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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.
Others seem to be a fan of the author and his blog. I've never read the blog and therefore didn't feel excited about getting to know him personally through his habits. I just wanted to read a book with some value. There is a lot of fluff. In fairness, I will likely remember that it is not good to skip a habit once, but don't dare do it twice!
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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