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At Philosophers Notes, we feel your pain…
- Are you ever ashamed you’re not reading and growing as much as your overachieving co-worker, or your know-it-all best friend? later that you’re still slacking?
- Do you ever wonder how much faster you’d be growing in your career… if only you had more time and a more efficient way to absorb information?
- When a friend or an article informs you about this brilliant must-have new book, do you ever make a mental note to read it… only to realize 1 year later that you never got round to it?
- Is there an ever-growing stack of books on your bedside table that you just can’t find the time to read?
Is your bookshelf a minefield of guilt and regret?
Have you ever noticed that many of the most successful people in your life have one thing in common?
From your entrepreneur friend. To your rockstar co-worker. To your rich uncle. To your role model, whether it’s a visionary like Steve Jobs or a life hacker like Tim Ferriss… all these people have a tendency for growing really, really fast.
See, average Joes spend years stuck in the same rut. But people who grow fast are always thinking bigger. They’re the ones experimenting with bold new strategies at work. They’re the ones trying out exotic new hobbies. They’re the ones challenging the status quo, and shaking up old practices in their professions and communities.
Why? Because most successful people dive headfirst into the river of information and big ideas that push them forward…
…by wolfing down the books, learning materials and wisdom that keeps them ahead of the hungry pack.
And as you’re about to see… we’ve found a way to quickly and easily upgrade your life with the power of these books – minus the paper cuts… yellow highlighter-stained fingers… and coffee-fueled sleepless nights suffered by other less fortunate wisdom seekers.
So, young grasshopper: are you ready to hack the ‘rules’ of learning – and absorb the contents of dozens, even hundreds of books… in the same time it normally takes to read just one?
How selling all his businesses and moving to Bali gave Brian Johnson the freshest idea that’s ever happened to books… since books.
Meet Brian Johnson. Brian is a prolific entrepreneur and philosopher with a knack for founding multi-million dollar web businesses.
But a few years back, Brian got tired of the weather. So he sold his businesses for millions, and moved halfway across the world… into the warm, tropical embrace of Bali.
This was a man with more than enough money and plenty spare time. So in between climbing coconut trees and running on the beach, he spent the next few years devouring all the books he’d been meaning to read for years.
And so Brian lost himself in the words of transformational leaders like Eckhart Tolle. Stephen Covey. Martin Seligman. Joel Fuhrman. Tony Robbins. And hundreds more.
Only after giving up his life and moving to Bali did Brian finally have the time to read all the books he’d been putting off for years…
And thanks to what he did next, you won’t ever need to do anything as drastic.
Because for each book he read, Brian scribbled down detailed notes from the big ideas he had learned, so he could pull them up whenever necessary.
And when he began sharing these notes with his time-strapped friends, he realized how useful they could be to people who are way too busy to read one book a week – let alone a dozen.
So as the demand for his notes grew, and tales of Brian’s exploits reached our ears, we knew this had to get out to the world in a big way. And that’s how Philosophers Notes came to be.
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Why we might just revolutionize the book publishing industry
Most authors can never tell you the truth about the book publishing industry: that even if they have a great idea explainable in a few dozen pages, their publisher will make them stretch it to a 300+ page monster.
It boils down to perceived value. How many people are willing to pay $15 for a 20-page ‘booklet’?
Remember that the next time you’re tired. Strapped for time. And grinding through a long-winded book, wishing it would get to the point.
But just like how single-song downloads revolutionized the music industry by letting you choose the songs you liked instead of being forced to buy the whole album… Philosophers Notes gives you quick, easy access to the leanest, most important points of a book. With zero excess fat.
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1 Philosophers Notes for Happiness and Positive Living…
Most of us think of happiness like a hard-to-grasp abstract painting, in reality it’s more like the good ol’ law of gravity. Uncover the scientifically proven steps to a deep sense of joy and days filled with smiles and laughter as you lap up modern masterpieces like Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness, and timeless classics like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning.
Top books from this category:
100 Ways to Motivate Yourself Steven Chandler
100 Ways to Motivate Yourself
I’m not sure how I found this book but I’m glad I did! Steve Chandler’s awesome and this book kinda reminds me of my book: One quick, inspiring, Big Idea after another that helps us get our practical wisdom on and go out and rock it. Some of my favorites include the cure for “Intention Deficit Disorder,” Creating vs. Reacting, and the importance of replacing worry with action.
A Complaint Free World Will Bowen
A Complaint Free World
Will Bowen committed to going 21-days without complaining, criticizing or gossiping and challenged his congregation to do the same. 7 million purple bracelets later, Bowen created a little revolution and in this Note, we’ll check out some Big Ideas on how to quit getting your complaint on. And why you should care. Big Ideas range from shutting down the complaint factory to the fact that we’re all self-made—but only the successful will admit it.
A Guide to the Good Life William B. Irvine
A Guide to the Good Life
William B. Irvine
Stoicism. I love it. Although pretty obscure today, Stoicism was once the primary philosophy of the Western world. (We’ve done Notes on the three leading Stoics: Marcus Aurelius and his Meditations, Seneca and his Letters from a Stoic, and Epictetus and his Enchiridion.) In this, Note, we’ll cover some of the essential ideas of the Stoic philosophical approach along with some Big Ideas on the art of living, the true meaning of virtue, how to visualize and the fact that we’re living in a dream world.
The Art of Living Joseph Campbell
Reflections on the Art of Living
Joseph Campbell occupies the Grandfather slot in my spiritual family tree and this book is an incredible collection of some of his most inspiring wisdom. In the Note, we’ll explore a range of Big Ideas from what it means to (and how to!) follow our bliss as we rock our hero’s journey to learning that we’ve gotta be willing to break some eggs if we want to make omelets (aka, we’ve gotta be willing to make mistakes as we grow!).
Ask and It Is Given Esther & Jerry Hicks
Ask and It Is Given
Esther & Jerry Hicks
This is pretty much the Bible on the Law of Attraction and in this Note we’ll take a look at how Esther and Jerry define The Law of Attraction (they say it’s kinda like tuning your radio to the right station so you can hear the music you love!), how to use your Emotional Fuel Gauge (that’s one of my favorite Ideas ever) and how to create intentions throughout your day to put yourself in the driver’s seat of life.
Authentic Happiness Martin Seligman
Martin Seligman is essentially the father of the Positive Psychology movement and in this Note we explore how important it is for us to use our Signature Strengths consistently throughout our day-to-day lives. We’ve got tips on how to discover our Strengths and how to move from a job to a career to a calling as we live a life of meaning and purpose. Good times.
Awaken Your Strongest Self Neil Fiore
Awaken Your Strongest Self
If you’re looking to “Break free of stress, inner conflict, and self-sabotage” then Neil Fiore’s Awaken Your Strongest Self is the book for you! We already did a Note on Fiore’s GREAT book on overcoming procrastination called The Now Habit and I’m excited to have some fun sharing a few of my favorite Big Ideas from this great book as well. You’ll get to know your Strongest Self as we learn about the third perspective, ask ourselves “Where can I start?”, and address the genius syndrome!
Your Erroneous Zones Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Your Erroneous Zones
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
How’re your erroneous zones doing? Dr. Wayne Dyer’s first mega-best-selling book is straight to the point, funny, and eminently practical. In this Note, we’ll explore some really Big Ideas ranging from the importance of self-reliance and self-worth (vs. worrying about what others think and therefore having “other-worth”) to the need to quit “musterbating.”
Wooden John Wooden
John Wooden. He’s arguably the greatest coach EV-ER and this book is essentially one Big Idea after another. Wooden is all about the fundamentals and in this Note we’ll explore a few of my favorite Big Ideas on his old-school wisdom—from the fact that full effort = full success to the importance of becoming a realistic optimist.
Excuses Begone! Wayne Dyer
This is the fourth Note I’ve done on Wayne Dyer’s stuff. We also profiled Your Erroneous Zones + The Power of Intention + Real Magic. I just love his simple, inspiring, practical wisdom. In this book Dr. Dyer walks us through how to finally (!) get rid of disempowering thoughts. It’s packed with goodness. In the Note, we’ll explore Big Ideas on the importance of moving from “excusing” to “choosing,” what self-actualizers focus on, why commitments beat pronouncements and other goodness so we can make our excuses be gone!
Fearless Steve Chandler
Want to be fearless? Then you’ll love this book. And this Note. Steve Chandler is a funny guy. And, he’s brilliant. I really like that combo. :) We have Notes on two of his other great books: 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself + Time Warrior. All of Steve’s books are quick-reading, wisdom-packed gems that will make you laugh as you get your wisdom on. In this Note, we’ll have fun eliminating fear from our lives as we learn how to challenge fear thoughts, make tectonic shifts, and discover the secret of life. Good times!
Flourish Martin Seligman
Martin Seligman is one of the founding fathers of the Positive Psychology movement and this is the third Note we’ve done on one of his books. (Check out the Notes on his other classics: Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness for more science of happiness goodness.) In this Note, we’ll explore his shift from Authentic Happiness Theory to Well-Being Theory as we wrap our brains around PERMA, his model of well-being that consists of Positive emotions + Engagement + Relationships + Meaning + Achievement. Good times.
Flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Flow. It’s all about the science of optimal human experience. In this Note, we’ll explore what the flow state is (hint: get fully engaged in an activity that matches your skills with your challenge) and we’ll look at some other Big Ideas on controlling the contents of our consciousness to get out of anxiety and boredom as we create more flow experiences in our lives. (Plus, you’ll even learn how to pronounce “Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.”)
Happier Tal Ben-Shahar
Tal Ben-Shahar is one of my favorite teachers. He taught one of the most popular classes in Harvard’s history and this book captures the essence of his class on Positive Psychology—sharing the best of what we scientifically know about how to create happier, more fulfilled lives. We’ll explore how important it is to have goals AND be in the moment (and the perils of just being in the moment) along with mucho más goodness.
Happiness Ed Diener, et al.
Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
Ed Diener is the world’s leading researcher on the science of happiness and his son, Robert Biswas-Diener is known as the “Indiana Jones of psychology” because of his data collection adventures around the world. (Love that. :) In their great book, Happiness, they give us a comprehensive look at what we KNOW creates happiness. In this Note, we’ll have some fun figuring out how we can become psychological billionaires as we master the happiness equation, become loving and caring angels, and take AIM at happiness.
Happy for No Reason Marci Shimoff
Happy for No Reason
Marci Shimoff created Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and integrates great stories about happy people with scientifically established ways to boost our happiness in her great book. In the Note, we’ll explore the fact that we all have a happiness set point that’s genetically determined and dive into a bunch of Big Ideas about what we can do raise our happiness levels.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living Dale Carnegie
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Have you ever worried more than you’d like? (Me, too.) In this Note, we’ll explore some really Big Ideas on how to stop worrying and start living—including the importance of rest (did you know our hearts rest way more than they work every day? (Me, either.)) and how important it is to make decisions and take action!
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Michael Gelb
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
Michael Gelb profiles the seven attributes of da Vinci’s genius in his great book and in our Note we’ll have fun checking out some Big Ideas including one of the most powerful exercises I’ve ever done called “A Hundred Questions.” The exercise literally shaped my life and I trust you’ll dig it as much as I have. We’ll also look at the power of affirmations (did you know da Vinci used them?!) and the body of a genius (did you know da Vinci was also an exceptional athlete?!). Fun stuff.
Ken Wilber Brian Johnson
Ken Wilber is one of the world’s leading philosophers and in this Note we’ll explore some of my favorite Big Ideas on his “Integral Philosophy” —including the REALLY Big Idea of holding multiple perspectives and seeing the partial truths in any situation (rather than always seeing things as “either/or”) plus the importance of turning enlightened state experiences into a way of being (hint: you only get there by doing the work).
Willpower Roy Baumeister
Roy Baumeister & John Tierney
Willpower. It’s ESSENTIAL to optimizing our lives. In fact, in their great book, Willpower, Roy Baumeister (one of the world’s leading scientific researchers on self-control) and John Tierney (science writer for the New York Times) tell us that “Improving willpower is the surest way to a better life.” In this Note, we’ll learn how to eat our way to willpower (seriously), how to exercise our self-control muscles, why “precommitment” is so important and how to win the willpower game with bright lines and a great offense. :)
Loving What Is Byron Katie
Loving What Is
Byron Katie is best known for the four questions that make up “The Work” and in this Note we’ll take a quick look at those along with some other really cool Ideas. We’ll learn to love what is by seeing our suffering as a compassionate alarm clock awakening us to our possibilities and by recognizing that if we see things as “wrong” in the world, we need to start by changing our own consciousness.
Man’s Search For Meaning Viktor Frankl
Man’s Search For Meaning
Viktor Frankl survived the horrors of the holocaust and describes his Logotherapy in this classic book. In the Note, we’ll explore the fact that our attitudes determine our happiness and that no one can ever take away the freedom for us to choose our response to any given situation. We’ll also look at the importance of having a mission in life and that as we serve something bigger than ourselves, our happiness and success will follow.
One Small Step Can Change Your Life Robert Maurer
One Small Step Can Change Your Life
One small step. That’s all we ever need to take! In his great, quick-reading book One Small Step Can Change Your Life, Robert Maurer helps us understand why the small steps are so important. In this Note, we’ll take a look at the difference between kaizen and innovation, learn how to tiptoe past our fear, and identify one small step we can take on our journey to rockin’ it!
Pathways to Bliss Joseph Campbell
Pathways to Bliss
This is one of the three books by Campbell we cover and in this Note, we’ll learn why following our bliss is so important (hint: our bliss is the transcendent wisdom within us bubbling up!) and how we can more courageously follow it in our lives (hint: say “Yes!” to life more often!). We’ll also look at how we can make the simple things in our life part of our heroic journey and how going for it isn’t an ego trip.
Paul Coelho Brian Johnson
Paulo Coelho is one of the most inspiring and beloved authors on the planet (can you believe he’s sold over 100 million copies of his books in 150 languages?!?) and in this Note we’ll explore some of my favorite Big Ideas from a bunch of his great books. We’ll explore the one great truth that when we really want something, it’s because the desire originated in the soul of the universe and the fact that the extraordinary is the birthright of all of us. I love Paulo and trust you will, too, if you don’t already!
Talent Is Overrated Geoff Colvin
Talent Is Overrated
Colvin tells us talent is overrated. (As you may have gathered from the title. :) Where’s it at? 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, yo. That’s the bedrock on which greatness is developed. In this Note, we’ll check out The Mozart Myth (you think he was born great?! Think again!) to falling on your butt 20,000 times, and we’ll have fun seeing how we can create our own personal greatness.
Why Your Life Sucks Alan Cohen
Why Your Life Sucks
Why Your Life Sucks. That has to win the award for best title ever. Cohen is a very funny man. He’s also super wise and a great story teller and this book is packed with goodness on how we can unsuck our lives. My favorite Big Ideas (that we cover in the Note) include everything from tuning in to radio station “KNOW,” hiring your own thought bouncer and remembering to nourish your spirit.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
This classic has sold 15 million copies and was the first self-development book I read back in the day (1995 to be precise). In this Note, we’ll take a quick look at all 7 Habits—from being proactive (huge!) to beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win/win, seeking first to understand, synergizing and sharpening the saw. Lots of goodness here to help us develop our character to create our ideal lives as we most fully give ourselves to the world.
The Big Leap Gay Hendricks
The Big Leap
Are you ready to make the Big Leap into your Zone of Genius where you expand in creativity and love and abundance every day as you inspire those around you to do the same? Sweet! Then you’ll love the Note where we look at a bunch of Big Ideas on how to make that leap. We’ll have fun learning how to wave at our fears, get over our worry and honor the handshake deal we made with the Universe when we were born.
The Creativity Book Eric Maisel
The Creativity Book
One of the world’s leading experts on creativity, Eric Maisel is a psychotherapist who works exclusively with artists. As the sub-title suggests, this book is set up as “A Year’s Worth of Inspiration and Guidance” and provides insight into everything from dealing with anxiety to taking the next baby step and having patience. Plus, you’ll learn a new power mantra for creating :)
The Creativity Habit Twyla Tharp
The Creativity Habit
Twyla Tharp is awesome. One of the greatest choreographers in the world, she’d created more than 130 (!!!) dances for her company as well as for everyone from the Joffrey Ballet to London’s Royal Ballet. In this great book,. Twyla shares some uber-Big Ideas on how we can develop our Creative Habit to more consistently rock it.
Why We Do What We Do Edward L. Deci
Why We Do What We Do
Edward L. Deci
Edward L. Deci is one of the world’s leading researchers on human motivation and this book is packed with scientific wisdom—exploring what we know about the power of intrinsic motivation (vs. extrinsic motivation), the importance of autonomy (vs. being controlled) and the need for authenticity (vs. alienation). Hint: If you want happiness, focus on relationships, personal growth and making a contribution; don’t go after fame, wealth and beauty.
The Enchiridion Epictetus
Epictetus is one of three Stoic philosophers we profile (Marcus Aurelius and Seneca are the other two) and this former slave turned leading philosopher of his era is incredible. He echoes the wisdom of all the great teachers as he reminds us that, if we want to be happy, we’ve gotta realize the only thing we have control over is our response to a situation. We’ll have fun tapping into a lot more of his vast mojo in the Note.
The First 30 Days Ariane de Bonvoisin
The First 30 Days
Ariane de Bonvoisin
Ariane de Bonvoisin is the founder of First30days.com and her great book is packed with wisdom on navigating the first 30 days of any (and all) of the changes we inevitably encounter. In the Note, we’ll look at how to become a change optimist as we see all the amazing opportunities that come in a time of change and as we work out our change muscles and battle the change demons! Good times.
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
Ah, The Fountainhead. It’s always fun to distill a 752-page magnum opus into a 6-page PDF and 20-minute MP3. Ayn Rand is intense and this book is packed with Big Ideas. We’ll explore a few of my favorites, including our responsibility to own our greatness, not live as a second-hander (someone who is over-concerned about other people’s opinion of them), love what we do and know what we want.
The Happiness Hypothesis Jonathan Haidt
The Happiness Hypothesis
Wonder where happiness comes from? So does Jonathan Haidt, one of the world’s leading positive psychologists and Professor at the University of Virginia. In this phenomenal book, Haidt looks at ancient wisdom and modern wisdom as he tests some happiness hypotheses and comes up with his ultimate hypothesis. In this Note, we’ll check out the dynamic between you and your elephant, the magic pill that is meditation, and the mojo of virtue.
The How of Happiness Sonja Lyubomirsky
The How of Happiness
People often ask me what one book I would recommend they read. I never had an answer I felt good about until I read this book. It’s amazing. The most comprehensive and readable look at what we scientifically know works to boost our happiness—from gratitude and exercise to optimism and kindness. (btw: The other #1 book I’d recommend? The PhilosophersNotes workbook. How can you beat 1,000 Big Ideas from 100 great books packed into 600 pages? ;)
The Now Habit Neil Fiore
The Now Habit
You ever procrastinate? Me, too. D’oh! This is an awesome book to help get at the underlying psychological issues/behavioral patterns that are driving the show when we procrastinate (The Pursuit of Perfect is another great one for that, btw) and we’ll have fun getting out of perfectionism and into facing our fears with baby steps in the right direction as we replace the self-defeating thoughts with more empowering ones.
The Other 90 Percent Robert K. Cooper
The Other 90 Percent
Robert K. Cooper
Newsflash: You’re only using 10% of your potential. Max. Good news is Robert Coopers’ got a lot of awesome Ideas on how we can rock “the other 90%”! In this Note, we’ll look at the power of syntropy (entropy = a tendency for things to break down whereas syntropy = the tendency for things to perfect themselves), lighthouses (know your values and be a lighthouse, not a weathervane) and other such goodness.
The Paradox of Choice Barry Schwartz
The Paradox of Choice
Barry Schwartz tells us that some choice is obviously good but too much choice can actually stress us out! The book is packed with powerful wisdom—much of it counterintuitive. In the Note, we’ll explore the difference between being a “Maximizer” vs. a “Satisficer” and why we want to shift from always needing the “absolute best” to being happy with “good enough” as we develop our gratitude and quit comparing ourselves to other peeps. Powerful.
The Path of Least Resistance Robert Fritz
The Path of Least Resistance
Robert Fritz tells us that our souls will not invest themselves in a compromise and then lays out the way for us to rock it. In this Note, we’ll take a peek at what keeps us stuck (or, as he says, “oscillating” between our ideals and our limiting beliefs that we can’t attain ‘em), and how to create healthy tension where we know what we want and we consistently take baby steps in the right direction in line with our deepest commitments.
The Places that Scare You Pema Chödrön
The Places that Scare You
We’ve all got places that scare us and in her great book, Pema Chodrön helps us shine a compassionate light on them. We’ll explore some Brilliant Ideas including the fact that being mad at someone and holding a grudge is kinda like eating rat poisoning thinking you’re going to hurt the rat. Not so much. We’ll also look at idiot compassion and the practice of rejoicing in others’ good fortune and other wonderfulness.
The Power of Decision Raymond Charles Barker
The Power of Decision
Raymond Charles Barker
Did you know the word decide comes from two little Latin words that literally mean “to cut off”?! Yep. To make a decision means to cut off other options and commit to one and this old school New Thought classic helps us get our power of decision crankin’. In the Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas including lowering our guilt load, watching our moods and planting good thought seeds.
The Power of Full Engagement Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
The Power of Full Engagement
Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
Loehr and Schwartz tell us we’ve gotta manage ENERGY not time if we wanna really optimize our lives. Their book is pure goodness. In this Note, we’ll explore the four principles of full engagement, why we want to be more like sprinters rather than marathon runners, that there’s a pulse of life and we need to honor it, and the power of positive rituals. And some other really Big Ideas on getting our Full Engagement on.
The Pursuit of Perfect Tal Ben-Shahar
The Pursuit of Perfect
Description: It’s time to quit being a perfectionist and start being an optimalist. And Tal Ben-Shahar, the former Harvard (Positive Psych) Professor shares why we should care, and how we can look to our ideals as guiding stars rather than distant shores. If you, like me, have perfectionist tendencies, you’ll love the book and you’ll love the Note as we explore some Big Ideas on how to embrace the constraints of life as we get our inner-optimalist on!
The War of Art Steven Pressfield
The War of Art
This book is amazing. If you’ve ever struggled with rockin’ your creativity it’s pretty much a must-read. Written in an intense, no-nonsense style, Pressfield gets to the heart of the “Resistance” that stands in our way to fully expressing ourselves as he challenges us to become true “Professionals.” In the Note, we’ll check out some of my Favorite Big Ideas—from letting the results be by-products to the importance of simply sitting down and trying day after day after day.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Nietzsche was said to deliver his philosophy with a hammer and this book definitely nails his disdain for conditioning and conformity. In the Note, we’ll take a peek at some really Big Ideas including the fact that our worst enemy is often inside our own heads, that sometimes we need to push ourselves to discover just how far we can go, and how we’ve gotta be willing to go into the depths of our being if we want to fly.
Time Warrior Steve Chandler
Are you looking for a way to “defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over- commitment, broken promises and chaos.” Then this books for you. In the Note, we’ll have some fun checking out how to become a time warrior. Big Ideas include learning how to end overwhelm by doing one thing at a time, the power of taking decisive action and how to focus like a sci-fi laser beam! :)
Today We Are Rich Tim Sanders
Today We Are Rich
Tim Sanders is awesome. He was the Chief Solutions Officer for Yahoo! back in the day and wrote the uber-cool book Love Is the Killer App—which was one of the books that planted the seed for these PhilosophersNotes. In this great book, Tim shares the wisdom of his beloved Grandma, Billye, who taught him the power of total confidence. The key? As Tim says: “The secret to renewal and true confidence is simple: Get back to the basics.” In this Note, we’ll learn how to be truly rich via powerful daily practices as we become healthy-thought nuts and POETs who practice persistence. Fun!
Tony Robbins Brian Johnson
Tony Robbins is part rock star, part comedian and part philosopher… and uber-remarkable at what he does. In this Note, we’ll look at some of my favorite Big Ideas from a couple of his in-person live events—from taking a look at the quality of the questions we’re asking ourselves and seeing how big of an impact they have on our lives to no longer “shoulding” all over ourselves and learning to laugh at our mistakes as we celebrate confusion.
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2 Philosophers Notes for Wealth and Abundance…
From ingenious personal finance and investment advice to the reality-bending world of the Law of Attraction… get priceless tips and game plans for vaporizing debt, overcoming bad money programming, and finally swimming in that pool of coins you’ve always wanted. You’ll immediately recognize certain summaries, like Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad, while hidden gems like Geshe Michael Roach’s The Diamond Cutter may take you by surprise.
Top books from this category:
Creative Mind and Success Ernest Holmes
Creative Mind and Success
Description: Earnest Holmes was the founder of the Science of Mind/Religious Science and is one of the grandfathers of the modern self-development movement—directly inspiring everyone from Louise Hay to Michael Beckwith and countless others. In this Note, we’ll learn that “fear brings failure and faith brings success” and how important it is for us to radiate joy, faith, hope and expectancy to create the life we envision.
Entreleadership Dave Ramsey
I just love his no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point approach. His words pack a wise punch. We already profiled another one of his great books, The Total Money Makeover, and I’m excited to have some fun taking a quick peek at a few of my favorite Big Ideas from this equally great book: EntreLeadership, where he shares his best “practical business wisdom” he’s learned “from the trenches.” Big Ideas include understanding that you are the problem (and the solution!), the importance of passion and vision, and how it takes about fifteen years to be an overnight success. Good stuff!
Focal Point Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy is one of the classic modern self-development teachers and he’s literally a Big Idea machine. In this Note, we’ll have fun learning about the importance of taking responsibility in our lives and staying flexible (and, of course, some Ideas on how to do so!). We’ll also check in on the importance of managing our time well by “one-touching” stuff and maintaining our optimism in the face of challenges.
Harmonic Wealth James Arthur Ray
James Arthur Ray
James Arthur Ray is experiencing challenging times these days and our hearts go out to all the people who suffered in the sweat lodge tragedy. We’ve kept this Note in our collection because the wisdom in it is powerful and we think it serves as an important reminder to never put anyone into an absolute guru position.
It’s Not About the Money Brent Kessel
It’s Not About the Money
Brent Kessel is part yogi, part financial planner— one of the most successful financial planners in the US and the financial guru of Yoga Journal. In this Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on how to discover the Core Story and Archetypes that’re driving your financial well being along with the importance of heartfelt goals and generosity in creating spiritual and financial abundance.
Mastery George Leonard
Mastery. Are you a dabbler or a hacker or an obsessive or a master? We all have elements of each and we tend to fall into particular patterns in our lives. In this Note, we’ll explore George Leonard’s brilliant ideas on how to live a life of mastery, in which every moment becomes an opportunity for growth and self-expression as we embrace the practice of living masterfully.
Money, and the Law of Attraction Esther and Jerry Hicks
Money, and the Law of Attraction
Esther and Jerry Hicks
This is one of three titles we cover by Esther and Jerry Hicks. In this Note, we’ll look at some Big Ideas on how to rock the Law of Attraction to circulate wealth. We’ll explore the fact that the most valuable skill we’ll ever have is the control of our minds and how we need to make our lifetime career all about discovering and following our bliss!
Overachievement John Eliot, Ph.D.
John Eliot, Ph.D.
If you’re looking to live an extraordinary life, this great book lays out the new model for rockin’ it. In the Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on how to get into your Trusting Mindset where you just let it rip as you eat stress like an energy bar and put yourself on super pilot. Remember that everyone who’s ever made history was a nut… until they did what they said they’d do and then they were a genius.
Relax into Wealth Alan Cohen
Relax into Wealth
Alan Cohen has quickly become one of my favorite teachers and favorite people. If you’ve been conditioned to believe that creating wealth requires high levels of stress and all that, I think you’ll love it. It’s a great, easy-to-read and practical look at how we can flow with life and welcome more of the good stuff into our lives. In the Note, we’ll have fun learning how to build our wealth consciousness by investing in ourselves, taking small steps, and lightening up!
Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert T. Kiyosaki
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Robert T. Kiyosaki
One of the best-selling self-development franchises of all time, this book is packed with Big Ideas. In the Note, we’ll quickly look at why you want to invest in assets that produce income and how your house is (gulp) a liability, not an asset then we’ll move on to explore the keys to thinking like the Rich Dad—controlling our thoughts, facing our fears, and all that jazz.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind T. Harv Eker
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
T. Harv Eker
T.Harv Eker is a funny guy and this book is packed with wisdom on how to “master the inner game of wealth.” In the Note, we’ll explore awesome Big Ideas ranging from the importance of playing to win (vs. playing not to lose) to the fact that there’s a big difference between “wanting” wealth and being committed to creating it.
Spiritual Economics Eric Butterworth
Eric Butterworth is an amazing guy and this book really transformed my relationship to money. In the Note, we’ll take a look at the fact that our goal shouldn’t be to make money/acquire stuff but to achieve the level of consciousness through which abundance flows through our lives naturally. We’ll look at the roots of the words affluence and security and prosperity along with some Big Ideas on how to merge our spirituality and our economics.
Succeed Heidi Grant Halvorson
Heidi Grant Halvorson
How’d you like the scientific low-down on how to effectively set goals and succeed? Well, Heidi Grant Halvorson, the young Positive Psychology superstar, gives you the goods in this awesome book. You might be surprised by what you learn. It’s not all about vision boards and visualization (obviously). In the Note, we’ll explore all kinds of Big Ideas, including the fact that we need to have a specific, difficult (but attainable) goal we believe we can achieve AND awareness of all the challenges that stand in our way. Powerful stuff.
Super Rich Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons. Part vegan-yogi. Part pop icon. 100% awesome. (And really funny. :) In PN – Volume I we did a Note on his great book Do You! and I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas from this fun weekend read as well. Favorites include getting on the right train, becoming a business yogi, the power of hard work, and cleaning out the junk mail in our minds!
The 80/20 Principle Richard Koch
The 80/20 Principle
Did you know 20% of beer drinkers drink 80% of the beer? And that 20% of streets account for 80% of the traffic? And that most peeps wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time? And that 20% of customers/products usually account for about 80% of profits? Yepperz. In this Note, we’ll explore the 80/20 principle and how we can apply its power to every aspect of our lives to “achieve more with less.”
The Art of Achievement Tom Morris
The Art of Achievement
Tom Morris is my favorite living philosopher. As a former Professor at Notre Dame with a dual Ph.D. in Religion and Philosophy, he blends old school, rigorous philosophy with a modern sense of fun. In this Note, we have fun getting our wisdom on with his “7 C’s of Success”: Conception, Confidence, Concentration, Consistency, Commitment, Character and a Capacity to Enjoy. Good times.
The Courage to Create Rollo May
The Courage to Create
Rollo May was a brilliant 20th century existential psychologist and this book is a great look at the courage it takes to fully express ourselves as we create our ideal lives. We’ll explore the fact that the word courage comes from the French word for “heart” and that, just as the heart pumps blood to all the organs of our body, so does courage pump blood to all our other virtues—without courage, we’re effectively dead. This Note is packed with Big Ideas to make sure your courage is beating strong.
The Diamond Cutter Geshe Michael Roach
The Diamond Cutter
Geshe Michael Roach
The wise Michael Roache was an undercover Buddhist monk who used a classic sutra from Buddhism (called The Diamond Cutter) to build a diamond business. In his book, he describes how he successfully applied this classic wisdom to his modern business and in the Note, we’ll take a look at some of my favorite Big Ideas—including the fact that the world is “empty” of meaning and we always have the ability to see its hidden potential.
The Element Ken Robinson
You might have caught Sir Ken’s genius energy in his brilliant TED talk. Not only is he one of the world’s leading experts on creativity, he’s an all-around cool guy and… he’s a KNIGHT! How cool is that?! That’s pretty saucy I say. :)
The Highest Goal Michael Ray
The Highest Goal
Michael Ray is a Professor at Stanford’s Business School who teaches creativity in business. This book shares the lessons from that remarkable class and points out the fact that our “Highest Goal” is all about connecting to and living from our highest truths all the time. In this Note, we’ll take a look at how to get out of “the cruel grip of society” as we travel our own path and let the material bounty be by-products of our spiritual awesomeness. :)
The Magic of Thinking Big David J. Schwartz
The Magic of Thinking Big
David J. Schwartz
We’ve gotta think big if we want to live big, eh? From learning to kick the dreaded “excusitis” disease to developing our “stickability,” this classic is packed with fun, super practical wisdom. In the Note we’ll also explore the facts that action cures fear (!!!), we’ve gotta make a compromise with perfection and to think confidently we’ve gotta act confidently. And, of course, we’ve gotta think big.
The Millionaire Fastlane MJ DeMarco
The Millionaire Fastlane
MJ DeMarco is a really funny guy. He’s also a self-made multi-millionaire who powerfully challenges the conventional means of acquiring wealth If you’re not easily offended and would prefer to create extraordinary wealth while you’re still young rather than hoping to create what DeMarco calls “Wheelchair Wealth” (laughing), then this book is for you. It’s PACKED with Big Ideas on not just personal finance but how to create a great business
The Psychology of Winning Denis Waitley
The Psychology of Winning
Denis Waitley’s been rockin’ the self-development world for several decades now and captures a lot of his wisdom in this popular book. In the Note, we’ll explore the importance of taking responsibility for our attitude (echo!), staying on target, maintaining optimism and enthusiasm, concentrating all of our energy on whatever we’re doing, and taking the time to plan our ideal lives.
The Science of Getting Rich Wallace D. Wattles
The Science of Getting Rich
Wallace D. Wattles
More Wattles mojo here. In this Note, we’ll look at the logic behind why Wattles believes we should be rich (quickly: you can render no greater service to God and humanity than to make the most of yourself and you can’t do that if you’re poor; see Note for more), and how we need to become creators (and leave the competitive plane), focus on things we’re grateful for, get clear on our vision and take action and more action and more action.
The Success Principles Jack Canfield
The Success Principles
Jack Canfield, the creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, gives us a book packed with Big Ideas on the fundamentals of success. In the Note, we explore some of my favorites—including an awesome exercise on how to discover our purpose, the importance of taking responsibility in our lives (that’s Principle #1!!!), becoming an inverse paranoid (think: “OMG the universe is out to help me!!”), and recognizing that 99% commitment to something is a bitch and 100% is a breeze.
The Talent Code Daniel Coyle
The Talent Code
Whatever you want to learn, know this: It’s ALL about the myelin. Myelin? Yep. Myelin. In this Note we’ll learn what myelin is and why it’s so cool along with some other Big Ideas—ranging from the importance of “Deep Practice,” to the importance of baby steps as the royal road to skill and the fact that greatness isn’t about not magic, it’s about hard work.
The Total Money Makeover Dave Ramsey
The Total Money Makeover
Dave Ramsey is a seriously funny guy and this book is packed with goodness. If you’re tired of being in debt and looking for a real solution to your challenges, this book is for you. In the Note, we’ll have fun exploring the importance of having what Ramsey calls “Gazelle-like Intensity” as we get out the scissors to perform a “Plastectomy” on your credit cards and start living more like the millionaire next door rather than a wannabe rich goober.
Think & Grow Rich Napoleon Hill
Think & Grow Rich
This uber-best-selling classic is basically the grandaddy of self-help books. It’s about a lot more than making money and in this Note, we’ll have fun looking at the power of a strong desire, (whether you’re the Buddha seeking enlightenment or an entrepreneur creating something awesome, you better have a strong desire!), persistence (!), self-confidence, faith, and just doing it.
True Success Tom Morris
This is the second Note on a Tom Morris book in Volume II. As I said, he’s my favorite living philosopher. In this Note, we check out Big Ideas on the importance of embracing failure, asking the question: “How can I make my contribution?” and the fact that fame, wealth and power aren’t where it’s at. Noperz. We wanna go for Greatness of Spirit and let the rest of it flow as by-products to that noble end.
You Are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For Eric Klein
You Are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For
You are the leader you’ve been waiting for. And, this great little book by Eric Klein provides some valuable insights on how to step into that role and rock it. If you’d like to enjoy high performance and high fulfillment at work, I think you’ll dig it. Big Ideas in the Note include understanding what Authentic Leadership is and how to have it, the importance of values + gifts + calling and how to quit being a Lotus Eater or Burnout as we become a blessing to the world.
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A Daily Dose of Sanity Alan Cohen
A Daily Dose of Sanity
Alan Cohen has become one of my favorite writers and people and this book is great—it’s precisely what the sub-title promises: “A Five-Minute Soul Recharge for Every Day of the Year.” The perfect treat for a lover of more wisdom in less time. In this Note, we’ll learn how important it is to be in integrity as we answer the voice that’s calling and fire our inner critics while promoting our inner fan club. And, for good measure, we’ll drop in some Harry Potter wisdom. Good times.
A New Earth Eckhart Toll
A New Earth
Description: Oprah and Tolle rocked the wisdom from this great book in their special program and in the Note we’ll explore Big Ideas ranging from how your pain body and shadow projections are getting in the way of your happiness to the secret of the art of living as we create the consciousness in ourselves that will help create a new heaven on earth. (We also have a Note on Tolle’s “Power of Now” so you’ll be sure to get your ET on!)
As A Man Thinketh James Allen
As A Man Thinketh
Although somewhat obscure, James Allen is wise guy and his essays have deeply influenced many of today’s leading teachers. In this Note, we’ll explore the fact that dreams are the seedlings of our future realities and we’ll learn how important it is that we strengthen the power of our minds if we want to live an extraordinary life of meaning.
Awareness Anthony de Mello
Anthony de Mello
Anthony de Mello was a Jesuit priest who integrated Eastern and Western ideas into his teachings and in this Note, we’ll explore some of his Biggest Ideas on how to live from a place of deep connection and awareness. We’ll learn how to get over our fears and quit driving with our brakes on plus the importance of looking at life as a symphony with ever changing rhythms and music that’s only enjoyable to the extent we don’t try to hold on to any one note.
Big Mind, Big Heart Genpo Roshi
Big Mind, Big Heart
Zen Master Genpo Roshi spent decades figuring out how to best help people develop enlightened awareness and came up with his revolutionary process called “Big Mind.” In this Note, we’ll take a peek at some Big Ideas from the Zen Master including how the root of suffering (dukkha) is getting stuck in one perspective and how that’s about as effective as having a Maserati stuck in first gear. We’ll also explore the place beyond idiot compassion as we become integrated human beings giving ourselves joyfully to the world.
Why Meditate? Matthieu Ricard
Why Meditate? According to Ricard, the ultimate reason is to transform ourselves so we can transform our world. That works for me! In this Note, we check out my favorite Big Ideas on working out our mindfulness muscles, looking at the power of neuroplasticity and highlighting the fact that it’s all about the consistent practice, working on our consciousness thought after thought and emotion by emotion.
Conquest of Mind Eknath Easwaran
Conquest of Mind
The Conquest of Mind is an amazing book written by an equally amazing man: Eknath Easwaran. We use Easwaran’s translations for the Bhagavad Gita and The Dhammapada and in this book he provides all kinds of great ideas on how we can win “the war within.” In the Note we’ll explore the fact that we don’t want to be heroes in the beginning and then sneak out the back door, the fact that we can ALL change, and the miracles that can be created by hard work.
Conscious Living Gay Hendricks
Gay Hendricks is a close friend and mentor of mine who encourages us to create a life of our own design as we enjoy the magic that unfolds when we truly commit to living an extraordinary life. In this Note, we’ll explore Ideas on how to get our conscious living on including letting go of the past and the importance of having both goals AND moment to moment flow.
Everyday Enlightenment Dan Millman
This is Dan Millman’s magnum opus where he walks us through “The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth” and in the Note we check out Big Ideas ranging from the importance of discovering our self-worth (and how to do so) to the fact that, although “Carpe diem!” sounds good, it’s impossible to do. We can’t “Seize the day!” but we can “Seize the moment!” or , as Dan says: “Carpe punctum!”
How God Changes Your Brain Andrew Newberg M.D.
How God Changes Your Brain
Andrew Newberg M.D. & Mark Robert Waldman
Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman are academics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Spirituality and the Mind. In this great book, they walk us through how God (or any spiritual practices in general) can, as the title suggests, changes our brains! Big Ideas we explore in the Note include the power if intention, the science of neuroplasticity and how meditation and exercise effect your brain!
Letters From A Stoic
Letters From A Stoic
Seneca. He was born around the same time as Jesus and was one of the leading figures in his Roman Empire. He was also one of history’s leading Stoic philosophers (along with Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus who we also profile) and has some powerful wisdom to share. In this Note, we’ll explore the purpose of philosophy, the importance of focusing our attention and the mojo that comes from facing our fears.
Life Visioning Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith. Alexandra and I love him and his wisdom. He’s a model of integrated spirituality for us one of our absolute favorite teachers. In this Note, we’ll take quick at his powerful “Life Visioning Process” and have some fun getting our wisdom on with Big Ideas ranging from The Four Stages of Evolutionary Growth to unplugging from the Internet and plugging into the “Inner-net.” Good stuff!
Meditations Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius was the Emperor-Philosopher of the Roman Empire and one of the most enlightened leaders ever. Meditations is a collection of journal entries he wrote to himself and in this Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas of his Stoic philosophy—from the importance of never confusing ourselves with visions of a lifetime all at once, to not worrying about what others think of us and living a life of purpose and service.
Peace Is Every Step Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step
Thich Nhat Hanh
A humble Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered spiritual leaders on the planet. This book is a collection of wisdom from his talks and private conversations and is packed with peaceful wisdom. In the Note, we’ll explore Big Ideas ranging from the importance of our breath and what he calls “mouth yoga” (aka smiling :) to how we can practice engaged mindfulness.
Real Magic Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
We’ve got three Notes on Wayne Dyer (see The Power of Intention and Your Erroneous Zones) and in this Note we’ll have fun learning about the power of “acting as if” (Dyer’s got an awesome description of how to rock this!) along with the importance of committing your ideal to paper, disdaining all disbelief and asking “How can I serve?!”
Rumi Daylight Rumi
Rumi’s poetry is stunning. In this Note, we’ll explore some inspiring wisdom from the Sufi mystic and have fun applying it to our 21st century lives—from the importance of having patience and seeing challenging times as God’s way of strengthening us to working hard and going for it.
Spiritual Liberation Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Beckwith runs the Agape church in Los Angeles and is one of the most plugged in human beings I’ve ever seen. In this Note, we’ll explore some of his many Big Ideas—including how important discipline is and the fact that as we rock it, our discipline turns to blissipline. We’ll also see how to avoid spiritual constipation by PRACTICING what we study and how even enlightened beings burn their bagels on occasion (so we can prolly relax into our own imperfections).
Striking Thoughts Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee. The man. The myth. The legend… And, the Philosopher. In addition to being an iconic martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee was a passionate lover of wisdom. In this great little book, we get to take a peek at some of his thoughts on various subjects. In fact, to be precise, the book is packed with 825 Big Ideas on 72 different topics. In this Note, we’ll have fun exploring a few of my favorites. Good stuff.
Take Off From Within Ervin Seale
Take Off From Within
Ervin Seale is an old-school New Thought guy with a great, simple style and super practical wisdom. In this Note, we’ll have fun seeing how our minds are like crazy, drunk, swinging monkeys (and how we can tame them!) and explore a bunch of other Big Ideas—including the importance of ignoring what others think of us and seeing the Divine within ourselves (and others).
Power of Deliberate Intent Esther & Jerry Hicks
The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent
Esther & Jerry Hicks
The third Abraham-Hicks title we profile, this one’s all about aligning our desires and beliefs and taking inspired action to go “downstream” and rock it. In the Note, we’ll explore the difference between deliberate creation and creating by default along with another peek at the importance of using our emotions as a guidance system and how it’s always best to start with something easy and then develop our confidence and skills from there!
The Analects of Confucius Confucius
The Analects of Confucius
Talk about old school. I’ve waded through some of the arcane stuff from his classic “Analects” to bring us some highly practical wisdom for our 21st century lives. We’ll take a look at a bunch of Big Ideas on the importance of being a passionate (and patient!) student of life while striving to do our best. Good stuff.
The Art of Living Consciously Nathaniel Branden
The Art of Living Consciously
We profiled Nathaniel Branden’s classic Six Pillars of Self-Esteem in Volume I and in this Note we explore some more Big Ideas from this brilliant mind. We’ll check out the importance of moving from defensiveness to eagerness, being present within the context of the bigger picture of past and future and why you may want to consider your ego as a friend if you have any hope of moving forward spiritually. Genius stuff.
Wherever You Go, There You Are Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go, There You Are
Jon Kabat-Zinn is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts and one of the world’s leading advocates for mindfulness training. He’s demonstrated the phenomenal health benefits of integrating meditation into our daily lives and in this Note we’ll learn about meditation—what it is, how we can rock it and what we can gain from doing so.
The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita
The classic text of Hinduism is packed with wisdom. In the Note, we take a super quick look at the context for the book and then jump into some powerful wisdom—including the importance of meditation, the fact that making mistakes is an inherent part of our growth process and the uber-importance of letting go of our attachment to results.
The Book of Understanding Osho
The Book of Understanding
Osho’s a fascinating guy and in this Note we’ll take a look at the power of Zorba the Buddha, the importance of self-discipline, the fact that we’ve got to have a firm hold on our ego before we have any hope of letting it go (big point a lot of peeps tend to miss!), and a lot of other Big Ideas on making our potential a reality.
The Dhammapada Buddha
A core text of Buddhism, The Dhammapada literally means something along the lines of “the path of truth and righteousness” and is packed with wisdom. In this Note, we’ll take a quick look at some central tenets of Buddhism (like the Four Noble Truths, nirvana, and the eightfold path) and soak up some Buddha mojo on how to rock our wisest lives.
When Things Fall Apart Pema Chodron
When Things Fall Apart
Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist teacher and prolific author with an incredibly strong, yet compassionate and grounded perspective. This book is all about facing challenging times with courage as we lean into our fears and grow. We’ll explore a bunch of Big Ideas on everything from why we should meditate to how long the process of actualizing takes (roughly the rest of our lives :)!
The Golden Present Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Golden Present
Sri Swami Satchidananda
Sri Swami Satchidananda was one of the world’s greatest yoga masters and teachers. This book is organized as a daily inspirational guidebook and it’s packed with 365 wisdom gems. In the Note, we explore Big Ideas ranging from the importance of being bold and strong to the power of making a lot mistakes.
The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe Glenn Clark
The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe
Walter Russell was a 20th century genius, a renaissance man who excelled in the sciences, arts, sports and life in general. He was also a deeply spiritual guy and this book captures his wisdom on the art of living well. We’ll look at the importance of connecting to the Universal Self, focusing our intention, and trusting the Divine Intelligence that’s guiding our actions as we give our gifts in greatest service to the world.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Robin Sharma
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Robin Sharma is one of the top leadership coaches in the world and an all-around awesome guy. This book is a fable about a hard-charging attorney who becomes a yogi and shares his wisdom with his former protégé. It’s packed with goodness. In the Note, we’ll look at the “7 Timeless Virtues of Enlightened Living,” the importance of blue printing our ideal lives and expressing the greatness that is all of our birthrights.
The Power of Intention Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
The Power of Intention
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
I love Dyer and this book rocks. In the Note, we’ll have fun learning about the fact that floatation wasn’t discovered by contemplating the sinking of things (and how you’ve gotta focus on what you WANT if you wanna see it come to life), how to “act as if” (and not be a weenie about it), how kindness releases the same drugs pharmaceuticals pump into anti-depressants (so get your fix by being kind!) and a lot of other great stuff.
The Power of Myth Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth
Ah, The Power of Myth. This book is based on the amazing PBS interview series Bill Moyers did with Campbell shortly before he passed away and captures some of the 24 hours of filmed wisdom that hit the cutting floor. We’ll learn how Campbell came up with the admonition to “follow your bliss!” (hint: it’s from the Upanishads), the importance of loving our fate, how we’re helped by hidden hands when we really commit to our paths and so much more.
The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now
This is Eckhart Tolle’s first uber-best-selling classic where we learn how to watch the thinker, reconnect with Divine Intelligence, accept whatever’s happening to us as if we had chosen it (that’s a really Big Idea), clock time vs. psychological time (a lot of peeps think that just b/c you’re in the Now you can’t set goals… not so much… we’ll look at what Eckhart’s really teaching on this), and the importance of taking responsibility in our lives.
Trust Your Vibes Sonia Choquette
Trust Your Vibes
Did you know you’ve got six senses? Yep. And the brilliant Sonia Choquette describes the why’s and how’s of “six sensory” living in her great book. In the Note we’ll look at some of my favorite Big Ideas on how to trust our vibes and rock it—from learning how to take care of ourselves and being flexible to no longer dwelling on the past and breathing deeply, we’ll have fun playing with our vibes.
The Power of Your Supermind Vernon Howard
The Power of Your Supermind
How’s your Supermind? Find out what Vernon’s talking about and how to turn up your Supermind’s power with this wisdom-packed Note. We’ll explore everything from psychic spankings (codeword for suffering) to causes and effects and we’ll see how detecting negativity is actually a very positive thing.
Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson is a hero of mine (he occupies the Great-Great+ Grandfather slot in my spiritual family tree) and his essays, although written in 19th century prose, totally fire me up. In this Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on self-reliance (trust yourself!!!), the power of enthusiasm (did you know the word literally means “God within”?!), and how God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. Plus other goodness.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success Deepak Chopra
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
This is easily one of THE most transformative books I’ve ever read. In the Note, we’ll explore all seven spiritual laws with special emphasis on #7 (The Law of Dharma) that inspired me to sell my former business and, eventually, create PhilosophersNotes. (Here’s the question Deepak asks that rocked my world: If you had all the time and all the money in the world, what would you do? … So, what would you do? … The Note has cool Ideas on how to answer and rock that one!)
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes Deepak Chopra
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes
What do you get when you mashup Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success with his son Gotham’s passion for comic books and superheroes? This great little book. In this Note, we’ll have fun looking at what makes a superhero so super and how we can rock it as well. Big Ideas include learning how to rise to the occasion as we live our ideals and commit ourselves to service. Will you be a superhero?
The Silva Mind Control Method of Mental Dynamics Jose Silva & Burt Goldman
The Silva Mind Control Method of Mental Dynamics
Jose Silva & Burt Goldman
This book is one of the most densely packed with goodness books out there and in the Note we’re going to explore the different brain waves and the fact that stress causes faster brain waves than relaxation along with how and why we want to drop into “alpha” as often as possible. Plus, we’ll look at how to turn fear into excitement (really cool Idea!), the seven hermetic laws and the five rules for happiness.
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire Deepak Chopra
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire
Deepak is one of my favorite authors and this book is all about harnessing the power of “synchrodestiny” to rock it. We’ll explore the power of letting go of our fear and worry and anger and hesitation as we discover our deeper purpose and live from our souls with the intention to serve.
The Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching. It’s the core text of Taoism and one of the top old school classics of all time. In this Note, we’ll take a look at everything from making use of solitude to the fact that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step (heard that before, eh?!). We’ll also learn to let go of our attachment to future results and gracefully roll with the ebbs and flows of life.
The Untethered Soul Michael Singer
The Untethered Soul
Michael Singer is a great writer, storyteller and spiritual teacher who has a profound ability to communicate complex spiritual ideas in a simple, easy-to-grasp manner. The book is packed with wisdom. In the Note, we explore Big Ideas on how we can best relate to that voice in our heads as we develop our witness perspective and create real transformation in our lives.
Thresholds of the Mind Bill Harris
Thresholds of the Mind
In this book, Bill Harris, the founder of Holosync (which I’ve been using for 550+ days now), outlines his thoughts on how meditation raises the “thresholds of our mind” along with other mojo on rockin’ it. In the Note, we’ll take a look at a range of Big Ideas on optimal living—including the significance of different brain wave patterns and why we want to learn how to synchronize our brains through meditation.
The Wheel of Time Carlos Castaneda
The Wheel of Time
This book is like a greatest hits collection of Castaneda’s best passages. In the Note we’ll look at the need to transcend our conditioning as we develop our personal power, the importance of choosing a path with heart (aka following your bliss), using death as an advisor and living with impeccability as we achieve no stress success.
Think On These Things Jiddu Krishnamurti
Think On These Things
Krishnamurti was the spiritual bomb (technical description, of course J) in the 20th century. A no-nonsense, find-your-own-path kinda guy, his books are packed with wisdom. In this Note, we’ll look at some of his Biggest Ideas—including the importance of dealing with problems quickly before the roots get strong, how reading about these Ideas but not living them is like a pretty flower with no scent and a lot of other great stuff.
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4 Philosophers Notes for People Skills and Social Life…
Be the life of the party. Charm the socks off that gorgeous demigod at the bar. Argue less with the in-laws. Anything’s possible once you understand what really makes people – and yourself – tick. Just promise us you’ll only use these people-influencing powers for good as you go from psychological heavyweights like Eric Fromm’s The Art of Loving to David Deida’s mind-blowing The Way of the Superior Man.
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A Guide to Rational Living Albert Ellis & Robert Harper
A Guide to Rational Living
Albert Ellis & Robert Harper
Albert Ellis has been recognized as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century (#2, in fact, right ahead of Freud and behind Carl Rogers). Ellis was, essentially, the founder of the modern cognitive behavioral movement and in this Note we’ll have fun exploring some Big Ideas on how to get our minds right—from understanding the roots of neurosis, the ABC’s of suffering, and the importance of action, you’ll feel inspired and empowered by the end!
Do You! Russell Simmons
Who knew the Godfather of hip-hop was also an incredible yogi and spiritual teacher?!? In this Note, we’ll have fun learning how to “Do You!!” as we tap into the importance of having a powerful vision for our lives, the fact that a mantra is literally a “tool of thought” we can use to shape our minds, and how important it is to take the next baby step in front of us as we give ourselves most fully to the world.
Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman
One of the classics of Positive Psychology, Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence established the fact that IQ doesn’t account for why some of us succeed and function well and others don’t. In this Note, we’ll explore some (really) Big Ideas on how to scientifically get our emotional intelligence on—from the power of delaying gratification to how worrying can act as self-fulfilling prophecies.
Gay & Katie Hendricks Brian Johnson
Gay & Katie Hendricks
Gay and Katie Hendricks are among the world’s top relationship experts. In this Note we’ll check out some Big Ideas on how to get our Love on—including the importance of appreciation and the need to create at least a 5:1 ratio of positive interactions to negative interactions if we want to have great relationships. (Did you know that when you appreciate people their value appreciates?! Yepperz!) Plus we’ll look at the importance of re-committing and the acid test of healthy relationships.
Love Leo Buscaglia
The Doctor of Love is in da house! In this Note, we’ll explore some of Buscaglia’s Big Ideas on how to live with a lotta Love— starting with the fact that if we want to master the subject, we’ve gotta study it! We’ll also look at how important it is to fully express ourselves and that a truly loving relationship is one in which both partners are committed to their own growth and supporting their love’s growth. (P.S. My Goddess was the first chica I’d met who’d read this book and I think I fell in love on our 1st date when she told me she loved it, too!)
Me to We Craig and Marc Kielburger
Me to We
Craig and Marc Kielburger
Craig and Marc Kielburger are simply extraordinary human beings who, from a remarkably young age, dedicated their lives to making a huge difference in the world. This book is a manifesto on how to go from Me to We as we commit to living for something bigger than ourselves. In the Note, we explore Big Ideas ranging from classic Greek ideas about happiness to closing the gap between principle and practice. Super inspiring and transformative.
No Excuses! Brian Tracy
Are you suffering from “excusitis” or living on “Someday Isle”—you know, where you’ll get around to living your greatest life “someday”? Brian Tracy says we need to vote ourselves off that island and in this Note we’ll check out some of my favorite Big Ideas on how he says we should rock it—from understanding the root of negative moods (it’s all about blame) to thinking long-term (the happiest/most successful see the big picture!) to the importance of setting goals and taking purposeful action.
Psycho Cybernetics Maxwell Maltz
Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon who saw just how important our self-image is to our well being and introduced some Big Ideas on how to tap into the power of our subconscious minds. In this Note, we’ll explore the science of guided missiles and see how that ties into our day-to-day lives (hint: goals are really important) and the fact that we need to re-hypnotize ourselves if we wanna get our mojo on.
Self-Help Samuel Smiles
Written in 1859, this is one of the classics of self-development. Smiles focuses on character development, hard work and perseverance rather than the get-it-quick-fluff found in so much of modern self-dev. In the Note, we’ll explore a bunch of Big Ideas including the power of diligence and how to make happiness a habit!
The Art of Loving Erich Fromm
The Art of Loving
Erich Fromm, a leading 20th century psychologist, tells us that love is an art—and that if we want to master love then we need to study it like we would any other art we want to master. In this Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on how to rock both the theory and the practice of love. Big Ideas include moving from “falling in” love to “STANDING in” love plus the need to get rid of the illusions of a perfect relationship. If you’re looking for more love in your life, you’ll dig it.
The Art of Possibility Rosamund & Benjamin Zander
The Art of Possibility
Rosamund & Benjamin Zander
The Art of Possibility. This is a great book written by the dynamic duo Rosamund Stone Zander (family therapist and landscape painter) and her husband Benjamin Zander (conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and professor at the New England Conservatory of Music). Big Ideas include the fact that it’s all invented (so we might as well create an empowering story!), having grace as we own the risks we take, and giving yourself an A!
The Gifted Adult Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D.
The Gifted Adult
Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D.
Mary-Elaine Jacobsen is one of the world’s leading authorities on gifted adults and this book is packed with wisdom on how “everyday geniuses®” can rock it. We’ll explore how to develop our evolutionary IQ as we work hard, silence the (inner and outer) critics and learn how to bounce back as we become co-creators in liberating our everyday genius.
The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit
Habits. They’re powerful. And, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is a very cool look at why we have them, how they work, and what we can do to change them. The book is an incredibly well-written, fun read and it’s packed with great stories and wisdom and I think you’ll dig it. In this Note, we’ll take a quick peek at the basic aspects of a habit loop (cue + routine + reward), how you can get a cue, what a keystone habit is (and why you should care), the importance of believing you can change and the fact that every habit is malleable. Fun!
The Power of Habit Jack D. Hodge
The Power of Habit
Jack D. Hodge
Habits. They can make us or break us. This great little book by Jack D. Hodge is a quick-reading 115 pages of goodness to help us change our lives by changing the habits that drive us. It’s packed with Big Ideas. In this Note, we’ll have some fun learning about the difference between “Dreamers” and “Doers” (hint: it’s their habits!), the common denominator of success, how to become a genius, daily drudgery and the power of focus. Good stuff!
The Science of Being Great Wallace D. Wattles
The Science of Being Great
Wallace D. Wattles
Wallace D. Wattles. Funny name and funny looking dood but lots of great wisdom. In this Note, we’ll have fun looking at how to get our greatness on. Big Ideas include the fact that we’ve gotta move beyond our fears, obey our souls (always), be patient, pay attention to our habitual thoughts and, perhaps most importantly, if we want to be great we’ve gotta SERVE greatly.
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Nathaniel Branden
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
Nathaniel Branden is easily one of the most articulate human beings I’ve read and is one of the world’s leading experts on self-esteem. This book rocks and in the Note we’ll explore the six pillars of self-esteem—from the practice of living consciously, accepting ourselves and taking responsibility to practicing self-assertiveness, living purposefully and having personal integrity. This is one of my favorite books and Notes that I think you’ll love.
The Way of the Superior Man David Deida
The Way of the Superior Man
Deida definitely pushes some edges with his work and this book was hugely transformational for me. Guys: you’ll dig it. Ladies: your guys will dig it. In the Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on the importance of living on purpose, not making excuses, giving our gifts to the world, being willing to change and committing to growth and love. Powerful stuff.
The Willpower Instinct Kelly McGonigal
The Willpower Instinct
Willpower. It’s huge. The Willpower Instinct by award-winning Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a GREAT book based on “The Science of Willpower” class Kelly teaches through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. It’s packed with super practical Big Ideas on the newest scientific insights about self-control to explain how we can “break old habits and create healthy habits, conquer procrastination, find our focus, and manage stress.” In this Note, we’ll check out the #1 way to build willpower (it’s not what you’d guess), how to give ourselves willpower boosts throughout the day and other stress-relief strategies that rock.
Toward a Psychology of Being Abraham Maslow
Toward a Psychology of Being
Abraham Maslow sits in the great-grandfather slot in my spiritual family tree and is kinda the great-grandfather of the modern Positive Psychology movement. We profiled the 19 characteristics of his self-actualizing individual in our Note on Motivation & Personality in Volume I and in this Note we take a look at the essence of creativity and the fact that we all have capacities that’re clamoring to be used!
Motivation and Personality Abraham Maslow
Motivation and Personality
Abraham Maslow tells us, “What one can be, one must be!” (OMG I love that.) He was a 20th century humanistic psychologist who came up with the hierarchy of needs and studied the most exceptional people of his era. In this Note, we’ll explore some of the Big Ideas on how we can be all that we’re destined to be and look at some of the characteristics of those self-actualizing human beings who’re rockin’ it.
Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice Robert W. Firestone, et al.
Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice
Robert W. Firestone, Lisa Firestone, Joyce Catlett
Do you have a critical inner voice? Join the club! :) This book is, as the title suggests, all about how we can conquer those little gremlins in our head. In the note, we explore Big Ideas on how to distinguish between the “real you” and the critical inner voice, challenge depression and live a good, examined life!
Constructive Living David K. Reynolds
David K. Reynolds
Dan Millman (author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and other great books) introduced me to this book as he’s been deeply influenced by David Reynolds’ integration of Zen Buddhism and Western Psychotherapy. In this Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on how to live with greater self-mastery by more effectively relating to our emotions and consistently asking ourselves: “Now what needs to be done?!”
Learned Optimism Martin Seligman
Did you know you can learn optimism? Yep. And, unfortunately, we can also learn helplessness. Whether we’re helpless or optimistic is one of the biggest predictors of whether we’re emotionally happy/healthy or depressed/unhealthy so this is BIG. In this Note, we’ll explore some great Ideas on how to get our optimism on by creating more empowering explanations of what’s happening in our lives.
Thanks! Robert A. Emmons
Robert A. Emmons
Robert Emmons is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of gratitude and this book is packed with the whys and hows of getting our gratitude on. In this Note, we’ll explore Big Ideas on how we can boost our happiness by 25% by simply keeping a daily gratitude journal, how to get our relationships flourishing, the importance of seeing challenges as opportunities for growth and more goodness
The Dark Side of the Light ChasersDebbie Ford
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
How’s your shadow? (You know, that part of yourself you just don’t like too much that you try to repress/ignore/etc.) Debbie Ford’s great book is a classic at helping us shine some light on our dark spots and live more fully integrated, authentic, compassionate and creative lives and in this Note, we’ll have fun looking at how to find the gold in the dark.
Buddha’s Brain Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and meditation teacher and this book delivers on its sub-title, delivering a practical look at the neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom. It’s packed with Big Ideas on the science of how our brains work and he shares a broad range of various practices and guided meditations to help us re-wire our brains. Good stuff.
The Art of Peace Morihei Ueshiba
The Art of Peace
Morihei Ueshiba was one of the world’s greatest martial artists and the founder of Aikido. In this little book, he shares some awesome Big Ideas on The Art of Peace. Big Ideas range from the fact that life is about growth and that if we stop growing, we’re as good as dead to the idea that our ultimate purpose is to realize our inner divinity. Good stuff.
The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz’s classic has inspired millions. From being impeccable with our word and not taking things personally to not making assumptions and always doing our best, we’ll have fun exploring his four agreements and how we can apply them to our lives TODAY!
The Power of TED David Emerald
The Power of TED
David Emerald’s wonderfully wise fable rocks. In this Note, we’ll take a quick look at one of my favorite books as we explore the importance of stepping out of DDT (the Dreaded Drama Triangle) and stepping into TED (The Empowerment Dynamic) as we learn to more consistently live from a Creator’s perspective (rather than a Victim’s) and learn how to hold the tension between our ideals and our current realities by taking baby steps.
The Way of the Bodhisattva Shantideva
The Way of the Bodhisattva
The Way of the Bodhisattva is one of the classics of Buddhism that teaches us the key elements of the Bodhisattva—one who has dedicated his or her life to serving the world and releasing all sentient beings from suffering. In this Note, we’ll check out the importance of cultivating bodhichitta (an “awakened mind”) and how we can do it. (Hint: It’s all about “diligence in virtuous ways”! :)
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5 Philosophers Notes for Health and Fitness…
Thanks to scientific progress, the human body is much less of a mystery than it was decades ago – which means there’s zero excuse for winging it at the gym and gambling on the health supplements with the nicest packaging. Get all the latest breakthroughs and timeless facts on nutrition, fitness and living a long, healthy, pain-free life with books like Dr Frank Lipman’s Revive and Joel Fuhrman’s Super Immunity.
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Body Mind Mastery Dan Millman
Body Mind Mastery: Creating Success in Sports and Life
Dan Milllman’s a former world champion gymnast and coach of the Stanford and Berkeley gymnastic teams whose got some Big Ideas on how to achieve Body, Mind and Spirit mastery. In this Note we explore a bunch of ‘em including how to deal with the fear of failure, what we can learn from babies and how to build new habits as we become masters of our lives who shine everywhere!
Brain Power Michael Gelb & Kelly Howell
Michael Gelb & Kelly Howell
Want to learn how to improve your mind as you age? You can and this book by Michael Gelb (author of one of my favorite books: How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci) and Kelly Howell (creator of Brain Sync’s Destiny meditation which I’ve used hundreds of times!) tells us how. In the Note, we’ll take a peek at their eight ways to boost brain power—ranging from optimism, learning and nutrition to exercise, love and rest! Powerful stuff.
Clean Alejandro Junger, M.D.
Alejandro Junger, M.D.
Are you feeling a little funky? There’s a very good chance that your body’s detox systems are overworked and could use a little re-start! And, helping you do that wisely is pretty much what Dr. Alejandro Junger’s great book is all about. In this Note, we take a look at what’s creating all that toxicity and what you can do about it!
Dare to Be 100 Walter M. Bortz. II M.D.
Dare to Be 100
Walter M. Bortz. II M.D.
Dare to be 100! Why not? If you believe one of the world’s leading scientists on longevity, Stanford Med School Professor Walter Bortz, we should definitely go for it! Get gives us 100 ways we can go about it and in this Note, we’ll explore some of my favorite Big Ideas—starting with the fact that we need to quit blaming our genes, see work as our greatest friend and exercise as our first line of defense. Great stuff!
Reversing Diabetes Neal Barnard
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes
If you or someone you love is suffering from diabetes, this book is a MUST READ. Seriously. If you have diabetes, Dr. Neal Barnard and his team have developed a simple, effective, scientifically-tested program to help you take charge of your life and get your health back. In fact, Dr. Barnard’s program has proven to be THREE TIMES more effective than the American Diabetes Association’s approach to type 2 diabetes. (THREE TIMES!!) In this Note, we’ll take a quick peek at a few Big Ideas from this great book.
Eat To Live Joel Fuhrman
Eat To Live
This book is REALLY REALLY good. In fact, I’m gonna say that if you take the time to read only one book on nutrition, read this one. Integrating scientific research plus his experience treating over 10,000 patients with common sense and fun, Dr. Joel Fuhrman has created a super-readable book with a challenging, yet approachable nutrition program that can completely change your life. Big Ideas we explore in the Note include the importance of really committing, what nutritional density is all about and other goodness.
Healthy At 100 John Robbins
Healthy At 100
How’d you like to be Healthy at 100? Me, too. John Robbins shares the scientific wisdom we have on how we can go about rockin’ that and in this Note we’ll have fun looking at my favorite Big Ideas including the fact that, as the Vilcabambans tell us, we all have two doctors (our right leg and our left leg :). Plus, we’ll look at the importance of love and gratitude along with the true fountain of youth.
Integrative Nutrition Joshua Rosenthal
Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health & Happiness
Joshua Rosenthal runs a nutrition school my Goddess is attending and this is the best health and nutrition book I’ve ever read. It’s packed with grounded wisdom and in the Note we’ll check out some Big Ideas ranging from the importance of Primary Foods (Joshua tells us that our spirituality, career, exercise and relationships are far more important than what we eat— when’s the last time you read that in a nutrition book?) to the power of following the basics rather than following the latest fad diet.
Live Life Aggressively Mike Mahler
Live Life Aggressively
Mike Mahler is one of the world’s leading kettlebell instructors and overall fitness experts. I’ve been following Mike’s work for awhile and absolutely loved this book.
Mindset Carol Dweck
Carol Dweck, Ph.D is a Stanford Professor and one of the world’s leading authorities on the science of motivation. She tells us that our “mindset”—how we see the world—determines a huge part of our overall happiness and well-being and achievement. In this Note, we’ll explore the difference between a “fixed mindset” and a “growth mindset” and some Big Ideas on why we want to learn how to live from a growth mindset. And, of course, how to do it!
Positive Addiction William Glasser
Glasser’s got an awesome, straightforward style of writing and in this Note we’ll explore the psychology of strength and weakness and how easy it is to develop negative addictions as a way to shield ourselves from the pain of our weakness and poor choices. Once we’ve checked that out, we’ll look at how we can develop our strength by rockin’ positive addictions (things like running, yoga, meditation) in our lives!
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Caldwell Esselstyn
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell Esselstyn Description: Caldwell Esselstyn is a former Olympic gold medalist and one of the world’s leading medical doctors specializing in heart disease. He’s successfully prevented and REVERSED heart disease with his plant-based diet and in this great book shows us how and why his approach works. If you or someone you love suffers from heart disease, this book is a must read!! In the Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on how to rock it.
Rethinking Depression Eric Maisel
This is a great book. In Rethinking Depression, Eric Maisel presents an incredibly persuasive case for how medicalized we’ve made the normal human emotions of sadness, anxiety and other unfun feelings (and how dangerous that is) while giving us an existential handbook on how to deal with life’s challenges by creating an authentic life packed with meaning. In this Note, we check out the fact that unhappiness happens while learning how to create our “existential ideal” as we make meaning in our lives! (And, therefore, a lot more happiness.)
Revive Frank Lipman, M.D.
Frank Lipman, M.D.
Dr. Frank Lipman is known as the “voice of sustainable wellness” and is one of the world’s leading functional medicine doctors—trained in both Western and Eastern medicine. He’s also an incredibly nice and passionate guy! Revive is a great book that guides us through a six-week healing program. It’s packed with Big Ideas on how we can, as the sub-title suggests, stop feeling spent and start living again. In the Note, we’ll get our wisdom on as we learn about epigenetics, how to build our essential energy and create a sweeter life!
New Science of Exercise and the Brain John J. Ratey
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
John J. Ratey
Exercise. At this stage—especially if you’ve read many of these Notes!—we KNOW it’s important. This book tells us WHY. John D. Ratey is a genius from the Harvard Medical School (well, technically he’s a Professor of Psychiatry there :) and his book is packed with goodness. If you’re looking to understand the “Revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain” then Spark is for you.
Strength for Life Shawn Phillips
Strength for Life: The Fitness Plan for the Rest of Your Life
Shawn Phillips is all about empowering us to create physical and mental “Strength for Life.” In this Note we’ll learn the difference between transformation and change, the incredible benefits of consistent training and the importance of focusing our minds along with all kinds of other Big Ideas on how to get our strength on.
Super Immunity Joel Fuhrman
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a nutritional science rock star. As one of the world’s leading medical doctors, he is leading the charge in helping us understand how nutrition impacts our well-being. Super Immunity is PACKED with goodness and, as the sub-title points out, provides us with “The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free.” In this Note, we’ll get our wisdom on as we check our Dr. Fuhrman’s food pyramid, learn about the power of cruciferous veggies (seriously amazing), get our GOMBBS on as we unleash our healing potential!
The China Study Colin Campbell
The China Study
Curious what the largest epidemiological study ever conducted has to say about the connection between diet and disease? Then The China Study is pretty much required reading. Over 8,000 (!) statistically significant correlations were discovered in the study and in this Note, we’ll explore some of their implications—from diseases of affluence vs. diseases of poverty to the #1 dietary factor in turning cancer on or off (hint: it’s animal protein). Powerful.
The Engine 2 Diet Rip Esselstyn
The Engine 2 Diet
Rip Esselstyn is a great guy. A former professional triathlete turned firefighter who transformed the health of his fire station with a plant-based diet, he shares his passion for life and nutrition in this great book. In the Note, we take a quick peek at the Engine II diet, challenge some crazy myths about food and learn how to deal with the root causes of many of our health issues.
The Narcissism Epidemic Jean Twenge & Keith Campbell
The Narcissism Epidemic
Jean Twenge & Keith Campbell
Newsflash: We’re in the midst of a narcissism epidemic. Oh, wait, you probably already knew that! In this great book, Twenge and Campbell, two research psychologists, let us know what’s up and how to deal with it. In this Note, we’ll look at what narcissism is (think: overconfidence, vanity, materialism and entitlement), the five causes of narcissism, and touch on some Big Ideas on how we can deal with it—personally and culturally. Intense and powerful wisdom.
The RAVE Diet Mike Anderson
The RAVE Diet
RAVE = No Refined Foods + No Animal Products + No Vegetable Oils + No Exceptions + Exercise. According to Mike Anderson, it’s what all the leading Doctors who can reverse disease recommend for their patients. In this Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on how plants do a body good while milk does a body bad, the best approach to osteoporosis, why antacids are a joke how to best fertilize cancer (hint: just eat a lot of meat ;).
The Relaxation Revolution Herbert Benson
The Relaxation Revolution
Did you know you can alter your gene’s expression through mind body practices like meditation? Yep. And Harvard MD Herbert Benson has the remarkable scientific data to prove it. In this Note, we’ll learn more about his “Relaxation Response” (think: opposite of “Fight-or-Flight Response”), why you should care about it and how to rock it.
The Self Health Revolution J. Michael Zenn
The Self Health Revolution
J. Michael Zenn
J. Michael Zenn’s The Self Health Revolution is a great little book written in a super down-to-earth and funny style by a guy who describes himself as just “an ordinary guy who discovered an extraordinary secret” that he now feels compelled to share with the average, ordinary people everywhere. In this Note, we’ll see that we are what we eat (your butt doesn’t lie!), learn why we should eat like a poor person and how to stomp our ANTs as we get our self health on!
The Thrive Diet Brendan Brazier
The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way to Losing Weight, Reducing Stress and Staying Healthy for Life
Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete who lived on nothing but plant-based foods—no meat, no dairy… just plants. In the Note, we’ll explore some Big Ideas on how to optimize our diets and experience more vitality in our lives as we quit leaking energy, go for high net-gain foods and rock the alkalinity!
You Can Heal Your Life Louise Haye
You Can Heal Your Life
This book has sold 30 (!!) million copies and Louise (founder of Hay House) Hay is one of the vanguards of the modern self-development era. This book rocks and in the Note, we’ll look at some amazing Big Ideas—starting with the need to love and approve of ourselves exactly the way we are and including the power of changing our “should’s” to “could’s” and cleaning out our mental houses as we celebrate (yes, celebrate!) paying our bills!
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Get the exact same content as the PDFs – but read by Brian himself in a studio-quality mp3 audio summary. Listen to them with your speakers or headphones at home. Or load them onto your portable media player or car stereo, and listen as you’re driving to work, jogging or grocery shopping.
Accessible from our space-age Mindvalley Academy online learning platform
When you order Philosophers Notes, you’ll get access to all your summaries through our sleek, shiny, easy-to-use Mindvalley Academy online learning platform.
- Learn on a train, in a park – anywhere on the go. Just download the PDF and audio summaries onto your portable media device, and you’re ready to go.
- Download your content and consume it offline. Use our one-click download feature to download the program straight to your computer or multimedia device and use it even without an internet connection.
- Works flawlessly on your mobile device. Your content is optimized for virtually all mobile devices, including Apple’s Audiobook format – so you get an elegant experience on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
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- Access all your content from the same place. No more struggling with multiple membership areas and passwords – the Mindvalley Academy lets you access all your programs and content in one place, with one password.
A serious warning
The first time you read or listen to a Philosophers Notes summary, your ears will deafen with the sound of a thousand singing angels. Your heart will beat with the passion of a lovestruck couple navigating the canals of Venice. And your mind will overflow with visions of fluffy kittens and cuddly puppies, frolicking in sparkling rivers of honey.
Don’t be alarmed. This is simply a natural side effect of being exposed to so much awesome wisdom in so little time. You’ll get used to it.
Other side effects may include surprise raises and promotions at work… sudden rushes of clarity and purpose… dramatically expanding bank accounts… enhanced physical and emotional health… mysteriously happier relationships with your loved ones… and unsolicited praise from friends and strangers on how “wise” you are.
If you are unhappy with any of these side effects, or if Philosophers Notes does not live up to your expectations for any reason whatsoever, email us at email@example.com within 90 days of your date of purchase for a full, no-nonsense refund.
Philosophers Notes is the easiest, fastest way to simulate the inspired mind of a successful billionaire… without having to spend like one!
If the average non-fiction book costs about $15 new… how much would you need to spend to get all the books you know you really should be reading?
Wait, let us answer that for you: thousands and thousands of dollars.
But Philosophers Notes gives you access to the biggest ideas from a huge selection of the most important non-fiction books ever written… for as low as just 82 cents per note. That’s barely 5% of what you’d pay for a typical book – but with the exact same benefits.
Save up to 60%
on our special launch summary packs
Later this year, we’ll launch Philosophers Notes to the world at a flat price of $2 per summary. But when you become one of our first ever students by ordering a pack on this page… you’ll get exclusive one-time access to an awesome pack of summaries for up to 60% off the normal price.
Never read another non-fiction book again… unless you want to!
How to get started in 5 minutes or less
- Choose your preferred Philosophers Notes bundle below and click ‘Add To Cart’.
- Then, you’ll be taken to a secure check out page where you’ll be asked to enter your name, email address (so we can send over your access details), your country, and your preferred payment method.
- Next, you’ll be taken to a second page to insert your payment details – and you’re done!
- You’ll then receive an order confirmation email from Mindvalley, followed by a second email from firstname.lastname@example.org with your username and password.
- Surf on over to the Mindvalley Academy page, where you’ll be asked to login with the username and password we emailed you. All your summaries, in both audio and PDF format, will be there waiting for you.
- Download the summaries to your computer, iPad, iPod, Kindle, Android or media device, and use them like you own them! (Which you do.)
Your purchase comes with a lifetime of customer support and friendship. Just email us at email@example.com with any questions, concerns or Microsoft Paint drawings.
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Here’s what our customers have to say about Philosophers Notes…
“I think this is a fabulous idea. I have many of the books included but don’t seem to get the time to read them. Having short audios & pdfs lets us have an overview and when can then go to the book/audio if want to follow it through further.”
Kathy Ballantyne,Owner at Mindcare Australia,
“This idea is brilliant. I am glad they didn’t get just anyone to do it. The note that I read seemed to get to the crux of the book. The heart of it. There is so much to learn, and I love books, but this gives me a chance to get to some of the great ones I might not have had a chance to. Thanks Brian and Vishen. And I like the community idea also.”Nadia Hagberg,
“A great way to begin each day with focused intention and positive visualization. Makes me realize and become more aware of the power of focused thought and feeling intention.”
James Westly,University of Phoenix,
“Listening to those notes and exercising consistently has transformed my experience of my life. I have more energy. I’m implementing so many of the juicy lessons for life contained within the Notes. My business has changed because of the Philosophers’ Notes. My enjoyment of life has changed because of the Philosophers’ Notes. Thank you Brian for distilling such wisdom into run size pieces. I am truly grateful for the effect they have had on my life.”Dr. Katherine Macey,
“Listening to the notes regularly provides me with a daily dose of positivity. They help hypnotize me into a more constructive and happier way of thinking by constantly reminding me of the thoughts I want to think.”Claus,
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Have Some Questions? Read the Questions and Answers Below:
Q: Do I need any special software to use my Philosophers Notes summaries?
A: Not really! Your default media player on your computer, tablet or mobile device will play the mp3 audio summaries. You probably already have the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to view the PDF summaries. If you don’t, we’ll send you a link to get it upon purchasing.
Q: Exactly what books are covered in these packs?
A: Good question. Click here for a full list of the books in each pack.
Q: There’s a book I’ve been dying to read that’s not in any of the packs. Will you summarize it for me?
A: Philosophers Notes is an ongoing project, so we’ll always be adding to our library with fresh summaries of new and old books. Later this year you’ll be able to buy individual summaries at $2 each. In the meantime, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to suggest a book we have not yet covered.
Q: I’d like to contribute my own summaries. Can I send them to you?
A:Thanks, that’s really sweet of you. At the moment however we need to keep Brian as the sole summary crafter – so that each summary consistently carries his mark of quality and accuracy. Not that we’re saying your summaries would suck, we just wouldn’t have the time to check each one…
Q: Can I return my Philosophers Note pack if I decide I’d rather go back to normal reading?
A: Absolutely, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Just email us within 90 days of your date of purchase at email@example.com for a full, unconditional refund. And a big thank you for giving us a shot.
Heroic customer support
Looking for help with your order? Having trouble viewing the PDFs or getting the audio summaries onto your iPod? Need a second opinion on that romantic poem you wrote last night? Your purchase comes with a lifetime of quick, friendly assistance from Mindvalley’s heroic customer support team.
Gorgeous on any media device
Whether you rock out with a computer, laptop, iPod, iPad or Android phone or tablet, your Philosophers Notes PDFs and audios will work beautifully on any device. Plus our One Click Download technology lets you simultaneously transfer every file to your device in a few blinks of an eye.
Impeccable quality comes standard
We’re as enthusiastic about wisdom as you are – which is why we can safely say Brian Johnson crafts the finest possible book summaries. The kind that are easy & fun to read, and never miss out on any of the juicy ideas that make transformational books transformational. And we’ve packaged each one with uncompromising Mindvalley production quality, from the stunning design and layout to the studio-grade recordings.
Save $$$ on books
An average book costs you $15. A Philosophers Notes summary goes as low as 82 cents each – for the exact same ideas and wisdom you can use to spark profound transformation in the areas of life that matter to you.
Save time. Heaps of it.
The average Philosophers Notes summary takes just 20 minutes to read or listen to – and is perfect to use during your daily commute, when jogging or even in the bath. Which means you can soak up the wisdom of two dozen books in the same time it would take to read one. The only downside? You can never again use the good ol’ “I’m too busy to read” as an excuse.
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