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The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) | [Chris Hardwick]

The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,
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Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising.

Nerds subsist on the minutiae of their chosen passions. As a lifelong member of “The Nerd Herd,” as he calls it, Chris Hardwick has learned all there is to know about Nerds. He’s studied them, lived with them, and has endeavored to milk their knowledge nectar and isolate its curative powers for what ails you. Thus, he has founded a philosophical system (and blog) called The Nerdist, and here he shares his hard-earned wisdom about turning seeming weaknesses into world-dominating strengths. From keeping your heart rate below hummingbird levels to managing the avalanche of sadness that is your inbox, from ignoring your brain to attracting wealth by turning down work, Hardwick reveals the secrets that can help you accomplish what you want by tapping into your true nerdtastic self. The Nerdist Way shows how to focus your mind, body, and time into an unstoppable laser of goodness. Don’t wait for another social tragedy. Don’t resort to cheap “mass murder” tactics to exact your revenge on society. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way.

©2011 Chris Hardwick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Rosemary Gungahlin, Australia 09-15-14
    Rosemary Gungahlin, Australia 09-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "apparently all nerds are boys obsessed with boobs"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billy Grow Texas 12-09-13
    Billy Grow Texas 12-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, and have already! Finally a self-help book that speaks directly to the heart of a nerd from a surprisingly unexpected source. Hardwick's ideas are simple but when applied very effective.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chris didn't make this to make money as much as he did it to actually pass on some knowledge to fellow nerds. I really think the main idea of this book could really help so many others if they actually apply it and stick with it. Plus it works for ANYTHING you are looking to improve in your life.


    What about Chris Hardwick’s performance did you like?

    If you find him entertaining in ANY way from Talking Dead, Talking Bad, Nerdist Podcast or Show, then you love his performance in this. It's both very personal and extremely funny.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Enjoy your burrito.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Devilicia Boston, MA 05-14-13
    Devilicia Boston, MA 05-14-13 Member Since 2006

    Dev

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    "Finally,self-improvement advice for the nerd brain"
    What made the experience of listening to The Nerdist Way the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Nerdist Way to and why?

    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.


    What about Chris Hardwick’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'M IN YOUR HEAD,NERD


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yehuda United States 05-02-13
    Yehuda United States 05-02-13
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    "Great self motivation book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Nerdist Way the most enjoyable?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-23-12
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Good data, plus XPs! What more could you want?"

    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.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Miro Adamy Ottawa, Ontario Canada 06-18-12
    Miro Adamy Ottawa, Ontario Canada 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It's OK - if you are nerd that likes standup"
    Would you try another book from Chris Hardwick and/or Chris Hardwick?

    Probably.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This is no fiction, so there is no story to end :-)


    What aspect of Chris Hardwick’s performance would you have changed?

    I would tune it down a little and use a bit less profanity.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It would not make sense make movie from this topic


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alaa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 01-01-12
    Alaa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 01-01-12
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    "Don't waste your time in this book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are really wasting all their time playing video games and having low self esteem.


    What could Chris Hardwick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Be practical more. And cut the motivational crap.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total disappointment.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Nunaley Goodlettsville, TN USA 04-23-12
    Mary Nunaley Goodlettsville, TN USA 04-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Self Help with a twist"
    If you could sum up The Nerdist Way in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, motivational, nerd-friendly


    What did you like best about this story?

    The understanding of how the nerd mind functions.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Hardwick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let your evil genius shine


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hammy 02-12-13
    Hammy 02-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "The Meathead Way"

    The title of this piece of trash is a misnomer.

    The author/narrator constants swears to the extent is painful to listen. F--- this, F--- that.
    His verbal skills have more in common with a street thug, than a supposed nerd.

    It would be ok, if the information conveyed between the constant stream of profanity was of any use. However, his "self help" advice is both shallow and obvious. Eg. "Don't listen to negativity from your brain. It is just a brain f---"

    No scientific evidence is given in regards to any of his self help advice.

    I could only recommend this for individuals of low IQ, who enjoy listening to swearing.

    The nerdy aspect of this audiobook are the references to RPGs, video games, Dungeons and Dragons.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Coldwater, MI, United States 01-23-12
    Randy Coldwater, MI, United States 01-23-12
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    "Very fast paced"
    What did you like best about The Nerdist Way? What did you like least?

    Material is good but very fast paced
    The author is at least a generation younger than me and language is semi-foreign


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chris is a comedian and entertainer - he makes it interesting.


    What three words best describe Chris Hardwick’s performance?

    Fast, blunt, correct


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Nerdist Way?

    Young person looking for their place in this world


    Any additional comments?

    I did not complete the book and may not complete.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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