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Game Changers : What Extraordinary People and World Class Thinkers Can Teach Us about Being Smarter, Happier, and More Successful.
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9780062652447

9780008318635
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Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
Physical Description:
331 pages ; 24 cm
Contents:
SMARTER: Focusing on your weaknesses makes you weaker -- Get into the habit of getting smarter -- Get outside your head so you can see inside it -- Disrupt fear -- Even Batman has a bat cave -- FASTER: Sex is an altered state -- Find your nighttime spirit animal -- Throw a rock at the rabbit, don't chase it -- You get out what you put in -- The future of hacking yourself is now -- HAPPIER: Being rich won't make you happy, but being happy might make you rich -- Your community is your environment -- Reset your programming -- Get dirty in the sun -- Use gratitude to rewire your brain.
Summary:
When Dave Asprey started his Bulletproof Radio podcast more than five years ago, he sought out influencers in an array of disciplines, from biochemists toiling in unknown laboratories to business leaders changing the world to mediation masters discovering inner peace. His guests were some of the top performing humans in the world, people who had changed their areas of study or even pioneered entirely new fields. Dave wanted to know: What did they have in common? What mattered most to them? What made them so successful?and what made them tick? At the end of each interview, Dave asked the same question: "What are your top three recommendations for people who want to perform better at being human?" After performing a statistical analysis of the answers, he found that the wisdom gleaned from these highly successful people could be distilled into three main objectives: finding ways to become smarter, faster, and happier. Game Changers is the culmination of Dave's years-long immersion in these conversations, offering 46 science-backed, high performance "laws" that are a virtual playbook for how to get better 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 years ago, he sought out influencers in an array of disciplines, from biochemists toiling in unknown laboratories to business leaders changing the world to mediation masters discovering inner peace. His guests were some of the top performing humans in the world, people who had changed their areas of study or even pioneered entirely new fields. Dave wanted to know: What did they have in common? What mattered most to them? What made them so successful--and what made them tick? At the end of each interview, Dave asked the same question: "What are your top three recommendations for people who want to perform better at being human?"

After performing a statistical analysis of the answers, he found that the wisdom gleaned from these highly successful people could be distilled into three main objectives: finding ways to become smarter, faster, and happier. Game Changers is the culmination of Dave's years-long immersion in these conversations, offering 46 science-backed, high performance "laws" that are a virtual playbook for how to get better at life.

With anecdotes from game changers like Dr. Daniel Amen, Gabby Bernstein, Dr. David Perlmutter, Arianna Huffington, Esther Perel, and Tim Ferris as well as examples from Dave's own life, Game Changers offers readers practical advice they can put into action to reap immediate rewards. From taming fear and anxiety to making better decisions, establishing high-performance habits, and practicing gratitude and mindfulness, Dave brings together the wisdom of today's game-changers to help everyone kick more ass at life.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Asprey (The Bulletproof Diet) mines both conventional and unconventional techniques in this haphazard but sneakily instructive book. Core is his belief in the all-encompassing power of "the three Fs": "fear (run away, hide from, or fight scary things in case they are threats to your survival); feed (eat everything in sight so you don't starve to death and can quickly serve the first F), and the third F-word, which propagates the species." To harness these innate human desires, he builds his book around 46 high-performance "laws," which include both accepted, mainstream, and more out-there concepts. While some of Asprey's suggested techniques are admittedly controversial or of questionable merit-microdosing on psychoactive drugs such as LSD to decrease anxiety, treat alcoholism, and promote self-awareness; restricting orgasms for men while promoting them frequently for women to balance hormones; adding butter to coffee for bursts of energy-far more are decidedly sensible. He advises readers to investigate their own fears fear, explore dietary choices, foster positive thinking, enjoy downtime, learn the power of visualization, use the power of "no" to reduce burnout, load up on omega-3 fatty acids, and avoid "weasel words" (can't, need, bad, and try). He helpfully includes thought-provoking action items at the end of each chapter, as well as recommended podcasts from his own Bulletproof Radio. Asprey's motley collection of firsthand tips will inspire and encourage readers. (Dec.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Many consultants and authors of business books probe for answers to the question of what makes a person or an organization successful. Responses often cover a wide variety of success metrics, from everyday practices like eating right and exercising well to articulating gratitude. Over the last several years, Asprey (The Bulletproof Diet, 2014 ; Head Strong, 2017) interviewed influencers in many fields. From these conversations, he presents 46 "laws" for being a more productive and successful human being think smarter, faster, happier. Some laws are common sense: use the power of no; fear is the mind killer. Others require just a bit more thought and care: average is the enemy, and miracles are possible only in the morning. And a few might arguably surprise here, such as smart drugs are here to stay and never underestimate the power of a female orgasm. It's hard to argue with his research and, even more, with his own transformation, thanks to following these laws. A thoughtful guide to getting better at life, complete with recommended tasks, reads, and listens.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2018 Booklist


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Part I Smarter
1 Focusing on your Weaknesses makes you Weakerp. 3
2 Get into the Habit of Betting Smarterp. 25
3 Get Outside your Head so you can see Inside itp. 45
4 Disrupt Fearp. 76
5 Even Batman has a Bat Cavep. 97
Part II Faster
6 Sex is an Altered Statep. 115
7 Find your Nighttime Spirit Animalp. 136
8 Throw a Rock at the Rabbit, Don't Chase Itp. 155
9 You get out what you put inp. 171
10 The Future of Hacking Yourself is nowp. 197
Part III Happier
11 Being Rich Won't Make you Happy, But Being Happy Might Make You Richp. 217
12 Your Community is Your Environmentp. 232
13 Reset Your Programmingp. 247
14 Get Dirty in the Sunp. 263
15 Use Gratitude to Rewire your Brainp. 279
Afterwordp. 299
Acknowledgmentsp. 303
Notesp. 307
Indexp. 319