The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms
We have been pursuing happiness and success in all the wrong ways. We delay gratification thinking that we should only celebrate when the work is done. We labor under the false pretense that success must be hard won. And so we burn out--professionally, personally, physically--because happiness is integral to the way we function. In search of a more effective pursuit of hap...more
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
7) have a quest/mission in life
I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone who has a fair amount o ...more
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 ...
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Yes he's successful. And yes he has an interesting life so far....so interesting he used mostly himself as an example in the book. Sometimes ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
I was not into it at all. It felt more like a braggadocious book than anything else. ...more
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. ...more
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.
IT DO ...more
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.
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.
... and other such puffery delivered in dudely terms. I can't be surprised that a desi guy is as adept at brodom as any other silicon valley whiteboy but I am a bit disappointed that he's emptier than average. ...more