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How We’re Going to Change the World Together 101

Live from Heroic Activation Weekend - Spring ’24

A look at the past, present, and future of Heroic Public Benefit Corporation and how we intend to fulfill our mission to help 51% of humanity flourish by 2051.

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How to Forge a Heroically Confident Mind 101

Live from Heroic Activation Weekend - Spring ’24

An overview of how to forge a heroically confident mind, so you can forge excellence, activate your potential, and change the world with us.

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Areté

Activate Your Heroic Potential

Areté. It’s the one-word answer the Stoics would give you if you asked them how to live a good life, the one-word summation of our philosophy at Heroic, and the title of Brian Johnson’s book featuring 451 ideas/chapters to help us activate our Heroic Potential. As you know if you’re familiar with Brian and his iconoclastic style, the book is a quick-reading, conversational, knock-your-socks-off-with-practical-wisdom masterpiece.

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Creating Your Best Life

The Ultimate Life List Guide

Caroline Adams Miller is one of my favorite human beings on the planet. And... This book is one of my ALL-TIME favorite books. In fact, it’s at least tied for first as my all-time favorite positive psychology book. Caroline has a remarkable ability to make the basic science of well-being SUPER PRACTICAL and the density of TRULY PRACTICAL, SCIENTIFICALLY GROUNDED wisdom in this book is astonishing. Gary Latham wrote the foreword. As you may know, Dr. Latham (and his colleague Dr. Edwin Locke) are THE WORLD’s preeminent authorities on the science of goal setting. His two-page foreword in and of itself is amazing. He tells us: “This book is a ‘must read’ because it brings science to life—your life.” I agree. I highly recommend you check it out. As you can imagine, the book is PACKED with Big Ideas. It’s going to be tough to focus on just a handful of my favorite Big Ideas, so let’s get straight to work!

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177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class

The Thought Processes, Habits and Philosophies of the Great Ones

I’m not sure exactly where I saw this book referenced. But, when I saw the title I figured it would be a good addition to our ever-growing collection of Notes on mental toughness books so I got it and here we are. Steve Siebold founded Mental Toughness University in 1986. He’s the author of a number of books and has worked with elite performers around the world for decades. As per the title, this book is PACKED with “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class”/ “The Thought Processes, Habits, and Philosophies of the Great Ones.” I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!

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Scars and Stripes

An Unapologetically American Story of Fighting the Taliban, UFC Warriors, and Myself

Tim Kennedy is a FASCINATING, inspiring human being. Imagine blending David Goggins and Jocko Willink and Nims Purja together then throwing them into a UFC ring and reading about their lives with a BRUTALLY honest magnifying glass on ALL the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s hard to put into words how compelling the book is but it’s REALLY good. Laugh-out-loud funny. Humbling. Inspiring. If you (or a loved one) enjoy great military and/or sports biographies, I think you’ll love it as much as I did. Although it’s a memoir, not a self-development book, it’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in.

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Unstoppable Mindset

How to Use What You Have to Get What You Want

I love Alden Mills. I’m not sure how we connected but I’m very happy we did. I read his first book, Be Unstoppable, years ago. I read it by myself first, then I read it with Emerson. Then I read his second book Unstoppable Teams and we even produced a class on it with Alden called Unstoppable Teams 101. This book is PACKED with great stories about (and Big Ideas from!) his Navy SEAL training days and his time as a Navy SEAL Platoon Commander along with great stories/Ideas from his entrepreneurial days as the Founder/CEO of an Inc. 500 fastest growing company AND as a devoted father of four boys. I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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The Confident Mind

A Battle-Tested Guide to Unshakable Performance

I got this book while I was reading Alden Mills’s great book, Unstoppable Mindset. Alden referenced Dr. Zinsser and wisdom from this book a bunch of times so, midway through reading his book, I Amazoned this one. Thanks to the miracle that is our modern world, the book arrived the following evening. I started it the next morning and finished it that day. It’s FANTASTIC. I think it’s now at least tied for first as THE best mental toughness book I’ve ever read.

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Move by Move

Life Lessons On and Off the Chessboard

Maurice Ashley is a Chess Grandmaster, a chess commentator, a national championship coach, and an author. In 1999, at the age of 33, he became the first African American Chess Grandmaster in the game’s history, and in 2016 he was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame. This book is packed with wisdom on everything from how to embrace the power of mistakes (and the inevitability of losing!) to improving every day through the power of focus and endless learning. I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas, so let’s jump straight in!

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To Risk It All

Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision

Admiral James Stavridis is one of the great naval leaders of our time. He spent more than thirty years in the US Navy, rising to the rank of four-star admiral. He was Supreme Allied Commander at NATO. He also holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he recently served five years as dean. This book is “a master class in decision-making under pressure through the stories of nine famous acts of leadership in battle, drawn from the history of the United States Navy, with outcomes both glorious and notorious.” The book is packed with great stories and Big Ideas. I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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Planting Seeds of Possibility

21 Ways to Bring the Best Out of Yourself and Others

I got this book after reading Admiral Mike Manazir’s great book Learn How to Lead to Win. It's a pretty obscure book but the good Admiral loved it so I got it. And I’m happy I did. It’s a super short, quick-reading book on, as per the sub-title, “21 Ways to Bring the Best Out of Yourself and Others.” It’s fantastic. As you’d expect, the book is packed with Big Ideas. As always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites we can apply to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in!

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Elevate and Dominate

21 Ways to Win On and Off the Field

Deion Sanders is the only player in sports history to play in a Super Bowl and World Series. He’s an NFL Hall of Famer and a two-time Super Bowl Champion. More recently, he’s dedicated his life to redefining coaching and leadership as “Coach Prime.” After leading Jackson State University to two SWAC Championships he took over the head coaching job at the University of Colorado. This book is like having a conversation with a wise, playful, super high energy iconoclast. It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in.

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Beyond Order

12 More Rules for Life

Jordan B. Peterson spent a couple decades as a clinical psychologist and a professor at Harvard and the University of Toronto before publishing his first book 12 Rules for Life which has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. He’s reached millions of people via his YouTube channel and podcasts. His 1999 book Maps of Meaning revolutionized the psychology of religion. The New York Times described him as “The most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now." While Peterson can be considered polarizing and controversial, the wisdom in this book is profound. As you'd expect, it's PACKED with Big Ideas and we're barely going to scratch the surface in this Note. I’m excited to share a handful of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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The Trust Edge

How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line

David Horsager is a business strategist, entrepreneur, professor and author who researches and speaks on the bottom-line impact of trust. His clients range from Toyota, Verizon, and the New York Yankees to FedEx, Nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As per the inside front flap of the book, David tells us that the foundation of genuine success is TRUST. In the book, he walks us through the 8 Pillars of Trust. As you’d expect, the book is PACKED with Big Ideas and, as always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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Skip the Line

The 10,000 Experiments Rule and Other Surprising Advice for Reaching Your Goals

James Altucher is an entrepreneur, active angel investor, writer, podcaster, stand-up comedian, and chess master. This book is FANTASTIC—perfectly capturing his eccentric, iconoclastic style while challenging A LOT of the cultural norms we think are fixed in stone which, in fact, ARE NOT. As per the sub-title, “Skip the Line” is all about “The 10,000 Experiments Rule and Other Surprising Advice for Reaching Your Goals.” As you’d expect, it’s PACKED with Big Ideas and, as always, I’m fired up to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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Stay Sane in an Insane World

How to Control the Controllables and Thrive

Greg Harden is one of the world’s greatest peak performance coaches. He spent over 30 years building champions at the University of Michigan where he worked with 400 future professional athletes, 50 NFL first-round draft picks, and 120 Olympians from over 20 countries. Harden has worked with both Tom Brady and Michael Phelps—two of the greatest athletes of all time! In this great book, he walks us through the most life-changing Big Ideas he teaches his peak performers to help them go to the next, NEXT level while showing us how we can do the same. I loved the book and highly recommend it. Let's jump straight in!

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Above the Line

Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program

This is our first note on Urban Meyer, one of the most successful NCAA football coaches in history. It’s kind of like a mash-up of elite football coach Pete Carroll’s Win Forever and elite CrossFit coach Ben Bergeron’s Chasing Excellence in that, like Bergeron, he shares his leadership lessons in the context of a single season but only, like, Carroll, he does it on the football field. It’s a FANTASTIC, hard-hitting book packed with wisdom and Big Ideas. If you’re into sports, leadership, and/or mental toughness books (or all three of those!), I think you’ll love it.

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Burn the Boats

Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential

Matt Higgins is a FASCINATING human being. He was raised in poverty by a single mom, dropped out of high school at sixteen, then wound up getting his law degree and became the youngest press secretary to the mayor’s office in New York City history. Then he helped lead the effort to rebuild the World Trade Center site before becoming an executive for the New York Jets. THEN he became a guest shark on Shark Tank, an executive fellow teaching at Harvard Business School, and has invested in some of America’s most beloved brands through the investment firm he co-founded. In this book, he tells us how he did it while sharing a TON of inspiring stories about others who went ALL IN on their dreams. It’s fantastic. I highly recommend it. The sub-title of the book is “Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential.” That, of course, reminds me of the sub-title of OUR book: Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential. The book is PACKED with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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Breakfast with Seneca

A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living

I got this book immediately after seeing Tom Morris’s strong recommendation of it in his new book Stoicism for Dummies. It’s FANTASTIC. I can still *vividly* remember reading his Letters from a Stoic nearly 25 years ago (on a boat in the Mediterranean!) not too far from where Seneca wrote the letters 2,000 years ago. This book is now one of my all-time favorite books on Stoicism. It made me fall in love with Seneca. In fact, as you know if you’ve been following along, I’ve often said that Epictetus is my favorite teacher and Aurelius is my favorite leader but... Seneca is a fascinating blend of BOTH of their BEST qualities. I think he’s now my favorite Stoic. The book is PACKED (!) with Big Ideas. We’ll barely scratch the surface of its wisdom before we run out of space/time but I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s get to work!

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Wooden on Leadership

How to Create a Winning Organization

John Wooden is one of my all-time favorite Heroes. As you know if you’re a sports fan, he’s considered THE greatest coach of the twentieth century. His UCLA Bruins won a staggering 10 NCAA National Championships in 12 years. They also had an 88-game winning streak and won 38 straight NCAA tournament games. Wooden only had ONE losing season in his entire 41-year coaching career. And, that losing season came in his FIRST season coaching high school basketball. As you’d expect, this book is PACKED (as in PACKED!) with Big Ideas. My copy of the book is absurdly marked up and we will only scratch the surface of all the wisdom in it so, if you feel so inspired, I HIGHLY recommend you get a copy today. With that, let’s get to work.

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Stoicism for Dummies

As you know if you’ve been following along, Tom Morris is one of my ALL-TIME favorite teachers. As I mentioned in the SIX other Notes we’ve created on his great books, Tom has two PhD’s from Yale—one in Philosophy and the other in Religious Studies. He was a beloved philosophy professor at Notre Dame for 15 years. This book is fantastic. It isn’t for “Dummies” though. Tom and his co-author, fellow academic philosopher Gregory Bassham, do a great job of rigorously covering the history and practical application of Stoicism while injecting plenty of humor along the way. It’s arguably THE most thorough overview of Stoicism you’ll find. I highly recommend it if you want a deeper dive. As you’d expect, the book is PACKED with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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The Power of One More

The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success

Ed Mylett is, as per the inside flap of the book, “a highly successful entrepreneur, performance coach, bestselling author, and one of the world’s most inspirational public speakers.” This book is the inspiring and practical distillation of 30 years of his accumulated wisdom. The thesis of the book—that you might just be “ONE More” thought/idea/action/habit/relationship away from FUNDAMENTALLY changing your life reminds me of Jim Rohn’s idea about combination locks. More about that in the Note. The book features 19 chapters on everything from “One More Identity” (chapter #1!) and “One More Dream” (#7) to “One More Goal” (#9) and “One More Habit” (#12). It’s fantastic. As you’d expect, it’s PACKED with Big Ideas. As always, I’m excited to share a handful of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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Unlocked

Embrace Your Greatness, Find the Flow, Discover Success

George Mumford is an incredibly humble, Heroically wise human being who beautifully embodies the wisdom he shares. This is the second Note we’ve done on one of his great books. The first was on The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance. As we discussed in that Note, George was Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant’s mindfulness coach. Phil Jackson brought him in to help take the Chicago Bulls to the next level then did it again when he was coaching the Los Angeles Lakers. As per the introduction, this book is all about how to “unlock” your inner greatness. It’s fantastic. It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a handful of my favorites so let’s jump straight in.

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Read This Book Tonight To Help You Win Tomorrow

Get Mentally Primed To Perform Your Best

Dr. Rob Gilbert has been teaching sports psychology since 1979. And, he’s been dominating a daily inspiring message for OVER 30 YEARS. This book, that was recommended to me by my dear friend Brian Cain, is a SUPER conversational, quick-reading look at how to, as per the sub-title, “Get Mentally Primed to Perform Your Best” by, as per the sub-sub-title, “Using Inspirational Stories, Practical Sports Psychology Tips and Over 120 of the Greatest Motivational Sports Quotes. It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a handful of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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Winning

The Unforgiving Race to Greatness

Tim S. Grover is the preeminent authority on the science and art of achieving physical and mental dominance. He has worked with THE most elite basketball players in history. In this book, he shares his fierce wisdom in the context of stories about Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as he RELENTLESSLY makes the point that “Winning” (with a capital “W”) is, shall we say, not for the faint of heart. If you’re feeling inspired to feel the INTENSITY of an ALL IN human being, I think you’ll love it. As you’d expect, the book is packed with Big Ideas. Let’s get to work.

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Beyond Possible

One Man, 14 Peaks, and the Mountaineering Achievement of a Lifetime

Nirmal "Nims" Purja is a celebrated Nepali climber who holds a number of mountaineering world records. He served in the British Armed Forces as a Nepalese Gurkha and then as a solider in the Special Boat Service, an elite special forces unit of the Royal Navy. He holds the record for fastest ascent of all 14 mountain peaks that are 8,000+ meters above sea level (as captured in the documentary, 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible). This book is packed with Big Ideas and inspiring stories. I'm excited to share a few of my favorites so let's jump straight in!

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The Creative Act

A Way of Being

Rick Rubin is an iconic music producer. He’s worked with some of the most successful musicians in the world—from Adele, Tom Petty, and Johnny Cash to the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, and LL Cool J. He’s also the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and former co-President of Columbia Records. And, he’s a Transcendental Meditation practitioner who writes with the same lucidity as Yuval Noah Harari whose preferred flavor of meditation happens to be Vipassana. This book is the distillation of the wisdom he’s gained working on himself and his craft over the last forty years. It’s PHENOMENAL. I highly recommend it. From the minimalist cover to the short, pithy micro chapters (both of which inspired my book Areté), the book itself is a work of art. It’s packed with profound wisdom on how to create great art and how to make your life your ultimate masterpiece. I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in.

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Be Useful

Seven Tools for Life

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a FASCINATING human being and this is a fantastic book. I basically read it in one sitting one fine Sunday in between supporting Emerson during one of his recent chess tournaments. I watched Arnold’s inspiring documentary on Netflix so when I saw he released this book, I immediately got it, read it, and here we are. I highly recommend the book. Unless you’ve been in seclusion in the Himalayas for the last fifty years, you know who Arnold Schwarzenegger is. The young Arnold dominated the bodybuilding world then he became a leading man in Hollywood before serving for eight years as California’s 38th governor. In this book, he tells us about the seven tools he encourages us to use to create a life of deep meaning and purpose and to, in short... BE USEFUL. The book is packed with Big Ideas. I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s get to work.

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The Mental Game

Winning the War Within Your Mind

This is the seventh book in Darrin Donnelly’s Sports for the Soul series. We’ve covered all of them so far. As I said in the previous Notes, I basically read the first six books in a single week. They are all AWESOME. In addition to brilliantly integrating ancient wisdom, modern science and practical tools in a grounded yet inspiring way, Donnelly has a gift for weaving that wisdom into a great sports story—which is why I’m such a big fan and highly recommend the books for you and your sports-loving friends and family and colleagues. This book features a professional golfer who is struggling to make it on the PGA Tour. He has the opportunity to spend time with one of the greatest golfers of the era who gives him some life-changing wisdom. It’s FANTASTIC. Super inspiring, quick-reading. Pure gold. Get a copy here. As you’d expect, the book is packed with Big Ideas. As always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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Greatest Year Ever 101

Activate Your Heroic Potential + Make This Year the Greatest Year of Your Life

In Greatest Year Ever 101, we’ll help you activate your Heroic potential so you can fundamentally and PERMANENTLY change your life as we make this year the greatest of your life!

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Greatest Year Ever 101 - Part II: Practice

How To Use the Heroic App To Activate Your Heroic Potential

In Part II of Greatest Year Ever, Brian shows us how we can use the Heroic app to activate our Heroic Potential and make this TRULY the greatest year of our lives.

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Call Sign Chaos

Learning to Lead

General Jim Mattis is the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of the twenty-first century. He wrote this book with Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine. This book is, as per the back cover, “a clear-eyed account of learning to lead in a chaotic world” in which Mattis “recounts the foundational experiences and lessons he learned over four decades and in three wars. It is a journey about learning to lead at every level, with insights equally applicable to the military, to business, and to individual growth.” I got this book on the recommendation of a new, dear friend who happens to be a long-time student (and Heroic Coach) who also happens to be a commanding officer in the U.S. military. It’s an absolutely FANTASTIC memoir packed with wisdom on how to lead—which is why it has nearly 5,000 5-star reviews. The book reminds me of two other memoirs by military leaders I admire: Admiral William McRaven’s Sea Stories and General Colin Powell’s It Worked for Me. It also reminds me of Phil Knight’s memoir Shoe Dog and Ray Dalio’s Principles. And... For related books on leadership, check out our Notes on General Stanley McChrystal’s Leaders: Myths and Reality plus Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership in Turbulent Times. As you’d expect, this book is packed with Big Ideas. I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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The Soul of a Butterfly

Reflections on Life’s Journey

Muhammad Ali was a magnetically charismatic heavyweight champion turned humanitarian. Wikipedia tells us that he was nicknamed “The Greatest” and that “he is regarded as one of the most significant sports figures of the 20th century and is often regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. In 1999, he was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.” He wrote this book with his daughter Hana Ali in 2004. He was 62 at the time. He died at the age of 74 in 2016. It’s a fantastic autobiography in which we learn about the struggles he faced as a Black man living in the segregated South and the courage and commitment with which he strived to live a life of integrity and love. I highly recommend it as both a great, inspiring biography of one of the most beloved (and polarizing!) figures of the 20th century AND as a means to learn more about the challenges we continue to face in creating a just society. The book is PACKED with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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You Owe You

Ignite Your Power, Your Purpose, and Your Why

I got this book after one of the members of our Heroic community encouraged me to spend more time exploring and sharing wisdom from Black authors.

She recommended some books and told me that I’d LOVE Eric and his wisdom.

Thanks, Miata! You were right! :)

Eric Thomas is a FASCINATING human being.

As per his bio on the back flap, he is “part coach, part preacher, all grind.”

He’s one of the world’s best-known motivational speakers. Better known as ET, he’s inspired millions of people with his creative style and high-energy messages.

His raw authenticity is incredibly compelling and this book is fantastic. (Get a copy here.)

The book is PACKED with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites, so let’s jump straight in!

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Embrace the Suck

The Navy SEAL Way to an Extraordinary Life

I got this book (along with a dozen others!) after reading Admiral Manazir’s great book Learn How to Lead to Win. It’s a FANTASTIC, quick-reading, laugh-out-loud funny addition to our growing pantheon of Navy SEAL books. David Goggins wrote the foreword to the book. He and Brent were in the same SEAL class (235) and they both share a fondness for hard-hitting, no-nonsense wisdom delivered with an ample share of f-bombs. As you’d expect, the book is packed with Big Ideas. And, as always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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#1794 Circadian Rhythms

How’s Yours?

This is +1 #1794.

Way back in the late 1490s 🤓, we spent some time with Dr. Satchin Panda and wisdom from his brilliant book, The Circadian Code.

(Check out the series of +1s on Move Your Body!, 6:00 P.M. to Midnight, Circadian Chickens, and WHEN to Eat (vs. What))

As I reflected on our recent +1 about me Target swiping my practice of getting some early morning sun, I realized we should revisit circadian rhythms.

So…

Let’s do that.

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#1793 Are You a Mouth Breather?

If So… STOP! Breathe Through Your Nose!

In our last few +1s, we’ve been having fun taking a quick tour through some of my Heroic Target swipes.

We started with the dozen I hit before I even start my day then we focused on a couple weird ones.

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#1792 “I Sleep with Tape”

Here’s Why…

In our last +1, we talked about why and how “I Sleep in the Citadel!” 🎯

As you may recall, that’s a target inspired by Marcus Aurelius and his Stoic spiritual practices as articulated by Pierre Hadot in his GREAT book, The Inner Citadel.

Short story: I don’t let the little thieves of a good night of sleep creep into my mind in the middle of the night.

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#1791 “I Sleep in the Citadel”

Here’s Why and How

In our last +1, we talked about the fact that I hit a dozen Heroic Targets within minutes of waking up as I have fun doing the little things that keep me PLUGGED IN and making my prior best my new baseline and all that.

I shared the fact that I’ve hit over 75,000 ( 😳!!) targets in our Heroic app in the past two years.

I also shared the fact that it’s REALLY hard to have a REALLY bad day (let alone a *series* of bad days!) when I do the things I know help me show up as my best.

Obviously we all have highs and lows, but our highs get higher and our lows get higher when we do the things we know are best for us.

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#1790 Early Morning Target Swipes

& The Sounds of Nature

Every morning I get up, sync my Oura ring, 1-2-3 the data, send a grab of that data to my Heroic brothers Sean Casey and Brandon Guyer, commit to my Heroic protocol, hit some targets from overnight/that morning, then read (and post!) some inspiring quotes from the app, then I send my Wifey a little love text-note.

That takes me 5-10 minutes. It’s the best 5-10 minutes I invest in myself every day—setting my intention and recommitting for the day as I get ready to DOMINATE.

Then I go to the kitchen where I take a couple supplements then I head outside as I drink some water while getting a couple minutes of early morning sun to reset the ol’ circadian rhythm clock.

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#1789 Clear, Focused Goals

You Have ‘Em?

In our last +1, we pulled an inspirational quote out from one of my all-time favorite books (Creating Your Best Life by Caroline Adams Miller) then I challenged you to leave the land of the living dead and give us all you got.

I repeat…

Dr. Edwin Locke, one of THE world’s leading scholars on the science of goal setting tells us…

“There are two kinds of people in the world: the vulnerable and the dead. Those who live only to avoid hurt are the living dead.”

😲 🤯

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#1788 The Living Dead

Quit Avoiding Pain and LIVE!

Caroline Adams Miller is one of my favorite human beings on the planet.

And...

Her book Creating Your Best Life is one of my ALL-TIME favorite books.

In fact, it’s at least tied for first as my all-time favorite positive psychology book.

(Note: We have Notes on nearly ALL the best positive psychology books—from Seligman’s Flourish to Angela Duckworth’s Grit—so that’s saying a lot!)

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#1787 The Most Important Factor?

CONSISTENCY!

In our last several +1s, we’ve been hanging out with Coach Prime and mining his new book to learn how to Elevate and Dominate.

Today we’re going to wrap up our time with Prime.

Let’s get straight to work.

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#1786 Dream BIG!

WOOP It and Pay the Price

In our last several +1s, we’ve been spending some time with Coach Prime and his new book, Elevate and Dominate.

As you may recall, we started with some questions, then we talked about what to do in the face of obstacles, then we talked about Deion’s #1 tip for success (hint: DISCIPLINE!), then we talked about the importance of having a clear vision (while throwing in some Dumb and Dumber wisdom for the bonus points win!).

Today we’re going to talk about the importance of dreaming and DREAMING BIG.

Let’s get straight to work.

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#1785 “You’re Saying I Got a Chance?!”

Wisdom from Dumb and Dumber

In our last few +1s, we’ve been hanging out with Deion Sanders and chatting about some Big Ideas from his new book: Elevate and Dominate: 21 Ways to Win On and Off the Field.

We’re going to continue that exploration Today.

In fact, we’re even going to mine the movie Dumb and Dumber for some wisdom. (Hah. I kid you not! 🤓)

Let’s get straight to work…

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#1784 Success Is ALL About…

Coach Prime Says…

In our last couple +1s, we’ve been hanging out with Coach Prime and exploring some Big Ideas from his new book: Elevate and Dominate: 21 Ways to Win On and Off the Field.

Today we’re going to continue that exploration.

We’re going to talk about what Coach thinks is THE key to success.

Let’s get straight to work.

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#1783 Even If You’re Broken…

Keep Moving!

In our last +1, we transitioned from chatting about wisdom from one fascinating human being to another.

We went from hanging out with Tim Kennedy and his Army special forces operators (and UFC fighters!) to hanging with Deion Sanders on and off the football field.

Today I want to chat about wisdom from the VERY FIRST chapter in Deion’s book, Elevate and Dominate.

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#1782 Coach Prime Says…

Elevate and Dominate, Baby!

In our last few +1s, we spent some time with a fascinating human being: Tim Kennedy.

As you may recall, we unpacked some wisdom from his autobiography, starting with the origin story of the title of the book (Scars and Stripes), then we talked out the keys to making your life better, and then we chatted about the STANDARDS special forces operators hold themselves to as I challenged YOU (and ME!) to step up our games.

Today, and over the next few +1s, we’re going to talk about another guy I find fascinating…

Deion Sanders.

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#1781 Your STANDARDS

Is It Time to ELEVATE Them?

In our last couple +1s, we took a very quick look at a couple Big Ideas from Tim Kennedy’s fascinating autobiography, Scars and Stripes: An Unapologetically American Story of Fighting the Taliban, UFC Warriors, and Myself.

Today I want to shine a spotlight on ONE more inspiring idea from his inspiring book.

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#1780 Your Life Only Gets Better…

When You Dominate These Few Things…

In our last +1, we chatted about Tim Kennedy and his fantastic book, Scars and Stripes.

We talked about the origin story of that title as we MADE THE CONNECTION between your biggest challenges and your biggest leadership growth moments.

Now…

Although this is DEFINITELY *not* a self-help book, it IS definitely a read-it-and-you-can’t-help-but-get-better book.

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#1779 Scars and Stripes

Tim Kennedy Says: They Go Together

Tim Kennedy is a FASCINATING, inspiring human being.

I recently read his great autobiography, Scars and Stripes: An Unapologetically American Story of Fighting the Taliban, UFC Warriors, and Myself.

(Thanks for the rec, MB/Dan!)

As per the back cover of the book: “Tim Kennedy has a problem; he feels alive only right before he’s about to die. Kennedy, a Green Beret, decorated Army sniper, and UFC headliner, has tackled a bull with his bare hands, jumped out of airplanes, dived to the depths of the ocean, and traveled the world hunting poachers, human traffickers, and the Taliban.”

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#1778 Affirmations Do a Hero Good

Making a Ton of Psychological Bank Deposits TODAY

In our last several +1s, we’ve been chatting about how to make some powerful deposits in our psychological bank accounts so we can forge the confidence we need to perform at our best when it matters most.

I repeat…

There are THREE time horizons we want to pay attention to: our PAST, our PRESENT, and our FUTURE.

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#1777 Constructive Thinking

vs. DESTRUCTIVE, Positive, Negative, and Neutral Thinking

In our last couple +1s, we’ve been chatting about how to make some powerful deposits in our psychological bank accounts so we can forge the confidence we need to perform at our best when it matters most.

There are THREE time horizons we want to pay attention to: our PAST, our PRESENT, and our FUTURE.

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#1776 Mining the Past

For Confidence-Building Gems

In our last +1, we continued our chat about how to forge a Confident Mind as we discussed one of the FOUNDATIONs of confidence…

Accepting the fact you are perfectly imperfect.

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#1775 The Spice of Life

The Virtuous Mean of Perfectionism

In our last +1, we talked about some more wisdom from Dr. Nate Zinsser’s GREAT book, The Confident Mind.

More specifically, we talked about the fact that we need to make some deposits into our psychological bank account on THREE time horizons—our PAST, our PRESENT, and our FUTURE.

I also quickly pointed out that we need to embrace the fact that NONE of us are EVER going to be perfect.

I want to talk about that some more real quick.

Let’s get to work.

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#1774 The Foundation of Confidence

Embrace the Fact That You Are Perfectly Imperfect

In our last few +1s, we talked about how Emerson and I are having fun cultivating his ability to win or learn by embracing the fact that, although losing sucks, it’s also, when you do it right, EXCITING!

Thank you, Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Basketball Grandmaster, Kobe Bryant, for the wisdom.

Right before we took that detour, we were talking about Dr. Nate Zinsser’s GREAT book, The Confident Mind.

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#1773 Your Kryptonite = ?

Get EXCITED As You Identify and Eliminate It!

In our last couple +1s, we’ve been squeezing the win-or-learn juice out of a recent poor chess performance.

As I was working on that last +1, Emerson came back into my office to tell me how Mommy wants to spend her birthday this week.

Hint: That will involve going off the normal food menu. 😲

HAH! Perfect.

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#1772 Losing Is EXCITING!

When You Do It Right

In our last +1, we chatted about Emerson’s sub-optimal performance at a recent chess tournament and how he MADE THE CONNECTION between some off-the-menu food choices and his inability to play at his highest levels.

As you may recall, Emerson lost to a kid whose rating was 500 points lower than his—which, of course, can (and will!) happen but really shouldn’t happen.

He wound up going 1-2-1 for the day—winning one game, losing two and drawing one.

It was, as we discussed, one of his poorest performances to date.

To which we both said…

PERFECT.

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#1771 “I Played SO BAD!”

Making the Connection!

I’m typing this on a Sunday morning.

I started my day the same way I start every day.

Well…

Technically…

My day started the night before and last night the kids and I watched Toronto FC play Charlotte FC on Apple TV until the game was over at 8:35 p.m. CT—pushing our normal bedtime back a bit.

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#1770 Confidence, Defined

A Sense of Certainty About…

In our last +1, we chatted about one of my new, all-time favorite mental toughness books: The Confident Mind by Dr. Nate Zinsser.

I loved the book so much that I immediately encouraged Michael and our executive team to get it. The first three chapters in particular are mind-bogglingly good.

In his great book, Dr. Z walks us through the science of how to forge a Heroic self-image through self-talk and affirmations and building what he calls a psychological bank of memories and experiences.

It’s truly phenomenal.

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#1769 The Confident Mind

& The First Victory You Must Win

In our last little sequence of +1s, we spent some time hanging out with Alden Mills, chatting about some great ideas from his great book, Unstoppable Mindset.

As it turns out, after drafting those +1s, I spent some time connecting with Alden in a 1-on-1 interview. You can check that out here. It was awesome.

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#1768 Make a Mistake?

Say: “NOT Me!”

In our last several +1s, we’ve been hanging out with Alden Mills and exploring wisdom from his new book Unstoppable Mindset.

Today we’re going to spend another moment with him then we’ll wrap up our quick tour through his great book.

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#1767 Moment vs. Mountain

Choose Your Focus Wisely

In our last +1, we celebrated my 50th birthday (Day 1!) by celebrating YOU and the precious lives we are all blessed to have (along with the sacred opportunity we all have) to play our roles humbly yet Heroically well to create a world in which 51% of humanity is flourishing by the year 2051.

We used Mark Twain’s wisdom bomb as a catalyst to appreciate just how fast time flies when you’re having fun.

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#1766 Twenty Years From Now...

I’ll Be SEVENTY! (You?)

Today’s my 50th birthday.

Now…

To be clear, I’m typing this at 11:32am CT on Friday, April 12th, 2024—a month and ten days BEFORE my birthday.

I have been HAMMERING Deep Work to get WAY AHEAD on content so I can Focus my Energy on our next big Heroic WIN.

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#1765 Your CAN of Whoop-Ass

Open It TODAY!

In our last several +1s, we’ve been having fun hanging out with former Navy SEAL platoon commander and Inc. 500 fastest growing company CEO, Alden Mills.

We’ve been exploring some of his wisdom from his new book on how to create an Unstoppable Mindset.