I've always been passionate about understanding what makes great people great and applying the truths they embodied to make my little dent in the universe.
After selling my last business (Zaadz) and traveling for a bit, I decided to give myself a Ph.D. in Optimal Living with a Specialization in Greatness and Bliss.
Figured I’d get a Master’s when I’d distilled 100 of my favorite books into concise, fun, inspiring summaries. Then, on a flight from Tokyo to LA, I had one of those “Aha!/hallelujah!!” moments when I opened the SkyMall to an ad for a company that summarized business books for “busy executives.” I decided someone should do summaries of self-development books for the “busy self-actualizer” and that that someone should be me. ☺
Enter: PhilosophersNotes. (Imagine CliffsNotes. Only shorter. And cooler. And a *lot* more inspiring. ☺)
I'm currently on sabbatical in Bali working my way through two suitcases of books while I re-wire my consciousness, create PhilosophersNotes #51-100 and teach a Philosophy class at the local yoga studio.
Pinch me. I hart my job.
- Monday, April 13, 2009 - 23:00“Close your ears to all adverse suggestions. Never mind if people call you a fool and a dreamer. Dream on.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles fromThe Science of Being Great
- Friday, April 10, 2009 - 22:36“It is within the power of every man to become great.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles from The Science of Being Great
- Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 05:43Moyers: “Do you ever have this sense when you are following your bliss, as I have at moments, of being helped by hidden hands?”
- Monday, April 6, 2009 - 23:29“When I taught in a boy’s prep school, I used to talk to the boys who were trying to make up their minds as to what their careers were going to be. A boy would come to me and ask, “Do you think I can do this? Do you think I can do that? Do you think I can be a writer?” “Oh,” I would say, “I don’t know.
- Friday, April 3, 2009 - 20:43Moyers: “How do we know these things [how experience bliss]?”
- Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 23:29
- Monday, March 30, 2009 - 11:13“We are engineered as goal-seeking mechanisms. We are built that way.
- Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 20:20“It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent, either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others, or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true.
- Monday, March 23, 2009 - 06:25“A squirrel does not have to be taught how to gather nuts. Nor does it need to learn that it should store them for winter. A squirrel born in the spring has never experienced winter. Yet in the fall of the year it can be observed busily storing nuts to be eaten during the winter months when there will be no food to be gathered. A bird does not need to take lessons in nest-building.
- Monday, March 16, 2009 - 21:40“So called pleasures, when they go beyond a certain limit, are but punishments.” ~ Seneca from
- Friday, March 13, 2009 - 21:51“Man’s ideal state is realized when he has fulfilled the purpose for which he is born. And what is it that reason demands of him?
- Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 23:01“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”
- Monday, March 9, 2009 - 22:14“It is better to perform one’s own duties imperfectly than to master the duties of another. By fulfilling the obligations he is born with, a person never comes to grief.
- Friday, March 6, 2009 - 21:51“It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma.
- Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 21:27“Weak minds lead to weak actions. A strong, disciplined mind, which anyone can cultivate though daily practice, can achieve miracles.
- Friday, February 27, 2009 - 23:55“Do you know why most people sleep so much?”“Why?”“Because they really don’t have anything else to do. Those who rise with the sun all have one thing in common.”“Insanity?”
- Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 10:09“Alright, the secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it.” ~ Robin Sharma from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari We’ll get right to the point here: WHAT DO YOU TRULY LOVE?!?
- Monday, February 23, 2009 - 18:20“All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality.
- Friday, February 20, 2009 - 12:20“Six hundred and seventy-two hours of inner work to profoundly improve every waking moment of the rest of your life is quite a bargain, don’t you think?
- Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 22:43“The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune.
- Monday, February 16, 2009 - 19:48“If the first plan which you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan; if this new plan fails to work, replace it in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan w
- Friday, February 13, 2009 - 21:02According to Abraham Maslow, whereas the average individuals “often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are,” self-actualizing individuals have “
- Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 19:17“There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great.
- Monday, February 9, 2009 - 22:08Abraham Maslow said that in any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. I love that. I like to think of it this way: We wake up in the morning. Is our first act a step forward (we get up immediately; we say the mantra we committed to; whatever) or do we step back into safety (stay in bed; hit snooze; etc.)? +1 one if you stepped forward. -1 one if you stepped backward. So, after that first act/thought, you’re either at +1 or -1. Yah?
- Friday, February 6, 2009 - 21:29“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be.
- Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 21:36“To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives.
- Monday, February 2, 2009 - 17:05
- Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 04:30“A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them.
- Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 21:04“One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word “impossible.” He knows all the rules which will not work. He knows all the things which cannot be done.
- Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 21:32“You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction I love that. What story are you telling yourself? Are you *constantly* dredging up all the old hurts and wounds from a bad childhood or ended relationship or illness or any of the millions of things we can all bitch about?
- Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 21:55“People talk about the reality of their life as if it is important. And we want you to understand, it’s only the temporary indicator. Do you go to the gas station—your gas gauge is on empty—do you go to the gas station and look at your gas gauge in horror? “How did this happen? [Fun] Why, why, why did this happen to me?” Do you lay your head on the steering wheel and just sob? “Oh, look what it’s come to. [Fun] I’m finished.
- Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 06:56“The most valuable skill that you could ever develop is the skill of directing your thoughts toward what you want--to be adept at quickly evaluating all situations and then quickly coming to the conclusion of what you most want--and then giving your undivided attention to that.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction
- Monday, January 12, 2009 - 08:14“There is no better way to earn money than to do the things that you love to do. Money can flow into your experience through endless avenues. It is not the choice of the craft that limits the money that flows, but only your attitude toward money.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction
- Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 11:53“If we were talking to you on your first day of physical experience, we could be of great advantage to you because we would say, “Welcome to planet Earth. There is nothing you cannot be or do or have. And your work here—your lifetime career—is to seek joy.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction
- Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 15:31“Shortage of time is not your problem. Shortage of money is not your problem. Shortage of Connection to the Energy that creates worlds is at the heart of all sensations of shortage that you are experiencing.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks from Money, and the Law of Attraction
- Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 09:00By: Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher of PhilosophersNotes.com "If you have a big problem in your life, all that means is that you are being a small person!" ~ T. Harv Eker from Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
- Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 18:07By: Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher of PhilosophersNotes.com
- Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 15:45By: Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher of PhilosophersNotes.com
- Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 21:07By: Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher of PhilosophersNotes.com
- Friday, December 12, 2008 - 05:40By: Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher of PhilosophersNotes.com
- Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 09:47By: Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher of PhilosophersNotes.com
- Monday, December 8, 2008 - 06:34By: Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher of PhilosophersNotes.com
- Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 02:35"Everything - a horse, a vine - is created for some duty...For what task, then, were you yourself created? A man's true delight is to do the things he was made for." ~ Marcus Aurelius from Meditations Purpose. Dharma. Destiny. Calling. Mission. Whatever we choose to call it, we've all got one. And *all* the great teachers *constantly* remind us to figure out what it is and to live in integrity with it!
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