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The Motivation Hacker Paperback – May 25, 2014
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Nick has got amazing results.
Anyone who wants to make a big impact on their own lives or on the world and is ready for a rewarding challenge, this book will provide all the levers you need to reach your goals.
I find that Nick has deeper and more profound understanding that anybody else I've read or met and he's leveraged and layered motivation to maximize results.
Please see the above comment in light of the fact that I became a best-selling author of a DOS book (Waite Group/Macmillan) in 1990 when I worked in Silicon Valley, and since then I've written a few books with the goal of "changing life" of the reader. Two of books have helped over 500,000 students, so I do know a bit about motivation.
Now, I have added extra goals without taking away from main goals. This book will help you do the same.
The biggest problem you may face is the fact that all of us are very lazy. We watch football, baseball and basket ball, but most of us don't play. We are just happy to cheer our teams.
By the way, I just sent a paperback to my daughter who's in 6th grade, and I am asking her to check it out. I'll report back here if and how she changes because of this powerful book.
Get the book. He's also kind enough to price it just $2.99.
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.
I liked Nick's honesty and vulnerability in describing both his shortcomings (he's no "I can do everything" guru) and his successes. I personally know about myself that I respond to the same kind of motivations that motivate him - daily reporting, pretty graphs, putting money on the line.
But the biggest thing for me was to learn about Success Spirals. It's all about the little successes if you want to create a few long lasting change. I've started applying to myself. I've had no problem (ok that's an underestimation) training to run a marathon... But getting myself to floss everyday? Do fitness daily? Bake social activities into work?
I've got 8 tiny habits going on now and I feel so much more in control of my life - and I know they will only grow.
I recommend further reading on this topic at BJ Foggs site - lookup "tiny habits" in Google.
And yeah - buy the book. Top 10 books I've bought in terms of positive effects on my life... I read about 200 :)
And thanks Nick for writing it.
This book is short, concise, and complete, in the sense that its content is clearly and transparently implementable in your life. This may be because the book's recommendations are all very simple and concrete. For example: start off with goals so easy that you can't possibly fail them, to build up an implicit expectation that you can achieve your goals. I have never seen this advice framed in quite this way before, but I can tell you that it has worked marvelously for me. I would go so far as to say that I have read most of the advice featured in this book elsewhere before, but only in this book is the advice written in a way that makes intuitive sense.
The Motivation Hacker is also written in an engaging style apparently based on the author's genuine enthusiastic personality, never sliding into hyperbole or hammy sales pitches. It's also a short read, so I don't hesitate to recommend it to members of the life-hacker cluster in personspace.