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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.

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.
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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.

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+1: #618 Breaking Records

12/14/2018
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In our last +1, we talked about the fact that Jerry Rice scored a touchdown every single time he caught the ball (in practice). ALL IN. EVERY PLAY. (Quick check in: Did you have fun scoring some touchdowns while channelling your inner Jerry Rice?) Now, I’m not sure how many touchdowns Jerry scored in practice over his 20 year career, but I do know that he scored 197 touchdowns over the course of his NFL career. To put that in perspective, that’s 25% more than the receiver in...

Duration:00:02:58

PNTV: The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn & Elissa Epel

12/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:14:50

+1: #617 Touchdown, Jerry Rice!

12/13/2018
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Not too long ago, we had fun discussing some wisdom from Jerry Rice—the all-time great NFL wide receiver. He once said: “Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” After reading that line in Chasing Excellence, I decided to dig a little deeper into Jerry’s story and learn more about his EPIC work ethic. So, I picked up his autobiography Go Long! It’s fantastic. Today I want to chat about the fact that Jerry scored a touchdown EVERY single time...

Duration:00:03:49

+1: #616 Editing Our Lives

12/12/2018
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In our last +1, we talked about the nice little argument Alexandra and I got into right after getting a nice little note from a fellow Optimizer about how much she admired our relationship. Today I want to talk about this whole “nobody’s perfect” thing a little more. In a book called Running Down a Dream, Tim Grahl tells us about his experience working with some of the world’s most elite authors and self-help gurus. Quick context: Tim is a marketing genius. Specifically, he helps...

Duration:00:03:43

PNTV: Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

12/11/2018
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Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist and is one of the leading thinkers/writers/practitioners in the Paleo or Ancestral Health movement. The essence of this book is the that while there are general principles of nutrition that work for everyone AND... Ultimately we need to figure out what works best for us as individuals if we want to rock it. Big Ideas we explore include: the fact that one size diets do NOT fit all (remember: "rough" tools vs. precision tools), discordance theory...

Duration:00:19:11

+1: #615 There Are No Perfect Relationships

12/11/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:04:14

+1: #614 Trust Thyself

12/10/2018
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In our last +1, we talked about the fact that (as per Seneca’s wisdom), we need to let go of “the world’s opinion of you—it’s always unsettled and divided.” Today I want to talk about the fact that we need to KNOW that we’ll never be able to please everyone all the time. Knowing this is one of the hallmarks of both leadership and creativity. Phil Stutz describes this quality of leadership as being willing to tolerate “hatred and misunderstanding.” It’s REALLY hard to do. Which is...

Duration:00:02:54

+1: #613 Useful Feedback and Trolls

12/9/2018
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In our last +1, I shared a kind note from a fellow Optimizer and we talked about developing our obstacle immunity one OMMS at a time. Couple of things I didn’t mention that I think are worth discussing. First, this line made me smile: ”I also love how he mixes all levels of content intellectually — from Seneca, Emerson, and Epictetus to Harry Potter and the Spartan race training culture…” I appreciate the fact that Jessica appreciates the diverse content. But I actually...

Duration:00:04:22

Interview: Atomic Habits with James Clear

12/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:03

+1: #612 Obstacle Immunity

12/8/2018
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The other day we received a beautiful note from an Optimizer (thank you, Jessica!) letting us know how much she appreciated our work. Like many of the other amazing notes we’ve been blessed to receive, I printed it out and put it on the top of my desk to remind me of how lucky I am to be able to do what I do AND to personalize my mission to help change the world ONE person at a time, together, starting with you and me. (It’s easy for a hermit like me—so deliberately unplugged from...

Duration:00:05:06

+1: #611 AI vs. HC

12/7/2018
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In our last +1, we talked about Byron Katie’s investment strategy and putting your focus on the most important stock market out there: Your own consciousness. Today, I want to go back to some wisdom we briefly touched on from Yuval’s new book. For our Optimizing purposes, I’s say THIS is the most important line in his whole book: “For every dollar and every minute we invest in improving artificial intelligence, we’d be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in advancing human...

Duration:00:02:29

PNTV: Atomic Habits by James Clear

12/6/2018
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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...

Duration:00:19:34

+1: #610 The Greatest Stock Market

12/6/2018
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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...

Duration:00:04:29

+1: #609 The Optimize Teacher

12/5/2018
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A couple of +1s ago, we talked about the fact that we can TEACH willpower. We also talked about the fact that, unfortunately, very few school administrators and/or teachers are actually thinking about the importance of this. Today I want to talk about one teacher I know who IS teaching this stuff. Her name is Mrs. Kristie Kuehnast. (Pronounced “keenest.”) I first met Kristie at our Hero Training 101 weekend workshop. I was blown away by her awesome. Then, a couple months later...

Duration:00:05:10

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

12/4/2018
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When I first saw the title for this book I thought to myself, "Really, Steve? THIS is what you think I need to hear? That nobody wants to read my sh_t? I thought we were working on our Resistance and winning the War of Art!" Then I bought the book and embraced the tough love with a growth mindset. Big Ideas we explore include WHY people don't want to read your sh_t (or engage with your product/or listen to your talk, etc.) (hint: they're REALLY BUSY!), how to be worthy of their attention,...

Duration:00:19:06

+1: #608 Running Your Willpower Offense

12/4/2018
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In our last +1, we talked about the fact that willpower outpredicts IQ by a factor of TWO for academic performance. Today I want to revisit the fact that the best willpower exemplars among us play OFFENSE with their willpower NOT defense. In other words, they don’t use their precious willpower reserves to constantly battle temptation to do the right thing. That’s playing defense. They use that precious willpower to INSTALL HABITS THAT RUN ON AUTOPILOT. That’s playing...

Duration:00:03:55

+1: #607 IQ vs. Willpower

12/3/2018
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In our last +1, we talked about the awesome CEO-dads (and Harvard interns!) who are committed to mastering their Love as much as their Work. (Inspiring!!!) One of the things that triggered the CEO-dad’s question was the fact that I emphasized the importance of our Big 3: Energy + Work + Love. And… I talked about the importance of writing “algorithms” to install our best behaviors such that they run on autopilot. In that context, I might have dropped the line about the fact,...

Duration:00:03:03

Optimal Weight 101 (Intro)

12/2/2018
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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...

Duration:00:09:59

+1: #606 Parenting: 3 Tips

12/2/2018
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At the end of my recent talk I keep on talking about, one of the CEOs came up and asked me how to apply the wisdom I shared to his parenting. He had a 5-year-old like me. Then another guy who was also waiting to chat stepped up and said, “Yah. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that. I have a 10-year-old and a 9-year-old as well.” I was struck by how cool it was that these super-successful and ambitious guys were so committed to being great dads. (I also remember a coaching...

Duration:00:05:57

+1: #605 Genius Is Self-Bestowed

12/1/2018
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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...

Duration:00:01:47