Fast read, well written and filled with funny (as long as blue humor is your thing). It's filled with some truly terrifying knowledge and I would've h...moreFast read, well written and filled with funny (as long as blue humor is your thing). It's filled with some truly terrifying knowledge and I would've had a panic attack, except for the chuckles staving the terror off.(less)
This book has a lot in common with "the game" and rightfully so. Con artists abound, and many thrive. The con in con artist stands for confidence, and...moreThis book has a lot in common with "the game" and rightfully so. Con artists abound, and many thrive. The con in con artist stands for confidence, and a con artist is someone who exploits your assumption that they are operating life in the same systems of ethics and morality that society and you individually hold for personal gain. "The game" is a book about sexual con artists, 4hww sections on "escaping the 9-5" are mostly about employment con artistry. Keep that in mind.
Are there people who can become part of the "new rich" and by employing techniques in this book find immense personal gain? Yes. Can a book about how to make and sell drugs teach someone how to become a successful drug dealer? Yes. The key is the reader. If employment con artistry isn't for you then sections of this book may infuriate and disgust you. There's more to this book than job hacks though.
The other great advice in this book deals with cutting the fat from life that is sucking out your time and energy making you less effective as a person. I don't know of many people who wouldn't benefit from using the 80/20 principal in personal areas. It's just emotionally difficult to change. Of 100% of my clothes I wear the same 20% so eliminating the 80% that causes me laundry headaches and takes up space just makes sense. In my head it's simple and logical, in practice eliminating things is emotionally difficult for me. Just watch an episode of hoarders and actually empathize with the hoarder to really get a grasp on how difficult it is. We hold onto stuff like physical objects, toxic relationships, shitty jobs, loser friends, and dated ideas BECAUSE CHANGE IS DIFFICULT.
Maybe this book can and will help you with how to let go of the bad and get more enjoyment from the good. Maybe it won't because unless the gun is actually to your head you won't change and without the gun staying there the change won't be permanent anyway. It's really up to you.
I like the books of Tim Ferriss. I like his writing style and use of quotes. I like life hacks and con artistry. I like idea that maybe I can and will change.(less)
I listened to this on audio book, which is really the best format for anything teaching someone about public speaking. I really learned a lot of great...moreI listened to this on audio book, which is really the best format for anything teaching someone about public speaking. I really learned a lot of great tips about preparation for public speaking, from researching to delivery.(less)
Beautifully written but not well paced. I wish I could give it four stars, and there are sections that I would give five stars too, but it is excrucia...moreBeautifully written but not well paced. I wish I could give it four stars, and there are sections that I would give five stars too, but it is excruciatingly boring when the story isn't progressing.(less)
The beauty of an autobiography is that it a chance to show the world who you are, the good and the bad, the selfless and the shameful. I can honestly...moreThe beauty of an autobiography is that it a chance to show the world who you are, the good and the bad, the selfless and the shameful. I can honestly believe that Style was the best Pick Up Artist in the world because he has the ability to be objective without complete detachment. He pulled me in with his words and held me captivated throughout a glimpse of his transformation, and I was so entrenched that I didn't want his story to end.
Really in life we have 2 relationships to manage, the relationship between you and others and the relationship between you and yourself. This is a great book for anyone who is interested in group dynamics and how they impact the individual.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read any other reviews on the sexual advice so I'm going to toss my 2 cents into here. As a result of long term...moreI really enjoyed this book. I haven't read any other reviews on the sexual advice so I'm going to toss my 2 cents into here. As a result of long term anti-depressant usage I suffered from anorgasmia, or the inability to experience the sensation of orgasm. I still had a full sexual arousal cycle, but was incapable of feeling the release. Having anorgasmia was extremely difficult to find any reliable medical literature on. The extreme sexual frustration wore on my psyche and on my marriage as sex was so frustrating for me. I love my husband deeply. I want to enjoy my sex life with him. I could get close to orgasm but then the building tension leading orgasm would dissipate and I was left grasping at a wreath of smoke. I cannot express how terrible this was for me to deal with. I had never had problems with expressing and experiencing my sexuality before the medication took it's toll. I was comfortable masturbating and discussing sex with my husband. After my Dr and I adjusted my medication and I entered sex therapy I found this book. The advice from the chapters on the female orgasm have helped me beyond words. The sections on improved angles for clitoral stimulation were written from a man's point of view which has helped my husband understand exactly where on my body is the most responsive. These 2 chapters should be read by any man who wants to learn more about how to give women orgasms. The whole book is worth full MSRP price just for reading these two chapters. My husband and I had been together for over four years when the anorgasmia was at it's worst, and it has taken a year of dedicated research, practice, therapy, medication adjustments, awkward conversations, and trial and error for us to be where we are today. I don't have many orgasms now but that horrible desperate clawing at a mirage doesn't exist anymore. The sensation of orgasm is no longer impossible to reach and the mountain to get there is a whole lot easier to climb. Tim Ferriss is in part to thank for that. The next time I cum it's dedicated to you, Tim. (less)
What is it that makes us human? My answers to this question are our reason, intellect, and the capacity to communicate abstract concepts with others t...moreWhat is it that makes us human? My answers to this question are our reason, intellect, and the capacity to communicate abstract concepts with others through different forms of media. The written word is an incredible concept, so powerful in its ability to influence a multitude of people throughout time.
Ancient cultures are accessible through the media they have left behind. I think connection is the most important part of our lives, the need to connect with others, ourselves, and that which is intangible yet persistent. Science and Religion are our attempts to explain the intangible or unexplored.
I deeply appreciate this book. Dawkins gives many of the most popular and solid attempts for proving the existence of a Higher Power. His personality and passion for Science permeate his words. He makes no apologies for his well thought out arguments for Atheism and challenges Atheists to "come out" and let their communities know that Atheists are here and perhaps more numerous than currently assumed.
This subject is deeply personal convictions are rooted in the foundation of someone's psyche. If you were faithful to a religion but find your faith wavering I recommend this book. You will either be presented arguments for God and could conclude that there is not God, there is God, or still be confused. There are a number of great books cited by the author for further reading, should you decide to learn more.(less)
I liked this book. I like ideas that tackle one of the most important things in life, out how to deal with others. Stereotypes based on physical chara...moreI liked this book. I like ideas that tackle one of the most important things in life, out how to deal with others. Stereotypes based on physical characteristics are probably as accurate as astrology or birth order, so take with a pound of salt, but there is some truth to this book. Look at characters in books and film and one will see that physical characteristics are as much a part of the character as their costumes are. Stereotypes exist for reasons, the chief one being that most people we encounter in life we must make judgements on quickly and with as little information as a single glance. It isn't wrong to do so, however refusing any additional input to the initial impressions means that we will only operate in the world with our pre- judgements and no hope for getting to the unique individual inside.(less)
A lack of skill can be overcome by a great idea. A bad idea poorly executed is how I would best sum up this book. I hate the trend in literature that...moreA lack of skill can be overcome by a great idea. A bad idea poorly executed is how I would best sum up this book. I hate the trend in literature that paints women as desiring an abusive relationship. It's not because of their bedroom activities that I see their relationship as abuse, but it's every other aspect of the relationship that was an issue with me. I disliked this story immensely. (less)
fantastic story of what it's like to have anorexia and bulimia. i wish she had gone into her treatment and recovery more instead of mainly focusing on...morefantastic story of what it's like to have anorexia and bulimia. i wish she had gone into her treatment and recovery more instead of mainly focusing on her her relentless self hatred. (less)