In this episode of the Manlihood ManCast, host Josh Hatcher interviews Brian Johnson, CEO of Heroic Public Benefit Corporation and author of Arete. They delve into topics such as the importance of being a hero, the concept of Arete which translates to being your best self, and how ancient wisdom and modern science blend together to inform Brian’s work. They also explore topics like the power of self discipline, developing anti fragile confidence, and practicing virtues such as wisdom, courage, and love. The conversation further extends to Brian’s special commitment to work on self mastery and strive to help others better navigate their struggles.
Tune in for this insightful conversation that holds the potential to transform your life. About Brian Johnson Brian Johnson, a dynamic 50% philosopher and 50% CEO, is the Founder & CEO of Heroic Public Benefit Corporation and the acclaimed author of “Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential.” His mission is clear: to foster a world where 51% of humanity thrives by 2051. As a seasoned Founder/CEO, Brian has not only raised an impressive $25 million but has also crafted two influential social platforms, making crowdfunding history along the way. Philosophy Brian’s impact as a Philosopher is no less significant, with his teachings reaching millions globally. Through the Heroic membership, he has trained over 10,000 Heroic Coaches from 100+ countries, backed by scientifically proven protocols that bring about transformative change. Living in the outskirts of Austin, Texas, with his wife and two children, Brian’s life is a testament to the philosophy he espouses.
00:00 Introduction and Welcome Don’t we all really want to be a hero?… 01:12 The Importance of Sharing and Growing Together And so if this conversation today here, this interview, if this is something that helps you, that gives you some hope, that gives you some encouragement, and you can think of somebody else that would also get that encouragement, I want to ask you to do me the favor and do them the favor of sharing this with them…. 01:59 Introducing Guest Brian Johnson Ancient wisdom and modern science come together to help inform the work that Brian Johnson, today’s guest, is doing at Heroic and at Arate, which is the subject of his new book…. 03:42 Brian Johnson’s Journey and Philosophy What, what, what does that mean?… 03:56 Understanding the Concept of Arete But Orate is an ancient Greek word…. 05:07 The Power of Stoicism So, uh, I take it that you are very inspired and interested in, in, uh, the wisdom of the Stoics then, right?… 05:44 Brian’s Personal Journey and Motivation What, what got you on this journey, man?… 08:31 The Hero’s Journey and Overcoming Suffering I mean, but this is the hero’s journey…. 10:27 The Meaning of Being a Hero Um, I mean, some of the guys I know who are most worthy of being described as that, in the traditional sense, are the ones who deflected, No, no, no…. 14:47 Building Anti-Fragile Confidence Objective 2 is Forge Anti Fragile Confidence…. 17:45 The Importance of Emotional Stamina And then my coach, to wrap it up, my coach is a guy named Phil Stutz, who’s in the Netflix documentary with Jonah Hill called Stutz, which is fantastic…. 24:28 The Role of Energy, Work, and Love in Personal Development You talked about three areas…. 26:36 The Power of Checklists and Consistency A checklist for my life, which is another way to frame up a protocol…. 29:47 The Joy of Self-Discipline And if I still did that, I would still feel that way…. 29:59 Embodying Humility, Wisdom, and Discipline Um, and again, that’s what people I admire, which tend to be like, I happen to have some friends who, you know, Navy SEALs and these guys, super humble, but they every day…… 31:34 The Difference Between Feeling Good and Being Good Yeah, that idea that, you know, I like that you draw that distinction between that, you know, I want to feel good right now versus I’m going to feel good…. 31:59 The Power of Doing What’s Right for You Or you can actually do the thing that you know is right for you, and you get to a point where that actually feels good…. 33:19 The Dangers of Chasing Instant Gratification You know, we, I think we, we are in a culture that has encouraged the cha, the chase of the dopamine hit, right?… 35:01 The Importance of Celebrating Small Victories You need to celebrate that…. 36:07 The Challenges and Rewards of Family Relationships When I, uh, I started reading your book yesterday and… You know, it starts out with a couple of stories, uh, about your, your, your kid, about your, your, your, your relationship with your, your family…. 41:15 The Role of Men in Today’s Society 43:22 The Power of Integrity and Living Your Values 45:31 The Importance of Taking Action 46:42 The Battle Within Our Own Consciousness 49:21 The Power of Being Your Best Self 51:22 The Importance of Moving from Theory to Practice