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The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms
Narrated by: Vishen Lakhiani
Length: 9 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

What if everything we think we know about how the world works - our ideas of love, education, spirituality, work, happiness, and love - are based on brules (bullsh*t rules) that get passed from generation to generation and are long past their expiration date?

This book teaches you to think like some of the greatest nonconformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for your life so you can define success on your own terms.

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is mostly decided not by rational choice but instead by conditioning and habit. And thus most people live their lives based on limiting rules and outdated beliefs about pretty much everything - love, work, money, parenting, sex, health, and more - that they inherit and pass on from generation to generation.

But what if you could remove these outdated ideas and start anew? What would your life look like if you could forget the rules of the past and redefine what happiness, purpose, and success mean for you?

Not Just a Book but a Movement

Blending computational thinking, integral theory, modern spirituality, evolutionary biology, and humor, personal growth entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani provides a revolutionary 10-point framework for understanding and enhancing the human self. He developed this framework based on his personal experiences, the five million people he's reached through Mindvalley, and 200 hours of interviews and questions posed to incredible minds, including Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Ken Wilber, Dean Kamen, Arianna Huffington, Michael Beckwith, and other legendary leaders.

The 10 Laws of an Extraordinary Life

In a unique fusion of cutting-edge ideas, personal stories, irreverence, and his brilliant teaching style, Lakhiani reveals the 10 powerful laws that form a step-by-step process that you can apply to life to shed years of struggle and elevate yourself to exceptional new heights. This book challenges conventional ideas of relationships, goal setting, mindfulness, happiness, and meaning. Lakhiani combines computational thinking with personal growth to provide a powerful framework for recoding yourself and replacing old, limiting models that hold you back with new, empowering beliefs and behaviors that set you on the path toward an extraordinary life - a life of more happiness and achievement than you might have dared to dream possible.

©2016 Vishen Lakhiani (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Just a 10 hour advertisement for the $1000 program

What disappointed you about The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

It's not truly a program or any sort of "help" book but is, instead, just an advertisement for the paid resources on the authors website. It's like a rap song. He spends the book saying how great and rich he is to gain some credibility to refer you to the paid programs on his website.

What could Vishen Lakhiani have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Offered some of the program, even a shortened version so I could learn something or try his ideas.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It goes quickly, his voice is fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

Most of the anecdotal stories that seem to just be excuses to drop some names to impress the listener. Very little point in the constant stories of all the famous people he's met.

Any additional comments?

This is the most disappointing purchase I've made on Audible. I feel like I just spent the last 3 days in an Amway presentation.

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Anything but Ordinary

Brace yourself for a workable concise approach to personal growth. The author covers common barriers to personal growth with true insight and impact. The methods are updated from a perspective of "the shoulders of giants". He has personally developed a workable largely logical system for intentional personal growth.
If you listen to/read this book you are well on the way to a kinder view of life and it's opportunities.
On the downside he coined a phrase that is meant to suggest personal strength. It is in my opinion similar to comedians using vulgarities for laughs. Unflappable connotes the message and was already in my Thesaurus.
There is a very clear and evident seduction to visit the website of his company for additional information. There you will be offered enrollment to costly seminars. The points made in the book should suffice for all but the most "uncertain travelers".

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So glad I took a chance on this!!

I bought this just by chance, since the title looked interesting. I had absolutely no knowledge of the author or any of his previous work.

WOW!!! I was absolutely blown away. This is one of the single greatest self improvement books I've ever read. It's one of the few books in general that I was actually SAD when it ended!!

Anything negative I could say about this book would be trite and trivial. Trust me, if you're looking to hack your life, this is a GREAT place to start!

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Self indulgent

If you want to read a book that is more about the author than what he is teaching this is the one. If the word "I" were eliminated it would probably be 1/3 in length. Personal anecdotes are great to illustrate points but this felt more like a memoir than book on how to improve the mind. Many will love this book but I could not even finish. Prefer more useable content less stories.

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Loved this book...

First time through, changed my outlook on everything... Going to go through it again & this time, use all of the online tools & support. It's a living breathing book. I'll be looking to really absorb it, this time 'round!

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Don't Bother Wasting Your Time

A bulk of the book was filled with anecdotes in which he portrays himself as a failure or a computing nerd so that he could establish credibility in his "methods". I found the information provided to be coercive, repetitive, and uninformative. Definitely just a run-of-the-mill self-help book that tries to masquerade itself as something else.

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Awesome Book, Get it stop making excuses

What made the experience of listening to The Code of the Extraordinary Mind the most enjoyable?

This information will Jump Start your Life and Keep you going.
I am a 40+ yrs old and single and Need to find new inspiration to keep on going in life. All the old self-help books growing up isn't cutting it. Need a complete revamp in life all areas.
This is what I have been waiting for. This information just hit me like Truth does. Once it hits you upside your spiritual self, you start to wake up to the possibilities.

Lets see how Far I can go this time. Only Time will tell......See ya on the other side.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

Aha moments like I knew that, but oh yea that is a great way to make it a constant habit in life...

What does Vishen Lakhiani bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Signed up for his MindValleyAcademy online and he delivers....walks his talk and gives you the tools and information to succeed in life.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Action is the key to Success and all the Habits you develop or customize for your life will require Action, but first you have to experience a Paradigm change in your old thinking to your new thinking.

Any additional comments?

Signup for the MindValleyAcademy course, you will Thank yourself later on.

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Disappointing

I held on as long as I could, but I couldn't finish this book. It was just too annoying. The author believes most religious rules & being told by your parents who to marry are bullsh!t rules you do not need to follow. Thank you Captain Obvious, but these are not groundbreaking thoughts.

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A must listen for success on any level

What did you love best about The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

Condenses so many ideas for success at life, love and happiness into one book with exercises to keep it simple and easy to apply daily.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book is wonderful and full of ideas to change how you see the world and how you can make every day just a little better.

What about Vishen Lakhiani’s performance did you like?

Vishen has a voice made for talking to audiences and getting ideas across.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just makes me smile every time I listen to a few pages or look at what Brules I can break each day.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen and something to refer back to almost daily.

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Disappointing

Lakhiani provides a retelling of the principles of personal success...very rudimentary and bland...great marketing without substance.

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  • musiclover
  • 08-10-16

It's not a book - it's an EXPERIENCE!

I have been following Vishen Lakhiani and Mindvalley for about two years now, bought and studied several courses, and I wasn't sure if I wanted or needed to buy this book, as I expected nothing 'new' from it. I have finished listening to it yesterday, and my feedback is that it is THE BEST WHOLESOME EXPERIENCE I have EVER had. It didn't contain any 'new' content for me, but the structure and presentation of Vishen's philosophy is solid and unique, breathtakingly exciting and as 'hands on' as it could possibly be. The 'holistic' presentation is AMAZING, I wish any personal development book would have so much background information and practical study options and courses as this work does. It is not a book, it is an experience, and as such even falls into two of the categories mentioned in the book, as it offers an experience and growth. It will be my standard present for all upcoming birthdays in the next year, as I believe it deserves to be read and experienced as much and as widely as possible.

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  • Connie
  • 07-02-16

Confirmed what I already knew

A great book very worth the read. Only confirmed what I knew already as I have been researching so much of these topics already but I did learn some things and very much enjoyed how it was written and phrased. It was time and money well spent. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Blinky1104
  • 11-03-16

An enlightening experience

Where does The Code of the Extraordinary Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top - but not many to compare it to at present

What other book might you compare The Code of the Extraordinary Mind to, and why?

Unsure

What does Vishen Lakhiani bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His passion and intention behind what he writes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As a parent to a 3 year old, the part around parenting resonated with me.

Any additional comments?

For anyone unsure as to if to give this book a go.......be open minded and wait until the end before deciding if it for you or not, you might just surprise yourself.

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  • Lisa Nichols UK
  • 10-23-18

My “Go To” Night-time listen

Fantastic book full of life changing ideas and practical steps. The accompanying online material is first class. My favourite bit? Vishen’s voice is so soothing I listen to it every night to drift off 😴 Ive listened and re-listened dozens of times #bonus

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  • George
  • 07-19-18

Extraordinary just as it's title

Best book I have listened ever! I see it as an evolution from Napoleon Hill

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  • Claire, Cornwall
  • 02-06-17

Very very disappointing

Simplistic and repetitive. The entire book seemed to revolve around him and his life, his beautiful wife and children and how everyone can succeed in the same way he has by basically living in a self-centred way and ripping up the rule book. Very few insights from the successful and famous as listed and the philosophical quotes from Star Wars and Lord of the Rings was really scraping the barrel. A bit less self-promotion and a much larger chunk of quality material would have made this tolerable. And let's invent another word - Brubbish!

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  • stryder
  • 09-06-16

Same old self development fluff

Repetitive, self promotion, not much substance that hasn't been repeated solo many times before in self development books. Thought is was getting a more scientific book.

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  • miss
  • 10-07-16

inspired

listened to the book in one go and will keep listening to it to motivate my day and life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-16

Nothing new?

If you've been looking into self-help for a while I doubt you'll discover anything new from this book. Overall it was fine and wasn't a slog to get through.

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  • Rachael Orchard
  • 08-19-16

Great book for modern day personal development

Vishen is inspiring to listen to and has some great ways of illustrating his points and giving examples that are easily relatable.
I think everyone who is interested in growth and personal/ business acumen should read this book.
Thanks Vishen

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  • Meshach
  • 09-06-16

Wow.

Really obvious, usual self-help advice most people have already come across, but with constant name-dropping and self-advertising. Was painful for me to finish. Sorry.

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  • S.
  • 06-01-16

Exceptional

The justification/ introduction was a little long but an absolutely exceptional guide for life changing self help thereafter.
Thank you Vishen.

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  • Kaijie Zhou
  • 08-24-16

I don't what he is selling.

What disappointed you about The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

All about his sort of successful stories, what level of people he met. blablabla.

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

Nothing. All old stuff from other books.

Any additional comments?

I just didn't get it.

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  • John
  • 08-25-16

An awful book

What disappointed you about The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

The lack of substance and authenticity. The naming dropping of other leaders without any substantial, original message is just tiresome.

Would you ever listen to anything by Vishen Lakhiani again?

Nope.

Would you be willing to try another one of Vishen Lakhiani’s performances?

Nope.

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  • lindsay
  • 10-04-16

I want my money back

I would rather listen to D Trump talk about him self. The author just talks about him self...

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  • Som
  • 08-17-16

Amazing

I truly amazing book. I have learned a lot. And most important of all it's a book you can listen to over and over again.

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  • Jane
  • 07-30-16

Fabulous

Would you listen to The Code of the Extraordinary Mind again? Why?

Fabulous book, incredible support material and online course to accompany the book. The meditation alone is amazing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

Every chapter was better than the last there is no memorable moment as they all were

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The 6 phase meditation is a game changer.

Any additional comments?

Grab the book and then buy copies for your friends and workmates

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  • Paul Clark
  • 05-18-16

This is a Game Changer

A road map to more fully understanding why we do what we do, and more importantly, offering a simple process by which we may choose to operate, to regain control over our lives and flourish in LIFE.

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  • Noor Leena Haniffah
  • 03-04-19

Refreshing and inspiring

I found this book to be such a good summary of many of the best lessons, values and principles, structured in an incredibly engaging way. I think Vishen has a talent for keeping a reader/listener engaged and interested. many of the parts were refreshingly candid, and I have great respect for the altruistic values that Vishen and how company Mindvalley propagate. I learned and relearned a great deal of things here - it's a great book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-19

sensational !!!!!

what a wealth of knowledge Vishen is in this subject. If your into spirituality and the law of attraction this book will captivate you all the way and has the potential to positively change your life forever