the largest classes in HISTORY called "Learning How to Learn." (Over 1 million students!) She also wrote the great book, "A Mind for Numbers." Join us as we explore some of my favorite Big Ideas.

  • Micro Class - How to Play the Equanimity Game

    Sep 21 2015

    Equanimity. The word means 'balanced mind.' (Love that!) Here's how to recover your equanimity when life challenges you!!

  • Interview - The Miracle Morning with Hal Elrod

    Sep 20 2015

    Hal Elrod is an inspiring guy. Want to wake up every morning fired up to make today another masterpiece? Then it's time to make your mornings miraculous and Hal shows us how with his Life S.A.V.E.R.S. Join us as we discuss his great book The Miracle Morning.

  • Micro Class - Less than 2 Min? 1-Touch It!

    Sep 20 2015

    I'm excited to share some of my favorite super productivity tips. Here's my #1 practice: If it takes -2 minutes, 1-touch it!!

  • Interview - How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci with Michael Gelb

    Sep 20 2015

    Michael J. Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership and author of the bestselling How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and Brain Power.

  • Micro Class - How to quit being a perfectionist! (And become an optimalist)

    Sep 19 2015

    Tired of being a perfectionist? Here are some ideas on how to shift out of that debilitating mindset and become an optimalist!! :)

  • PNTV - Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen

    Sep 19 2015

    Gabriel Oettingen is one of the world’s leading researchers in “The New Science of Motivation.” The basic idea of the book is captured in a clever image on the cover: Rose colored glasses with one lens cracked. Oettingen walks us thru the compelling research that demonstrates the power of seeing both the positive AND the challenges. When we contrast our wishes with the obstacles to their attainment we, almost magically, catalyze an extraordinarily higher level of performance. 

  • Micro Class - How to boost your happiness w/ gratitude!!

    Sep 18 2015

    Gratitude is HUGE. Easiest, most powerful way to boost our happiness levels. Here are some of my favorite tools on how to get our gratitude on and live w/more consistent radiant joy and en*thusiasm! Hope you enjoy! (What are YOU grateful for?! :)

  • PNTV - My Fight Your Fight by Ronda Rousey

    Sep 18 2015

    Ronda Rousey is a TOUGH human being. If you’re even remotely familiar with MMA/the UFC, I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know but reading this book brings the point home even more loud and clear. If you don’t know Ronda, ESPN just voted her the best fighter on the planet. She’s an Olympic medalist in Judo and the biggest (and highest paid!) star in the mixed martial arts world. Imagine if Bruce Lee was alive today. And he was a woman. That’s Ronda Rousey. :)

  • Micro Class: The 5% Solution

    Sep 17 2015

    We're not going to change *everything* all.at.once. But we can make 5% incremental improvements. Here's one powerful way to do that.

  • PNTV - Crazy Good by Steve Chandler

    Sep 17 2015

    Steve Chandler tells us “There is bad and there is good . . . And then there is crazy good." And, our path to living a crazy-good life is simple. It's all about CHOICES. As with all of Steve's books, this one is packed with wisdom. Big Ideas we cover include The 5% Solution, Systems vs. Dreams, Game vs. Shame, and making life an experiment.

  • Micro Class - Happiness, Eudaimonia & Arete

    Sep 16 2015

    Want happiness? Close the gap btwn what you're capable of being and what you're actually being, yo! In other words, live with arete! :)

  • Micro Class - Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation

    Sep 16 2015

    Is your motivation intrinsic or extrinsic? Pay attention. It has a big impact on your overall happiness and mojo!! (This is the first in a daily series of Optimal Living 101 Big Ideas. Hope you dig 'em! Let me know what you think!! Have something you want me to talk about? Leave a comment! 

  • Micro Class - Meditation: 10 Tips on How to Do It and 5 Reasons Why You Should!

    Sep 15 2015

    Meditation. If you believe leading research scientists, it's as close to a magic pill as we can get! Let's take a quick look at 5 reasons why meditation is awesome along with 10 tips on how to rock it!

  • Interview - The New Man with Tripp Lanier

    Sep 15 2015

    Tripp Lanier is the host of The New Man Podcast: Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp. He coaches entrepreneurs around the world to redefine success, create offerings that actually make a difference, and do the thing they were put on this Earth to do.

  • Micro Class - How to conquer your fear in 30 seconds!

    Sep 14 2015

    Want to conquer your fear? Here's how. :)

  • Micro Class - How to Discover Your Purpose in Less than 5 Seconds. :)

    Sep 13 2015

    Wondering how you can discover your purpose in less than 5 seconds?! Here you go! :) (Laughing that it took me 5 minutes and 50 seconds to describe a 5 second process! hah. :)

  • Interview - Improv Wisdom with Patricia Ryan Madson

    Sep 13 2015

    Patricia Ryan Madson is Emerita of Stanford University where she taught for three decades in the Drama Department. In this interview, we'll talk about her 13 maxims for improv living from her quick-reading, fun, smart, practical book.

  • Micro Class - Confidence 101: How to Create Indestructible Trust in Yourself

    Sep 12 2015

    Here's a quick look at the Top 10 Big Ideas for my upcoming class: Confidence 101: How to Create Indestructible Trust in Yourself. 

  • Micro Class - Getting Stuff Done 101: How to Reach Your Potential by Crushing it Day In and Day Out

    Sep 12 2015

    Here’s a quick look at the Top 10 Big Ideas for my upcoming class Getting Stuff Done 101: How to Reach Your Potential by Crushing it Day In and Day Out.  Big Ideas we’ll explore include: The fact that it’s more about *energy* management than time management + how to create systems that make it easy to produce consistently (we’ll look at what I do systems-wise) + time-blocking (the “#1 power tool” of productivity as The One Thing Gary Keller describes it) + creating masterpiece days + the import...more

  • Micro Class - Habits 101: How to Create Habits that Can Change Your Life

    Sep 11 2015

    Here are my Top 10 Big Ideas on how to create habits that can change your life. Hope you enjoy!

  • PNTV - The Way of the Fight by Georges St. Pierre

    Sep 11 2015

    Georges St-Pierre. GSP. If you’re into mixed martial arts/the UFC, you know GSP as one of the greatest pound for pound fighters ever. Although I’m not really a big MMA guy, I’ve always admired the sheer, visceral strength + courage of fighters and elite warriors like the UFC champions + Navy SEALs/Army Rangers. In this great book we get a behind the scenes look into GSP’s greatness. Big Ideas include Areté, Sacrifices vs. Decisions, being courageous (hint: it’s NOT about being fearless), crazy d...more

  • Micro Class - Meditation 101: How to Meditate without Moving to the Himalayas

    Sep 10 2015

    Here’s a quick look at the Top 10 Big Ideas for my class Meditation 101: How to Meditate without Moving to the Himalayas!

  • Micro Class - Sacrifices vs. Decisions

    Sep 10 2015

    When you're clear on your mission you structure your life to actualize. But when you eliminate distractions you're not making "sacrifices" per se. You're simply making decisions.

  • Micro Class - Relationships 101: How to Optimize the Love in Your Life

    Sep 09 2015

    Here are my Top 10 Big Ideas on Relationships 101: How to Optimize the Love in Your Life. Hope you enjoy! 

  • Micro Class - Two Buckets

    Sep 09 2015

    If we want GREATNESS (whatever that means for us), we need to remember that our destiny is shaped by our moment to moment decision. Let's shoot into the right basket as we step forward into growth.

  • Interview - Brain Maker with David Perlmutter, MD

    Sep 08 2015

    Ready to get your brain right? Start with your gut! In this compelling book, Dr. David Perlmutter walks us through the leading-edge science on how to dial in our microbiome to optimize our brain + overall well-being. In the Note, we explore Big Ideas ranging from the power of probiotics and your second brain to the importance of focusing on root causes rather than just symptoms along with the 6 keys to feeding your microbes.

  • Interview - Unbeatable Mind with Mark Divine

    Sep 08 2015

    I'm convinced Mark Divine is a superhero. Seriously. And in Unbeatable Mind, the former Navy SEAL gives us the handbook on mental toughness. In the Note, we'll look at the keys to cultivating our confidence, the importance of cultivating our concentration, learning how to control our breathing and other goodness that will make you unbeatable.

  • PNTV - The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin

    Sep 07 2015

    Who do LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Dwight Howard, James Harden and a ton of other top basketball players go to to get better? Idan Ravin. If you’re into sports + self-development + the pursuit of being the best you can possibly be, I think you’ll *love* the book. Big Ideas include getting paid to do what you love, greatness, obstacles and exiting the cave.

  • Micro Class - Goals: Product vs. Process

    Sep 07 2015

    If you want to hit your outcome (or "product" goals) you need to hit your daily PROCESS goals. Here's how.

  • Interview - The Happiness Hypothesis with Jonathan Haidt

    Sep 06 2015

    Wonder where happiness comes from? So does Jonathan Haidt, one of the world’s leading positive psychologists and Professor at NYU. Join us as we explore some of my favorite Big Ideas from his great book.

  • Micro Class - What's Your #1 Goal?

    Sep 06 2015

    What are the Top 10 goals you’d like to achieve over the next year? Awesome. Now, what’s the #1 goal? FOCUS ON THAT!

  • Interview - Mini Habits with Stephen Guise

    Sep 05 2015

    How’s your habit-building process working for you? If you’ve stalled a few (hundred?) times, Stephen Guise tells us that Mini Habits might be just the thing you’re looking for!

  • PNTV - Executive Toughness by Jason Selk

    Sep 04 2015

    Jason Selk is one of the world’s leading peak performance experts. His tagline? “The relentless pursuit of greatness.” If that appeals to you, you’ll love this book. It’s *fantastic*! Big Ideas we explore include the difference between Process and Product Goals, a 100-second mental training workout, why your self-image matters and the REMARKABLE benefits of writing down your goals.

  • PNTV - Mastery by Robert Greene

    Sep 04 2015

    Leonardo da Vinci. Charles Darwin. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Martha Graham. The Wright Brothers. Jane Goodall. Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Edison. Zora Neale Hurston. What do they all have in common? Mastery. In this great book Robert Greene shows us the key components of their mastery and, most importantly, how WE can each attain our mastery in our own lives.

  • Interview - Why Smart People Hurt with Dr. Eric Maisel

    Sep 04 2015

    Dr. Eric Maisel is the author of more than thirty five books. His interests include creativity and the creative life, mental and emotional health, and philosophy and the art of making meaning.

  • PNTV - So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport

    Sep 04 2015

    Cal Newport decodes the pattern of finding work that inspires us and tells us, as per the sub-title, “Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love.” The title of the book comes from comedian Steve Martin’s advice to aspiring entertainers to “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” 

  • Interview - The Art and Science of Lasting Motivation with Michelle Segar

    Sep 04 2015

    Dr. Michelle Segar is the world’s leading authority on what motivates people to choose and maintain healthy behaviors. As you’d imagine, Dr. Segar has some *really* powerful ideas on, as the sub-title suggests, “How the simple science of motivation can bring you a lifetime of fitness.” Big Ideas we explore include the importance of meaning, moving exercise from a chore to a gift and embracing a learning mindset.

  • Micro Class - Mental Contrasting

    Sep 04 2015

    Creative visualization sounds good but science says it's not so hot. Get excited about your ideal future AND contrast that with your current reality. But only if you want to succeed more. 

  • Interview - Introvert Power with Laurie Helgoe

    Sep 03 2015

    Dr. Helgoe is here to help us learn how to be psychologically patriotic as we build solitude skills and tap into our introvert power.

  • Micro Class - "It Will Only Take 1 Minute"

    Sep 03 2015

    You're going to work on your project. But first! You're going to do something that will "only take 1 minute." A few hours later you forget what you were going to do. Let's not do that.

  • Micro Class - Self Determination Theory

    Sep 03 2015

    Science says that we’re happiest with our work when three things are present: Autonomy + Competence + Relatedness. Here’s a (super) quick look at Self-Development Theory.

  • PNTV - Eat That Frog

    Sep 03 2015

    You ever find yourself procrastinating? Well then, my friend, it's time to Eat That Frog!! Brian Tracy gives us 21 good reasons to figure out the most important work for your life and day and get on it already. Big Ideas include discovering your #1 goal, 80/20 time management, taking care of the raw materials of peak performance, and single handling.

  • Interview - Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff

    Sep 03 2015

    Kristin Neff established self-compassion as a field of study almost a decade ago. In this interview, we'll explore the three core elements of self-compassion (self-kindness + common humanity + mindfulness) and why it's so important for us to cultivate!

  • Interview - Make Money and Change the World with Marie Forleo

    Sep 03 2015

    Marie Forleo's mission is to help you realize your greatest potential and use your unique talents to change the world. She’s the creator of the award-winning show, MarieTV and has been featured on Forbes, Oprah Radio and The New York Times, among others.

  • Interview - UltraWellness with Mark Hyman

    Sep 03 2015

    Mark Hyman, M.D. is a five-time New York Times bestselling author, family physician an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine.

  • Interview - Experience Life with Pilar Gerasimo

    Sep 02 2015

    Pilar Gerasimo is the founding editor of Experience Life, an award-winning healthy-living magazine that reaches more than 2.8 million people nationwide.

  • PNTV - The Mindful Athlete by George T. Mumford

    Sep 02 2015

    Who does Zen master Phil Jackson go to when he wants to get his players' minds right? George Mumford. Mumford has coached everyone from Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant and gives us a great introduction to mindfulness way beyond sports. Big Ideas we explore include Kobe's 1,300 3-pointers (PER DAY), romancing your discomfort zone, stepping in btwn stimulus and response, and REALLY listening to yourself.

  • Interview - Do More Great Work with Michael Bungay Stanier

    Sep 02 2015

    Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons and author of Do More Great Work. He’s also the curator of the Your Great Work MBA, a FREE ent*theos virtual conference featuring 25 extraordinary speakers sharing tactics and strategies to do more Great Work.

  • PNTV - The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel

    Sep 02 2015

    Did you know there’s an equation for Procrastination? Yep. Expectancy x Value / Impulsiveness x Delay = Motivation. Thank you, Piers Steel. In this great book, Piers (a leading researcher on the science of motivation/procrastination) walks us thru the power of that equation. Big Ideas we explore include: Mental Contrasting (and why it beats creative visualization), goal setting (3 scientific keys) and how to add a month of productivity to your year.

  • Micro Class - Dealing with Stress

    Sep 02 2015

    Stressed? Heart racing, palm sweaty and all that jazz? Great! Know that how you interpret that stress response will dictate how it affects you. Choose, "I'm excited!" rather than "I'm freaked out!" :)

  • Micro Class - Make It Meaningful

    Sep 02 2015

    Optimizing our lives always involves two things: 1. Knowing + 2. Doing. The Doing is the hard part. We need meaning that matters. Abstract meaning ("Long-term health") is weak and immediate gratification meaning ("It feels good NOW!") is where it's at!

  • PNTV - Solving the Procrastination Puzzle by Timothy A. Pychyl

    Sep 02 2015

    EVERYBODY procrastinates. And this "concise guide" by Timothy Pychl, Ph.D.--one of the world's leading procrastination experts--helps us solve the procrastination puzzle. Big Ideas we explore include IF ... THEN (<-- huge!), Just getting started (vs. Just doing it), the horror of "It will just take a minute," why multitasking is a myth, and why it's best to be nice to yourself when you stumble.

  • PNTV - Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

    Sep 02 2015

    This is Austin Kleon’s second masterful little book on optimizing creativity. The first? Steal Like an Artist. After learning how to get our creativity on, we’re ready to become the artist whose ideas *others* steal. Big Ideas include chain creating, micro sabbaticals, playing till the 9th inning, troll pooper scoopers, and the #1 way to get more followers.

  • Interview - Create Zen Habits with Leo Babauta

    Sep 02 2015

    Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog (according to TIME magazine) with 260,000 subscribers, and the best-selling books Focus, The Power of Less, and Zen To Done.

  • Interview - Conscious Capitalism with John Mackey

    Sep 02 2015

    John Mackey is the founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. He actively works to create a new business paradigm, addressing issues facing the natural and organic food industry, exploring the nature of human development and much more.

  • Interview - Crazy Sexy Awesome with Kris Carr

    Sep 02 2015

    Kris Carr is a New York Times best selling author, speaker, health advocate and wellness coach. She is the author of Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor, Crazy Sexy Diet, and Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

  • Interview - Be Happy, Damnit! with Karen Salmansohn

    Sep 02 2015

    Karen Salmansohn a best selling author and book packager with over 1 million books sold – known for creating a new breed of books – “self help for people who would never be caught dead reading self help."

  • Interview - The Undefeated Mind with Alex Lickerman

    Sep 02 2015

    How'd you like to have an undefeated mind while constructing an indestructible self? (I'll take 'em!) Alex Lickerman, MD shows us how--blending Western science with practical Eastern mysticism in his powerful book.

  • Interview - The Art of Mental Training with DC Gonzalez

    Aug 21 2015

    DC Gonzalez is one of the world's leading peak performance/mental training experts. In this interview, we'll take a quick look at why mental training is so important.

  • Interview - One Spirit Medicine with Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D

    Aug 21 2015

    Alberto Villoldo is a fascinating blend of medical anthropologist and practicing shaman—having explored, practiced and taught these ideas for decades. Alberto walks us the healing wisdom at the nexus of ancient shamanic wisdom and modern science.

  • Interview - Attainment with Troy Bassham

    Aug 21 2015

    Troy Bassham is a 4 time National Champion and World Champion rifle shooter. He's also gold medalist Lanny Bashamm's son. Together they share extraordinary wisdom in their Mental Management® System.

  • Interview - With Winning in Mind with Lanny Bassham

    Aug 20 2015

    Want to get your mind right? Lanny Bassham, an Olympic gold medalist, has been teaching the art of mental training/peak performance for decades and his book tells us just how to rock it.

  • Interview - Superhuman by Habit with Tynan

    Aug 20 2015

    You want to be superhuman? Tynan tells us it's *all* about the habits. I agree. And his book is a genius little manifesto on how to rock it.

  • Interview - The Obstacle Is the Way with Ryan Holiday

    Aug 20 2015

    Ryan Holiday is brilliant. So is this book. The ancient Stoics taught us how to not only accept challenges but to thrive on them. Ryan brings their wisdom to life with compelling stories of great peeps who have rocked it in the face of adversity.

  • Interview - Be Happy for No Reason with Marci Shimoff

    Aug 20 2015

    Marci Shimoff is a celebrated transformational leader and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In addition to authoring the worldwide bestsellers, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, she is the coauthor of six of the top-selling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a featured teacher in the international movie and book sensation The Secret.

  • Interview - Creativity on Demand with Michael Gelb

    Aug 20 2015

    Michael J. Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership and author of the bestselling How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Brain Power, and Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius.

  • Interview - Become a Warrior + Get Fearless with Steve Chandler

    Aug 20 2015

    Steve Chandler's MindShift frees people from unnecessary pessimism and puts them back in touch with the source of their enthusiasm for work and life. He is the author of over 30 books, including Time Warrior and Wealth Warrior.

  • Interview - Positive Psychology 101 with Tal Ben-Shahar

    Aug 20 2015

    Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer, teaching at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He taught the largest course at Harvard on "Positive Psychology" and the third largest on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of over 1,400 students.

  • Interview - Be Well with Frank Lipman

    Aug 19 2015

    Frank Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where his personal blend of Western and many other medicines, what he calls Good Medicine, has helped thousands of people recover their energy and zest for life.

  • Interview - The Science of Succes with Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

    Aug 19 2015

    Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a motivational psychologist, speaker, author of SUCCEED: How We Can Reach Our Goals, blogger for Huff Post, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, SmartBrief, and Psychology Today.

  • Interview - The Scientific Hows and Myths of Happiness with Sonja Lyubomirsky

    Aug 19 2015

    Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness, a book of strategies backed by scientific research that can be used to increase happiness.

  • Interview - Buddha's Brain with Rick Hanson

    Aug 19 2015

    Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. He is an authority on self-directed neuroplasticity.

  • Interview - Enough Already with Alan Cohen

    Aug 19 2015

    Alan Cohen, M.A., is the author of 24 popular inspirational books including The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Why Your Life Sucks. He brings a warm blend of wisdom, intimacy, humor, and vision to the path of personal, professional, and spiritual growth.

  • Interview - Eat to Live with Joel Fuhrman

    Aug 19 2015

    Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is the author of Eat to Live and Super Immunity.

  • Interview - Getting Things Done with David Allen

    Aug 19 2015

    David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the engineer of GTD, the ground-breaking Getting Things Done methodology that has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes.

  • Micro Class - Train Your Mind

    Aug 18 2015

    We've all heard that championship athletic performance is 90% mental. But that applies to EVERYTHING in our lives. Here are three ways to train your mind.

  • Micro Class - Training Elephants

    Aug 18 2015

    An untrained elephant grabs bananas and coconuts as it cruises thru the market. Your untrained mind does the same thing. The trick? Pick up a stick!

  • Micro Class - Relationships101 Know Your #1s

    Aug 18 2015

    You want a great relationship? Fantastic. Start by dialing in your relationship with yourself! Know your #1s. And, support your Love by knowing *their* #1s.

  • Micro Class - Today's the Day!

    Aug 18 2015

    Imagine someone following you tomorrow and keeping notes on EVERY single moment of your day--from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. And they document it all to share with the world. Change anything?

  • Micro Class - Let's Not Be Mediocre

    Aug 18 2015

    Did you know the word mediocre comes from the Latin words medius ("middle") + ocrus ("rugged mountatin")? It literally means to settle halfway up a rugged mountain. Let's not do that. Let's embrace excellence and summit the peak of our potential!

  • Micro Class - Romancing Your Discomfort Zone

    Aug 18 2015

    There's a gap between your comfort zone and your discomfort zone. That's where we're able to get our incremental improvement on. Let's play there. Stretch don't snap!

  • Micro Class - Intention + Diligence + 1,300 3 Pointers

    Aug 18 2015

    What do you want? Are you willing to pay the price? Fantastic. That's the ticket. (And, if you're feelin' it, go make 1,300 three-pointers every day like Kobe.)

  • Micro Class - The Tortoise vs. The Hare vs. Smokey

    Aug 18 2015

    We all know the slow and steady tortoise beats the bunny that burns himself out. But what if there was a creatture that combined both speed AND endurance. Meet your new friend Smokey!

  • Micro Class - Are You a Poser

    Aug 18 2015

    Did you know that you can strike a power pose and boost your testosterone by 20% in 2 minutes? While dropping your cortisol 20%? Nuts, eh? Yet it's true. Weak poses = the opposite: 10% reduction in testosterone + 15% increase in cortisol. Wow.

  • Micro Class - Silencing Mr. M

    Aug 18 2015

    He's tiny. Almost invisible. But he has a HUGE mouth and he's constantly telling you why you can't win. That's Mr. Mediocrity. We need to silence him.

  • Micro Class - The Pain Paradox

    Aug 18 2015

    The Pain Paradox: Only doing the easy stuff today makes it more difficult later. Paradoxically, doing the hard stuff now makes things easier in the future. Think cows vs. buffalo! :)

  • Micro Class - Anxiety, Boredom and Getting into Flow

    Aug 18 2015

    Feeling anxious or bored? Here's a quick look at how you can get into flow!

  • PNTV - Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

    Aug 17 2015

    This is a great little book packed with gems on the creative process we can apply to both our work AND our lives. As per the sub-title, Austin gives us  “10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.” Big Ideas we explore include the need to start copying, the importance of taking care of ourselves and establishing a routine as we set creative constraints and amassing a body of work as we consistently show up.

  • PNTV - A Mind For Numbers by Barbara Oakley

    Aug 17 2015

    Although, as per the sub-title, the book is ostensibly about “How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra),” it’s really about excelling at learning and at LIFE! Barbara Oakley is an award winning engineering teacher who used to struggle mightily with math and science. She walks us through the latest research in neuroscience and learning as she shares fascinating biographical sketches of scientific + mathematical luminaries along with wisdom from other world-class teachers. Gre...more

  • PNTV - The Paleo Manifesto by John Durant

    Aug 17 2015

    If you’re looking for a smart, grounded, funny and well-written introduction to the Paleo movement, this is the perfect place to start. Big Ideas we explore include the five ages of our origins (Animal + Paleolithic + Agricultural + Industrial + Information), poisons vs. fountains of youth, the importance of meaning (and how to dial it in) and alarm clocks for bed time.

  • PNTV - No Limits by Michael Phelps & Alan Abrahamson

    Aug 17 2015

    Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history and arguably the greatest athlete ever. This book is a quick look at 8 virtues that led to his 8 gold medals in '08. Big Ideas we explore include how to train your mind, going all in, knowing what's important now (aka W.I.N.), and not confusing "can't" vs. "won't."

  • PNTV - The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope

    Aug 17 2015

    Stephen Cope is the director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living—the largest yoga research institute in the Western world. In this great book, Stephen brings the Bhagavad Gita to life and helps us apply this ancient wisdom to our modern lives. Big Ideas include the four keys to living your dharma, creating the right conditions, dealing with difficulties, training elephants, and reducing yourself to zero!

  • PNTV - The Art of Taking Action by Gregg Krech

    Aug 17 2015

    Greg Krech is one of the world’s leading teachers of Japanese psychology. This book integrates three core facets of the work he has done for the last 25+ years: Morita Therapy + kaizen + Naikan. Big Ideas we explore include understanding what is within our control and what is not (hint: thoughts and feelings are not; behaviors are), how to create momentum in your life and the importance of constant incremental improvement.

  • PNTV - How to Be an Imperfectionist by Stephen Guise

    Aug 17 2015

    You ever struggle with perfectionism? If so, it’s time to learn how to be an imperfectionist! Stephen Guise (author of Mini Habits), shows us the way. Big Ideas include being a poser, living within floors and ceilings, thinking vs. doing, pulling the lever, and cultivating result apathy.

  • PNTV - The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth

    Aug 17 2015

    Bernard Roth has been a Professor of Engineering at Stanford for over FIFTY (!!) years. A pioneer in the field of robotics, Bernie is one of the founders of the famed d.school at Stanford. In this great book, he brings the concepts of design thinking to life in the context of our most important design project: designing our optimal lives. Big Ideas we explore include the 5 elements of design thinking, doing vs. trying, ignoring odds, and being the cause.

  • PNTV - I Can if I Want To by Arnold Lazarusand Allen Fay

    Aug 17 2015

    This is a fantastic, old school psychology classic. Written in 1975, Albert Ellis (see Notes on A Guide to Rational Living) says it’s “One of the best self help books ever written.” Lazarus and Fay walk us through 20 of the most common mistakes that can ruin our lives and, of course, how to correct them. Big Ideas include myths about change, the 2 things we need to do to change, and optimizing our locus of control.

  • PNTV - Die Empty by Todd Henry

    Aug 17 2015

    How do you want to die? With a calm serenity knowing you gave your best or with deep regret that you never took the risks and cultivated the discipline to show up with urgency and diligence each day to create a life of deep meaning? The answer is obvious. Big Ideas we explore on how to die empty include optimism vs. wishing, the root of mediocrity, the 3 S’s of goal setting and dealing with The Lag.

  • PNTV - What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D.

    Aug 17 2015

    What do you say when you talk to yourself? Is it empowering? Or not so much? Shad Helmstetter tells us nothing matters quite as much as that. Big Ideas include why and how we need to upgrade our programming, the 5 levels of Self-Talk, and conquering our greatest challenge.

  • PNTV - The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

    Aug 17 2015

    Ready to 10X your thinking and your action? Fantastic. Grant Cardone is your man. In this high intensity, LET'S DO THIS! book you'll get fired up to go out and crush it. Big Ideas we explore include how to create goals, why MASSIVE ACTION is so important, how to starve fear, why obsession is a gift not a disease and how Smokey would smoke the tortoise and the hare.

  • PNTV - Mini Habits by Stephen Guise

    Aug 17 2015

    How’s your habit-building process working for you? If you’ve stalled a few (hundred?) times, Stephen Guise tells us that Mini Habits might be just the thing you’re looking for! In the Note we look at what a Mini Habit is and how to go about rockin’ it exploring Big Ideas like making habits stupid small (aka “too small to fail”), embracing Newton’s 1st law, and being aware of ego depletion as you create your chain!

  • PNTV - No Sweat by Michelle Segar, PhD

    Aug 17 2015

    Dr. Michelle Segar is the world’s leading authority on what motivates people to choose and maintain healthy behaviors. As you’d imagine, Dr. Segar has some *really* powerful ideas on, as the sub-title suggests, “How the simple science of motivation can bring you a lifetime of fitness.” Big Ideas we explore include the importance of meaning, moving exercise from a chore to a gift and embracing a learning mindset.

  • PNTV - Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

    Aug 17 2015

    Why do we get fat? It’s a surprisingly simple question that surprisingly few nutrition experts answer with attention to scientific rigor. Enter: Gary Taubes, a brilliant, award-winning science journalist. In this Note we’ll explore some Big Ideas on the importance of the hormone insulin, why carbs are kinda like cigarettes and the Stanford A TO Z Study that showed low-carb diets outperforming others.

  • PNTV - Toughness Training for Life by James E. Loehr

    Aug 17 2015

    Toughness. Jim Loehr tells us that cultivating our toughness is the essence of creating healthier, happier and more productive lives. And, in this great, old-school book (written in 1993), he shows us how to go about doing that. Big Ideas we explore in the Note include how toughening happens (key: adaptive stress!!), the importance of training recovery, ultradian rhythms and emotional phones ringing.

  • PNTV - One Spirit Medicine by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D

    Aug 17 2015

    Alberto Villoldo is a fascinating blend of medical anthropologist and practicing shaman—having explored, practiced and taught these ideas for decades. Alberto walks us the healing wisdom at the nexus of ancient shamanic wisdom and modern science. Big Ideas include how (and why!) to optimize our gut-brain, removing two of the most toxic things in our diet, adding superfoods and detoxing from news and TV while cultivating stillness.

  • PNTV - Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden

    Aug 17 2015

    Rory Vaden tells us we can choose one of three options: 1. We can manage our time. 2. We can prioritize our time. 3. We can multiply our time. The most successful among us learn how to MULTIPLY their time and that’s what this book is all about. Big Ideas explored include the 5 Permissions (Eliminate + Automate + Delegate + Procrastinate + Concentrate) with a focus on the most important: Eliminate!!

  • PNTV - The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

    Aug 17 2015

    If you’ve ever had stress in your life (hah!) and wondered how to deal with it more optimally, I think you’ll love this. McGonigal tells us that how we THINK about stress plays a huge role in its affect on us and walks us thru the science behind it. Rather than try to get rid of stress (good luck with that!), we’re much better off shifting our mindsets to embrace and use the stress wisely!

  • PNTV - Go Wild by John Ratey and Richard Manning

    Aug 17 2015

    Ready to go wild?! John Ratey, MD, and Richard Manning are here to give us the guidebook on how to make that happen! In the Note, we explore Big Ideas ranging from wild nutrition to getting out of bad moods, getting adequate sleep and pulling levers that will change our lives!

  • PNTV - Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden

    Aug 17 2015

    When you appraoch a set of stairs and an escalator what do you do? If you're like 95% of the world, you hop on the escalator but Rory Vaden tells us if we want true success in our lives we need to quit looking for shortcuts and Take the Stairs! In the Note we'll look at how to quit being a Should-head, embrace the Pain Paradox and get our Visioneering on.

  • PNTV - Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

    Aug 17 2015

    Steven Pressfield created a trilogy on mastering the creative process and winning our battle with Resistance. The War of Art kicked it off, this is the second installment with the final Turning Pro. In the book, Pressfield walks us thru a specific project and shows us how to deal with Resistance at each stage. Big Ideas we explore incude starting before you're ready, keep working (!), and SHIP!!

  • PNTV - The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

    Aug 17 2015

    Jeff Olson is a down-to-earth, super practical (and successful) guy who believes in the power of turning simple disciplines into massive success. He calls that power “The Slight Edge.” In the Note, we’ll explore Big Ideas ranging from the anti-quantum leap and making course corrections to the habits of a slight edge master and how to create optimal plans.

  • PNTV - The New Toughness Training for Sports by Dr. Jim Loehr

    Aug 17 2015

    Jim Loehr is one of the world’s leading sports psychologists and peak performance experts. In this great book, he tells us how all champions are able to access their Ideal Performance States, why we want to lean into challenges, how to make waves throughout out day and the first rule of toughness.

  • PNTV - Making Life a Masterpiece by Orison Swett Marden

    Aug 17 2015

    Orison Swett Marden is a brilliant old-school writer who mixed a passionate optimism in our potential with an equally passionate commitment to integrity, grit, perseverance and all things good. I like him. In this book he shows us how to make our life a masterpiece by becoming the captain of our own ships, doing first-class work, and finding an hour a day to optimize as we achieving true success.

  • PNTV - Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Aug 17 2015

    A Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh is, essentially, a living saint. In this great little book, Nhat Hanh delivers his essential wisdom on how to navigate the storms of life with more grace and poise as we cultivate fearlessness/nonfear. Big Ideas range from breathing in the moment, reflecting on interbeingness (= huge), and enhancing our energy of mindfulness and concentration.

  • PNTV - Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, MD

    Aug 17 2015

    Ready to get your brain right? Start with your gut! In this compelling book, Dr. David Perlmutter walks us through the leading-edge science on how to dial in our microbiome to optimize our brain + overall well-being. In the Note, we explore Big Ideas ranging from the power of probiotics and your second brain to the importnace of focusing on root causes rather than just symptoms along with the 6 keys to feeding your microbes.

  • PNTV - Grain Brain by David Perlmutter

    Aug 17 2015

    David Perlmutter, MD combines his deep knowledge in neuroscience + nutrition in this hard-hitting, scientifically rigorous look at how, in short, grains are destroying our brains. Dementia. ADHD. Epilepsy. Anxiety. Chronic headaches. Depression. They all have their roots in neurological dysfunction and they are all impacted by our nutrition. In the Note we take a look at some powerful Big Ideas to optimize.

  • PNTV - The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

    Aug 17 2015

    Chris Guillebeau is a brilliant guy and brilliant writer. He's also traveled to every.single.country in the world. (That's 193 for those counting.) In this great book we take a look at what it means to create an awesome Quest. The why's and how's and all that. What's your Quest? Ready to rock it?

  • PNTV - The Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen Langer

    Aug 17 2015

    Ready to apply mindfulness to learning and teaching? That's what this book is all about as Ellen Langer challenges seven pervasive myths related to learning. In the Note we explore Ideas ranging from reframing, ever-present gratification and creating options to mindful presentations and celebrating confusion.

  • PNTV - Mindfulness by Ellen Langer

    Aug 17 2015

    Ellen Langer is one of the world's leading researchers studying the science of well-being. This book was was published over 25 years ago—before the concept of “mindfulness” went mainstream. Ellen takes a Western scientific orientation to mindfulness (vis-a-vis an Eastern mystical) as she challenges us to overcome our mindless patterns, let go of false limits, focus on the process and notice all the wonders present in our lives.

  • PNTV - Courageous Dreaming by Alberto Villoldo

    Aug 17 2015

    Alberto Villoldo is a shaman and medical anthropologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for over 25 years. In this book, we tap into their wisdom on how to shamans dream the world into being. Big Ideas include choosing between casting yourself as a victim or a hero, letting go of perfection, cultivating mindfulness and being ready to die at any moment.

  • PNTV - Counterclockwise by Ellen Langer

    Aug 17 2015

    Ellen Langer is a professor of psychology at Harvard and one of the world's leading reseachers who has been exploring what she calls the "psychology of possibility" for over three decades. This book is packed with amazing research stories and wisdom to bring more mindfulness to our lives and tap into our latent potential.

  • PNTV - Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar

    Aug 17 2015

    Tal Ben-Shahar is one of the most popular professors in Harvard’s history and does a great job of integrating the rigor of the science of happiness with the fun of self-help. Drawing on the latest psychological research, this book walks us through 101 choices we make throughout our lives. Big Ideas include finding happiness boosters, joining the failure hall of fame, focusing on your strengths and cocreating your reality.

  • PNTV - Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale

    Aug 16 2015

    Do you want to lead the field? Earl Nightingale is our guide in this old-school guide to rockin' it. Big Ideas include seeing the acres of diamonds in our own backyards, being able to immediately articulate our goal in a single sentence, seeing that if we want more we need to serve more and knowing that TODAY is the day to show up and shine!

  • PNTV - Courage Under Fire by James Stockdale

    Aug 16 2015

    James Stockdale spent 7 1/2 years as the highest ranking prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. 4 years in solitary confinement. 2 in leg irons. This book is about how he endured all of that with the wisdom of Stoic philosopher Epictetus in mind. In the Note, we explore the key tenets of Stoicism, the Stockdale Paradox, playing your role well and mastering your emotions.

  • PNTV - Finding Your Zone by Dr. Michael Lardon

    Aug 16 2015

    Would you like to find the Zone more often? Well, yah! Leading sports psychologist Michael Lardon, M.D. shows us how. 10 core lessons. In the Note, we'll look at why you want to have two scorecards, the importance of activation energy (451 degrees, please!!) and how to keep your confidence dialed in.

  • PNTV - Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Aug 16 2015

    Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master and one of the world's leading spiritual teachers. In this great book he teaches us how to access the power of quiet in a noisy world. Big Ideas include bringing awareness to the "Four Nutriments" we consume, tuning in to the right radio station in our minds and creating an island of self.

  • PNTV - How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

    Aug 16 2015

    What does Scott Adams have to teach us about success? A lot. And this hilarious book is packed with wisdom. Learn why goals are for losers (and systems are for super-crushers), how to move from merely wishing for success to DECIDING you will be successful and other helpful tips on how to program your moist robot for optimal performance. Um. Yah.

  • PNTV - Resilience by Eric Greiten

    Aug 16 2015

    Resilience. As Eric Greitens tells us, it's not so much about bouncing back as it is about moving through. And this former Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar, boxing champion and humanitarian who's been recognized as one of the greatest leaders in the world, knows a ton about how to cultivate it by embracing failure, forging our purpose and living with virtue.

  • PNTV - The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens

    Aug 16 2015

    Eric Greitens is pretty much a superhero. Part humanitarian and part warrior, he's an integrated man committed to serving profoundly. In this book, he shows us how to combine strength and compassion, find our purpose through service and cultivate practical wisdom

  • PNTV - You Are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza

    Aug 16 2015

    The Placebo effect is a pretty nutty phenomenon. Merely the *belief* that a pill (or surgery) will benefit you can lead to those results--even without the actual pill. In this great (!) book, Dr. Joe Dispenza tells us we can harness that power and shows us how. In the Note we'll have fun looking at how to become the new you as you cross the river of change and become an epigenetic engineer.

  • PNTV - The Essence of Success by Earl Nightingale

    Aug 16 2015

    This is basically Earl Nightingale's greatest hits album, er, book. The editors of the book combed through over 700 (!!) hours of Earl's audio programs and pulled out the things he came back to again and again. The book is packed with wisdom. In the Note, we explore how to deal with your worries, the importance of active patience, and finding our second wind as we go from being a rowboat to an ocean liner.

  • PNTV - The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey

    Aug 16 2015

    Originally published in 1974, this book is, as the sub-title suggests, the classic guide to the mental side of peak performance and transcends tennis/sports. If we want to win the game of life, we've gotta start by winning the inner game. In the Note, we'll take a quick look at how to do that, learning about Self 1 + Self 2 (and how to help them get along), quieting our mind and asking for qualities we aspire to have.

  • PNTV - Spartan Up! by Joe De Sena

    Aug 16 2015

    Spartan Up!! Want a swift kick in the optimizing butt?! This is the book for you. It truly is "a take-no-prisoners guide to overcoming obstacles and achieving performance" delivered with enthusiasm by Joe De Sena--the renowned endurance/adventure racer who created Spartan Race. We'll look at what's impossible vs. just really hard, how to pass the cookie test as we develop grit and learn how to get to the next telephone pole in the race of life.

  • PNTV - Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly

    Aug 16 2015

    How'd you like to be perfectly yourself? In this great book, Matthew Kelly shows us how to become the-best-possible-version-of-yourself by doing the next right thing, making virtue our goal, building discipline, simplifying and finding ways to serve!

  • PNTV - The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumant

    Aug 16 2015

    Concentration. As we know, the sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. This is an old school manual on how to cultivate our strength of mind to set our lives on fire. In the Note, we'll look at some Big Ideas to cultivate our concentration, sticktoitiveness and make every moment a part of our practice.

  • PNTV - A Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

    Aug 16 2015

    Og Mandino was the most popular inspirational author of his era. Before that he was a 35-year-old drunken derelict! In this book, he tells us how he found "a better way to live" and shares his 17 Rules to Live By so we can rock it as well. We'll start by building foundations below our air-castles, counting our blessings, going the extra mile and learning from Lady Liberty's Hair-do.

  • PNTV - The Message of a Master by John McDonald

    Aug 16 2015

    This little book features a mysterious master who teaches his secrets to living in harmony with Universal Law. I love stories like this. It’s a super quick-reading, invigorating little tale. In the Note we'll have fun exploring how to clean up our mental house, the importance of focusing on our ONE thing and keeping Mr. Mo on our side!

  • PNTV - The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle by Jim Rohn

    Aug 16 2015

    Jim Rohn influenced a generation of self-help gurus and this book lays out his "five major keys for the life puzzle." We'll take a quick look at your life philosophy, what you're doing with the 86,400 ticks each day, how to finish before you start as you design your ideal life and other such goodness.

  • PNTV - The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly

    Aug 16 2015

    The-best-version-of-yourself. That's what Matthew Kelly is committed to helping us become and that's what this book is all about. In the Note, we have fun getting in tune with the Rhythms of Life as we explore the fact that everything is a choice, look at what we want to give our WHOLE life to and discover the mojo of great questions.

  • PNTV - The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

    Aug 16 2015

    Would you like to be the greatest version of you? Og Mandino's classic can help with that. The best selling book on sales ever written is really a fun fable about how to achieve success in any/ever domain. In the Note, we unroll the "10 ancient scrolls" of wisdom to discover that obstacles are our friends, good habits are essential and other such goodness.

  • PNTV - The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale

    Aug 16 2015

    Want to know the strangest secret? Here it is: “We become what we think about.” That's it! Thank you, Earl Nightingale (and all other gret teachers who echo this wisdom!). In the Note we'll unpack Big Ideas from this uber-classic recording and learn how to optimize our thinking so we can actualize our potential.

  • PNTV - 10 Minute Toughness by Jason Selk

    Aug 16 2015

    Mental Toughness. If we want to optimize our lives and actualize our potentials, we MUST get our minds strong! This book is a *great* look at how to go about doing that. It’s a quick-reading, engaging look at Jason Selk’s practical, 10-minute plan to mental toughness. Big Ideas range from learning how to control our arousal state, replace negative thoughts, being solution focused and the #1 rule for crushing it.

  • PNTV - The Big Picture by Tony Horton

    Aug 16 2015

    Tony Horton. If you've done P90X then you both LOVE him and you hate him (for kicking your butt!). Hah! Tony brings the same energy and laughs to this great book featuring his 11 Laws for rockin' it. In the Note, we'll have fun looking at the voices in his head, where he came up with his classic "Do your best and forget the rest!" and other goodness!

  • PNTV - Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson

    Aug 16 2015

    This is one of Steven Pressfield's favorite books. When I heard that, I immediately got it. Brilliant. Patricia Ryan Madson is Emerita of Stanford University where she taught for three decades in the Drama Department. We'll have fun looking at her 13 maxims for improv living from this quick-reading, fun, smart, practical book.

  • PNTV - The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

    Aug 16 2015

    Ryan Holiday is brilliant. So is this book. The ancient Stoics taught us how to not only accept challenges but to thrive on them. Ryan brings their wisdom to life with compelling stories of great peeps who have rocked it in the face of adversity. In the Note we'll take a quick look at the three keys to making obstacles work for us: Perception + Action + Will.

  • PNTV - Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

    Aug 16 2015

    Nonviolent Communication has sold over 1,000,000 copies. Why? It works. There are four key components to NVC: Observations + Feelings + Needs + Requests. In this Note, we'll take a quick look at each of them along with some other Big Ideas to communicate more compassionately.

  • PNTV - Play by Stuart Brown, MD

    Aug 16 2015

    Play! Stuart Brown, one of the world's leading play researchers, tells us that it's more important than you may think. We'll take a quick look at why it's so important, why you don't want to be a sea squirt and how to make your life one big sand box while infusing more joy into your life.

  • PNTV - The ONE Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

    Aug 16 2015

    The ONE Thing. What's yours? Gary Keller (his Keller-Williams real estate is THE largest real estate company in the world--I bet that was a ONE Thing goal at some point!) shares his wisdom in this BRILLIANT book. We'll have fun exploring a few of my favorite Big Ideas: dominoes + extreme Pareto and other goodness.

  • PNTV - He Can Who Thinks He Can by Orison Swett Marden

    Aug 16 2015

    Do you think you can or do you think you can't? As Henry Ford told us, either way you're right. Orison Swett Marden (who created Success magazine) walks us thru some old-school no-nonsense mojo in this great little book. In the Note, we'll look at the power of being a functional dreamer and bringing ourselves to a 212 degree boil!

  • PNTV - An Undefeated Mind with Alex Lickerman, MD

    Aug 16 2015

    How'd you like to have an undefeated mind while constructing an indestructible self? (I'll take 'em!) Alex Lickerman, MD shows us how--blending Western science with practical Eastern mysticism in this powerful book. In the Note, we'll explore how to find your mission and turn poison into medicine.

  • PNTV - The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

    Aug 16 2015

    Want to wake up every morning like it's Christmas? (Or otherwise fired up if xmas isn't your thing?) Well, it's time to make your mornings miraculous and Hal Elrod shows us how with his Life S.A.V.E.R.S. Do more before 8am than you thought possible and crush it day in and day out.

  • PNTV - Win Forever by Pete Carroll

    Aug 16 2015

    Pete Carroll is the Super Bowl-winning coach of the Seattle Seahawks. His Win Forever philosophy was inspired by an awesome hybrid of Abraham Maslow, John Wooden and his own commitment to always competing while having a whole lotta fun. In the Note, we'll check out a few of my favorite Ideas to help us Win Forever in all facets of our lives.

  • PNTV - Attainment by Troy Bassham

    Aug 16 2015

    Troy Bassham is a 4 time National Champion and World Champion rifle shooter. He's also gold medalist Lanny Bashamm's son. Together they share extraordinary wisdom in their Mental Management® System. This book is fantastic. In the Note, we take a quick look at the 12 elements of elite performance.

  • PNTV - On Writing by Stephen King

    Aug 15 2015

    Stephen King has written over 50 books. ALL of them (that would be every.single.one) have been international best-sellers. (Wow.) It’s fair to say he knows a thing or two (or 350 million) about writing.  He shares that wisdom in this book and we'll take a quick look at a handful of my favorite Big Ideas in this Note.

  • PNTV - An Iron Will by Orison Swett Marden

    Aug 15 2015

    This is a tiny little book PACKED with wisdom. Written in a classic, hard-hitting, early 20th century old- school-cool style, it reminds me of a cross between Samuel Smiles’ Self-Help and James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh. In fact, the title “As a Man Willeth” would fit quite nicely. We'll unpack some goodness in the Note.

  • PNTV - Your Life Is Your Message by Eknath Easwaran

    Aug 15 2015

    Eknath Easwaran is one of my favorite teachers and one of the most beloved spiritual teachers of the 20th century. He walked with Gandhi in his native India and shows us to be the change while making our life our message. We'll explore how to change the gears of our thinking, detox from mas media and engage in practical idealism.

  • PNTV - Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

    Aug 15 2015

    Turning Pro. Steven Pressfield tells us that's how we win The War of Art against our nemesis Resistance. Brilliant stuff. In this Note, we'll take a quick look at Shadow Callings (w/a look at mine!), the blissful hell of Epiphanies and more goodness on how to officially turn pro.

  • PNTV - With Winning in Mind by Lanny Bassham

    Aug 15 2015

    This is a SHOCKINGLY good book. Want to get your mind right? Lanny Bassham, an Olympic gold medalist, has been teaching the art of mental training/peak performance for decades and this book tells us just how to rock it. In the Note, we'll look at the importance of making the process primary and other fundamentals of mental mastery.

  • PNTV - The Art of Mental Training by DC Gonzalez

    Aug 15 2015

    DC Gonzalez is one of the world's leading peak performance/mental training experts and this quick-reading manifesot on the art of mental training is fantastic. In the Note, we'll take a quick look at why mental training is so improtant, the critical three (breathing + relaxation + imagineering) and the most important lesson of all.

  • PNTV - Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

    Aug 15 2015

    Kristin Neff established self-compassion as a field of study almost a decade ago—bringing the Buddhist practice of self-compassion into her labs so the benefits could be empirically validated. In this Note, we explore the three core elements of self-compassion (self-kindness + common humanity + mindfulness) and why it's so important for us to cultivate!

  • PNTV - Mind Gym by Gary Mack

    Aug 15 2015

    We go to the gym to work out our bodies. But what about our minds? We need a mind gym!! This is one of the top books on mental training. Focused on athletes but we're all athletes in the bigger game of life. In this Note, we'll hit the mind gym hard--learning how to move beyond our perceived limits, manage pressure, build confidence and show up consistently.

  • PNTV - Mindsight by Dan Siegel, M.D

    Aug 15 2015

    Mindsight. It's the seventh sense you didn't know you had! Can you pay attention to the inner workings of your own mind? That's what Dr. Dan Siegel, one of the world's leading neuroscientists + psychotherapists, helps us do in this phenomenal book. We'll explore Big Ideas ranging from the basics of brain hygiene to the power of integration and how to live with more flexibility and coherence as we leverage the best of modern neuroscience.

  • PNTV - Enough Already by Alan Cohen

    Aug 15 2015

    How'd you like to tap into the power of radical contentment? (Sign me up!) Alan Cohen shows us the way to as he teaches us how to quit being a hardaholic and/or a precrastinator as we embrace the three facts of life and eliminate the terrorists from our minds. Enough already. It's a wonderful place to be.

  • PNTV - Getting Things Done by David Allen

    Aug 15 2015

    Getting Things Done. This is like the Bible of personal productivity. And David Allen is our wise sage, walking us thru the powerful systems to help us master the art of stress-free productivity. In the Note, we'll explore how to clear our heads (mind like water!), play the 2-minute game, get our inbox to zero and envision + plan for wil success.

  • PNTV - Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine

    Aug 15 2015

    I'm convinced Mark Divine is a superhero. Seriously. And in Unbeatable Mind, the former Navy SEAL gives us the handbook on mental toughness. In the Note, we'll look at the keys to cultivating our confidence, the importance of cultivating our concentration, learning how to control our breathing and other goodness that will make you unbeatable.

  • PNTV - The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

    Aug 15 2015

    Darren Hardy is the Publisher of SUCCESS magazine and knows a thing or 1,000 about success. It's all boiled down into this little manifesto on The Compound Effect. The equation? Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE. In the Note, we'll check out the power of compounding and how to welcome Mr. Mo to the party and create your greatest life.

  • PNTV - The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner

    Aug 15 2015

    The Practicing Mind. It’s the key to true inner peace and contentment. In a world that conditions us to obsess about goals and outcomes, it’s easy to miss the importance of the process. The PRACTICE. Thomas Sterner brilliantly (!) helps us bring discipline and focus into our lives to experience the presence and joy that comes as a result. (Bonus: We also create a frictionless path to our goals as well!)

  • PNTV - Creativity on Demand by Michael Gelb

    Aug 15 2015

    Would you like to ignite and sustain the fire of genius? Well, Michael Gelb's your guy, then. Gelb is one of the world's leading thinkers + teachers on applied genius creativity. He wrote the life-changing book, "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci" and is back with more goodness in this gem. Specifically, he teaches us how to cultivate our creative mindset + creative mojo via tapping into universal life force, or qi = good stuff!

  • PNTV - Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

    Aug 15 2015

    Teddy Roosevelt told us that it's not the critic who counts. It's all about the individual who is actually in the arena--whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood... Who dares greatly. Brene Brown takes that spirit and runs with it--showing us how we can only dare greatly when we are willing to live Wholeheartedly, embracing our vulnerability as we cultivate our courage, compassion and connection.

  • PNTV - Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe, PhD.

    Aug 15 2015

    Introverts unite!! Did you know that the majority (!) of Americans are actually introverted? Yep. But... Our society overly values the extroverted/social side of things and doesn't teach us how to cultivate the internal goodness. Fear not, Dr. Helgoe is here to help us learn how to be psychologically patriotic as we build solitude skills and tap into our introvert power.

  • PNTV - Power Sleep by Dr. James B. Maas

    Aug 15 2015

    Sleep. It's powerful. Way more so that you may think. And Dr. James Maas, a leading sleep scientist, gives us the lowdown on how to optimize our sleep for peak performance. In the Note, we'll look at why sleep is so powerful, signs you're not getting enough of it, and some best practices on how to rock it. We'll add a few more zzz's to your zzz's!

  • PNTV - Superhuman by Habit by Tynan

    Aug 15 2015

    You want to be superhuman? Tynan tells us it's *all* about the habits. I agree. And this book is a genius little manifesto on how to rock it. In the Note, we'll look at some Big Ideas on the basic mental mechanics of installing habits that'll help you reach your potential. Keys: focusing on consistency (!), using your mistakes to your advantage, getting rid of negative habits and focusing on the finish line as you rock the process.

  • PNTV - Take a Nap, Change Your Life! by Sara Mednick

    Aug 15 2015

    Want to change your life? Take a nap. Seriously. Nearly all of us are sleep deprived and naps are a scientifically proven way to boost everything you want to boost. Leading scientist Sara Mednicks walks us thru the evolutionary functionality of naps and teaches us how to get our nap on and why we should. In the Note, we'll cover the basics and get you rockin' it like a nap ninja in no time.

  • PNTV - The Art of Life by Ernest Holmes

    Aug 15 2015

    Ernest Holmes created the Science of Mind movement and influenced a ton of modern new thought teachers (from Louise Hay to Michael Beckwith). He's all about connecting to that power that's bigger than us and in this Note, we'll explore how to turn on our inner light, tend to our mental garden, look for good and become an outlet for the Divine!

  • PNTV - The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley

    Aug 15 2015

    Richie Davidson is one of the world's leading neuroscientists and was the first guy to check out monks' brains in a lab. He founded the affective + contemplative neuroscience fields and is, quite simply, a neuroscientist rock star. In this Note, we explore some of his best Big Ideas, understanding how our thoughts and behaviors affect the very structure of our brains and the emotions we feel. We'll also look at how to dial it all in.

  • PNTV - The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

    Aug 15 2015

    You're imperfect. (Hate to break it to you!) And that's awesome. Brene Brown, TED-talk rock star and all-around awesome human being also happens to be one of the world's shame and vulnerability researchers who stumbled upon the secrets of what she calls Wholehearted living. In this Note, we'll look at the Dos and Don'ts of rockin' it as we cultivate courage, connection and compassion to put our soul in a great mood.

  • PNTV - The Power of Rest by Matthew Edlund, M.D.

    Aug 15 2015

    Rest. You getting enough? If you're like most of us, the answer is No. Leading medical doctor, Matthew Edlund shows us how sleep isn't enough. We need to cultivate "active rest" into our day-to-day lives. In this Note, we'll look at how to integrate active Mental + Physical + Social + Spiritual rest while working out our brain, breathing and optimizing our lives.

  • PNTV - The Tools by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels

    Aug 15 2015

    The Tools. This was easily the best book I read in 2012. It's *packed* with goodness. Stutz and Michels are two no-nonsense therapists who developed powerful tools to transform our problems into courage, confidence, and creativity. In this Note, we'll take a quick peek at how to put these powerful tools to work to creat real change in our lives.

  • PNTV - The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

    Aug 15 2015

    Whatever you want to learn, know this: It’s ALL about the myelin. Myelin? Yep. Myelin. In this Note we’ll learn what myelin is and why it’s so cool along with some other Big Ideas—ranging from the importance of “Deep Practice,” to the importance of baby steps as the royal road to skill and the fact that greatness isn’t about not magic, it’s about hard work.

  • PNTV - The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

    Aug 15 2015

    Willpower. It’s huge. The Willpower Instinct by award-winning Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a GREAT book based on “The Science of Willpower” class Kelly teaches through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. It’s *packed* with super practical Big Ideas on the newest scientific insights about self-control to explamkdirin how we can “break old habits and create healthy habits, conquer procrastination, find our focus, and manage stress.” In this Note, we’ll check out the