The Motivation Hacker Paperback – May 25, 2014
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- Publisher : Nick Winter (May 25, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 138 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0989279820
- ISBN-13 : 978-0989279826
- Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.32 x 8 inches
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- #7,522 in Motivational Self-Help (Books)
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Such an amazing book as we approach the new year. Happy reading.
My only complaint is that the end of the book is kind of weak. He finishes by restating his goals without adding much to most of them. I would have appreciated some extra tips/a call to action. However, I don't find this worthy of removing a star as he is an amateur writer and I still really enjoyed the book.
Overall, I would still highly recommend the book. Especially if you want an easy to read intro to self help and are on the nerdy side.
There's a lot more to it than that, separating short term goals from long term and a lot of tips on tools and how to create your own.
The one downside I found was at the end of the book, where the last chapter was literally a list of all the things he did and accomplished. Seeing as he addressed most of those during the course of the book as helpful examples, I didn't think they were very necessary and they didn't offer any additional tips. You can easily skip them, which makes the book significantly shorter, where I feel a better wrap up could have occurred. There is also 15% of the book taken up by sourced links alone (the index at the very end).
Seeing as the book definitely taught me a number of things and has great insight, I still rated it pretty highly and would suggest buying it.
Maybe not life-changing work, but it might just start you on a path of improvement. I know it has for me.
From what I've read so far I've been recommending this book to other self hacking geeks and if I find more good material in the book and/or find that my own motivation and productivity increase or improve I will likely post a more detailed review here and further recommend the book.
Not all of the techniques he puts forth are applicable to everyone but a lot are worth a try and he refreshing style in presenting the tools and approaches makes this a more more genuine help book than much that is out there. Highly recommended.
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It's very cheap - fair to say it's not being priced as a substantial piece of original thought.
It's very easy to read - informal, chatty, engaging style.
Lots of interesting links in the footnotes. The author seems to be a fan of lesswrong, Paul Graham, and other start up / life hacking / productivity sites.
Content is a bit insubstantial. The author admits all but one idea is from The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel. This book is an account he supercharges some of them and applied them to his own life. I would probably have preferred this original source.
Structure - starts by describing motivation hacks, but then veers off into lots of stories about how he applied them over 3 months in his own life. For me there was a bit too much of this autobiographical content.
Some possible contradictions - eg start small to build a cycle of success (a "success spiral"), but also set crazily ambitious goals as they're what's exciting.
My main criticism is it focused too much on an intense 3 months of the author's life, and seems very based on start up / twenty-something / Silicon Valley type intense energy. However at a couple of pounds for an easy read and a few interesting ideas and links, it's not badly priced.
The book is a chatty, informal description of the author's attempts to apply techniques to improving his own motivation covering a three month period where he also wrote the book. Nick is unashamedly a software engineering, silicon valley, tech start-up founder geek - a type I'm pretty familiar with so my empathy for the central character in the book ran deep, something where other readers' mileage may vary. Central to the book is the idea of the motivation equation (ideas which appear in other less accessible books too) - a combination of (unit-less) terms on the numerator and denominator. The goal is then to 'hack' these contributors, applying techniques and ideas that increase the ones that appear on the numerator and reducing the one's on the denominator. Nick sets out to apply these techniques to his own life - particularly during a crazy three month period where in addition to writing the book he attempted many other goals including learning such varied things as knife throwing, lucid dreaming and thousands of new Chinese characters. The story is compelling, fun and in my case, practical and useful.
What I did find strange was that he lists all the motivation hacks he used (and extras), as he calls them, at the end of the book, rather than the start...
For £3 I'm happy I bought this. Towards the end he goes through each goal of his in more detail and they are all great examples of how little time it actually takes to get good at something, instead of aiming for world class expertise.
In fact we are all so individual, and motivations and internal dynamics differ wildly. The author has also clearly been reading too much "Less Wrong", and ties himself in knots of rationalism.
Despite that -- a brave attempt to dig into the mechanics of motivation and come back with something original. May be worth a read.