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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

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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Harper Wave
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Wesley
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
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Conrad
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lots of good gems. WAAAAAAY too much self promo.
Ruth
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
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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
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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! ...more
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
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Jackie
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
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Kimball
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.


Notes:


The most important things for the successful people are nutrition, relationships, and self awareness.
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Edwin Setiadi
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bio hacking in a nutshell

It’s always intriguing to read or listen to anything presented by the father of bio hacking, Dave Asprey. And this book is no different, it is a summary of some of the most important interviews he conducted with experts in different fields on his podcast Bulletproof Radio.

The range of topics are pretty diverse: from the science behind “willpower muscle”, to the “codes” we insert into our supercomputer brain, to neuroplasticity, meta moments, stem cell, minimalism, a sup
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Kimberley Hall
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Best personal development book I have read (not that I am well versed in the genre).
What I liked about it and thought was different from other self help books I have read, is it gives actionable items and actual tips. It also contains lots of well researched information from a variety of studies and leaders in specific fields. I resonated with quite a few sections of the book and have come away with some inspiration.
There is a few parts that are not really my kind of thing and I feel s
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Amal Vinod
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
A nice book with lot of new information. Its truly a must read book if you aspire to enhance your performance in a while and be a Better YOU in any manner. I had found most of the chapters very interesting and well structured. The action plan kept at the end portion of each chapter is really helpful. This area of book helps us to conclude the core ideas of that chapter into a nutshell. Recommended listening and reading area is also an asset to the book. As a reader I must say that because of the ...more
Kristjan
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.
Saskia
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. ...more
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. ...more
Mauricio Campos
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Guide to immortality /\
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.
Rei
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ditched, owned
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Omar Delawar
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I admire Dave Asprey’s journey as a writer—starting with The Bulletproof Diet, then Head Strong, and now shifting gears towards a more holistic piece, Game Changers. I've just finished reading it and, in fact, was my favorite one. That’s why I am happy to share some thoughts before you commit to the book itself.

It's written in a more conversational tone—taking a closer look at life purpose, happiness, and spirituality. He by no means forgets to include worthwhile advices on physical and mental p
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Sarah
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
*Blinkist*

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.
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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. ...more
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. ...more
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.
Erika
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I JUST HAVE TO SAY
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.

MY RATING ★★★★☆

RATING EXPLAINED
4 - Great Book. I really enjoyed this work. It might not have changed my life (yet) but it was full of knowledge
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Brian Demo
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
His book was a good read for sure. Granted, there are some extremely outside the box (for some people) ideas in here but as with all books, you should take the information and use it as you deem fit & necessary. The information however was good and presented well. There are some good steps in here as to how to get through some things in life, meditation, and even examples of his experiences. My review is not one of his "doubters" or haters (You'll get the reference if/when you read it). I can't ...more
Grazyna Nawrocka
Because I am just starting to look at resources related to personal development, this book gave me fantastic overview of what is worth checking out. My list of books to read doubled. I found many helpful ideas about improving my decision taking management, sleep, getting into meditation and other interested topics. It was popular and easy to read book. I had fun exploring the new ideas.

It really annoys me, when people build some strange system of values when it comes to sex. First of all we val
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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
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Reuben
Dec 16, 2020 added it
Top three tips at the end of the book:
1. Practice Gratitude. Follow Tony Robbins. Tell your wife and kids three things that you're grateful for every day. This will shift your attitude and give you more energy to put towards all of your endeavors. Find a way to be grateful for EVERYTHING. Even your biggest obstacles and failures. Think of one failure that your grateful for each day. This will help you forgive, let go, and push boundaries.

2. Understand your own wiring. We're all hardwired to do t
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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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“I have learned to prioritize my actions into three buckets: things that drain my energy, things I don’t mind and are important and useful, and things that give me energy and bring me joy. My goal is to break my daily actions down so that I spend none of my time on tasks that fall into the first category, 10 percent of my time on the second category, and 90 percent of my time in the final category, the one that Robert Greene calls primal inclinations. When I find myself drifting too far from the goal, I reset my actions.” 3 likes
“You can build your “willpower muscle” the same way you strengthen any muscle in your body: by doing hard things you don’t want to do. A simple trick I use is to keep a heavy-duty spring-loaded hand-grip trainer on my desk. When I think about it, I squeeze it until it burns and my arm tells me to stop and then keep squeezing. Another technique I use is to hold my breath until my lungs scream at me to breathe and then hold it longer. When you successfully do the things you don’t want to do, everything else seems easier by comparison. Your willpower grows.” 2 likes
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