Dorsey’s amazing transformation into one of the richest people in America, his growing reputation as an innovator is common knowledge. You can see him featured on the Today Show or People Magazine; you can Google his name and get his basic bio in a sentence: A medium-town boy from St. Louis, a part-time fashion model in his youth, he started writing code for computers when he was in middle school; some of the vehicle-dispatching applications he built ‘way back then are still in use by taxi companies today. He attended college — first the University of Missouri — Rolla, then New York University — but he dropped out in 1999, just a few months before his formal graduation. Soon he was in California and pitching new ideas, forming new companies, moving upward with startling speed. And that little idea he had in his last few months at NYU — this idea about a short-message “instant messenger” service that could put virtually anyone in touch with anyone else — was already beginning to take shape. The first prototype of Twitter, developed by Dorsey and a contractor named Florian Weber, was used as an internal service for a company called Odeo in 2005. The first full version premiered on July 15, 2006. The rest is quite literally history. Today, “Twitter” is a household word, like “Xerox” or “Kleenex,” and the effects it has had in its short life have been truly amazing.
What Jack Dorsey has done in the twenty-plus years since his application arrived has literally changed the world. Twitter and all its imitators have affected everything from love and marriage to Presidential politics. Social media has brought people together, helped them accomplish extraordinary things. It has pulled us together and driven us apart. And Dorsey has been at the center of it since the very beginning, as very few others have been.
Today, he is the (second time around) CEO of Twitter and its e-commerce partner Square. He runs the company, travels the world, and still regularly reports on his continuing dedication to leading a surprising, productive, high-quality life on a day-to-day basis through his own social media accounts and journals. And he does it all in public, where we can all see it … and where many feel free to criticize and comment.
Jack Dorsey isn’t the only billion-dollar entrepreneur with a unique and very public set of health and wellness practices. Everyone from Shark Tank star Mark Cuban to 95-year-old Charlie Munger to Tony Robbins has something to say about staying healthy and living a long time. But Dorsey is a little different. All along the way, Jack Dorsey has proven himself to be something more than simply another Billionaire of the Month eccentric. True, he has a tendency to use a lot of jargon — words like being “performant” and “clear” to achieve his remarkable level of energy and accomplishment. But what’s far more important is that he is constantly evolving Dorsey has never settled on a single “thing,” a single strategy or point of view. He’s always trying new things, replacing old tactics with new ones, And his enthusiasm for this forward-facing (and sometime under-critical) approach never flags.
One thing that has remained consistent throughout Dorsey’s bodyhacking adventures is a singular, unwavering commitment to mindfulness. Since long ago, since the days before anyone knew who Jack Dorsey was and “twitter” was still just a sound effect for songbirds, he has cared deeply about paying attention to every decision he makes: what he eats, how and when and how much he moves, how he experiences the world and how he fits into it. And he has regularly documented that, written about it, talked about it, shared it. That’s what makes it special … and useful.
Now, at least for a little while, we’re going to join Jack Dorsey on his journey. We’re going to look at a number of elements of his lifestyle that he swears by, recommends, repeats in public very often.Those habits include:
- Meditating Twice a Day
- Walking to Work
- Seven-Minute High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
- Saunas and Ice Baths (Starting the day with an ice-cold bath, too)
- A Standing Desk
- Near-Infrared Rays
- Eating One Meal per Day and Weekend Fasts
- Daily Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
- Monitoring Sleep
But we’re not simply going to accept that everything he says or has tried is exactly right for everyone, or even for him. (Otherwise we’d all eating nothing but purple foods.) Instead, we’re going to use Jack Dorsey’s observations and practices as a series of springboards — of ideas that we’ll explore from the ground up, and work with, to see just how much they can apply to your own particular situation, your own unique needs and goals. The plan is for you to learn a great deal about yourself and your potential along the way, and to leave the experience with some great new ideas and inspiration on how you can change your life — and the world around you — just like Jack Dorsey has and continues to do.
If you want a taste, click the button to the right for a download of my take on OMAD — One Meal a Day. You can also click through and pre-order a copy of teh book, set to premiere on May 20, 2020.