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The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms

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What if you questioned everything you know and threw out all the pieces that hold you back? With The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, you can.

Learn to think like the greatest creative minds of our era—to question, challenge, and create new rules for your ideas of love, education, spirituality, work, happiness, and meaning. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is a blueprint
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Rodale Books
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Jeff I believe so. This book was complete crap. A waste of time and a muddled mess of the simple idea that we should try to be better people than previous …moreI believe so. This book was complete crap. A waste of time and a muddled mess of the simple idea that we should try to be better people than previous generations. The author spends almost 20% of the book talking about why he wanted to write a book and why even though he got fired it was a good "choice" for him to make. I was constantly waiting for it to get better. It never did. (less)

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Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This guy should read Ego is the Enemy. Got a little tired of him using himself for almost all the examples in the book .
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I did find the book went on a bit, the author was constantly referring people to his website.

I felt the key takeaways are:
1) don't live by society's rules, decide what is appropriate for you, university, a particular career path may not be right for you
2) overcome limiting beliefs, believe in yourself
3) trust your intuition - be guided in which customers to call
4) visualise success
5) exercise
6) meditate
7) have a quest/mission in life

I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone who has a fair amount o
Greg Swierad
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actions from this book probably changed my life more than from any other

This book contains a new philosophy of living and entrepreneurship. It’s controversial in many places, but if you are open-minded, this is the perfect book to read.

I have known about Mindvalley and Vishen for several years. I observe what Vishen researches all the time because he is very open about his company culture. He shares a lot of interesting information for personal life, and he shares ...

Read my summary of this book
Jacquie Underdown
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Perhaps I've reached the end of the road with self-help books because this felt recycled. The author didn't provide anything new, and his parables were not especially interesting. Much of the time, I felt like the author was marketing his own business or justifying his own actions. I did on a few occasions get that sickly feeling in my gut, especially hearing regurgitated principles under the guise of an updated label, that this book was just another money-grab in the booming self-help industry. ...more
Jason Rosenstock
Aug 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Oh boy, this was terrible. He said right from the outset that readers would either love it or hate it, and I definitely hated it. Not because it shook my worldview, but because the author is such a self-promoter and braggart who is basically (and admittedly) repackaging well-explored self-help ideas that are fairly old hat by this point.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: self-improvement
I expected way more from's um, probably one of the worst self development books I've ever read. Vishen's biography (oh the luxury, the travels!) + self development nuggets (which you can find in ANY other book) + self advertising (every.single.chapter has a link) = this book. Especially the self advertising was the thing which I grew tired off.

Yes he's successful. And yes he has an interesting life so interesting he used mostly himself as an example in the book. Sometimes
I recieved this book as a free Goodreads giveaway.

I'd like to start off by saying I WANTED to like this book. I really truly wanted to be able to read it and take even a tiny piece of advice from it and help improve my life. But, alas, by the 3/4 mark in the book i found myself skimming more than reading just to say I actually read it all the way through.

I'll also admit to skimming the reviews before writing my own just to make sure I wasn't completely out in left field with my overall impressio
May 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
This dude says to ignore brules, "bullshit rules". I say ignore bullshit advice, which is what 80% of this book is. ...more
Jacques Bezuidenhout
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
It is a little annoying when a book starts off by saying "This isn't going to be one of those type of books" and then ends up being exactly that type of book.
And there is one massive intro to try get this point across.

Secondly a lot of the book is focused around name dropping and using himself in most of the examples of success.
It might have been better in a biography format with the amount it centred around Vishen.

Lastly the book felt like a marketing tool for his website/courses. I get that th
Marie-Louise Oosthuysen
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you want to live an authentic life, read this book, apply the exercises, and learn a few new words along the way! As a way to find your own authenticity, Vishen suggests to start questioning the rules imposed by the culturescape, who include our parents, teachers, clergymen, and those in authority. In order to transcend your culturescape, throw out the Brules with the bathwater …. oh, and Brules = Bullshit Rules. Question the rules imposed by the culturescape, then differentiate the rules fro ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I noticed this book based on the high rating on Goodreads. And this time I could not disagree with Goodreads more.

It's a cocktail of everything. And the author had successfully mixed his academic background in computer engineering and family background as an Malaysian Indian into whatever he is preaching. And the title happened to be "the code..."

I saw shadows of Adler, CBT. And there are, again, brief introductions on self compassion, forgiveness and the art of giving.

I thought that I would be
Kent Winward
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really disliked the lapses into infomercial and name dropping, but the content was sufficient to overcome those shortcomings. First the new words: "blissipline" (the discipline of living a life of bliss -- Joseph Campbell would be proud.), "brules" (bullshit rules we tell ourselves), and "unfuckwithable" (an inner resilience and strength.)

New vocabulary aside, the book hit on some of my bigger beefs with meditation and mindfulness. I'm too pragmatic for the 'woo woo' meditation crowd. I'm also
April Wilson
I was hoping for a mind blowing experience while reading this book; one that would change my life and outlook but alas, it is just another egotistical writer who just wanted to spend hours of his readers' lives reading about how he is above and beyond the norm ("extraordinary").

I was not into it at all. It felt more like a braggadocious book than anything else.
William Thomas
Jul 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
A third of the way through this book it lost credibility. I lost trust in the authors stories an name dropping.
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book that contains superb ideas for progressive thinking. Some may like the idea, and some may not. I like it a little better than dislikes. Vishen has excellent ideas and suggestions about creating a fresh way of thinking and producing a more open and purposeful world than the one we’re living in right now. It talks about letting go of moral values and culture that would hinder personal growth (brules). However, I think one should cautiously discern before deciding to discard any of the moral ...more
Jasmeet Salech
I am halfway through the book and I have found only a couple of helpful things which are actually reminders and not mind-blowing.
A couple of observations:
1. The way the author refers to all the celebrities as 'friends' seems fake.
2. Every now and then you are 'encouraged' to go his website.
3. The author lost me in the very beginning when he gave an example of 'being selfish is good sometimes' with the heart analogy. That example made this book look like a storybook.
Nidhi Kamra
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How do you review a book that has potentially saved you from a lifelong struggle to find answers to personal questions or solutions to problems “conventional” human beings don’t have answers to?

It’s hard. It’s baffling. It’s overwhelming. It’s humbling.

Yes, it’s not easy reviewing a book that offers hope for humanity … a chance to cut yourself loose from whatever metaphorical shackles that imprison you, and transcend to levels beyond those dreams you never thought you had a right to dream.

Dan Pfeiffer
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not really a self-help book, or maybe a self-help book for people who don't like self-help books? I found it to be more of a helpful manifesto for discarding the BS and cracking on with a life valuable to oneself and others. ...more
Ollie Ollie
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read.

If you think you already know so much about this topic, you'll find the book will teach you a lot more. It gives you a no non-sense detailed descriptions of how Vishen work his way to success, and of course, all his experience meeting highly successful people and what he learned from them. The book consist of lots of meat and muscle from page one, every word is useful, not a single page is wasted.

Troy Allen
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really couldn't put this book down. My roommate got early access to it and when they finished told me to read it. I'm usually not a personal development guy but this book was good. It was very straight forward and gave me tangible things I could do each day to improve. Most books I find usually just say some high level rhetoric and leave me feeling the same once I close them. I highly recommend this book! ...more
Lisa  Keegan
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Certain chapters really spoke to me, others not so much. Good food for thought. 3.5 stars
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As i internally processed this audiobook, I took the time to put in practice some of the Rules; even though the concepts are not new but rather scattered around in existing articles or similar writings, this one found its way through: as a concise and well elaborated message.
Otchen Makai
This book has a lot of great food for thought.
Disagree with his thoughts on discarding moral rules or brules.
Other than some of the more self serving self indulgent garbage in this book,
He’s got some great tips and thoughts about opening ones mind and creating a world that’s more open and functional than the one we are living in now.
Breaking down some barriers and incorporating multiple principals from varying beliefs to form one grand idea of togetherness without being ruled by judgment.
Erin Cataldi
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm generally pretty leery of self-help books, but this was far and away, perhaps one of the best I've ever read. It offers practical, life changing advice that you can slowly introduce into your routine to help you succeed. I finished this in practically one sitting and I can' wait to begin applying the different life hacks into my life to see where it takes me. Just reading this book put me in a better state of being, I can hardly imagine what actually applying this book will do for me. I'm mo ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you've followed Vishen, he has already talked about most of the things in this book. Nonetheless, great to better understand why we're doing what we're doing. ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother. The book is not well written. It takes to long to get to any point. I ditched it in the first chapter. ...more
Orsi Pusok
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary book - one of the few that made me rethink and question rules one lives by, the culture which surrounds us and the choices which we end up making.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This is another example of a book that is as much an advertisement for the author’s website and paid content as it is to provide some actionable ideas to live your life in a better way. Many, if not all of the suggestions I’ve read before in different books, and in fact the author quotes from some of these source books quite often. To the good, the author does interject personal experiences that are at times interesting. He also has an energy-filled writing style. To the bad, the author writes t ...more
Daniel Boloc
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Had such high hopes for this book. Gladly it was an audio format. Can't imagine reading it.

What I didn't like:

- constant reminder of his website. 10e5 times it was mentioned. We get it, there is a website
- enormous introduction to the book + each and every chapter
- ridiculous puns: blisscipline, brules,...
- repackaging old ideas into modern terms: placebo effect into consciousness engineering
- constant talk about fabulous vacations and retreats

What I liked:

- the Appendix
- some quotes of other
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Extremely insightful! Vishen is incredible, and I am so glad he shared his own struggles with readers, bc often when we read about manifestation, the author simply shares the highlights, not the pitfalls and failures that lead to reeducation. Codex called to me late at night when Vishen offered a huge preorder discount and I'm so grateful for the nudge from the Universe. I really needed these lessons right now! I have been on the right track...85%, and this book gives me motivation and confidenc ...more
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