A Philosopher's Notes: On Optimal Living, Creating an Authentically Awesome Life and Other Such Goodness, Vol. 1
Isn't it a bit odd that we went from Science to Math to History but somehow missed the class on how to live? For some wacky reason "Optimal Living 101" didn't make the schedule... But imagine if that class did exist and the teachers included everyone from the old school philosophers like Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Emerson, Nietzsche and Buddha to mod...more
This book, whether you get it in printed or audio form, is just the tip of Brian's giant iceberg of very powerful, yet very accessible, philosophical wisdom. Spending time with any of Brian's work is like spending time with that really cool kid at college that just happened to be en ...more
Key things I learned from this book:
- Optimism takes work and training
- Consistency is the most important thing in any endeavor
- Start a morning routine (which I've been doing consistently for years now). It doesn't have to be long, just something to keep you anchored.
- The 100 questions exercise - an exercise where you come up with 100 interesting questions to grow your "curiosity muscle"
- Set creative production goals in a ...more
these summaries have introduced me to alot of wonderful books
the most summaries I love -till now-
- How to think like Leonardo da Vinci
- Think of these things
- Loving what is..
- Letters From a Stoic
- The Path of Least Resistance
- The Four Agreements
- Do You
- a Joseph Campbell Companion
Brian Johnson writes in a friendly and simple language on the key aspects to becoming happy and successful. It is very easy to read and message is very clear. You can also feel that he is really trying to help the reader to become the best version of themselves, through "diligence, patience, persistence and playfulness. Day by day ...more
His book is essentially a collection of insights he's learned from other people.
It's a nice collection for people who don't read much.
Having said that, he does have a fun and refreshing writing style, and I can see this being a really great book for specific people.
This is a very quick read a ...more
One probably has to be swimming deep in Brian Johnson's university of wisdom (as I am) to really appreciate how powerful his work is. He is a humble student of philosophy and wisdom traditions and what he does masterfully, I believe, is distill it into easily understandable components that one can then use to dive deeper into--or not--and build a framework for masterful living.
And really, it's not about Brian Johnson. It's about what's coming through him when he's conn ...more
If you're looking for a quick read that will help you gain a better understanding of how to live more optimally, then you want to give this a read.
Not sure why the Philosopher's notes volume two is not on here (so I added this one twice instead to make up for that!).