About Ben Austin

My friends call me the illegitimate love child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Nye. I’m a bodybuilding-yogi-science loving-foodie bringing an engineering approach to lifestyle design. Join me as I analyze the systems that go into optimal mental and physical performance and explore the stories and tactics of people who set the standard for the rest of us.

How Eminem Used Success Habits To Recover From Drug Addiction

A man who took a handful of white pills in an attempt to quiet the demons that called his name… A nearly empty fifth of vodka, perched on a table… A set of dark sunken eyes staring back in a dimly light mirror… The core of a man being challenged by his god…

…..He could no longer escape his past and his future threatened him…. He fell down and got up…. He fell again, this time paralyzed, unable to move… Everything went black….

…An instant that changed his life.  

When he woke up, the men wearing white coats said he was two hours away from dying. He’d taken too much this time, it nearly killed him. Next time he might not be lucky.

The pills were supposed to be just like valium- a drug he knew all too well. It wasn’t. The amount of Methadone he’d taken was the equivalent of 4 bags of heroin. Enough to kill most men. 

As he lay there, part of him wanted it to be over, to escape the life that that tortured him. It would be easier this way. The the other part still had a spark. That part still wanted to make music, to be a good father and live a good life.

His spark kept him going. 

This is his story of Eminem’s recovery. It’s about how he got motivated, created new success habits, used mentors to get his life back and began making music again. 



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3 Simple Steps To Create An Exercise Habit That Sticks!

My friend Dave is disappointed with life.

His job sucks, his life lacks meaning, his income is low, and he’s not confident.

All of these issues stem from what he see’s in the mirror. He’s skinny. Like really skinny.

It may be a compliment to call a girl skinny, but It’s the kiss of death for a guy. It not only insults his general manliness, but makes him feel weak, feminine, and soft.

Because he hates the way he looks, he finds it hard to be happy, grateful and assertive in his daily life. You would think this would be enough to start lifting weights and pounding down protein shakes. It isn’t.

Like most of us, he has tried to start an exercise habit, but failed.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to create one that sticks. 



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The Hangover Cure For The Masses

I’m not a big drinker. But when I do, I get crippling hangovers. It’s not just the awful hangover feeling that pisses me off, It’s that I stop being my best.

Instead of dealing with the repercussions of my poor decisions, I’ve been perfecting an antidote. It’s been years in the making, but I’m ready to release it.

I’m calling it “The Hangover Cure For The Masses“. You can call it whatever you want.

What I’ve done is broken down a hangover cure using food and supplements. This post focuses on the fundamentals of hacking your hangover, with a few notes for the elite performer who needs to bounce back quickly.



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3 Ways To Achieve Mastery Like Biggie & Tupac

The other day, I was listening to Hypnotize by Notorious BIG and started to get nostalgic. Remembering the ‘good old days’ when life didn’t have so many responsibilities, bills and worries.

I then started thinking…

How did Biggie and Pac get so good despite being in their early 20’s? How did they stand out from the crowd? What was their path to mastery?

This post is an attempt at answering those questions.



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How To Become 3X More Persuasive Like Jerry Weintraub

This article is a series of lessons learned from Hollywood’s greatest promoter and biggest dealmaker. He’s the man behind Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, John Denver, The Ocean’s 11 Franchise, The Karate Kid and many more. 

 

No matter what life threw at him from club rooms of Brooklyn, to Mafia hangouts of NY’s Lower East side, to the hills of Hollywood he found a way to promote and sell tickets to his shows. 

All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage,” he writes. “I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: ‘Jerry Weintraub Presents.’ 

He’s is the most persuasive man in the history of showbiz and changed the industry with his unique insights. His path to mastery is a model for all of us. 

 



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How To Learn Life Lessons From Your Farmer

Our lives (even if we are not farmers) are governed by rhythms, flows and seasons of our lives. We go through cycles of work, tinkering, learning, experimenting, planning, growing, organizing, cultivating, testing and resting.

When we respect these seasons, we flourish. When we don’t, we burn out, get sick, get fat and age early. 

Are you respecting the Seasons of Your Life? Most of us push until something breaks. You need to look no further than the census of 2013 to understand that most Americans are overworked, overweight and overspending.

Our culture tells us to over-do it. Do it fast. Do it now.

And we do.



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3 Steps To Turn Tiny Personal Habits Into HUGE Results

We live in a magic pill society.

  • Get rich in 30 days!
  • Lose 20 Lbs in 20 workouts!
  • Find the woman/man of your dreams in 7 easy steps!

After being exposed to so many different marketing messages, we start to believe that we’re special (it’s everyone else who needs to figure it out!).

Ramit Sethi calls this “Special Snowflake Syndrome”, Andre 3000 of OutKast calls it “thinking your shit don’t stink” and Charlie Munger calls it “delusional confidence”. These phrases all point back to same fundamental flaws of human psychology.

  1. We can’t see how our daily habits affect us in the long term.
  2. We think we’re going to become an overnight success.
  3. We think we’ll avoid the decades of hard work that typically goes into building a life worth living.
  4. We think we deserve it.

Unfortunately, you can’t avoid the truth.



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Interview With John Hargrave: Mind Hacking, The Secret Service, and Overcoming Adiction

Ben chats with Sir John Hargrave, CEO of Media Shower about his soon to be released book Mind Hacking. His new book is about reprogramming your brain using strategies taken from the world of computer programing. The tactics outlined are designed to eliminate negative thought patterns and replace them with empowering ones. 

In the interview, we talk about growing up in the computer revolution, overcoming addiction and how he almost got arrested by the secret service!

Check out this and more in our interview. 



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3 Ways To Hack Burnout, Anxiety And Fatigue

In our go-go-go society we rarely take the time to rest, rejuvenate and recover. And this won’t be a lecture about “overdoing it” and I won’t bother telling you to avoid caffeine. Instead let’s focus on damage control in the moment and ways to keep you performing at a high level when you need it the most.

As the leader of your group, tribe or organization, you can’t afford to break down. Your people need you. 

Who’s This For? This post is for the high performance investor-entrepreneur who loves work they do and won’t stop. It’s practical advise that you can implement in your daily habits to deal with burnout and stress and as they come along.



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The Free StrengthsFinder That Actually Works

There a major problem with StrengthFinder Tests. They are meant for people who are unchanging and static. For the average Joe or Jane who watches 6 hours a TV everyday and goes to a job that they tolerate for 40+ years and then retires; they work fine.

These tests focus on who you are right now. Not who you want to be and what you want to do. They don’t integrate important factors such as your values and the environment you grew up in.

If you are a dynamic and constantly developing person, than you are going to need a different solution.

What follows below is a strengthsfinder for the dynamic, developing, multipotentialite who understands that who they are today and they person they will be in 10 years is massively different.



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