A few years ago Brian realized he wasn’t quite rockin’ his dharma, so he decided to sell the business he was running and give himself a Ph.D. in Optimal Living. He couldn’t find a program that integrated everything he wanted to study—from old school philosophy, positive psychology and spirituality to nutrition, health & fitness, creativity, business and modern self-development. So, he decided to create his own doctoral program.
He earned his Master’s by creating an innovative company called PhilosophersNotes where he shares “More Wisdom in Less Time” by distilling the Big Ideas from one hundred of his favorite optimal living classics into fun, inspiring and super practical 6-page PDFs, 20-minute MP3s and 10-minute PNTV episodes. Optimal Living 101 (both the class and the accompanying book to be published in 2011) is his dissertation.
In his past lives, Brian created the social networking sites eteamz and Zaadz. He’s a proud law school drop out who enjoys spooning with his Goddess when he’s not reading or hiking or creating or otherwise enjoying himself.
Why we chose Brian for the series
Ewan: I first came across Brian when I heard an interview between him and philosopher Ken Wilber. The title of the conversation perfectly encapsulates what inspires me about Brian, and why he was one of the first names on my list for this series. It was entitled entrepreneurial idealism.
Brian is not only an entrepreneur; he is a visionary, a philosopher and an idealist – a rare combination for someone so successful. For me, he is a wonderful example of how business and consciousness can combine to create truly inspiring work in the world!
Jeroen: I remember a friend sending me the paper “Arete and the Entrepreneur”, and being immediately pulled in by the crispy and up-beat enthusiasm. I found it impossible not to be sparked by the entrepreneurial power of Brian. He was advocated integrating personal development with the path of doing business, which rocks as far as I’m concerned.
And as Brian is traveling to beautiful countries while still being an entrepreneur and at the same time summarising philosophy, it makes him a living inspiration of how work could also be.