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I have made more positive changes in my life from my brief membership (only 3 months so far) than I did through years of counseling. YES, Brian Johnson, you are a rock star, and I am making huge strides in optimizing my life as a result of your PNs and Optimal Living classes. I spend $19/month on my gym membership to take care of my body. A mere $10/month on an Optimal Living membership is THE biggest value and BEST INVESTMENT I have ever made in my emotional, mental and spiritual health. THANK YOU for the incredible work you're doing to inspire us to be rock stars in our own lives!!!!

Oh, my gosh, let me count the ways. Since discovering you in February 2015, I immediately became a member and have made the following changes: I start every morning by 4:45 a.m., meditating for 20 mins., journaling 20 mins., and doing cardio 25 mins./5000+ Fitbit steps while watching your Philosopher's Notes. I went from a t.v. junkie to less than 5 hours a wk., replaced t.v. with reading books you've covered and/or watching more Philosopher's Notes or other self improvement videos, or tackling items on my To Do list (and working toward my Success List). I've drastically changed my bedtime routine and almost always turn my electronics off at least an hour before bedtime and get 7 1/2 to 8 hrs, of restful sleep. My mood, energy, attitude - you name it - has improved, the "domino/compound effect" has definitely happened here and I can't wait to see what's next. You are my role model. I sing your praises to friends, family and clients. Thank you so much for everything!

You have. I can think of no other commercial venture that has the potential to give so much to so many for so little. The payback for me is in the constant flow of "big ideas" I get from the daily emails. If one resonates, I take a look at the 6-page .pdf, which has links to other notes and other big ideas. I am a busy guy, with a family, travel, and job responsibilities that keep me constantly busy. What you've done is provide me a conduit for life-changing ideas that is sitting there just waiting for me to open the tap whenever I have a few moments where I am receptive. Whenever I have the time, the ideas simply flow from email, to note, to other notes, until I am sated. Well done.

Yes. The principles that are taught in all these books are timeless. I've broken bad habits, become more physically fit, increased productivity at work, loved more, and taken on a more positive outlook on life in general. I've also turned a lot of other people on to Brian Johnson and PhilosophersNotes!

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About Brian

I love wisdom.

A lot. And, I love helping people optimize their lives so we can change the world together as I study, embody and teach the fundamentals of optimal living — integrating ancient wisdom + modern science + common sense + virtue + mastery + fun.

In my past lives as a CEO, I raised over $8 million of capital to finance the creation of market-leading social platforms eteamz + Zaadz (sold to Active + Gaiam). Before that I dropped out of law school (Boalt class of 2000!) and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA (where I studied Psychology + Business).

Praise for Brian and his work.

A great resource to live life at your absolute best.

Robin Sharma

Author of the #1 international bestseller The Leader Who Had No Title

Brian Johnson has written a wonderful book on optimal living that is very easy to read and has invaluable suggestions on how to live authentic, successful, loving, and happy lives. There is great wisdom in this book to help enrich anyone’s life no matter what their age. I wish this book was available 40 years ago when I was just starting out on my own life journey. I whole heartedly recommend it.

John Mackey

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market

PhilosophersNotes are like healthy, energizing snacks for the mind, heart and soul! This is such a superb idea, and Brian has such a natural, infectiously appealing way of making it relevant to just about everybody. For avid personal-development aficionados, PhilosophersNotes serve as a sampler plate of the very best reads out there, making it easier to decide which new books to crack open next, and which classics deserve a fresh look.

For rush-rush types who want to be clued in about the latest and best books on personal and professional wisdom (but who don’t have time to read much) PhilosophersNotes perform an invaluable service, distilling and concentrating a whole lot of huge ideas into bite size, eminently digestible morsels.

For readers like ours — motivated men and women who rank achieving their personal potential as a top priority — PhilosophersNotes point a delightful, synchronicity-inspired way forward.

Because somehow (and I wish I knew how Brian does this), every Note you read on a given day feels like precisely the Note you needed to read that day. Keep ‘em coming, Brian!

Pilar Gerasimo

Editor in Chief, Experience Life Magazine

In this information age, knowledge is as plentiful as fast food, wisdom as precious as a home cooked meal. Knowledge is mindlessly poured into troughs; wisdom preciously served one ladle at a time with delight. It’s knowledge we have, but wisdom we seek. Knowledge informs,wisdom transforms.

As for PhilosophersNotes, it’s Wisdom that Master Brian Johnson so generously serves here. The sort of wisdom that can only be revealed by a true modern day Philosopher gloriously in the throws of discovery, in service to the world.

My advice to you: step on! Take this ride of a lifetime with Brian and benefit from this master’s passionate search for truth and wisdom.

Shawn Phillips

Best-selling Author of Strength for Life ; Creator of Full Strength

Brian, your PhilosophersNotes are an idea whose time has come — primarily because you’re the one who is writing them. Your life to this point has prepared you for this creative contribution.

Dan Millman

Author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes is one of the most innovative and useful tools I have come across in the transformational industry in ages. The powerful information Brian packs into each “note” is amazing. He distills the best of the best.

I love receiving my PhilosophersNotes! These essential nuggets carry the juice, light, and knowledge to help raise the consciousness of people around the world.

Marci Shimoff

#1 NY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Soul, and featured teacher in The Secret

Curiosity can kill cats but it can also create cool cats and Brian Johnson is, no doubt,the coolest cat I know.

Chip Conley

Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and Author of PEAK and Emotional Equations

Brian’s ability to filter through information, highlight the big idea, drawing together key points and posing them in an understandable fashion for practical use is a gift. Time constraints being the number-one reason given for not regularly reading self development books, PhilosophersNotes are the obvious answer. By allowing me to consume more conscious media than I had previously been able to, PhilosophersNotes have become what may well prove to be a life-improving investment.

Brendan Brazier

Author, The Thrive Diet; Founder, Vega

PhilosophersNotes is an idea whose time has come. Starting from some of the world’s most important books, Brian’s masterful syntheses combine deep insights, humor, and practical applications in a manner ideally suited for our busy lives. I’m hooked!

Randy Eisenman

Managing Director, Satori Capital

I’ll keep this short because I’m pressed for time. You’re pressed for time too. That’s why I’m sold on the PhilosophersNotes. I have hundreds of books sitting of my shelf waiting to be read. And, while I’m looking forward to diving into them, the Notes give me the perfect introduction to a title’s big ideas and help me pick which book I want to focus on next.

Jon Bischke

Founder & CEO of entelo

Who has time to “get enlightened” these days? And yet who doesn’t?! PhilosophersNotes is the perfect solution to my never-ending quest for spiritual growth and personal development within the time frame of a busy life.

Now there are no more excuses to keep from growing on the inside while trying to help change the world on the outside. Thank you Brian for this timely and highly relevant gift that is blessing so many – including me!

Traci Fenton

Founder & CEO, WorldBlu

Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes are one of the most incredible tools available to the busy professional with a fundamental interest in self-improvement.

Brian’s depth of personal growth experience shines through in his accurate, concise and self-revealing synopses of many of the greatest self-help books of our time.

You feel like you’re sitting in the living room of a great mind as he shares the ten biggest ideas from each book, highlighted quotes, and his own astute commentary. It takes me about 5 minutes to go through a Note, after which I always have 2-3 insightful gems which I can apply to my own life, and often the heartfelt yearning to read the entire book myself.

Now that they’re here, I can’t imagine keeping up on the world of self-help literature without PhilosophersNotes.

Brent Kessel

Author, It’s Not About the Money; President, Abacus Wealth Partners

PhilosophersNotes.com is pure genius and one of my all-time FAVORITE resources for inspiration. I LOVE listening to PhilosophersNotes when I’m doing something like juicing, traveling or exercising. It’s such a quick way for me to access MASSES of inspiring Big Ideas that I otherwise would unlikely get around to reading about. I sincerely appreciate this service that Brian is bringing to the world and especially his generosity in wanting to share this information as widely as possible… Love it.

Thanks, Brian for following your bliss and sharing the wonderful results :).

Angela Stokes


PhilosophersNotes combine the distilled thoughts of our greatest thinkers with the enthusiasm needed to actually put them into play in our own lives. Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher, is one part laser beam to wisdom, one part companion for the inner journey, and one part Captain Jack Sparrow (in the first Pirate’s movie)— mixed well. It is a great service to have Brian’s personal introduction to brilliant thinkers I have not met, as well as a vivid reminder of what inspired me in the works of authors I already know.

Robin Rice

Author & Mentor

As a teacher of the arts and sciences of life improvement I consider it a professional obligation to remain a student; always growing and learning. Only then can I deliver to my clients the best of me. The amazing wealth of information out there coupled with a busy life makes this at times a daunting task.

When Brian first shared his PhilosophersNotes with me I got chills. Wow, finally a way for me to keep up with a tremendous treasure of knowledge, and from a trusted source. Brian has, in his skillful manner, delivered the knowledge I want in the perfect synthesized format I need to improve both my life and my career.

Although I still want to read the books, the PhilosophersNotes are the next best thing. Thank you! Please keep up the great work. I am hooked!

Devlyn Steele

Life Coach & Student; Founder, ToolsToLife

I love the PhilosophersNotes, but it’s not because I don’t have time to read. I subscribed to them because they’re fantastic reminders of books that have had a profound impact on my life. Instead of having to reread them in their entirely, though, I can skim one of these inimitable reviews and get not just the heart of its message, but a boost of inspiration and the feeling that I’m not the only one who sees the critical importance of this sort of wisdom in the world.

Siona Van Dijk

The world's best value in personal development education!

Michael Gelb

Author of N.Y. Times bestseller "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci" and "Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius"

PhilosophersNotes are the answer to a question that I’ve been asking myself a lot lately: How do I find the time to read all of the books that I want to read and still live a productive life? Think of these six page gems as movie trailers in the world of inspiring books, except that all of them are going to grab you. Not only because the books that Brian picks are the best of the best, but because of his amazing ability to extract the big ideas of each book and break them down into powerful, efficient, fun to read summaries. The ability to instantly apply this wisdom to my life coupled with the knowledge that makes it easy for me to decide what book I want to dive deeper into next makes PhilosophersNotes a priceless resource in my life.

David Pearson

Co-Founder & COO of Zaadz

Brian has a gift for communicating the gist of serious books in a fun, inspiring way. He is so consistently and authentically upbeat that one learns to see value in everything he points to. For those who want a focus on the useful, compelling parts of books in a pithy, engaging style, you can do no better than to read Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes.

Michael Strong

Author & CEO of FLOW

I appreciate receiving these PhilosophersNotes filled with deep and powerful wisdom so very much. As a busy mother and lawyer, I never seem to have enough time in the day to satisfy my thirst for new wisdom and growth. So I particularly love giving your Note a quick read as part of my morning routine, and then contemplating the “Big Ideas” of the day (and how I can more deeply incorporate them into my own life) while making breakfast for my son, driving to the office, riding in the elevator, etc. – whenever I have a quiet moment.

You’ve made it so easy to do, and I can honestly say that this practice helps me stay centered and intentional throughout my day. Thank you so much for this precious gift!

Beth Pearson

Mother & Attorney

PhilosophersNotes is a great Gift! The answers to all your problems have been written down in a book somewhere. Brian is your guide, he allows us to discover many of the great truths of this world in a simple straight forward manner. I have never met him personally but consider him a great friend for having shared so much with me.

Firas Zahabi

Being obsessed with both individual and team performance, your podcast resonated. The Notes, et al, are brilliant. I am a crazy reader, so getting into your Notes is like a trip to the sporting goods store when I was a kid.

Dennis Mannion

President and CEO, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Detroit Pistons