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

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Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick offers his fellow "creative obsessives" crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. As a lifelong member of "The Nerd Herd," as he calls it, Chris Hardwick has learned all there is to know about Nerds. Developing a system, blog, and podcasts, Hardwick shares hard-earned wisdom about turning seeming weakness into ...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Berkley
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I remember loving Chris Hardwick when he co-hosted Singled Out on MTV with Jenny McCarthy. I had the hugest crush on him in my 13 year old heart. Even with that horrible 90s hair and clothes that looked like he found them on the street. SWOON.

But then after Singled Out ended, he just fell completely off my radar until recently, when I've been hearing his name all over the place. Of course I, being the highly observant and detail oriented person I totally am, didn't realize it was the same Chris
Nov 20, 2011 Meg rated it liked it
I like the idea of this book a whole lot. Hardwick's definition of "nerd" is right on: nerds are those with hyper-self-awareness, with minds that tend towards fixations. Obsessions. Whichever. Reading this book I was reminded of so many people I know, brilliant bright people with brilliant bright minds who are sometimes waylaid by their own processing speed. Hardwick's idea is to take the speed, to take the self-awareness, and to turn it into the asset. Like, I have all these awesome pointy kniv ...more
Hmm. I would have given this a three if he'd left out his handful of sexist jokes which popped up like periodic road blocks saying, "Why are you giving this book your time?!" It's a fair question since it's another self-help book where the author's credentials are only his experiences.

My impression of Chris Hardwick from a few episodes I've seen of The Nerdist on BBC-A are that he is not sexist. I believe he was sincere when he wrote that he wants to help people feel better with his book.

Why the
Darth J
Dec 20, 2013 Darth J rated it it was amazing
The first thing you should know about Chris Hardwick if you are unfamiliar is that he is like the preacher of the geek god pantheon - because every Whedon, Lucas, and Abrams out there needs someone spreading the good word. Anyway, if you've never heard of Hardwick or his semi-pornish name then you probably aren't a nerd to begin with and you need to reexamine your life and what you are doing on a website devoted to reading.

On to the book, it's actually pretty damn good. The advice is solid and
Nov 15, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
I know what you’re thinking. Why in the hell would I take self-help advice from the former co-host of MTV’s dating game show “Singled Out”? Well, fair point, but consider this. Shortly after the show ended, Hardwick fell onto hard times: alcoholism, weight gain, wrecked credit, inconsistent employment, and the kicker: he was working as an intern at “The Daily Show” when Jon Stewart told interview guest (and former “Singled Out” co-host) Jenny McCarthy that Hardwick was the guy who fetched everyo ...more
With nerd in the title, it's hard to believe I was not in at least one of the target audiences for this book. Sadly, I was not. This is a very basic foundational book for at least one the following: 1) male nerds, 2)people that have suffered from mental illness, 3)people who have suffered from addiction/substance abuse 4)people that do not engage in any physical activities and/or lack basic nutritional knowledge, and 5) people that don't understand time management and/or struggle with organizati ...more
Jul 11, 2016 Jaime rated it really liked it
I generally don’t read self-help books, but I picked this up because I am a fan of Chris Hardwick. Hardwick, who some may recognize as being one of the hosts of MTV’s Singled Out way back in the 90s, spent much of his 20s partying, drinking, and generally ruining his life. What happened when he hit 30 is best expressed in his own words:

"Then, when I hit thirty, I began to look around at my life: I was consuming a baby elephant’s weight in alcohol EVERY DAY. I lived in a shitty apartment near UCL
Aug 07, 2013 Alice rated it it was ok
While I consider myself a fan of things Nerdist, I found this book a chore to read and ultimately threw in the towel with about 20 pages left. Some of the reasons:

* I actually didn't realize it was a self-help book when I picked it up. I don't ever read those. This one seemed better than most in that it didn't use a lot of new-agey mumbo-jumbo to 'help' the reader.

* I appreciate Hardwick's efforts to make this accessible to nerds, but it seemed geared to a very specific sort of person, namely a
Jenny Stanfield
Dec 08, 2012 Jenny Stanfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedic-humour
Well, everyone who know me knows of my love for the Nerdist network and Chris Hardwick. He is hilarious, witty and an amazing host/interviewer.

This book is helpful in a number of ways - in fact, the ways that the book are divided into (Mind, Body, Time). I especially liked the list and explanation of the tools/software used during the book's writing and production (shout out to Evernote!)

I have to admit, I got a little annoyed at the CAPS LOCKS TO BE SUPER EMPHATIC thing that is peppered libera
Mike McDevitt
Jan 12, 2012 Mike McDevitt rated it it was amazing
I didn't think it was possible. Nothing since school used to make me exercise has EVER made me exercise. This heady combination of humour, indefatigable optimism, and cursing is amazing. Or to use the vernacular: AMAZEBALLS.
Chris Hardwick speaks exactly my language and I'd like to own this as an e-book for future reference. It's in the bookstore humour section, but it was also a surprisingly insightful life guide. Likening oneself to a role-playing character and gaining experience is preferable
Nov 19, 2011 Brooke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
I guess I've never read a self-help book before, because I went into this expecting some funny philosophizing from a self-proclaimed nerd who likes Doctor Who and instead found a step-by-step instruction book that included creating an RPG-ish notebook where you give yourself points and a how-to about cleaning up your credit score. Fine and fluffy at best, but I'd expect someone who insists he's super-nerdy to have a better grasp of "your" vs. "you're" and to know that symbols are not the things ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Reviewed at Brunner's Bookshelf

This book was great. Check out my review to read the full thing and check out a clip video of some of the best #Hashtag wars from Comedy Centrals @Midnight show
Jul 28, 2013 Vorbis rated it did not like it
Audiobook. Oh my god, I am so glad this is over.

People writing self-help books would probably benefit from being gentle, coaxing, humble, honest and persuasive. Hardwick is overconfident, arrogant, annoying, profane and his advice is useless.

I was embarrassed to be listening to this in the car with somebody else, because it was bad. Two different passengers, two identical observations: "This guy is a jackass".

The first section is the most useful of the three, offering a suggestion to base your g
Jul 25, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
Good, and definitely written in the voice of Chris Hardwick, nerd extraordinaire, and a guy whose career I've been following since the early 90s. I give this book an A for effort but a B overall.

Personally, for me, the meat is in the first section, where I highlighted damn near everything. I kinda wish Chris had offered up the best weight loss advice I ever heard - do what works for you - but instead it was the same old obvious stuff I've always heard and which never helped me lose a pound. Yes,
Sunny Purdin
Nov 11, 2011 Sunny Purdin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I want a mini Chris Hardwick to sit on my shoulder and tell me everything is going to be okay! This book is a self-help book that brisks through all the self-help advice almost anyone could need; health, addiction, living your dreams, etc. (thought he does claim that he is no expert, but someone who has lived through these things.) I definitely related to Hardwick and it was a fun listen (I have it on audio. Thanks,!) I just started getting into Nerdist podcasts, so I will definitely ...more
Sarina  Sicurella
Jan 24, 2012 Sarina Sicurella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have been a Chris Hardwich fan for a while and was pumped to read his book. Some points in the book gave me great relief, it made me feel like I am not the only weirdo in the world who thinks this about themselves or has a habbit of doing whatever. It was good to see! I also appreciate his advice !
I love the idea of created a Character tome. It made me really want to start playing Dungeons and Dragons. I did infact make one and while looking at it and creating my inventory of weapons I realiz
Nov 29, 2011 Andie rated it it was ok
I've been obsessively listening to the Nerdist podcast for a couple of months now, and have loved the great discussions of craft (writing, acting, standup) that have happened with various guests inbetween the Doctor Who obsessiveness. So when I saw that Chris Hardwick had a book out, I picked it up without knowing it was a self-help book.

As a self-help book, it has a lot of quality advice, but it lacks the charm and spontaneity that I find so attractive in the Nerdist Podcast. Compared to liste
May 06, 2012 G. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love change
Recommended to G. by: The Nerdist
I'm a fan of Mr. Hardwick and have followed the ups and downs of his career over the last couple of decades, and I am a downloader of his Nerdist podcasts (which I recommend to everybody...subscribe through iTunes or go to so I was very happy to get my hands on his book and read it. Basically a self-help/motivational work baked inside a nice autobiography. I'm one of those people who believes that self-help is the best kind of help and that self-help books can change your life in ma ...more
Maria (books&boardgames)
I was torn between 4 and 5 stars (I need half stars, damn it!!!), but I think one or two Back to the Future references tilted the scales in the book's favor.

Chris Hardwick has written a delightfully funny Nerd guide to personal accomplishment. There are some things that didn't sit so well with me, but overall it's a legitimate work that any Nerd would like to consult from time to time.

I also think I drained my Kindle's battery with all the highlighting.
Nov 23, 2011 India rated it it was amazing
Great chapter for obsessive over-thinkers: Dr. Xaviering Your Mind
Kater Cheek
Nov 19, 2012 Kater Cheek rated it liked it
I can't remember what enticed me to pick up this audiobook, except that I'm kind of a sucker for self-help books, and one that is designed to be used by "nerds" has a cute angle. I've never heard of Chris Hardwick, and am not familiar with any of the shows he brags about having been a part of, but I presume that most readers are fans of his. From what I gleaned from the book, he's a comedian and tv personality who also has a blog.

It must be daunting to write a self-help book, because there are s
Jacqueline O.
Apr 02, 2015 Jacqueline O. rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jacqueline O. by: Julie Capell
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I eventually bought a copy and read it. I did get stuck in the book a few places, putting it down for weeks at a time, but I also finally finished reading it. As self-help books go, it's probably better than most, though it still boils down to, "My life was a mess, I fixed it, and you can too." Though the reality is, for most people, often much more complicated.
The style of the book is conversational, chatty, and non-formal. There's plenty of cap
Jul 26, 2012 Jakub rated it it was ok
I like Chris Hardwick. I first found out about him from his articles in Wired, and I started listening to his podcast. He seems like a cool guy, and when I heard that he’d written a self-help book, I figured I’d give it a go.

Since he is a self-described nerd, and he is building his “Nerdist” empire, the book is written towards what he imagines nerds to be. Now, I have been labeled a nerd since about the third grade, and I seem to fulfill many of the qualifications, yet huge swaths of this book
May 22, 2013 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
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: This 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
Nov 19, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it
Chris Hardwick is like the geeky big brother I never had, showing me where I'm headed in ten years if I keep thinking like I do. Not that I expect to be famous like him, but I hope to get to the point where I am consistently creating and publishing rather than just consuming geeky media. His advice was great reassurance that I'm on the right track, and his anecdotes made me feel better knowing that what I see as a personal burnout phase could have been so much worse.

The book is broken into thre
Nov 19, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Hardwick is like the geeky big brother I never had, showing me where I'm headed in ten years if I keep thinking like I do. Not that I expect to be famous like him, but I hope to get to the point where I am consistently creating and publishing rather than just consuming geeky media. His advice was great reassurance that I'm on the right track, and his anecdotes made me feel better knowing that what I see as a personal burnout phase could have been so much worse.

The book is broken into thre
Meg Murphy
Jan 15, 2013 Meg Murphy rated it really liked it
I actually listened to the unabridged audio version of this book The Nerdist Way read by the author and was impressed by both the knowledge and humor it contained. In fact, after listening to the audio book, I am certain that if I had read The Nerdist Way, I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much. Hardwick's writing style is conversational with lots of side notes, rabbit trails, and sarcasm, which translates much better via audio than the page in my opinion. Because of the wealth of informatio ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Rory rated it it was amazing
Nerdist was a lot of fun to go through. I'd been listening to Hardwick's Nerdist podcast for quite a while, so his announcement of a productivity book felt like something I could make use of. One of the central points of the book is taking the laser-focus of the nerd brain and refocusing it on productive tasks.

Yes, we dedicate ourselves to learning all the races mentioned in Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars or Hitchhiker's Guide, but what if we could take that same energy and redirect it
Hannah Givens
Apr 28, 2016 Hannah Givens rated it really liked it
This was... actually... really good. O.o

A generalized "how to get your shit together" book, particularly tailored for nerds. Not in weird fake "nerdspeak" or anything, just from one of us to the rest of us. I do feel like his audience is assumed to be male, and there are some default-sexist jokes. He often makes reference to lady-nerds and uses both pronouns in sentences, though. I felt welcome, but not an assumed presence, if that makes sense. I actually appreciate the idea that lady-nerds don
T.W. Brown
Jun 24, 2015 T.W. Brown rated it it was amazing
This title was written before Chris Hardwick became the face of The Talking Dead and seemingly every popular television show's post episode wrap up. I was not into MTV after it stopped showing videos, so I missed that phase of his career. No biggie.

All that said, this book is perhaps one of the best "self-help" titles out there as far as I am concerned. The main reason is that, while he certainly takes his subject seriously, he shows no such regard for himself. He is as real as it gets while st
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Christopher Ryan "Chris" Hardwick is an American television host, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcaster, musician, and voice artist.
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