I've only had it a few weeks and already played some chapters five or more times. I can't say that about many of my hundred-plus Audible books.
He's been in your shoes (if you're a nerd that is) learned from his mistakes and passed that on in this book. So far everything in the book I have tried myself has worked fairly well or else I was already doing something similar.
Normally I won't get a book narrated by its author as these have almost always been terrible, but this book was an exception. I have the eBook as well (mostly to get the charts, graphs and exercise illustrations) and I hear his voice when reading it.
I did make me pause the playback many times so I could absorb what had just been explained. It wasn't that he said anything I hadn't heard before, though some was new to me, it was more that he made it real and personal- not dry and academic as so many other books do.
I highly recommend this book to any nerd who struggles with their own mind and it's tendency to turn inward.
It's got some really good parts, some brilliant ideas, and some fun and interesting things to say but...
The author constantly talks as though he is talking directly to straight guys and assumes getting the girl is a common desire for everybody reading.
It's distracting and kinda awful.
I will however say it happens a lot less often than in other "nerd" based self help books I've impulse bought during sales.
It's not so often as to make me want to stop the book all together, so I forget that it's even a thing that happens. Then it happens again like a slap in the face.
A consistent reminder that some men think of women things you get for being awesome enough, and the men who think that way will really like this book.
Science Fiction, humor, education, philosophy, horror and non fiction are my favorite genres.
Plenty Good Advise
This is the only non medical self help book I would ever recommend to someone. There are many great books if you are looking to help better your mental health (ask a professional) but this one is pretty fantastic. Chris Hardwick is funny, open, smart and honest about his own struggles with mental health and addiction. The book is written for those who are more on the nerdy side but I think some of his tactics and ideas (obviously learned from his own professional psychiatrist) can be beneficial to anyone. Plus the book is funny and entertaining.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
As a self-proclaimed nerd, I felt that this book spoke to me. It provides practical advise dressed up in nerdy concepts (leveling up, character sheets etc.) which makes it fun to look at the grind.
I'm a fan of Hardwick's standup, so I knew I would probably enjoy the performance and comedy aspects of the book. What I didn't expect was for it to be so damn useful. I got plenty of laughs, but so many of the strategies he suggests for managing one's life and productivity are really, truly valuable, especially since it is written specifically for those of us who to have a very particular sort of "nerd brain": hyper-aware obsessives who are equally creative and scientific in their interests and skills. Bonus: he makes it very fun, which is essential ingredient in getting any results when embarking on any self improvement odyssey. It's a lot easier to do the work when it doesn't all feel like someone has a Gom Jabar pointed at your jugular.
Having been drawn to books like Getting Things Done, The Four Hour Body and numerous other self help books about getting organized and systematic in my chronic and withered attempts to embrace adulthood, this has similar advice, but it is really laser focused for what he referes to as the "nerd brain", i.e., analytic yet creative thinkers who tend to be somewhat compulsive in their interests, motivated by systemic rewards systems (i.e., those of us who live for progress bars and experience points). Because his brain also works this way, he is remarkably insightful in not only giving advice that would actually work for this particular mindset, but also breaking down the WHY'S of what he proposes. For example, when discussing managing anxiety and panic attacks, two conditions he personally suffers from, he doesn't just tell you to "take a deep breath" and meditate; he actually tells you the physiological reasons that taking deep, slow breaths can conquer a panic attack (i.e., flooding the blood with oxygen,which will help neutralize the biochemicals that are flooding your system when you have an attack). For folks like me who need to analyze and understand processes, this sort of information is absolutely vital for not only grasping what is happening to you, but how you can change it, allowing you to focus on the PROCESS rather than just following instructions. While many might find the whole idea of "DMing" your life (i.e., Dungeons and Dragons style character profiling of yourself and your goals and using a similar progress reward system) as somewhat juvenile, anybody who has spend 8 hours straight playing a video game and feeling like they accomplished something will likely find value in the approach.
Aw, Hardwick is like a very smart, funny and adorable Golden Retriever that you just want to go to the park with and then you discover he can open refrigerators, douse water and diagnose blood diseases with just his nose. I mean, I knew the guy was very funny, but I had no idea how much I would respond to the actual advice and tips in the book and that I would actively implement them into my life. A lot of it is very serious advice, whether it's about career goals, health, managing stress and anxiety or just getting out of your own way. Because he presents it interwoven with the geek humor he is known for and a multitude of personal anecdotes about his own triumphs and soul crushing defeats, you are thoroughly entertained while getting introduced to concepts that could indeed improve the quality of your life. Oh, and also, maybe get some nerd tail.
I'M IN YOUR HEAD,NERD
If you like Hardwick already, you'll like the entertainment value of the book, but it's likely you can get a lot of great tips from it as well. It does reference a lot of content in the physical book, but you can go the the Nerdist Way site to access what he is referencing. Finally, Lizard Brain.
Hardwick covers several great areas of self help to encourage nerds to get off the couch and keep themselves motivated and healthy. Since he comes from the same place as his intended audience there's a true sense of honesty and authenticity to his message.
Must read for any nerd languishing in couch-dom.
I have a child with Aspergers and I am going to use this book as the basis for a social and life skills curriculum for her. The humor in this book will keep most nerd teens engaged as they pick up valuable info. I listened with headphones on while cleaning my house, and almost scared my wife with my cackling when the author suddenly told his brain to "f--k off!" Way to go, Chris.
This is no fiction, so there is no story to end :-)
I would tune it down a little and use a bit less profanity.
No. It would not make sense make movie from this topic
Funny, motivational, nerd-friendly
The understanding of how the nerd mind functions.
This is the first audiobook, I listen to his podcasts regularly, his reading of the book was more forced and not real compared to the podcasts.
Let your evil genius shine
People who are really wasting all their time playing video games and having low self esteem.
Be practical more. And cut the motivational crap.