Inspirations (updated 7.22.2017)

These people are currently my main sources of health, personal effectiveness, and management expertise. If not directly providing timeless and timely guidance, they reliably lead to the best in their respective fields.

Health

AK Lectures – HD video lectures on general and organic chemistry, classical and modern physics, biology, and mathematics. They are on a mission to create a library of lectures that provide simple explanations to the many difficult concepts that arise in the sciences. They believe that every difficult concept can be explained in simple terms and it is their aim to do just that in a shortest amount of time. I love their thorough and clear coverage of the topics. This is my first stop for video explanations on the intricate mechanisms of nutrition.

Peter Attia’s Blog – From his site: “Peter earned his M.D. from Stanford University and holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. He is licensed in California (A96452) and New York (281406-1). He trained for five years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in general surgery, where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including resident of the year, and the author of a comprehensive review of general surgery. He also spent two years at NIH as a surgical oncology fellow at the National Cancer Institute where his research focused on immune-based therapies for melanoma.” He’s one of two key sources of info on nutritional ketosis, fasting, and longevity (the other is Dominic D’Agostino). I appreciate his Socratic approach to effective health, taking little for granted. Over the few years I’ve been following his work, he’s increased his focus on solving the health crises in America, specifically.

Mark Sisson/Mark’s Daily Apple – The forums alone make it worth adding to your ‘favorites’. Mark’s consistent participation is appreciated; his emphasis on current research keeps me tuned in. Open discussions on all health-related topics – just be careful not to confuse “Primal” with “Paleo“!

Dave Asprey a.k.a. the “Bulletproof Executive”. His podcast “Bulletproof Radio” never fails to introduce a new, absolutely unique perspective, and often a new topic. They’re usually about 45 minutes with little to no idle chat. Don’t listen if you’re tired–this stuff is laden with hardcore science talk due to the experts he interviews. The most visible biohacker, he put it best when he said, “I own my biology. I’m gonna have to manage it.”

Monica Reinagel a.k.a. the “Nutrition Diva”. Her podcast (“Quick and Dirty Tips”) episodes are short, usually under 10 minutes. Her dietary ‘rules’ (really, guidelines) are less-restrictive than those from many big names in nutrition, in my experience. Her hesitance to make major behavioral changes without concrete evidence makes me more determined to thoroughly research topics before behaving differently. The podcast is great for anyone with a short commute/walk who still wants practical advice from as close to an ‘expert’ as any.

Personal Effectiveness

Jesus, Christ. He came to show us how to live, which is another way to say he came to define “personal effectiveness”. Every time I’ve had the discipline to follow his lead about what’s important and how to treat people, it has proven beneficial.

The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim Ferriss’s podcast has been ranked #1 of all podcasts and it’s no wonder why, judging by his list of interviewees. He speaks with the best in every field to “dissect” their habits and methods for becoming top in their field (e.g. everyone from Jamie Foxx and Tony Robbins to Ketosis expert Dom D’Agostino and altruistic philosopher Will MacAskill). Tim’s the author of the best-selling “The Four-hour Workweek”, “The Four-hour Body”, and “The Four-hour Chef” so he’s gained popularity as a producer of high-quality guidance for general effectiveness in several fields. These fields include nutrition and health, as he dives deep into meditation, fasting, sleep hacking, workouts, etc. to share the details of exactly how to perform at a high-level no matter your profession.

Management

Manager Tools Only recently getting the publicity from WSJ they deserve, Manager Tools has delivered incredibly poignant, timely, actionable guidance for managers for about 15 years via their podcast and website. Furthermore, they achieve the same level of quality with their guidance for non-managers via their “Career Tools” products, also in the form of a podcast. I’ve personally implemented their guidance in many situations as a professional direct report and manager of others. Collectively, their recommendations have proven more productive than the sum of my education and work experience.

Peter Drucker. Though I’ve not read all 39 of his books, what I’ve read I’ve watched for. It’s proven so profoundly accurate in my experience that I have to believe quotes like the following from McKinsey aren’t totally off-base:

“In the world of management gurus, there is no debate. Peter Drucker is the one guru to whom other gurus kowtow.” –McKinsey Quarterly, 1997