- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1514672111
- ISBN-13: 978-1514672112
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,023 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a short read (took me about 2 days of serious reading), but every bit of information in this book is important and worthy of our consideration. Mike does a great job of cutting things down to what is absolutely essential, and he briefly summarizes his main points at the end of each chapter. That makes it very easy to read. If you're the type to take notes while you read (which is a great idea), you'll find that you don't have to think through a ton of dense philosophy or psychology to find the important points. It's all in plain, easy to understand language even when the science behind it is discussed. Additionally, Cernovich encourages us to write in the book and "abuse" it. He includes worksheets that make it easy for us to get started in implementing some of his tips/exercises.
I will say that I haven't had the opportunity to seriously implement his ideas yet because I just finished the book last night. I might amend this review later to give an update on how it goes, but I think this book is nothing but sound advice. Ultimately, we each have to experiment and figure out what works for us, but this book will surely break us out of a loser mentality if that's where we currently reside. That alone should be enough to get the ball rolling.
Overall, it's an excellent self help book, and I will note that "self help" is a genre I generally don't trust. Gorilla Mindset offers some excellent advice, and if you get just one piece of life changing information from it, it will have been worth it.
But what struck me most about GM was how well it is written. It has a clear and logical structure, based on the authors own life experiences, which he then uses as a basis to develop the themes of the book, which comprise general and transferable skills and routines that can be useful for just about anyone. It's one of those books that you wish you had read when you were 20.
All in all an easy and useful read, especially for people unfamiliar with this material.
The cons: the text could suffer further editing. There are too many spelling mistakes. Not enough to really ruin the book, but still, get a proofreader...
Also notable is the dismissal of the past. According to Mike, you can fix your life by glossing over your past because it doesn't really exist. That's pretty dumb. Repression is the answer to nothing...
So a useful book with some minor flaws.