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Take a look around the next time when you go into a Starbucks. Everyone is seated at their table, looking at their phones. Their bodies are hunched over in the shape of a “C”. Not good, says philosopher Brian Johnson. Our breath is a life force, he believes. This way of sitting constricts our breathing. Healthy cells need oxygen. Oxygen is cell fuel. When we compress our bodies, we reduce the flow of oxygen into…

Lars Ulrich moved to Orange County, California, when he was a teenager.  “At the time, he was obsessed with the new wave of British heavy metal, which included bands like Saxon, Iron Maiden, and Def Leppard,” write Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy in Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork. 1: Lars wasn’t like the other kids at his high school. “There were 500 kids wearing pink Lacoste shirts…

1: Tony Horton is the founder of the wildly popular P90X fitness series. He is one ultra-fit individual. So, what are our assumptions about Tony? Number one: This guy obviously loves to work out. Actually, he doesn’t. In fact, he tracks how he feels before starting his workout. He says, depending on the day, three different voices show up in his head: o 21% of the time, the voice says: “Let’s do this. I’m ready.…

Aristotle tells us: To flourish as human beings, we need targets. We need goals. This week we’re reviewing some of the key lessons from Brian Johnson’s Optimize Coach course. Today’s lesson? Happy people have projects. That’s step one.   In choosing goals, we want to aim for something just beyond our comfort zone. If it’s too easy, that’s boring. If it’s way too challenging, we lose interest. It’s the “Goldilocks” lesson: not too easy and not…

So, what exactly is courage? Is it the absence of fear? No, philosopher Brian Johnson tells us.  It’s feeling the fear…  And then getting on with it.  Doing what needs to be done.   Brian argues this is the mindset to cultivate as we show up in life. Yes, there will be challenges. Expect obstacles, he tells us. Then, get on with it. Feel the fear. Then, do what needs to be done.   Doing so requires…

If Grit author Angela Duckworth were to get a tattoo, these are the words it would say. Grit, Angela tells us, is a combination of an intense passion and intense persistence. “Expect challenges” is Rule #1, according to philosopher Brian Johnson. When life knocks us down, our goal is to challenge ourselves to bounce back. Quickly. The most successful people are not those who never fail, but rather those who learn to recover fast. It turns out bouncing back is…

Brian Johnson has read and distilled the key learnings from over 500 books as part of his Philosopher’s Notes. His rule #1? Expect obstacles and challenges. It’s a new year. One thing we know for sure? There will be challenges. Rather than be surprised when obstacles present themselves (and they always do!), Brian encourages us to embrace the challenges we face as opportunities to hone our skills. Because dealing with challenges is how we get…

1: Getting better at getting better is what RiseWithDrew is all about. Monday through Thursday, we explore ideas from authors, thought leaders, and exemplary organizations. On Friday, I share something more personal or what we are doing at PCI in our quest to earn a spot on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Earlier this week, we explored the benefits of blocking off time to focus on what is most important, as outlined…

1: That’s the opportunity. How? By setting powerful 2022 goals and then achieving those goals through a simple process designed to optimize follow-through. Over the past four years, I’ve utilized a goal-setting methodology from Trent Hamm titled: “Developing a Real Plan for a Better Life.” Implementing Trent’s framework has resulted in: *The decision to get married! *Tremendous progress on a new business opportunity called the Oral History Project *My starting this blog 2: Our first…

“People do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future,” says leadership guru John Maxwell. To experience better results and a better life, we are wise to focus on our habits, philosopher Brian Johnson tells us.  Creating better habits involves answering five questions: who, what, why, how, and when.   Today we focus on… WHEN. First question: Who am I at my best? Second question: What’s Important Now? Third question: Why is…

“People do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future,” says leadership guru John Maxwell. To experience better results and a better life, we are wise to focus on our habits, philosopher Brian Johnson tells us.  Creating better habits involves answering five questions: who, what, why, how, and when.   Today we focus on… HOW. One of the secrets to living a good life? Get really good at installing and deleting…

“People do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future,” says leadership guru John Maxwell. To experience better results and a better life, we are wise to focus on our habits, philosopher Brian Johnson tells us.  Creating better habits involves answering five questions: who, what, why, how, and when.   Today we focus on… WHY. Why is the magic question. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any…

“People do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future,” says leadership guru John Maxwell. To experience better results and a better life, we are wise to focus on our habits, philosopher Brian Johnson tells us.  Creating better habits involves answering five questions: who, what, why, how, and when.   Today we focus on… WHAT. The first step is awareness. Always awareness. We pause. We breathe. We ask: What’s Important Now? …

It’s the littlest decisions that shape our lives. Imagine two friends: Brad and Charlie. They live in the same neighborhood.  They have similar sensibilities. They each make around $75K a year.  Both are married and are of average health and weight, Darren Hardy shares in his wonderful book The Compound Effect. Brad makes some small, seemingly inconsequential changes.  Every day he reads 10-pages of a good book per day and listens to something inspirational on his way to…

1: Over the last several days we’ve examined the components of philosopher Brian Johnson’s self-mastery formula. Self-Mastery = Willpower + Habits + Algorithms. Our goal is to use “our willpower wisely to install habits that run on autopilot.” But what happens when we don’t? What happens when we fall short? Because we will. With our behaviors. Our thoughts. And, certainly with other people. Like the director in our own movie, we will have “mistakes.” 2: Brian…

1: Philosopher Brian Johnson tells us there are three steps on our path to self-mastery. Self-Mastery = Willpower + Habits + Algorithms. We aim to use “our willpower wisely to install habits that run on autopilot.” Monday we explored the role of willpower.  Yesterday we looked the power of habits.  Today, we turn to the third component: algorithms or autopilot. 2: There is a supercomputer inside our brain called the basil ganglia. Brian tells us it’s…

“I won’t let fear of a possible ‘no’ interfere with my telling,” writes Peter Guber in his terrific book Tell to Win about how we can use storytelling to achieve our business goals. The trick is not to eliminate fear, but to use it. We channel the adrenaline instead of resisting it. Philosopher Brian Johnson tells us courage is not the absence of fear, but being aware of fear and choosing to act in spite…

If we tell a story we don’t believe in, our audience will sense it immediately. Like intention, authenticity and energy can’t be faked. This week we are looking at how to best deliver our message utilizing best practices from Tell to Win, Peter Guber’s book about storytelling.  Peter quotes Williams College professor George Marcus who has studied the role of unspoken communication in the success and failure of politicians: “If we sense the other person…

The balance sheet is a key component of any business. We also have a personal balance sheet. Yes, this includes our cash in the bank and investments. But these financial assets aren’t our only assets. We also have our strengths, our passions, our personality, our skills, our experiences, and our memories. This week we are exploring the power of gratitude to increase our happiness and success. Yesterday we examined the assumption: first, be successful; then,…

That’s the opportunity. How? By setting powerful 2021 goals and then achieving those goals through a simple process designed to optimize follow-through. Over the past three years, I’ve utilized a goal-setting methodology from Trent Hamm titled: “Developing a Real Plan for a Better Life.” Implementing Trent’s framework has resulted in: o My family creating wonderful memories during the last year of my wife Julie’s life when she was fighting cancer o My creating a book for…