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July 2021

Sent by James Oliver

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This is the 6th edition of Excelsior, my monthly newsletter to help you improve your mind + body.

If you haven't had a chance to try our new Limited Edition Lemon Blueberry flavor, I'd highly recommend you do before we sell out. So far, it's one of our highest-rated flavors and people are enjoying it so much that they've accused us of witchcraft:

PS - to answer the question, I'm a Gryffindor 🦁

James Oliver
John Wooden Quote

Results are a byproduct of effort. Too often, we measure our self-worth on a certain outcome instead of what really counts, namely, whether or not we gave it our all.

I would rather pursue something difficult and fail than coast through it effortlessly and succeed.



The easiest way to reduce caloric intake, add nutrition to your diet, and to feel more full is to eat real food.

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1. Mindset

If you've ever heard the term ‘growth mindset’ before, this book is where it comes from. Written by Carol Dweck, a Stanford professor who's spent her career studying mindsets, this book is one of the most important books that I've ever read and presents an empirical case for why adopting a growth mindset may be the most impactful thing you can do to thrive in your career, your relationships, and your life.

2. Roadrunner

This is a new documentary on the late Anthony Bourdain and it's excellent. Mr. Bourdain was a chef, media personality, adventurer and educator. He’s best-known for the time that he spent connecting with people from the jungles of the Congo to the streets of New York City and sharing those experiences with the masses through his shows. This film offers a unique perspective into his life both before and after he achieved global fame.

3. ↑ Core Strength, ↓ Time

I used to think that developing a strong core required hours in the gym every week. About 2 years ago, I wanted to test whether this was true and instead began doing just 5 minutes of core each day. The results? I now spend about a half hour on core each week and my core has never been stronger. Because the workouts are short and require no equipment, they’re easy to do consistently and consistency is king. To keep things fresh, I rotate through the follow-along workouts on YouTube channels like this one.

*These recommendations are not sponsored in any way—they’re simply things that have improved my life.