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Living Fearlessly

Bringing Out Your Inner Soul Strength

This is our third Note on one of Yogananda’s books/booklets. This is a tiny little booklet. As the title and sub-title suggest, it’s all about how to live fearlessly by bringing out your inner soul strength. Or, as we’d like to say: How to forge antifragile confidence by high fiving your inner daimon. 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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Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be

This is our sixth note on one of Steven Pressfield's books. Steven Pressfield is one of my favorite writers and human beings. His books, including this one, are both inspiring and beautifully pithy. If you’re a fan of his work, you’ll love this book. I’m excited to share a handful of my favorite Big Ideas, so let’s jump straight in!

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Hero on a Mission

A Path to a Meaningful Life

This is our first note on one of Donald Miller's books. In this book Donald Miller integrates wisdom from Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. And, as you’d expect seeing that this is a book about a modern Hero (that would be YOU!) on a mission, Donald also touches on Joseph Campbellian themes throughout. 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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How to Be a Success

The Wisdom of Yogananda

This is our second Note on one of Yogananda’s books. This book is a collection of articles that appeared in Yogananda’s magazines in the 1920s and 1930s. Yogananda reminds me of an Indian, often more spiritual version of old-school Western teachers like Orison Swett Marden, James Allen, Ernest Holmes, Dale Carnegie, and Napoleon Hill. If you’re interested in seeing what a yogi who inspired Steve Jobs has to say about success, I think you might enjoy the book as much as I did.

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The Law of Success

Using the Power of Spirit to Create Health, Prosperity, and Happiness

This is our first note on one of Yogananda's books. One of my new favorite teachers, Michael Singer, said that Yogananda has provided him with an "unending flow of inspiration." I think you'll feel that inspiration too! Although The Law of Success is only a TINY little booklet, it’s PACKED with wisdom that I'm excited to share with you now...so let's jump straight in!

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The Everyday Patriot

How to be a Great American Now

This is our sixth (!) Note on one of Tom Morris's books. As you know if you’ve been following, Tom Morris is one of my all-time favorite authors and at least tied for first as my favorite living philosopher. In this book, Professor Morris challenges us to reconsider what it means to be a citizen and an “everyday patriot” in the modern world—committed to upholding the virtues of our highest ideals in our everyday lives. I’m excited to explore a handful of my favorite Big Ideas, so let's jump straight in.

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The Wim Hof Method

Activate Your Full Human Potential
by Wim Hof

This is our first note on a book by Wim Hof, who you may know as "The Iceman." He holds multiple world records for his feats of endurance and exposure to cold. And, as you may not know, the effectiveness of his methods—which are now practiced by millions—have been validated by eight university research studies. This book is a great way to learn more about just how powerful his method integrating cold, breath and the power of our minds can be.

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10 Rules for Resilience

Mental Toughness for Families

This is our fourth note on one of Joe De Sena's great books. Joe De Sena is the founder of Spartan and one of my favorite human beings on the planet. In this note we explore De Sena's 10 Rules for Resilience. It's packed with Big Ideas that will help us collect "Resilience Data Points", make a mark on the world, and respect fear as normal so that our children may do the same. Aroo!

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Discipline Is Destiny

The Power of Self-Control

This is our sixth note on one of Ryan Holiday’s books and this is the second book in Ryan Holiday’s virtue series. We covered the first one, Courage Is Calling and now we'll explore the second: Discipline is Destiny. This book has three parts: In Part I, we explore discipline of The Exterior (The Body). In Part II, we explore discipline of The Inner Domain (The Temperament). In Part III, we explore discipline of The Magisterial (The Soul). It’s packed with Big Ideas. Courage is calling. Discipline is destiny. Let’s go, Hero!

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Living Untethered

Beyond the Human Predicament

This is our second note on one of Michael Singer's books. Michael Singer is one of my new favorite teachers and, after reading this book, I immediately picked up the first two books he wrote—nearly FIFTY years before he wrote this one. In this book, Singer shares a ton of big ideas that will help us truly surrender to what is, get perspective on our lives, and practice embracing the present moment so that we can get our own lives in harmony with reality. Let's go!

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One Percent Better

A Story About How To Close The Gap From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be

Brian Cain is one of the world’s greatest mental toughness coaches whose client list includes four Major League Baseball Cy Young Award winners, eight UFC world champion mixed martial artists, World Series and Super Bowl Champions and MVPs, Olympic medalists, and countless other elite athletes and coaches. In this note, we explore how you can "intentionally invest 1% of your day into yourself and become a better version of you today than you were yesterday." How will YOU get 1% better TODAY? It's Day 1, Hero.

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The 10 Pillars of Mental Performance Mastery

A Story About Mastering The Mental Game And Winning In Life

Brian Cain is one of the world’s greatest mental toughness coaches whose client list includes four Major League Baseball Cy Young Award winners, eight UFC world champion mixed martial artists, World Series and Super Bowl Champions and MVPs, Olympic medalists, and countless other elite athletes and coaches. In this book, we'll walk through Brian Cain's 10 Pillars of Mental Performance Mastery so that we can use them to DOMINATE THE DAY and give the world all we've got.

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A Round of Golf with My Father

The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present

This is our fourth note on one of William Damon's books. Professor Damon is one of the world’s leading scholars on human development across the lifespan. He’s also an incredibly good human being. In this book, William Damon helps us create a “coherent narrative” for our lives by, as per the sub-title, “Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present.” It’s FANTASTIC. We'll explore the three primary aspects of a 'life review' and a ton of other Big Ideas. Let’s jump straight in!

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Courage Is Calling

Fortune Favors the Brave (The Stoic Virtues Series)

This is our fifth note on one of Ryan Holiday’s books. As I told my wife Alexandra after reading the first part of this book “Ryan is truly an INCREDIBLE writer.” As in, an ASTONISHINGLY compelling writer. He has truly mastered his craft—which is why he’s one of the world’s bestselling living philosophers whose books have sold more than four million copies. The book has three parts: Part I on Fear; Part II on Courage; and Part III on The Heroic. It’s packed with Big Ideas. Let’s explore a few my favorites now as we strive to show up with more Wisdom, Self-Mastery, COURAGE, and Love—not someday but TODAY.

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The Hero Code

Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived

This is the third Note we’ve created on Admiral William H. McRaven’s great books. We started with Make Your Bed—a short, brilliant, inspiring manual all about “Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World” that was inspired by McRaven’s commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin that went viral. Then we featured his autobiography called Sea Stories which is all about the wisdom he gained from his nearly four decades in special operations. This is his latest book. Of course, when I saw the title I KNEW I had to read it. And, here we are.

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The Case for Keto

Rethinking Weight Control and the Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat Eating

We’ve featured two of Gary Taubes’ other great books: Why We Get Fat and The Case Against Sugar. If you or a loved one have struggled with reaching your optimal weight while trying to follow the conventional wisdom that all you have to do is eat less and exercise more, I think you, too, will enjoy Taubes’s thoughtful perspective on just how flawed our current thinking is regarding the cause of obesity. Hint: It’s not an “energy balance” issue; it’s primarily a HORMONAL issue. The book is PACKED with Big Ideas. As in, jumbo packed. Hope you love the Note!

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#1346 A Brief History of the Universe

13.8 Billion Years Ago to NOW

In our last couple +1s, we talked about the Sun and the next-closest star, appropriately named Proxima Centauri.

We did some quick math and realized that the Universe is insanely vast (yes, that’s the technical description) and that 99.999% of the Universe consists of… ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

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#1345 Traveling at the Speed of Light

13.8 Billion Years Ago to NOW

In our last +1, we used the Sun as a trigger/prompt/cue to practice our philosophy and put the virtues of gratitude and humility and awe into action.

As you may recall, we reflected on the fact that the Sun is a STAGGERING 93 MILLION (!) miles away.

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#1344 Me, You and The Sun

93 Million Miles + 8 Minutes 20 Seconds

This morning I was on the Trail moving for 30 minutes.

I banged out my last couple sets of 11 burpees to hit my 101 for the day. I jumped up to hang from the tree branch that is my pull-up bar to hammer out my 11 pull-ups. I rowed my 1,000 meters to hit that Target.

Target swipe. 🎯

Target swipe. 🎯

Target swipe. 🎯

Target swipe. 🎯

Target swipe. 🎯

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#1343 Immediate Gratification

From Doing the Right Thing for the Win!

In our last few +1s, we’ve been talking about The Law of Cause and Effect.

We started with Michael Singer’s wisdom. Then we went old school with Jesus and Epictetus.

I promised we’d talk about what modern SCIENCE has to say about applying the basic ideas of The Law of Cause and Effect to the process of optimizing our lives.

That’s what we’ll do Today.

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#1342 Growing Heroic Fruit

Horticultural vs. Clock Time Revisited

In our last +1, we continued our conversation about The Law of Cause and Effect by inviting Jesus to the party to share his thoughts.

As you may recall, he told us that we can’t expect to grow grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles.

In other words: If we want a noble, virtuous life, we must do noble, virtuous things.

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#1341 Want Grapes or Figs?

Thorn Bushes and Thistles Won’t Do the Trick

In our last +1, we talked about The Law of Karma.

Also known as The Law of Cause and Effect.

Same thing.

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#1340 The Law of Karma

How to Apply the Law of Cause and Effect

As we’ve discussed, Michael Singer is one of my favorite spiritual teachers.

After reading The Untethered Soul and Living Untethered, I decided to follow Joseph Campbell’s advice and take a deeper dive into his work. I went to Amazon to see what else he’s written. I found a couple of books he wrote nearly 50 years ago.

One of those books is called Three Essays on Universal Laws. The book has a chapter-essay on each of his three Laws: The Law of Karma, The Law of Will, and The Law of Love.

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#1339 Starve the Ghosts

Feed the Good Guys

In our last couple +1s, we hung out with a couple of wise Indian masters and their gurus.

We talked about what to do if we’re afraid of ghosts (approach them!) and how to deal with the bitter process of changing our behaviors (keep chewing!).

Today I want to chat about ghosts for another moment.

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#1338 From Icky to Awesome

Wisdom From Another Indian Sage and His Grandmother
In our last +1, we talked about Yogananda and his guru’s wisdom on what to do with ghosts/aka how to live fearlessly. As you may recall, the trick is to APPROACH our challenges rather than try to avoid them. The story is so good, we’ll quickly review it.
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#1337 Afraid of Ghosts?

Here’s What to Do…

Not too long ago, we talked about how I read a book.

I made the point that the most important part of how I read a book is how I decide what book I will read.

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#1336 Tolerant with Others (Part II)

The Most Frequently Asked Question in Heroic Coach

In our last +1, we talked about some Ryan Holiday wisdom from his new book Discipline Is Destiny.

As you may recall, we brought Cato the Elder, Ben Franklin and Marcus Aurelius to the party to talk about the importance of focusing on all the ways WE can get better rather than worrying about all the ways other people need to improve.

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#1335 Tolerant with Others

Strict with Yourself

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

Ryan Holiday is one of my favorite writers. We’ve featured a bunch of his books including The Obstacle Is the Way, The Daily Stoic, Ego Is the Enemy, and Stillness Is the Key.

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#1334 You Are a Weirdo

At Least I Hope You Are, Hero!

In our last +1, we talked about Abigail Adams and her letter to her son, John Quincy Adams.

As you may recall, she admonished the 12-year-old who would become the sixth U.S. President to LIVE WITH VIRTUE.

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#1333 Mom Says: “Be Virtuous”

Abigail Adams and Heroic Mothers Unite

Abigail Adams was one of the Heroic Founding Mothers of the United States of America.

I’m convinced that she and Benjamin Franklin and their families would be part of our Heroic movement if they were alive today.

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#1332 Are You Getting Better or Bitter?

Which Will It Be, Hero?

As we’ve discussed, Brian Cain is an inspiring human being.

He works with some of the greatest athletes in the world and has helped them go to the next (NEXT!) level.

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#1331 The Three Disciplines

Of Self-Mastery: Reactive + Structural + Expansive

I’ve been thinking a lot about the three forms of discipline that make up Self-Mastery.

Here they are:

Structural Discipline.

Reactive Discipline.

Expansive Discipline.

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#1330 Level 5 (Heroic!) Leadership

Personal Humility + Indomitable Will

Jim Collins is my all-time favorite business thinker.

He’s written a bunch of great books including Good to Great, Built to Last, and Great by Choice.

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#1329 How I ACTUALLY Read a Book

I Read Archeologically (Like Twyla Tharp)

A couple +1s ago, I promised to tell you more about how I read a book.

Here’s the very short answer…

I read like it’s my job to find Big Ideas that can help me activate my Soul Force so I can help YOU activate YOUR Soul Force.

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#1328 Self-Concordant Goals

Do a Gritty, Flourishing Hero Good!

In our last +1, we talked about how I read a book.

More specifically, we focused on how I choose the books I read—which, I believe, is ALWAYS the most important first step in how to read a book.

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#1327 How I Read a Book

And… How I Pick the Books I Read

I’m often asked how I read a book AND how I pick the books I read.

In fact, I was asked this question in one of our recent Heroic Coach Soul Force Forge sessions in which I have 1-on-1 coaching sessions with our Coaches in a group environment. (These sessions are among the highlights of my month!)

Today I’d like to chat about that for a moment or three.

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#1326 Day-Tight Compartments

The Place to Live to Dominate the Day

In our last +1, Dale Carnegie joined us to complement some Brian Cain wisdom about the importance of focusing on THIS moment (RIGHT NOW!) to crowd out any potential stress about the past or the future that might be eliciting some feelings of depression or anxiety.

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#1325 The Secret to Being Miserable

And Its Antidote (Found in Spit!)

In our last +1, we spent a little more time with Brian Cain and his wisdom on the fact that “depression is obsession with the past, anxiety is obsession about the future, and optimal performance is obsession about the present.”

All of which begged the question: What are YOU obsessed about these days?

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#1324 Your Obsession?

Past? Future? Present? = Depression, Anxiety, Optimal Performance

Not too long ago, we spent some time with my friend Brian Cain—who happens to be, in my opinion, at least tied for first as THE world’s best mental toughness coach.

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#1323 A 2:43 Heroic Meditation

We Love You… Let’s GO!

In our last +1, we talked about the fact that I’m hitting 101 Heroic Targets a day so I can keep my daimon in play.

You try it yet? 🤓

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#1322 My Top 3 Energy Targets

It’s Hard to Have a Bad Day When I Hit These (Yours?)

Every day I hit 101 Targets in the Heroic App.

As I joke with our team and with some friends, “101 Targets a day keeps the daimon in play!”

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#1321 101 x 1M → 51 | 2051

In Permanent Ink Somewhere I’ll Never Miss It 🎯

Today I want to chat about how I spent last Father’s Day with the kids.

Hint: We went to Blindside Tattoo in Austin, Texas to add some Heroic targets to my forearm in permanent ink. 🤓

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#1320 On Perseverance

Did You Know That George Washington…

In our last couple +1s, we chatted about Admiral McRaven’s and Ryan Holiday’s take on Courage.

Remember: Courage is calling. All we need to do is take JUST ONE STEP.

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#1319 Courage Is Calling

Answer the Call, Hero!

In our last +1, we talked about virtue #1 in Admiral McRaven’s Hero Code.

COURAGE.

I reminded us of the fact that Aristotle told us that courage is the most important virtue—the one that vitalizes all the other virtues.

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#1318 Feeling Fear?

Take JUST ONE STEP Forward Today

In our last +1, we spent some time with one of my heroes, Admiral William H. McRaven as we we soaked our souls in wisdom from his newest book: The Hero Code.

As you may recall, McRaven’s Hero Code has ten core virtues: Courage. Humility. Sacrifice. Integrity. Compassion. Perseverance. Duty. Hope. Humor. Forgiveness.

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#1317 The Hero Code

McRaven’s Ten Core Virtues

Admiral William H. McRaven is one of my very few living American heroes.

We’ve created Notes on three of his great books.

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#1316 How to Flip the Switch and GO!

Red Lights? GREEN LIGHTS!

We’ve been having some fun exploring Brian Cain’s wisdom on mental performance mastery.

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#1315 Goals: Telescopes + Microscopes

And Heroic Apps to Dominate the Day and Decade

Not too long ago, we spent some time with Brian Cain and some of his wisdom from a couple of his little fables: One Percent Better and The 10 Pillars of Mental Performance Mastery.

I want to revisit some of his wisdom.

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