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Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life

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The bestselling author of Head Strong and The Bulletproof Diet answers the question, “How can I kick more ass at life?” by culling the wisdom of world-class thought leaders, maverick scientists, and disruptive entrepreneurs to provide proven techniques for becoming happier, healthier, and smarter.

When Dave Asprey started his Bulletproof Radio podcast more than five yea

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Harper Wave
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Pseudoscientific garbage.
And sometimes really funny, so bad.
For example. When explaining the whole Dual n Back training he states that it improves the fluid intelligence with 50%.
Meaning from 100 to 150.
Also it greatly improves math capabilities.
A few minutes (paragraphs) later he states that he couldn't imagine giving talks with only half the fluid intelligence that he had before the training.
Okay. 100 isn't half from 150.
Then he says that almost all ultra endurance athletes uses nootropi
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lots of good gems. WAAAAAAY too much self promo.
Full disclaimer I am a great fan of Tim Ferris and all his books. I write that because this book follows along the lines of Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors with the material taken from Dave Asprey's podcasts Bulletproof Radio. I love this stuff. I find reading about cutting-edge ideas alongside time-proven techniques fascinating and I always find at least one thing I want to do. For me, that's worth the read and I don't have to listen to every podcast - only those I think will expand on are ...more
Mark Manderson
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Read! Top takeaways:
It is our mitochondria that controls how we survive with the three F's. Fear which is fight or flee, feed what just make sure you eat to stay alive, and fornicate to make sure the species continues.

Focusing on your weaknesses makes you weaker.

Daily brain power is finite therefore it becomes imperative to prioritize on highly impactful things you love and getting rid of things that drain you! 

LAW 1: the power of saying no.

Be honest with what's important to you.

Anytime yo
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on audio and it was excellent....some concepts are out there but I learned so many new things I can incorporate into my life now. Plus, I loved the overall tone wasn't preachy, it was positive and encouraging!
Shravan Venkataraman
This book as a standalone book - is brilliant. But, except for the drugs part of the book, this book is just a rehash of all the classic self help books that has come so far. You'd be better off reading the Tools of Titans book by Tim Ferris. That said, this book does have some useful information. If i were you, i'd take the science quoted in the book with a pinch of salt, and the information about drugs as a primer, and not as a tell-tale holy-grail thing.

Biohacking is great. Using substances
Alex Devero
This is another very good book on biohacking and optimizing oneself. It contains 46 laws, each with tested techniques for becoming happier, healthier, and smarter. All these techniques are based on author's own experience and also on hundreds conversations with world-class mavericks of science, business and many other disciplines. All these laws are divided into three main categories, smarter, faster and happier.

What I liked the most is that every law is independent. It is not necessary to start
Angelica Archangelica
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hardly got even halfway, yet still, I learned a lot.
May 05, 2019 marked it as blinkist
There's nothing you can't do, as long as you use your limited amount of time and energy in a smart way. That's what today's free book on Blinkist is conveying:

Our bodies and minds are held back by unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviors, which revolve around food, fear and sex. By understanding how our bodies and minds work, we can overcome these patterns and enhance our ability to generate, preserve and deploy our time and energy. With a clear conception of our goals and by carefully setti
Great book! Wish I had the PDF, though. I didn't agree with everything he wrote but he had many good items to extract. He talked a lot about drugs and it made me want to try the legal ones that he suggested like Modafinil (the one the movie Limitless is based off of). Then he got lost in the drugs so maybe I won't take them now. He also said multiple times that he's going to live to be 180.


The most important things for the successful people are nutrition, relationships, and self awareness.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a fan of Dave Asprey work and listener of his podcast, I very much enjoyed this book. I particularly enjoyed 3 chapters -
2. Get Into the Habit of Getting Smarter,
9. You Get Out What You Put In and
13. Reset Your Programming.
Natalie Jade
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well organized book that breaks down everything you could think about and want into actionable steps.

I listened to it on audio, and have since bought the hardcover so that I can go through and take notes and have the book for reference.
I was planning to give this book four stars right until I got to the chapter about wealth. There are very few things that grind my gears quite as much as a millionaire preaching about how money doesn't buy happiness.
Helfren Filex
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
A very sophisticated book but the best chapter was probably the gratitude. It doesn't matter all the content of the book but if you practice gratitude, things start flowing easily and eventually you can have the things you wanted.
Rohan Malsawm
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thought I was going to read a book only on bio-hacking given the fact that it’s Dave Asprey, but I’m super glad it threw in other topics too

10/10 would recommend-siezz.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ditched, owned
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May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok

Some of the psychological tips sounded useful, to the point that I initially thought I might want to read this book in its entirety, but then the pseudoscience started creeping in and I ultimately couldn’t get past it.
Vivian Adram
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read most of Dave Asprey's books and try to getting in some form of Bulletproof coffee occasionally. I love the life hacks available at your finger tips, plus the various case studies for each hack allows you to better understand how you could implement them in your own life.

I don't have access to all his products, but thats fine - its a life hack, so you can tweak accordingly and gradually improve on it.
Kevin Conti
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't read this book if you aren't willing to spend money on the loads of supplements, performance enhancers, and sleep hacks recommended by Asprey in this book. By the end of each chapter you'll have five new items in your cart on Amazon, some of which are created by the company Asprey owns. However, I will say that this is a good book and probably the best I've read in regards to 'bio-hacking' / self-optimization, so I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to delve into the subject.
Kenny Parnell
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not a ton of new stuff if you're already familiar with Dave's work, but an excellent launching point/summary of stuff to review.
Laura Thompson
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Very self serving book. Bulletproof is promoted throughout as well as the use of LSD, hallucinogens and other drugs.
Many of the stories are in other books. This one is not worth your time.
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I like Dave Asprey's books because they are aimed at helping one achieve their highest potential and he has done the footwork for us as he experimented and biohacked his way through the past approx. 20 years. Sure, many of the things he recommends are not inexpensive, but there are enough recommendations made for even those with the tightest of budgets. His search has been long and exhaustive and here in this book he looks at the "game changers" that many "game changers" have used on their road ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
If you don’t know who Dave Asprey is go listen to the 10 newest episodes of his podcast. There are over 500 episode right now and he’s continually keeping in touch with his audience. He’s the creator of bulletproof and the more research I do the more I want to learn on all aspects of my wellbeing. This book is a great start to diving in.


4 - Great Book. I really enjoyed this work. It might not have changed my life (yet) but it was full of knowledge
Arnav Sinha
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
In Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life, Dave Asprey shares the pointers he has collected from over 400 top performers across many fields while interviewing them for his extremely popular podcast Bulletproof Radio. As the author states in his introduction to this impressive feat of data crunching, the intent was not to know what these outliers achieved or how they achieved it, but to discover the most important things that powered their achievements.

What emer
Steve Messaros
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure I am a big fan of BulletProof in all its many forms. Game Changers was easily consumed. Best of all there are very specific follow up action items you can try on your own and determine for yourself whether or not they're beneficial. Most of these won't require a $ investment, only your time and attention.

Measure your results and draw your own conclusions. Most of them have worked for me, not all, but a majority are worth your time. Dave Asprey is driven by a long term vision and
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was an interesting read and definitely some novel ideas to consider. Overall if your looking to push yourself to the fringes of performance and optimization this book will have suggestions for things that you should try. But I would caution that correlation is not equivalent to causation.

I did find some of the recommendations a bit hypocritical and contradictory. One chapter espouses the benefits of focusing in oneself getting sleep and meditation while then uses supporting examples of
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-favourites
One of the things I'm grateful for today is that I've found this amazing book and finished it. So full of interesting, life-changing information backed with research, examples and stories, it truly was so fun to read.

Some people may think that to be successful, there's a magical formula that you you only have to apply to your life, but in reality, it's as simple as changing your mindset for the better.

Encouraging yourself to pick up good habits and take care of yourself starting with small thi
Margot Tesch
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Wow. Dave Asprey is an inspiring dude. I went onto this text straight after reading Headstrong. A lot of Dave's work and suggestions are really out there ... on the bleeding edge. I would imagine that many of his ideas attract a lot of controversy.

But the audio book came with a download with all his key suggestions. I have this on my desk and periodically move through the suggestions. There are many many powerful life-changing, discipline developing ideas and resources.

The standouts were the ch
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I hate self-help books, but I was intrigued (or repulsed) by the "founder" of "bulletproof coffee" so I gave it a shot, although I have never (been able to convince myself yet) to try the beverage itself.

Thus, I read according to what I thought was interesting from a table of contents skim and surprisingly, the final two chapters I read, which were final because I thought they were of the least utility (excluding those chapters which I skipped), ending up being the most profound. In the order of
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've listened to a few Bulletproof Radio podcasts and found them interesting, but at the end of the day I'm not a huge podcast fan. I would much rather read a book, dog-earing pages as I go. There is a wide gamut of distilled info in this book. From, basic stuff like challenging your fear, to the technicalities on why LED might not be all that great for us. And, unlike other podcast into book adaptations, this one actually breaks up the many topics into a digestible format, in this case "laws," ...more
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Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley investor, computer security expert, and entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $250,000 to hack his own biology. He upgraded his brain by >20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise. The Financial Times calls him a "bio-hacker who takes self-quantification to the extreme of self-experimentation." His writing has been p ...more

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