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After three days of scrubbing the same dish, it finally sank in-

I’m going to be a dad… I can’t be a dad! I need to be wise! I need good habits! I need to set a good example!…

The next day I sat down at the computer and began my self-improvement quest. After three minutes of crowded paragraphs and small font, I leaned back, pinched my nose, and exhaled. This is the worst.

Then, the scenes started playing in my mind- my baby… tattoos, fights, swearing, drinking, smoking, jail time-

I took a deep breath. I blinked. I focused on the screen again and I got back to it.

Alright! I’ll read the books, listen to the podcasts and study the articles. I’ll take the long and drab and I’ll take the empty and sensationalized and I’ll make it understandable and enjoyable. And then, not only will I improve myself- but I’ll post the content and help others too.

Thus became Average Optimized- the way to understand and, more importantly, enjoy becoming a better person.




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I’m an average guy. My name is Luke Garnett and I have a high school degree and some college under my belt. I work as a cook at a small local restaurant. I have a daughter named Madeline and we live together in my home in Lynchburg, VA.

I have a little yellow home office and I like to pretend I’m a businessman.

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Average Optimized

Average Optimized



A learn-out-loud site about self-improvement, psychology, and philosophy with humorous and engaging content.


I research this stuff for myself, through books mainly. Then I simplify it and write it out and make it into videos and other things.

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Since the arrival of my daughter, I have been compelled to improve my life, for a better lifestyle and to set a better example for Maddi. At the time I am writing this she is 6 months old and I have been reading and learning concepts to improve my life since learning of her conception.

There has been a ton of information pass through my head and ear (I listen to audiobooks at work with one headphone in) and I realized that I needed a personal resource to write it all down and keep track of what I was learning. After I began the process of writing it down and organizing it I realized that this life improvement stuff could be a cool website idea that could help guide other people through all this cool stuff.

The Content

The Content

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In conjunction, these three topics are what I think matter most in striving for a good life.


Self Improvement - To always be improving, making the horizon ahead look brighter and brighter


Psychology - To understand what comes along with being human and how to use it for good


Philosophy - To keep asking why until you get to the bottom – and then ask again


Maddi and I figure it out together and put out these types of content in any or all of these forms:

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So there's really no way for you to not be happy. 

The Crew

The Crew

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The GF (now fiancée)

Speaks the intro to LUSTHDAOAHC shows

Don't tell her how pretty she is or she'll leave me.



The star of the show

Amiable, witty, and industrious

Helps me think of big words when I'm writing


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