Originally published 30 Dec 2019. Last updated 21 Jan 2021.
Wondering what our most popular OLD episodes of 2019 are?
Here’s a list of the top two episodes (and their corresponding articles) which had the highest number of downloads each month!
Top Downloads on Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism
Summary: On willpower and creativity. Benjamin Hardy has been the top writer on Medium.com since late 2015.
Quote: “So just because something is working doesn’t give him permission to stop evolving.” – Benjamin Hardy
Summary: Leo Babauta discusses how to get things done. Leo is the founder of Zen Habits, which helps you to find simplicity and mindfulness amid life’s chaos.
Quote: “Create the space, clear everything away, then get to it.” – Leo Babauta
Summary: Jay and Heather Harrington discuss how to strengthen your ability to tame your mind. Jay and Heather are the husband and wife team behind the Life and Whim website.
Quote: “Sometimes you need to break the script of your life (and your mind), to appreciate what’s in front of you, to see what’s possible, and to slow life down.” – Jay and Heather Harrington
Summary: Allison Carmen shares the importance of gratitude and positivity. Allison Carmen practiced law for 15 years before transitioning into business coaching and consulting.
Quote: “With gratitude we change our hyper-focus on the things that are bothering us and we expand to see the entire vista of our lives.” – Allison Carmen
Summary: Isaac Morehouse shares tips on clear communication in professional and other settings. Isaac is the founder and CEO of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program that makes degrees irrelevant in terms of pursuing a career.
Quote: “Decide what you want to say. Say it. Mean it.” – Isaac Morehouse
Summary: Anthony Ongaro discusses how to build new habits that lead to results. Anthony is the creator of Break the Twitch, which focuses on minimizing distractions to spend more time on what matters.
Quote: “Taking your minimally viable action and pivoting when it’s not working will lead you to what ends up working.” – Anthony Ongaro
Summary: James Altucher talks about the power of the word “no.” James is an American hedge fund manager whose book Choose Yourself was named by USA Today as one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.
Quote: “If it’s not a ‘Hell, Yeah!’… it’s a NO!” – Derek Sivers via James Altucher
Summary: Nir Eyal discusses a creative way to stay motivated and inspired. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir Eyal, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”
Quote: “If we believe we’re powerless, we don’t even try not to fail.” – Nir Eyal
Summary: Ramit Sethi shares his tactics for combating inertia. Ramit runs the website I Will Teach You To Be Rich and has written an NYT bestselling book and been profiled in a Fortune article.
Quote: “We say, ‘I need motivation,' but really, we already have enough — we’re just spending it one ounce at a time on tiny bullshit.” – Ramit Sethi
Summary: Joshua Becker shares how to get started with minimalism and intentionally living with less. Joshua runs Becoming Minimalist, which helps others find more life through minimalism.
Quote: “Intentionally living with less results in a life of less debt, less stress, and less anxiety.” – Joshua Becker
Summary: Courtney Carver shares how to break down big changes into manageable steps. Courtney used to be an overwhelmed advertising director who now spends each morning on self-care and being engaged with the people she loves.
Quote: “Big change is the result of hundreds of tiny steps and they all count.” – Courtney Carver
Summary: Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui shares five tenets for living a life of purpose. Her mission as a Joyful Living Educator is to help messy humans show up fully to their imperfect and beautiful lives.
Quote: “You’re imperfect. Life is messy. Show up anyway.” – Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui
Summary: David Cain discusses habits to build for self discipline. David Cain is a writer and entrepreneur who lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
Quote: Your quality of life improves when you set clear standards for how you live.
Summary: TK Coleman talks about resistance and thinking about going after the things you know you need to. TK Coleman is the Education Director and co-founder of Praxis.
Quote: Start listening to your conscience and get after the things you know you need to do.
Summary: Chalene Johnson reminds us to focus on living according to our own principles, regardless of others’ opinions. Chalene is a world-renowned speaker with 30 plus years of experience as a health expert.
Quote: If you’re worrying about what other people think, then you are not living according to your own rules.
Summary: Chris Reining shares his thoughts facing and conquering fears. Chris is a thirty-something guy who shares resources to help you become financially free.
Quote: Imagine how much you could accomplish at work and in your personal life if you believed whatever happens, I will handle it.
Summary: Aileen Xu of Lavendaire shares her thoughts on living an authentic life. Aileen is the founder of Lavendaire, which focuses on lifestyle design and personal growth.
Quote: Be yourself, unapologetically. Keep practicing. You’ll get there.
Summary: Mark Manson shares important life skills that you should know. Mark Manson’s website on happiness, ambition, and life purpose attracts millions of views per month.
Quote: When something you do fails, it doesn’t mean you are a failure as a person, it simply means you are a person who happens to fail sometimes.
Summary: Colin Wright discusses effective communication and how to gain knowledge. Colin is a professional author who blogs and lives while travelling full-time.
Quote: What’s more, you can train yourself to dive deeper, and for longer periods of time.
Summary: Brian Gardner discusses the benefits of living a life of simplicity. No Sidebar was created by Brian Gardner and is a website that seeks to help you cultivate a peaceful heart and soul.
Quote: Maybe simple is better. Maybe less is more. Maybe it’s time to give it a try.
Summary: Cylon George shares his thoughts on purpose as well as starting over. Cylon is a spiritual chaplain, devoted husband, musician, and busy father of six.
Quote: Needs are more powerful than values.
Summary: Joshua and Ryan of The Minimalists talk about priorities and gaining additional perspective. They live in Montana and have been featured on BBC, TIME, Forbes, The New York Times, and other media outlets.
Quote: Today is the day your shoulds turn into musts.
Summary: Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life shares two exercises you can use to combat harsh self-criticism. Marc and Angel Chernoff are NYT bestselling authors and professional coaches who have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.”
Quote: You know what you need to eliminate. You know.
Summary: Tynan talks about setting realistic goals. Tynan believes in making intentional decisions and avoiding the herd mentality, and was named as one of the top 25 best bloggers by Time Magazine in 2013.
Quote: It's a dangerous trap to categorize yourself, even if it's a weird unique category you make up yourself.