081: A.J. Jacobs | Journalist and Human Test Subject

Human guinea pig and journalist A.J. Jacobs has lived according Old Testament rules, outsourced his entire life, and subjected himself to every diet and fitness program he could find to he could to see what he could learn. Besides the more obvious lessons, like sheep don’t do well in New York apartments and long beards are itchy, he gained valuable takeaways that he shares in his books which include “The Year of Living Biblically,” “Drop Dead Healthy.” He provides a whole other angle to the trope, “fake it til you make it.” Through his interesting experiments Jacobs proves that some of the best adventures can be conjured up in the mind.

Lessons:


  1. Expressing gratitude for everything develops awareness of just how many things we have to be thankful for.
  2. It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking then to think your way into a new way of acting.
  3. In terms of genealogy, we are all one large extended family, so be kind.

Links:


  1. AJ Jacobs – Official Website

Credits:


  • Video and Audio Production – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
  • Audio Post Engineer – Team Podcast
  • Synopsis – Matt Baatz

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