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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tynan
- Audible.com Release Date: September 22, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015P27TGU
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Superhuman by Habit: A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
- a more organized, clarified treatise on habits. Ultimately, this stuff is just as good as his blog and his language or tone doesn't change much (although he gets a bit basic at points, likely assuming you haven't been reading his stuff for years already). I feel like I'm sitting down with him and saying "hey, what's with your obsession with habits? why is it such a big deal in your life and how do you apply this obsession?". And getting a knowledge bomb of an answer. What you really see by the end of the book is
#1 How far Tynan has gone to integrate habits & in EVERY form of his life.
#2 How obvious the benefits & long term ramifications of this level of intensity & commitment to habits you know matter to you.
An example & a clear, interesting, demonstrable explanation for becoming...you know...superhuman by habit.
If you're not sure if you'll enjoy the book, just read a half-dozen blog posts at tynan dot com. If you like those, buy the book. If you don't, don't buy it expecting it to be different.
Unquestionably worth well more than $5
Even though I am quite a bit older than the author, I have found that he has a lot to teach me. He writes not only about how to incorporate new habits into your life, but also why you would want to. As a result of reading this book, I have noted several habits I want - and need - to get moving on. And now I know how best to do just that! In addition, the author gives a list of recommended habits that he thinks will improve anyone's life, and how to go about adding them. Fortunately for me, several of these habits exist already in my repertoire, and I am glad to note that I don't have to or need to "load" them as well.
There are a few typos in this book. As a writer myself, I know how hard it is to catch everything. I have no doubt that Tynan will fix the few that have appeared, and I do not find the quantity of typos to be high enough to be distracting. The message he transmits is more important than a few typos (and I don't often say that - those who know me know that I am a harsh critic of errors.)
If you have a need, or just a desire, to improve your life, especially if you want to do it in a systematic and orderly way, causing the least trouble for yourself, this is definitely the book for you. I absolutely do recommend it.