An early-stage tech investor/advisor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, and 50+ other companies, Tim Ferriss has tracked down more than 100 eclectic experts to help him navigate life. In the first half, he shared secrets for success, happiness, and meaning, as told to him by some of the world's most successful achievers. One of the commonalities he found among the group was that around 80 to 90% engaged in some type of mindfulness practice whether it be breathing exercises (like the Wim Hof Method), or meditation, sometimes using apps such as Headspace. Most are doing this practice for 10-20 minutes before they turn their phone on in the morning, and this helps set their emotional state for the day.
Another commonality, he said, is journaling, such as to answer or elaborate on a question that is posed to your subconscious before going to sleep (something that Thomas Edison famously advised). An interesting pattern he uncovered was that the achievers were willing to try out a new behavior such as a specific diet for a two-to-four week period, which reduced the pressure in trying something new, knowing it was just for a finite commitment. He also found that successful people have tended to choose projects not based on an attachment to an outcome but rather on the skills and relationships that they'll develop even if a project fails.
Astrophysicist and author of over 130 scientific publications, Bernard Haisch proposes that the special properties of our universe reflect an underlying intelligence, one that is consistent with the Big Bang and Darwinian evolution. In the latter half, he detailed how science and religion both point to the same stunning and world-changing truth: God is real. Haisch defined God as consciousness, and said that parts of that consciousness are embedded in us. One could view our reality and the laws of physics as a vast simulation within the God consciousness, he suggested.
The universe, he continued, could be a form of virtual reality, like an extrapolation of the computer games we have today, yet developed and advanced over thousands or millions of years. For further indications of God's existence, he cited the amazing fine tuning of the laws of nature, which strongly point to the idea that our universe was meant to be lived in, and near-death experiences which allude to the idea that there is a spiritual reality.