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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy your burrito.
Say something about yourself!
Listened For Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Good to Know Rating: 4.00
Knowledge Manager Rating: 4.50 (aka Chris Hardwick)
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: The Nerdist Way was a humorous self-help book with some really great ideas! Nothing new but the presentation really worked!
Good To Know Thoughts: I will admit that self-help books are kind of my guilty pleasure. I am also a total geek and a big fan of all things nerdom. Here is the deal, if you read any kind of self-improvement books you know they are not really telling you anything new. Presentation is the key to getting some of the messages to stick. The Nerdist Way takes the humorous and direct way of getting the messages across. There is cursing, examples in relation to Dungeons and Dragons, and some very frank “just get it done” speak. Chris didn’t use fancy terms (though he made up a few of his own) and really speaks directly to the target audience: the geeks and nerds of the world. There really is some great advice in here and the activities will help reinforce some good behavior. If you are looking something new and earth-shattering this is not the book. If you are looking for something straight-forward, fun, and sometimes self eye-opening then this will work for you.
NOTE: You must understand Geek/Nerd culture to get some of the references. Then again, I doubt you would look at this book if you didn’t.
Knowledge Manager Thoughts: Why did I call Chris or any other self-help book author a Knowledge Manager? That is what they are! If you are a going to write a self-help book than you had better be able to manage that knowledge. Chris practices (from what I can tell) what he talks about. He uses some real life experience to reinforce the ideas that he suggests that we incorporate into our lives. His humor, bluntness, and fun attitude do come across in The Nerdist Way. Fans of his won’t be disappointed on that scale. I found him to be real and relatable which always helps when taking advice from someone. Overall, he was a great person to send this particular message.
Narrated by Chris Hardwick/Running Time 6h 10m
Non-Fiction read by the author is always better than using another narrator. The belief and feeling they have their subject matter is always apparent. Chris did a fantastic job with the narration, pacing, and adding emotion into the written word. I highly recommend this on audio.
Final Thoughts: The Nerdist Way exceeded my expectations and dare I say, I had fun listening to a self-help book. Great read for the Nerd/Geeks of the world.
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.
The writer didn't take himself too seriously although he was passionate about his subject matter.
I would vaguely compare this book to "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" it's life improving on a very casual and attainable level. It never comes across as talking down to you but it does challenge you in your thinking.
He's a comedian, and he never forgets that. He also doesn't suggest that he's an expert, just a person with personal experience. Thus, he assumes that there are people that are similar to him and suggests a method to overcome the same issues that he dealt with.
I would say get the book version, BUT You must...you must listen to Chris as reads his book. It makes it like 100x better, and it is already good. Sure you kinda need to see all those important pictures and stuff (I'm pretty sure you can see them online), but Chris' voice is so awesome when its in his own voice (see what I did there?). Good book, Best reading of a book I have heard.
It is a great book that has many great tips and tricks for helping what Chris Hardwick calls 'nerdists'. It is something like a self help book but it is not quite in the same sense. He explains a lot of what happened to him and how he got through his addictions to his vices. He also gives a great way to help you change your life while still being funny. Overall a great book and if you like his podcast then you will like this book.
Yes, I know for a fact I am. I have chapters noted to listen to again for various reasons. Also can see myself listening to it randomly in its entirety in the future.
Favorite character was alcohilc Chris Hardwick because I relate to him with my own addictions and disregaurd of responsibility. Hope to go in the same direction that he has. This book really opened my eyes to what I can become and that satisfaction in ones self is not an unreasonable task.
I loved how I didn't have the feeling that he was reading out of a book the whole time. In my head it felt like he was on stage making a motavational speech to his fella nerds.
I spent my time listening to this book walking around. I would recommend this because I was able to listen to what he said, pause it, than really spend time thinking to my self how what he said made me feel and also what i can get out of it. Book is interactive so I had to note down various sections to revisit at home.
Obviously. If anyone has ever heard Chris's voice, he's a fantastic conversationalist and just has one of those voices that are hooking and great to listen to.
The best form of revenge is success.
And! the easiest way to get a hold of Chris on Twitter is apparently writing #douchechimp.
You can sense emotion or importance in what he wrote at certain points. Maybe because I listen to the sweet, suave sound of his voice 3 times a week thanks to the Nerdist Podcast that I can notice, but yeah.
Also! Chris has a few parts he just chimes in on top of his text. Comedians and their improv-- psh.
Eh, not so much.
The only, only, only part I didn't like about this/the book is the Exercise Routine. I understand the idea of
Hardwick's narrating & hilarious material
I can't compare it to any other I've read.
Just his podcast.
Equally hilarious and informative.
no, but I haven't listened to any audiobooks in one sitting.
While there is no breakthrough material here, I think Hardwick does a good job of telling his story of how he went from big 'ol steaming pile of crap to a productive and happy person. The context is what kept me listening though. I do consider myself a nerd and this was a pretty nerdy book. I found it easy to relate to his stories and jokes. I never watch any of his shows and I only vaguely remember him from "Singled Out". I plan on doing some more reading on the Nerdist website too.
"Enjoy your burrito!"
Seriously a great book for getting your life on track, but buy the hard copy.
Very recognizable for nerds and it is so funny! I really enjoyed listening to Chris Hardwick (the fact that the author himself speaks is a big bonus too). The book consists of three parts: one about the mind, one about the body, and one about organizing your time and stuff. The way he explained about how the mind works (specifically, the nerd mind) was an eye-opener. Good tips for organizing your life too, in the third part of the book. But all the exersizes in the "Body" part of the book didn't come to life in audio form. Fortunately, I liked this audiobook so much that I bought the paperback version to take fully advantage of the fitness exersizes in the book.
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