The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)
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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 Hardcover
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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
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...more
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
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...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...more
Jenny Stanfield
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...more
Sunny Purdin
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
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,...more
Sarina  Sicurella
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...more
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...more
May 06, 2012 G. rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Mike McDevitt
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...more
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
Great chapter for obsessive over-thinkers: Dr. Xaviering Your Mind
Paul Lunger
Comic Chris Hardwick is probably the last person I would've thought of to write a self help book for nerds, but believe it or not it works. Across nearly 300 pages he dumbs down the idea of what it takes to succeed & puts it into a guide that is designed for those of us who may or may not be all that people smart. Each section focuses on a different area of the person from mind to body to time. What makes this even more unique is that he takes asks the reader to treat life as if it's a gigan...more
I can't say enough good things about this book. What comes down to is that Chris Hardwick just gets me. And if you're a nerd/geek/dweeb/etc who is also trying to figure out their life, then he probably gets you too. The premise is to harness your amazing nerd powers for things OTHER than being able to play Assassin's Creed for 30 hours straight...
It's written in a fun, relatable way, making the advice that might come off as 'duh, I totally knew that' as 'HEY! what a great way of putting it!'
Meg Murphy
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
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...more
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...more
Kater Cheek
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...more
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...more
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...more
I just reread this book as part of my annual preparation for goal setting for 2014 and compiling my list of books I want to to read on improvement in the upcoming year. I am so glad I did, it reinforced why it's such a great book. In addition to my previous comments I also love the idea of a "goal word" that you turn to when you need to make a decision quickly. The concept is a great tool in decision making, i.e. if the choice you have to make aligns with your goal word then that is what you do...more
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...more
Rob Kaas
It's too early to tell if the system put forth in this book will actually help improve my quality of life (I've only just started), but I can say that it is an incredibly fun read. Hardwick has a way of pointing things out in a tone of voice that is funny and helpful, but also very informative. Not once while reading this book did I feel like he didn't provide me with enough information on a topic, even at points where the sections were rather short, he offers resources (other books that go more...more
I love Chris Hardwick. I was obsessed with Singled Out as a kid and his brand of confident yet self deprecating humor continues to resonate for me. I'm not surprised because I lurve watching him recap the Walking Dead every week on The Talking Dead. But I digress...yes this is self help book, but it is truly hilarious. I laughed a lot over it. I enjoyed his way of thinking. And as a nerdy, OCD Gen X/Yer I saw myself all over this book - the references, the insecurities, the slang... it is spot o...more
Derrick Lim
This is self-help book aimed for the 'nerds', or rather, the geeky population. Unlike most self-help books that I've come to loathe, this actually include actionable steps, even so much as providing some exercise workouts for people that are just starting out. The humorous writing, as well as gamification examples made this a rather pleasant read.
I think I thought this would be more memoire, less advice, but basically this is a straight-up self-help book. Not what I expected, but a good read nonetheless. Chris Hardwick has a really specific voice/point-of-view even if I don't totally buy the "I'm really a nerd" thing from a guy who looks like that and used to be huge on MTV. Regardless, he definitely did fall from grace and could have ended up another celebrity has-been, but instead he turned his life around through some really simple (y...more

Very entertaining book - Chris is definitely a smart/funny guy. I think this really deserves 3.5 stars... why cant you enter half stars? That really frustrates me...

Anyway, definitely an interesting (i.e. very nerdy) approach to the self-help book. He definitely provides some good insights/recommendations/guiding principles but the RPG-style "character tome" idea was a little much for me (even though I am a pretty big nerd).

As I said, very entertaining overall and worth a listen (I "read" this a...more
Possibly the only book that will ever appear on both my gaming shelf and my self-help shelf. Honestly, I loved the concept of using role playing game mechanics to get into self-help topics. It makes perfect sense to me to make a character sheet of myself, write a list of my skills and rate them 1 – 5, and reframe my personal goals as quests to be fulfilled step by step, just like in Oblivion or Dungeons and Dragons. I read this, created my Character Tome, and filled it with ideas about My Future...more
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