My friend Jon Levy had a book signing today in New York City for The 2 AM Principle.
Here’s Jon, speaking on stage:
This is what the book looks like:
Random notes I jotted down from Jon’s talk:
What impacts behavior for an adventure?
- Your friend group.
- Going a new location.
No familiarity from home to trigger old habits or patterns.
Definition of adventure: an experience that is exciting and remarkable.
People cannot tell the difference between the length of time for pleasure and pain. It is why you can have an amazing three hour date, but if you say something stupid at the end, it may sour your whole memory of it.
Jon gave the scientific study example of where people put their hands in freezing water for 60 seconds, versus 90 seconds and the last 30 seconds of that had the temperature slowly rising… everyone picks the 90 seconds because it ends on a warmer note.
Questions from the audience:
- Why 2 AM and not 4 AM?
Jon says that it depends on the city, but in New York, 2 AM is about the cut off where you are there go to sleep or you really push it for a wild night. In the suburbs or a much smaller city, it may be 10 PM or 11 PM.
- What’s the value add of adventure?
Jon says that is the benefit of getting into flow state, pushing to the edge of your capability.
The event was hosted at the very nice GLG offices across from Grand Central.