Masterpiece Lives Start with Masterpiece Days – A Conversation on Areté with Brian Johnson


Brian Johnson is the founder and CEO of Heroic, a modern-day philosopher, and a global influencer. In this episode, Dr. Stephanie and Brian delve into his new book, “Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential,” exploring the virtues necessary for living a fulfilled life.

From understanding your ultimate game to the importance of gratitude, hope, love, and self-compassion, this conversation offers valuable insights for anyone seeking to make the most of their time and live with excellence. Don’t miss this inspirational discussion on optimizing your potential and embracing the hero’s journey.

In their conversation, Dr. Stephanie and Brian explored the virtues essential for living a fulfilled life, emphasizing the importance of understanding our ultimate purpose. They also delved into the internal conflict between vice and virtue and touched upon gratitude, hope, zest, love, strengths, and the concept of developing anti-fragility through overcoming challenges. Additionally, They addressed various elements of confidence, including emotional resilience, grit, self-compassion, managing perfectionism, fostering optimism, and finding passion in our work and relationships.

This is a conversation for every single one of you who is looking to live your best life and to have a life well lived so that at the end of the day (or at the end of your life) you can say “I did good” or “I did the best with what I had in the time that I had.”


Brian Johnson is the Founder & CEO of Heroic Public Benefit Corporation. He’s 50% Philosopher + 50% CEO and 101% committed to helping create a world in which 51% of humanity is flourishing by the year 2051. As a Founder/CEO he’s made crowdfunding history and built and sold two social platforms. As a Philosopher/teacher, he’s helped millions of people from around the world, trained 10,000+ Heroic Coaches from 100+ countries and created a protocol that science says changes lives. He lives in the country outside Austin, Texas, with his wife, Alexandra, and their two kids, Emerson and Eleanor.




Brian’s Book:


0:00:00 The Wisdom of Embracing Failure
0:05:08 Introducing “Areté: Activating Your Heroic Potential”
0:14:20 Clarity on “Do” and “Don’t” to Be at Your Best
0:19:10 Embracing Challenges and the Hero’s Journey with Love and Strength
0:22:48 Boosting Happiness with Gratitude
0:27:26 Cultivating Hope in Challenging Times
0:31:54 Rats Swimming for 60 Hours: Belief and Endurance
0:33:45 Reflecting on the Power of Gratitude and Hope
0:38:14 Building Anti-Fragile Confidence Through Consistency and Commitment
0:42:16 Rebounding from Bad Days and Staying on Track
0:54:20 Lead Measures vs. Lag Measures: Tracking Progress
0:58:39 The Power of Lead Measures in Achieving Goals
1:05:20 Vacation Mindset: Sleep, Stress, and Food Impact Weight Loss
1:09:02 Flexibility in Routines Based on Constraints and Non-Negotiables
1:14:11 Understanding the Distinction Between Healthy and Unhealthy Perfectionism
1:19:19 Gaining Perspective and Humility Through Astronomical Contemplation
1:23:07 The Power of Reflection and Prioritization
1:29:23 Making a Difference



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I’m Dr. Stephanie

Part geek, part magic, and all the way passionate about being a well-lived woman.

I want to throw my grandkids in the air in my 70’s. I want to be squatting even more weight than I am now, and putting my OWN luggage in the overhead bin. Sound like weird goals? For me these are just some of the little things that represent a life well-lived.

My health is MY job – I’ll be damned if I rely on luck, ‘good genes’ or a cocktail of drugs that over promise and under deliver.

The Betty Body is my first book-baby, and a collection of what I’ve learned after thousands of clinical hours, hundreds of conversations with the world’s top experts, and most importantly…

This book is an outline of what took ME from “rock-bottom health” at 38, to being my own version of a Betty in my perimenopausal mid 40’s. A woman who is physically strong, full of energy, enjoys mental clarity, great sex and a joyful family life. Is it all roses? Of course not. But I have the stamina and tools to deal with the push and pull of life so that it doesn’t turn into chronic stress.

I want this for you too. Let’s go Bettys!