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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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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.
Sure, if you read this book looking for the meaning of life in general you will be greatly disappointed. This is not what this book is for. Think of it as a way to rewire your thought patterns so that you can find your own meaning in life. For if you are looking to someone else to find your own purpose you are more lost than you believe or can ever accept.
This is not a philosopher's novel, book or even a philosopher's essay. This is a philosopher's notes, meant to be studied and applied in a manner only you can decide. The power is in your hands to choose how it's knowledge will affect you. I believe this to be Brian's true message underlying all of his humanitarian work.
You are the question, you are answer. You make the difference. Today, tomorrow and forever. It has always been YOU.
I understand that some readers may find the language a little bit informal and street style , for myself that is not an issue as in Panama most people speak in an informal way at the street , as a matter of fact this notes has helped me with depression and anxiety I have been suffering for some time along with my visits to the therapist.
It is just great to have some condensed NOTES about all these authors..it has encouraged me to read some of the works again. Thank you Brain for investing your time and money in putting together this summaries and book .
The most important part of all of this process is that by doing the exercises and repeating the questionaries periodically you will gain a new knowledge about yourself, you learn to love yourself and others and you will become a more empowered person.
I already knew it was going to be good because I've been a big fan of Brian Johnson ever since I found his Optimal Living content.
Still, this book exceeded my expectations.
This is a top ten book of all time for me. It will be for you too!