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Optimize your life and actualize your potential.
More wisdom in less time (w/out the woo-woo).

How will the program help you optimize your life each month?

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  • Get more wisdom in less time

    You’re busy. I get that. That’s why I’m all about super (!) practical, smart, fun, inspiring and empowering wisdom you can apply to your life RIGHT NOW — consistently moving from theory to practice.

  • Upgrade every area of your life

    Get PhilosophersNotes + Optimal Living 101 Master Classes on everything from building great habits and conquering procrastination to discovering (and living!) your purpose.

  • Join a world-class community

    Join nearly 10,000 other awesome humans who are optimizing their lives!

Get instant access to a ton of wisdom:


The most transformational Big Ideas from 400+ of the greatest personal growth books at your fingertips (and eyes and ears). Beautiful to look at and powerful to use, these mini-CliffsNotes™ of personal growth will inspire and empower you to live your deepest truths.


400+ Stunning PDF's

400+ books condensed into 400+ 6-page PDFs for more wisdom in less time.

400+ MP3 Audio Guides

Every PDF is recorded as a 20-minute MP3 for on-the-go learning.

PNTV Videos

Brian shares his favorite Big Ideas in 10 minute episodes on PN TV.


Apply these ideas diligently,patiently, persistently, and playfully and happy dances are guaranteed.

So Easy to Use

The coolest online membership site and support giving you all need and more for personal success.

3,000 Big Ideas

3,000 of the Biggest Ideas outlined and explained for easy and powerful implementation.

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!

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Randy Eisenman

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Optimal Living 101 Master Classes

All the great teachers come back to the same basic principles again and again.
Brian distills the best Big Ideas into fun, practical classes to help you optimize.
(Think: Purpose 101 + Confidence 101 + Willpower 101 + Optimal Sleep 101 + …)



To help you go from theory to practice and embody these ideas.


Beautiful visuals to complement the top 10 Big Ideas from each class.


Every Master Class is recorded as a full length MP3 for on-the-go learning.


Each class has a guided meditation to help you integrate the ideas.


To get your subconscious mind involved and rock it.

Bonus Worksheets

Super practical worksheets to go from idea to action.

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.

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Dennis Mannion

CEO of the Detroit Pistons

Plus, each month you will get:

Usually we offer our members new PhilosophersNotes and a new Optimal Living 101 class each month. For the month of April, we’re doing something awesome. As an Optimize member you will get access to Brian’s first-ever offline weekend immersion workshop. He’s hosting it live in So Cal mid-April. We’ll have all 10 hours of goodness ready for you on-demand soon after. It’s called Hero Training 101.
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Small Commitment: $10 per month

The program is only 10 bucks per month. (Cancel anytime!) We've priced it low so money doesn't get in the way of you getting your wisdom on and optimizing your life.

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Check out what our Members have to say.

You've helped me optimize my life in many ways! Through these classes/notes I have improved my mental, emotional, and physical health as well as my relationships, finances, and creativity! This is the best investment on myself every month - period.

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.

When Oprah had her show on TV, my sister used to say that I went to school everyday with Oprah. Now, I think of myself going to school everyday with Brian!

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.

My life has taken a turn for the busy recently, but I commit to at least one philosophers note a day. I especially like to download the mp3 and listen while exercising or driving. When I listen to it, my mind gets ‘right’. I get back in touch with what matters most to me: my soul, my spirituality. And from this, my day, my life, my energy is aligned and I can live in flow. Thank you for all you do!

Imagine a site that contained stacks and stacks of great books. Now imagine someone summarized and explain the contents in a fraction of the time it takes to read them. Stop imagining. It's here. Take advantage of Brian's passion. Thank you.

Small Commitment: $10 per month

The program is only 10 bucks per month. (Cancel anytime!) We've priced it low so money doesn't get in the way of you getting your wisdom on and optimizing your life.

(Stay as long as you like. Cancel anytime.)

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’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

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

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’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

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

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