Category: Philosophy

The Visionary View

Recently, I bought my first home. Before that was months of being in the market to buy a house. My wife and I each had our own list of criteria.

There were things that were non-negotiable. For me, these included things like:

  • The location. We only wanted to live in certain areas.
  • The land. It needed to have some space and be close to nature.
  • A big garage for a gym.
  • A space for an office, with enough separation from the rest of the house.
  • The price. We had a ceiling in what we could get as far as a mortgage loan.

We looked at a lot of houses. Probably physically went to 30 or 40 over the span of a few months. (It was a crazy time that I’m very happy to be done with!)

One thing that we ended up with, that was not on either of our lists, was an amazing view.

Visionary View 1
This sunrise was from the first morning staying at my new place.


I love this expansive view because it is visionary. That’s an interesting word that I’ve been thinking about lately.

In business, they often talk about visionary leaders. Some of the prototypical ones of these are guys like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk.

The definitions of visionary:

1. (especially of a person) thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.

2. relating to or able to see visions in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition.

I like both of these definitions.

And so, when I saw this view that I knew that living at this house, with the visionary view, would help me to become even more visionary.

How could it not?

Indeed, a friend of mine said the same thing to me.

And right around the time of waiting through escrow on the hous I was reading through Les McKeown’s book, The Synergist. (I’ll be talking about his earlier book in a future post.)

In it he discusses four different operational styles. The Visionary. The Operator. The Processor. And the Synergist.

Guess which type was highest for me? Visionary.

You can take a test to see how you stack up right here. (It’s free, though you have to signup with email address at the end to get your results.)

I had all my partners and employees take the test, and have also recommended it to other business owners in a couple mastermind groups I take part in.

In business, as well as everywhere else, it is important to know yourself.

It is also important to know where you want to go. In the future, I plan to be even more visionary. And it is great to have an amazing environment to support doing that.

Thinking, being imaginative, coming up with ideas, meditating while sitting out there overlooking the view.

Visionary View 2
A typical day…

We’re all products of our environment far more than many people realize. Plenty of studies showing how small environmental cues will shift habits, behaviors, even what we think.

That’s why it is very important to setup your environments for what you want.

The Secret to Winning

“The secret to winning the game is staying in the game long enough to win the game.”
-Dr. Glenn Livingston

I came across this quote somewhere the other day, and liked it so much I had to write it down.

I liked it so much because it is so true.

With life, and achieving anything in it, you need to take a long term perspective. A year…years…a decade…multiple decades.

Something I’ve heard, and know to be true from personal experience, is that humans tend to overestimate what they can accomplish in a year, but underestimate what they can do in three years. 

(A lot of people tend to set yearly goals, but how many set three year goals? I wonder if that has anything to do with it.)

The fact is that most people quit too early. And in some cases too early may be after three or five years!

I’ve seen this happen in my fitness life. I was weak starting out. It pissed me off to see people that didn’t workout able to do things I had to bust my ass for six months to accomplish. But I continued working out. They didn’t.

I look back ten years and I’m amazed at all I’ve done. Holy shit! I am actually quite strong and do some amazing things. When did that happen? There was no magical flip of the switch, just consistency over a long time frame. 

I have made just about every mistake you could possibly make when it comes to business. I cringe to think about some of what occurred in my early days…or even just last year. But the one mistake I did not make, the one that made all the difference, was that I kept going.

I’ve stayed in the business game almost a decade now, and it’s really starting to pay off. 

It’s kind of aggravating thinking “Why did it take so long?” Well, I had a whole lot to learn over that time.

As long as you keep going, and you learn along the way, in the end you will be successful.

As coaching legend Vince Lombardi once stated after a loss, “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”

In sports you have a finite time to win. While the time may vary, that’s part of the rules in pretty much every single sport there is.

In life, there is also a time limit…but this is far, far, far longer than any sport.

The more you can wrap your head around being persistent, being patient, and thinking for the long-term, the better off you’ll be no matter the endeavor. 

Welcome to

I’ve decided to bring this website back since letting it go dormant from back in 2013.


Quite simply, because I have a lot more to share than just about health and fitness.

If you’re here reading this, chances are it’s because you’re familiar with my work through one of my two other major businesses and websites, and/or

At Legendary Strength I discuss all things strength and fitness.

And it was from that platform that we launched what has now become Lost Empire Herbs. I was supporting my own health and performance through a number of ways, one of which was the use of tonic herbalism. The rest, as they say, is history…in the making. There we don’t just talk about herbs, but all things health.

While I love strength and health, and am no ways slowing down in writing and teaching and sharing about those topics, ultimately, I am interested in a lot more.

Long ago, I used as the place to teach people about making money and online marketing. My plan was once I hit the six-figure mark I could start teaching and that’s what I did. I did some coaching with others and have some great success stories. While that will be a piece of what I cover here, it too is only a piece.

The old website as captured from Wayback Machine. I like the new logo a LOT more.

In brainstorming some of the topics and things I’ll be coming up with here I developed the following list:

  1. Book Reviews
  2. Resources
  3. Philosophy
  4. Routines/Habits
  5. Practicing
  6. Journaling
  7. Goals
  8. Happiness
  9. Productivity
  10. Delegation
  11. Finances
  12. NLP
  13. Family
  14. Adventure
  15. Learning
  16. Epiphanies
  17. Success
  18. Business
  19. What’s Wrong with the World
  20. Spirituality
  21. Thinking
  22. Persuasion
  23. Communication
  24. Presenting
  25. Storytelling
  26. Writing
  27. Masculinity
  28. Excellence

In the fitness world, I was given the name “Physical Culture Renaissance Man.” This was because I did a wide variety of things in that world. If it had to do with getting stronger I likely had devoted some time to it. Bodyweight exercise, kettlebells, barbells, modern strongman, oldtime strongman, feats of strength, acrobatics, odd objects, etc.

But my aim was never to be limited to one world. One of my strengths (and I also recognize it is at times a weakness) is that I do lots of different things. Specifically, I excelled in the strength world because I looked for methods outside of it. I took NLP and hypnosis and applied them to it. Now I am one of the top experts in mental training for that purpose. See Mental Muscle for more. I took herbalism and applied it to getting stronger. At the time, no one else was focusing on that. And that grew into Lost Empire.

If you’re familiar with Leonardo Da Vinci, the prototypical renaissance man or polymath, he did a wide variety of things including: invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. That’s a short list from Wikipedia.

And so it is that I do a lot more than just health and fitness. This website is to be a catch-all for anything I want to do outside of those two topics, like the 28 topics above.

Tim Ferriss talks about being a “professional dilettante.” He’s done quite well with that model and I share many similar ideas. It’s not the path for everyone. There is advantage in going deep on a single thing…but what can I say? I get bored easily.

If you want to get good at something than teach it. I have found this maxim to be very true. In fact, I write books and create courses first and foremost for myself. I am the one that gains the most by doing these. The fact that I sell them, help people and make money is a side benefit!

That is why I’m bringing back in an expanded form. By writing posts like these I get better and get to share with the world. Soon enough, this will include books and course on some of these topics as well. (Currently, I have a bunch of ideas and one book on habits at least half way done.)

My initial plan is posting something here once a week or so, but this will change over time. Remember how I said going wide can also be a weakness? Time spent working here is time not available to spend on my other two businesses and websites. So while I made the decision to launch this, as I needed a new platform, it is just a side project. For the time being, it is those other businesses that pay the bills.

But this is only the beginning…

As always, happy to hear your comments, questions and suggestions. Welcome to my expanded world!