The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)
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
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 ...more
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
On to the book, it's actually pretty damn good. The advice is solid and ...more
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 ...more
* 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 ...more
"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
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
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
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
The book really had no bearing on nerd culture. In fact, the book seems to be saying "I'm no longer a nerd, a geek, or a dork! Here's how I escaped, so now I'm going to show you how to do it."
I couldn't finish it.
Humorous advice on how nerds can take hold of their lives, get out of their own way, and become more organized, productive, and focused.
3 dimensions to...
Mind: how to get your brain to work for you and not aging you...
Body: a fertIle mind...
Time: the first two are all but useless...
Even though the book was published in 2011, some of the tech terminology is already dated. I mean, 3G mobile networks are no longer the thin ...more
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
For anyone who has ever obsessed over anything, for anyone who knows a TV show or sport or reality star's life inside and out--this book will be a treasure trove of 'So other people are like this!' And it might even help shed light on a culture peo ...more
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
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
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.
It must be daunting to write a self-help book, because there are s ...more
The style of the book is conversational, chatty, and non-formal. There's plenty of cap ...more
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