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Publisher's Summary

A survival manual for ambitious ADVENTURERS

You have a Hydra: a grand, ambitious project you’ve always wanted to tackle. It feels overwhelming, unconquerable. Chop off one of a Hydra’s heads, and two more grow in its place.

How will you ever defeat such a terrifying monstrosity - and live to tell the tale? 

In this illuminating fable, productivity expert Josh Kaufman explores the uncertainty and fear inherent in facing down any ambitious challenge, from starting a new business to completing a work of art.

The risks involved can never be eliminated, but they can be understood, anticipated, and mitigated. Armed with an adventurer's insights into tackling unknown and fearsome challenges, you can tame a project of epic proportions. 

How to Fight a Hydra is an essential handbook for artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs tired of ignoring the call to adventure. 

So prepare for battle, brave soul. Draw your sword. Light your torch. 

In the darkness ahead, your Hydra awaits.  

©2018 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC (P)2018 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC

Critic Reviews

"Originally I expected the title to be just a metaphor - I was delighted to learn that the book is, in fact, a short guide to fighting a Hydra. Using metaphor makes it much easier to have a clear view of reality. The way Josh tells the story is great: it starts with a picture of a world not quite like your own - but very much parallel - and then slowly the two worlds merge. By the time you put the book down, a feeling of possibility is unavoidable." (Joey Cofone, CEO of Baron Fig)

"From start to finish, How to Fight A Hydra felt like my brain on loudspeaker. This book is a map for venturing, risking, and living how I know I must. It's not easy, but I'll take the risk. The reward is finding out WHO I AM. I just took one of the biggest risks I've ever taken in my work; this book came at the perfect time. I'm ready to quest: to find the Hydra and defeat anything that gets in the way... even if it's me." (Ishita Gupta)

"As I read How to Fight a Hydra, I immediately thought of my journey as an entrepreneur. There were so many moments that mirrored the adventure of building my own business. This book is like The War of Art and Rules for a Knight tossed into a blender and combined to create a beautiful and insightful story about the quest any adventurer faces." (James Clear, author of Atomic Habits and writer)

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A memorable listen

I really enjoyed this short story as a way of communicating important steps to overcome that big project you may have lurking inside your head.
Archetypal stories like this have a tendency to stick more than just bullet points of what you should do to overcome something.

So a pleasant surprise of a book that dropped out of nowhere

Now of to fight that Hydra of my own

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Simple yet effective metaphor for perseverance!

Short and sweet! A good short story that expresses that which we often are aware of, but fail to follow thru with.

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Great content, but painfully heavy and earnest

I gave this 5 stars because I love Josh Kaufman and his work. But I really wish he had test read this in front of some live audiences of people that weren't already his fans. It appears no one thought to tell him to lighten this up a bit. Content is great and so is the recording quality, but it's so soul-crushingly heavy and syrupy that I had a really hard time getting through it. I think a few live readings would have made this painfully clear. Please Josh, if you read this, test-read this in front of live audiences a few times so that you can see where you are losing people when things are just too lofty and cringingly sincere. I know that style can work for some audiences, but even the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" fans might struggle here.

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Excellent use of metaphor

Great but simple storytelling device that makes this a very pleasurable and brief read. Entertaining without fluff into wisdom condensed. Doesn't get much better. Even great use of the audio format for extra "atmosphere".

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The reason I read books

The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books.

I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7.

If I read one more book from Josh Kaufman, I'll have to get a bigger apartment just for my books.