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Mind Hacking: How to Change Your Mind for Good in 21 Days

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,217 ratings  ·  165 reviews
A how-to manual for hacking your head.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2015)
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Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, 2014
I read this when the author put it out there for free for anyone willing to give him feedback. I thought at the time what a good idea it was to have people take your self-help book on a test drive before it's published. A little over a year later, and I'm still putting his ideas to use. There were some that made more of an impression than others, but I can definitely say that the book has had a lasting positive affect on me.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
"Mind Hacking" is a way to re-write problem thoughts and succeed at the goals you set. There are three main steps: being aware of what you're thinking, choosing new thoughts to replace the problem thoughts, and actually replacing those thoughts. For each step, we're given simple exercises that help you achieve things like increasing your concentration. The last step also covers coming up with small, do-able steps toward your ultimate goal. These techniques are good for any goal, not just ...more
Brenda A
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-con-2015
This needs to get more popular, because it is the first time I have ever actually liked a self help book. This guy has got it figured out, and more people need to get on board.

Basically, Hargrave's idea is to break your issues down into tiny manageable bits. Which isn't all that original, true--I've heard that method explained many times before. What makes this so successful for me is that he used nerdy references that made sense to me, and gave multiple different variations of the steps. So if
Matthew Pineda
The methods of mental organization themselves were very good, but the author very heavily pushed his own very quirky names for them. The book as a whole appeals to geeks and technology enthusiasts which is very understandable, since the book is called mind hacking. But the constant deep sidetracking into the stories of Silicon Valley icons, then to loosely tie them into the chapters narrative tired me after a while. Good methods and very respectable life story and progression, but the ...more
Kevin Orth
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are turned off by esoteric jargon and consider yourself a techno-geek, this book is for you. the author takes a number of well established 'power of positive thinking' techniques and frames them in programmer-friendly language. He has an easy, entertaining manner that makes it an engaging, fun read as well. Highly recommend.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having seen that I'd read David Allen's "Getting Things Done", Sir John Hargrave asked if I'd read and critique this, his latest, which will become available to the public early this year. A short book, a fast read, easily understandable, and practical, for me at least, I speed read it, but plan on taking the author's advice to read it again, implementing his suggestions. I like this book very much and highly recommend it.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
When John Hargrave told me he had a book coming out called Mind Hacking, and that it was available online for free, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I thought it would be some tricks and exercises for improving your memory and increasing your powers of concentration. And it's sort of that. But it's so much more.

As someone who's pretty familiar with the works of spiritual thought leaders such as Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Mike Dooley, and Jack Canfield, I recognized a lot of the concepts in
Sonya Dutta Choudhury

Mind Hacking joins popular predecessors in the change-your-life-by-transforming-your-habits category. Among the notables are Charles Duhigg’s The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business, John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister’s Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength, and Richard Wiseman’s 59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot. Hargrave has read these, and refers to them and to others, drawing on their research even as he programs his own “hacks”.

Hargrave grew up in
In a few ways, I could relate to the author: He done f'd up, and was called out on it in a very scary, bureaucratic way, and that was the kick in the head to change his life. I get that, I've had it happen, and really do empathize and relate at the most personal level. At the same time, I found Hargrave's tone and voice so very, very irritating that I couldn't read his book. This is the book of a guy who surrounds himself with yes-men (but they're being TOTALLY honest, and no-one gets fired for ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book that helps you handle your own brain as it was a computer and you the programmer. Many things where already told by somebody else many times but the systematization was really clear and helpful to set strategies and targets. It is really a self-help book.

Mi é piaciuto molto questo libro che insegna a gestire il proprio cervello come se fosse un computer e noi i suoi programmatori. Molte cose erano state giá dette in passato da altri, ma la sistematizzazione ha reso il tutto
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, 2018
This is not a 'self-help' book. (Boring)
This is a 'how to' book. (Most entertaining)
This book was so much fun to listen to. Naratted by the author.
The delivery was hilarious.
And I learned a couple of new techniques to show me how to stay focused.
And how not to be distracted by random thoughts.
A fun approach to taming an errant mind.
I've been using, successfully, some of these techniques since the (19)'60s.
Very, very, good.
Not to mention all the info on how computing
Vaibhav Pujari
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a software developer and gamer, and I found this book easy to understand and effective because the analogies used and perspective seemed to match with the way I am used to look at things. Although I don't think this book will be any less useful for non-software people.
Adrean Clark
Oct 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF - boring, has filler and recycled ideas.
This was a bit of a different self-help/self-improvement/mental fixer-upper/whatever you want to call it type of book. It compares the mind to that of lines of code, saying the mind is malleable and can easily be manipulated. Hargave states our negative thought loops contribute to our negative decisions, leaking down to our negative actions and our negative outlooks on life, yada yada yada.

Readers are giving mental exercises to do each day, including reciting your own positive thought loop. One
Joshua Gross
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book last night at dinner and just finished it. I have to admit that self help books are my little guilty pleasure, but I liked this one a lot, mostly because it has a lot of taking action. When I was a teenager my mother made me read this awful Dr. Phil book where he goes on and on about how to figure out what's wrong with yourself and then tells you if you read his book and do his dumb exercises properly and just right you'll get better. Except that's horseshit and all you're ...more
Madhu Mitha
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely worth reading. I really fell in love with this book. It was a great and easy read. Software Engineers can easily relate to the topics discussed in the book. I was just curious if the author really intended the Software Engineers to be the primary audience. Well written. I also love the fact that the author embraces open source so well that he released the PDF version of the book for free. I would definitely buy this book as a gift for friends.
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author is very excited with his concept of taking control of one's mind, much as a software designer develops or edits software. Many references to computers, software, and "geek" personalities. I found some of his ideas potentially helpful; however, as a Christian, I would adapt these ideas accordingly. For instance, writing things down and the power of repetition could (and should!) be powerful tools for Bible study. The author also speaks of two realities, both being part of self, and ...more
This book tried to hard to be a geeky self-help book. Most of the advice wasn't new and I didn't feel like reading the surrounding text. The author mentioned the Nerdist which I would recommend over this.
Krystian Urbanski
General knowledge, nothing new if you read some self-help books
Sohaib Kacemi
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very practical book
Andres Chavez
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Analyzing, imagining, and reprogramming your mind with tools to eliminate negative feedback loops and debug any faulty applications in your mind to rewrite your mental codes and install positive feedback loops. An essential primer to coding internally.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This is a great self-help book for programmers. Well, you don't need to know how to actually program, you just need to keep your eyes and mind open because John Hargrave has a lot of wisdom to offer.

I adore the way he symbolizes money for time. So each time you look down to see the latest post in your Facebook feed, it costs you a few pennies. (seriously are most of the Facebook posts in your feed even worth a couple pennies?). The way he uses programming loops to describe our minds was
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast read, but most of it was fluff. A lot of "do this and watch everything change." There is one paragraph that specifically decries magical thinking, but within 20 pages he's telling you to pick something you want and write it down 15 times a day. The example he gives is Scott Adams writing "I want to be rich" and then picking two great stocks within the year. It won't hurt to do that, but if that's not magical thinking, what is?

Otherwise, it's a lot of self-improvement greatest
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful in supporting my efforts to be more mindful and to achieve the resolutions I set for myself this year. The metaphor of hacking the mind is enjoyable, even if I don't consider myself a technophile. I also appreciate Sir John Hargrave's joyful and humor-filled approach, as well as the slant he brings to meditation, affirmation, and visualization exercises (by not really calling them that). The integration with the content at and YouTube is great and it was fun to see how this ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
None of the concepts in this book are new when it comes to improving yourself and your mind; however, the way it's written and the exercises you are encouraged to do to make it stick is what makes it unique. I especially love that the author comes from a coding background and sprinkles very interesting tech stories throughout the book that relates to a mind hacking concept. The book is both entertaining and extremely beneficial for anyone who wants to take control of their lives, not letting ...more
Abu Sesay
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In short, the book was such a good and applicable read, that I returned the one I borrowed from the library and bought the book as a referential source. It is along the lines of ideas presented in Think and Grow Rich and The Secret, but not centered around money like TAGR and more pragmatic and applicable than the secret. The practice sheets in the back truly help and the anecdotes are great throughout the book. I don't know if this came at the right time or if the writer is exceptionally ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
A geek's self help book full of funny observations and references. I found the author's style charming, and very easy to follow. The simple fact that this is a free book created with the help of crowdsourcing shows the intention of the author. An overcoming addict who started to make changes and ended up creating a valuable self improvement resource. There are not many groundbreaking new techniques here, and the references clearly tell that the author respects those who came before him - and ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book that I had the chance to read as a "freebie", since the author made it available for free on his website.

It is a compilation of techniques and explanations regarding how to get your goals in life done, in a simple and effective way. I consider this book to be a must have for people looking for improving any aspect their lives.
Laura Anne
I started listening to this book on Hoopla and was initially excited as it sounded interesting. But it was read by the author, something that makes me wary of some audiobooks. The authors voice was unbearable. I listen to audiobooks to remain calm in traffic but I was so annoyed at both the book and the traffic that it soon became apparent that this book would be useless to me.
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