icon-angle affirmation icon-arrow Arrow left icon-bell Notifications icon-book icon-calendar icon-caret icon-chevron icon-check-circle Close icon-close icon-compound icon-crown icon-crown-alt icon-crown-mono icon-download icon-edit icon-email icon-facebook icon-featured-star icon-featured-star-colored icon-file icon-file-meditation icon-file-mp3 icon-file-pdf icon-folder icon-get-pdf Headphones icon-join icon-linkedin icon-live-video icon-lock icon-map-pin icon-masterClasses Meditation Navigation Menu icon-messages icon-mic icon-microClasses mp3 icon-music-note My List icon-oasis pdf person icon-play icon-play-circle icon-plusOne icon-pnotes Podcast qa-cta-icon icon-quote icon-quote-left icon-quote-right icon-reload Search Search icon-settings icon-skinny-arrow icon-star icon-star-filled icon-triangle-down icon-triangle-rounded icon-twitter icon-user icon-warning icon-website icon-youtube feature-affirmations feature-big-ideas feature-bonus-wrksheets feature-meditation feature-mp3-guides feature-mp3 feature-pdfs feature-pntv feature-posters feature-transformational feature-workbooks master-classes philosophers-notes feature-meditation feature-worksheet membership-icon-4@2x feature-watch feature-read feature-listen feature-connect

Wearing Scars As Medals

What a Hero Does with the Dragon Claw Marks

In our last +1 we chatted about the fact that, as Campbell tells us, when we go for bliss on our hero’s journey we need to remember that there’s always the chance for a fiasco. (Hah!)

Yep. Always.

That’s part of the deal and why we need to get really good at embracing the fear and tolerating the ambiguity and possibility of “failure.”

Here’s one way to alchemize that.

Paulo Coelho has a great line. He tells us we need to wear our scars like medals.

Think about that for a moment.

Most of us try to hide all those scars. But not the heroic among us. The heroes KNOW that you can’t go out fighting dragons for a living and not get all clawed up on occasion.

The heroic among us (and all of us at our heroic best) don’t shamefully hide those scars. They (and we) proudly show them off.

“Yep. Got that one fighting that huge, mean dragon in the Andes.”

“Oh, that one? Hah. Yah. Wow. That was a BEAST! Should have seen it. Almost took me out.”

“Oh, man. Yah. That was another crazy one…”

Those scars? They are the hero’s MEDALS—badges of honor that prove they’ve been willing to step up and go for it again and again.

Today’s +1 practical question(s): You have any scars you’ve been hiding?

Is now a good time to redefine them as medals earned as part of your Hero Training?!

(Yah? Which one(s)?)

+1 Inspired by PhilosophersNote:

Paulo Coelho

Unlock the Full
Optimize Experience

Get instant access to a ton of wisdom. Optimize every facet of your life.
Actualize your potential.

Sign Up Now
Optimize +1s

Get a new Optimize +1 free every
day, in your inbox.

Join 50,000 Optimizers who start their day with us.

Unlock the Full Optimize Experience

Get instant access to a ton of wisdom. Optimize every facet of your life.
Actualize your potential.

Sign Up Now Learn More

Join 10,000+ premium members from around the world. Including best-selling authors,
Olympic coaches and Fortune 100 executives.

Optimize

Optimize every facet of your life.
Actualize your potential.

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

Learn More!
  • 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 10,000+ other awesome humans who are optimizing their lives—including Best-selling authors, Olympic coaches and Fortune 100 executives.

Get instant access to a ton of wisdom:

PhilosophersNotes

The most transformational Big Ideas from 450+ 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.

PhilosophersNotes

450+ Stunning PDF's

450+ books condensed into 450+ 6-page PDFs for more wisdom in less time.

450+ 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.

Transformational

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.

3,500 Big Ideas

3,500 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!

Randy Eisenman Headshot
Randy Eisenman

Managing Partner, Satori Capital

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 + …)

PhilosophersNotes

Workbook

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

Poster

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

MP3

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

Meditation

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

Affirmations

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.

Dennis Mannion Headshot
Dennis Mannion

CEO of the Detroit Pistons

Plus, each month you will get:

Daily +1's

Every day, you'll get a new +1 (Video + Meditation + Worksheet + MP3) delivered via email + app. What would your life look like if you Optimized just a little more today?

+1 in Device

Weekly PhilosophersNotes

Once a week, you’ll get 2 new Notes (6-page PDF + 20-min MP3) featuring the best Big Ideas from the best optimal living books. More wisdom in less time!

Philosophers Notes in Device

Monthly Optimal Living 101 Master Classes

Once a month, you’ll get 1 new Optimal Living 101 Master Class
(1-hour video + MP3 + Workbook + Meditations) featuring the best Big Ideas to help you optimize every aspect of your life.

Master Classes in Device

Build on the Free Stuff

Free Stuff

  • Optimize +1's
  • PhilosophersNotes (TV only)
  • Optimal Living Master Classes

Member Stuff

  • Optimize +1's
  • PhilosophersNotes (PDFs + MP3s + TVs)
  • Optimal Living Master Classes

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.

SIGN UP Now!
Experience Life Logo
Huffington Post Logo
Mind Body Green Logo
Positively Positive Logo
Marie Claire Logo

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

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"

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

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

Head Coach and Founder of Tristar Gym; Canada’s #1 MMA Training Facility, Georges St-Pierre’s coach and Canadian Muay Thai champion