- Paperback: 211 pages
- Publisher: en*theos Enterprises (May 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983059128
- ISBN-13: 978-0983059127
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Philosopher's Notes: On Optimal Living, Creating an Authentically Awesome Life and Other Such Goodness Paperback – May 1, 2014
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"Brian Johnson has written a wonderful book on optimal living that is very easy to read and has invaluable suggestions on how to live authentic, successful, loving, and happy lives. There is great wisdom in this book to help enrich anyone s life no matter what their age. I wish this book was available 40 years ago when I was just starting out on my own life journey. I whole heartedly recommend it." - John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods
"Curiosity can kill cats but it can also create cool cats and Brian Johnson is, no doubt,the coolest cat I know. If I could install a "chip" in Chip's head that allowed me to download this book all day long, I'd do it in a minute. Or maybe not, because one of the brilliant truths of "A Philosopher's Notes" is the visceral sense of discovery you experience each time you turn the page. These notes are more than streams, they are raging rivers of wisdom and reading just a half dozen pages at a time will sustain you for a week." - Chip Conley, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and Author of PEAK and Emotional Equations
"Brilliant! Brian Johnson has a rare gift for fresh-squeezing timeless wisdom and serving it up with a grin. Every single page of this phenomenal little book is packed with life-changing insights and down-to-earth charm. Prepare to get smarter, healthier and happier from the moment you pick it up!" - Pilar Gerasimo, Editor in Chief, Experience Life Magazine
"A great resource to live life at your absolute best." - Robin Sharma, author of the #1 international bestseller The Leader Who Had No Title
"Imagine if there was a book about personal growth that captured all the great lessons of all the hundreds of other great books and teachers? Look no further, this is the book! A Philosopher's Notes reads as quick as a page-turning novel, yet is filled with great nuggets of wisdom. Johnson makes every word count but does so with wit and style. Whether you've read 'em all or are new to the self-help aisle, A Philosopher's Notes is a must-read. It's one of, if not the best I've read (and I've read a lot of them). Already excited for number two." - Jason Wachob, creator of MindBodyGreen.com
"Brian's passionate love of wisdom oozes from A Philosopher s Notes. It s infectious. Distilling ancient wisdom to its essence, A Philosopher s Notes cuts through the noise of uncertainty. Without a wasted word Brian brings modern-world relevance to often- ambiguous philosophical writing, making it accessible and relevant to us all. It truly is the modern-day guide to optimal living." - --Brendan Brazier, bestselling author of Thrive and formulator of Vega
About the Author
BRIAN JOHNSON is the Philosopher + CEO of en*theos - a company that's all about helping people optimize their lives so we can change the world together.
Brian also created PhilosophersNotes and was featured in the documentary Finding Joe. In his past lives, he raised over $8m to finance the creation of two market-leading social platforms (eteamz + Zaadz) sold to two publicly traded companies (Active + Gaiam) after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA (where he studied Psychology + Business).
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Today on my quest to read fifty books in the year I finished reading number 8. A Philosophers Notes by Brian Johnson. The little book has almost two hundred pages packed with philosophy, self development and spiritual goodness. Don't be scared it is actually pretty easy to understand. The author uses a simple, current and conversational approach to make some pretty serious ideas understandable.
My favorite part of the book is that unlike many other books in the self development genre it is not overly preachy. Brian Johnson presents the reader with a buffet of ideas and take aways. You are free to pick and choose what you would like as appetizers, the main course and dessert. Yumo!
In life spirituality and religion sometimes collide. A Philosopher's notes shows us that living with Integrity, Blissipline, Gratitude, and a Positive Mindset is a cool thing to do.
The book is also packed with tons of inspiring quotes that on their own are seeds of wisdom.
Hear is a doggie bag of questions from the book to get you started.
Do you honor your commitments?
What do you want?
If you had all the time and money in the world what would you do?
What inspires you?
Besides the book, Brian Johnson also has a really cool website called-you guessed it Philosophersnotes.com . He takes us on a tour of 100 Self Development, Psychology, and Success classics. For a fair price you get 100 20-30 minute mp3s highlighting the major points and concepts of each book. Its the perfect way to absorb knowledge while out on a run or sitting in traffic. The mp3s are also an indispensable motivational tool for when you're having one of those days that just plan sucks.Read more ›
I myself come from quite the checkered past, both of my parents are immigrants from Vietnam after the war which for anyone familiar with similar circumstances would know can wreak havoc on family life in America. Long story short, they separated while my older brother, sister and I were very young in age.
For the next 15 years there was great turbulence which ended with my brother locked away in prison and my sister battling with drug addiction. I barely made it out of that life with my sanity, but I was hardly with proper guidance to succeed in life once my past heroes had fallen to their own lack of spiritual sustenance.
Then one day I stumbled upon ThinkArete.com while searching for inspirational quotes. Little did I know that this would become a pivotal point in my life, a moment in which some of the greatest thinkers in the world would allow me to explore their innermost thoughts and create a new outlook on my life.
It is obvious that without the proper guidance a child will become lost in any situation, but a child let loose upon the world without supervision will be swallowed whole by the carelessness and ignorance this world in current age carries in abundance.
This man's work literally changed my life, taught me how to create my own energy and submit that energy for others to feed from. To make a difference in my life by making a difference in the lives of others. I went from believing I could only have what was granted, to charging forward to take what I feel I deserve and more.Read more ›
synthesizes and presents in a hip way. No stuffiness on his part. And for that he is refreshing, and easier to read than, say, Deepak Chopra who pulls your brain this way and that with his sometimes obscure and abstruse references. Maybe it's just me, but
Brian is a cool guy. This book is somewhat lightweight, but I like his footnotes and suggestions for further reading. A good reference of key ideas for intelligent living. Go get a copy.
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I love books that are concise (I read this one in a couple hours) and actionable (there are a ton of pages earmarked for me to follow up with), and this one fits the bill... Read morePublished 2 days ago by MLeland
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I'd been subscribing to his blog and wanted a hard copy offering the best topics . Already refer to the notes in supporting my courses.Published 2 months ago by cbo
A nice compilation of several books of ancient and modern wisdom. I totally recommend it. Also Brian has its podcast, its very good as well.Published 2 months ago by Julio Torres
Lots of wisdom, Brian is amazing. Download and listen to his podcast as well. Thank you so much for all that you do!Published 2 months ago by J Chmelik
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Enjoyed the compact wisdom presented in the book. A lot of great big ideas! Definitely recommend reading. Have an Awesome Day!Published 6 months ago by LivingByExample
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