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  • 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 Philosophy Buffet.
(Total reading time 2-3 minutes)

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.
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What can I say about this book without mentioning the man behind it? Brian Johnson is a man on a quest for enlightenment, luckily for us a huge part of his personal journey is to shed light upon the path of others so that we may join him upon destination.

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.
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Brian Johnson has carved out a niche for himself in the self-help department. He loves his work of reading and assimilating current and past thought leaders. I applaud him for that. He clearly wants others to open themselves up to the ideas that he
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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Brian is voracious reader. Then he shares a relevant note for his readers. His brilliance is how he presents what he shares in a practical manner. He shows the reader how to use the note in daily life. I have referred his daily note to many people in my sphere of influence. I applaud Brian and bless him frequently for writing so clearly and practically so I can use what he shares in my day to day business as well as personal life.
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Loved this book! One caveat- if you think that philosophy should be pedantic and ponderous, and exclusively for supercilious mumblers wearing tweed smoking jackets, don't buy this book- you won't like it. (Not that I've got anything against tweed!) Brian Johnson has his own style, and his vernacular is familiar and colloquial; reading this book is like having an informal conversation with a friend. It's loaded with insights that the author has learned from others, with personal examples from his life as well. Easy to read, full of wisdom and suggestions applicable to modern life situations, and fun! Can't wait for this author to write another book!
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