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- Publication Date: September 9, 2014
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- Language: English
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Superhuman by Habit: A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time Kindle Edition
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The book doesn't have page numbers or chapters. Instead, there's just several headings with a few paragraphs of text following them. I don't know the Author, but he doesn't seem like a very experienced writer. At one point he talks about building a habit of writing every day, even if your writing isn't very good, and I suspect what we're reading might be the end result of such an exercise. Not having page numbers or clear sections for a non-fiction book is inexcusable. That may sound like I'm going too far, but non-fiction books designed to help you self-improve should have structure, and the ramblings of an unproven person with a quirky and eclectic set of tastes doesn't make for useful reading. The entire thing felt like a very long foreword, and I kept waiting to get to the part where we'd buckle down and learn about habit building. The book feels like a random collection of habit-related musings, many of which step over the same territory in slightly different words.
I got excited at the very beginning. I started seeing some habit-related rules. Things like "Never miss a habit twice". I thought "Oh great, we're going to get some guidelines to build habits and hold ourselves accountable". I liked a brief part about chaining habits together so that one triggers the next. I can use that information. But shortly after the first few pages, the rambling began. Talks about healthy food and grass-fed meat, drinking tea every day, etc. I don't need to agree 100% with an author if he's teaching me his methodologies, but by the end of the book the only thing I learned is that this guy has a strange set of values he finds important. I know how he feels about refined carbohydrates and what kind of workout routine he likes, but I'm no closer to building habits around daily exercise or my other goals. Unless he specifically mentions a goal in his book, you won't really learn much about it. Let me re-iterate because this is the most important part: He has not taught me how to build habits. he's mused about habit-building in general, given me a little motivation and told me about all the things that might prevent me from being successful, then he gave me a list of 20-30 habits (like going to bed on time or replacing your pantry with healthier food). This was one long, boring Lifehacker article.
I'm never harsh in a book review. And I noticed that book reviews for self-motivation and productivity are notoriously biased (They're all 5 star reviews because nobody wants to feel like the book failed them. We get pumped up and excited). I cannot remember the last time I read a book along these lines and disliked it so much. Luckily I finished reading in a day, but I feel no more ready to tackle my habit-forming than before I started reading. Such a disappointment and a waste of money/time.
I found his blog more useful, and the interesting thing is that his blog is totally free and anyone can visit and read.
I thought he would go into exact strategy of how to get into habits, but there wasn't much about it.
It could be a decent book for a beginner with lots and lots of bad habits but for me it wasn't useful at all.
I honestly think James Clear has the best content when it comes to "building good habits".
At the end of the day to build a good habit what you really need is CONSISTENCY and NOT INTENSITY. So if you want to start doing meditation then do 1 minute a day every day for months rather than 30 minutes once a month.
The trick with habits is to break it down to easiest and then do that for a long time and then make it bit harder.
Say you wanna start the habit of reading, so instead of reading 5hrs a day, try 5 minutes a day or 1 page a day that is a lot easier to do than trying to read 1hr a day.
I read 5-8hrs a day and I started by reading max 5 minutes a day after a month it was 10 minutes then 20 minutes and for a very long time it was 2hrs and then I up'd the anti.
Go easy on yourself and be consistent that is really the secret of building habits.
This book is a collection of the mindsets and techniques I’ve used to rebuild myself with habits. If you, like I used to be, can barely stay on top of the essentials of day-to-day living, this book is for you. If you perform well, but are inconsistent, this book is for you. Or if you’re a self-optimizer who already performs at a high level, but wants to squeeze even more out of himself, this book is for you.”
~ Tynan from Superhuman by Habit
I randomly found this book on Amazon and was pulled in by the cover and title.
I’d never heard of Tynan but within the first few pages I was already blown away and knew I’d be doing a Note on it while *strongly* recommending this little manifesto for your reading and optimizing pleasure.
We’ve done a number of Notes on willpower + habit building, including Willpower by Roy Baumeister, The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, and The Power of Habit by Duhigg. Plus books like Mastery by George Leonard, Mindset by Carol Dweck, The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, and Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin.
I highly recommend all of them.
But this one distills the practical essence of all of those books into one little transformative manifesto that I think you’ll really love. And you can read it in an afternoon if you’re feeling so inspired.
Let's explore some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. What Is a Habit? - An outfit a nun wears, of course!
2. Consistency - Is everything.
3. New vs. Old - We want more old habits.
4. Don't Miss a Day - Seriously. Don't.
5. Never Skip Twice - Absolutely (!) don't do that.
Here’s to cultivating superhuman abilities one tiny habit at a time!
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Which of us hasn't made changes for the better in line with these? And his constant "a friend asked me the other day how it was that I became so awesome". I'm calling BS. No one asked you that - it's a weak and insincere way of justifying why he's writing about such mundane stuff. Because someone else asked. Tsh. As if.
This morning I decided to write a daily reminder in my phone to bring the milk in before it gets warm. It seems like a decent enough idea so I'm going to write a book about it. 240 pages ought to cover it. So if you'll excuse me I'd better crack on.
But it is all so true and relevant.
The book is cheaply produced and a bit of a disappointment when it arrives as it has that self published feel about it. The writing style is unrefined and can be annoying but I persist in saying that the essence of the book, if you overlook these factors, is relevant and if followed would help you in achieve success.
Other book son habits will go to inordinate length to tell you the psychology of habit creation and the methodology - this one skips all that and gets to work.
Worth an indulgent read.
(Some people said they found the author too perfect: I dont think so. He says he was a couch potato, as I was, and already my friends are starting to say "Amanda, you're so disciplined/persistent/get things done" etc. I'm not at all...was the worst procrasinator ever. The book method makes it easy to be "perfect" without needing willpower.)
I read Superhuman by Habit one sitting and frankly find myself delighted.
I've made numerous notes, gained some valuable insights and feel empowered and focused, with some directly applicable directions and skills to apply to a couple of areas of change in my life.
In essence a couple of big challenges now appear far more manageable in realising I can use habits to overcome them.
Not only was the content good but I also greatly appreciated Tynans style. Honest, upbeat, well considered.
I'll be happily recommending Superhuman by Habit to numerous people.
If you’ve always been interested in the ideas of forming habits (and if you read this book you will absolutely realise that you should be) but always failed than this book is for you. It really breaks down how to form habits and more importantly how to stick to them.
I loved that he included what habits he uses because it gave me really good ideas.