- Hardcover: 331 pages
- Publisher: Harperwave (4 December 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062652443
- ISBN-13: 978-0062652447
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
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"In Game Changers, Dave Asprey, one of the most influential citizen scientists of the 21st century, brings the most well respected thought leaders who define the leading edge of health and wellness together in a work that resets our perception of what is possible for humans to achieve."--Dr. David Perlmutter, bestselling author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker
"Asprey's collection of firsthand tips will inspire and encourage readers."--Publishers Weekly
"A strong, resilient mind is the cornerstone of a healthy and happy life. In Head Strong, Dave Asprey explains how to ditch the 'brain kryptonite' that impedes our cognitive health so that we can all perform optimally--now and in the future."--Michele Promaulayko, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan, author of 20 Pounds Younger and Look Better Naked
"Head Strong is a powerfully important book. Dave Asprey knows what it is like to suffer, but also how to take thoughtful action to heal and protect the most important part of humans: our brains. I highly recommend it."--Daniel Amen, MD, Founder of Amen Clinics, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and co-author of The Brain Warrior's Way
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The New York Times bestselling author and founder and CEO of Bulletproof Coffee, Dave Asprey, answers the question: "How can you perform better at everything you do as a human being?"
When Dave Asprey began his journey to upgrade every aspect of his life, he gained as much knowledge as he could from those he termed "game changers." These are the world's leading minds across an array of disciplines, people who are influencing or even pioneering entirely new areas of study: from biochemists toiling in unknown laboratories to innovative business leaders disrupting the playing field to neuroscientists and meditation masters accessing deep levels of consciousness.
Driven to gain and share the wisdom and insight from these high achievers, Dave created the Bulletproof Radio podcast and engaged his guests in enlightening conversations. He wanted to know: What mattered most to them? How did their work impact the world, and how can listeners use it in their own lives today? What beliefs and behaviors led to their success? And simply, what did they do to make it possible to achieve the things they have? He closed each interview with the same question: "What are your top three recommendations for people who want to perform better at everything they do as human beings?"
A true "hacker" to the core, Dave ran a statistical analysis of the answers from more than 450 game changers and distilled them into three main categories: how to become smarter, how to become faster, and how to become happier. Game Changers is the culmination of Dave's years-long immersion in these conversations, detailing forty-six science-backed "laws" readers can put into practice to upgrade performance, health, and happiness.
With insight from game changers such as Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. David Perlmutter, Arianna Huffington, Esther Perel, and Tim Ferriss, in addition to powerful examples drawn from Dave's own life, Game Changers offers readers actionable advice that delivers immediate rewards. From taming fear and self-doubt, to utilizing cutting-edge psychedelic therapies, to practicing gratitude, to tapping into the power of desire, to getting clear on what matters most, Dave shares the secrets of today's game changers to help us all learn how to win at life.
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It's written in a more conversational tone—taking a closer look at life purpose, happiness, and spirituality. He by no means forgets to include worthwhile advices on physical and mental performances. Simply put, the book is a compilation of powerful recommendations he distilled from over 450 conversations/interviews with accomplished guests.
This is quite an intimate book, representing essential values Asprey has assimilated throughout his experiences. Although I haven’t listened to more than 100 of his interviews, I could feel that the present book was carefully written—he took the time and energy to document something precious.
Asprey divides the book into 3 main parts—smarter, faster, happier—where each part is broken down into chapters filled with a total of 46 “laws”. One of the highlights is that at the end of each “law” we find a honest/feasible action plan to implement the advice, as well as recommended readings and podcast episodes for further research.
Before sharing thoughts about the content itself, I just wanted to mention I could draw a direct comparison between Tim Ferris’s Tools of Titans and Game Changers. They both compiled hundreds of interviews into a book, and even though Tim Ferris and Dave Asprey have similar interests such as high-performance, health, business, spiritualism, science, happiness, and self-improvement, there are differences on how the information is laid out throughout the chapters. Ferris summarizes key takeaways from each interviewee, one-by-one. Asprey, however, distills the information in a broader and more interconnected perspective after running his “statistical analysis”. That said, Tools of Titans and Game Changers complement each other positively.
Now let me share with you some pieces of advice I took note to further reflect and explore as I get the chance to read the book again—but on a slower pace next. The “laws” are in order of appearance.
[Law 1] To focus on what matters most by saying “no” more often. Knowing what matters the most brings clarity, making it easy to take decisions and focus our attention and energy exclusively. As a regression, I could connect this “law” with another valuable book called “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown.
[Law 3] Words are powerful. We should be mindful by choosing truthful words to build trust and break free from our own limitations. Asprey explains how certain words can be detrimental to us. He suggests us to pay attention to often used words that make us weak—sharing also techniques to avoid them.
[Law 8] Asprey encourages us to access altered states by taking advantage of valuable tools we have these days, ranging from silent meditation retreats all the way to trusted ayahuasca experiences in the Amazon.
[Law 10] We must learn to confront our irrational fear of criticism and failure. Negative emotions are rooted in fear, while positive ones are rooted in trust. When we manage to spend more time in the positive states, a sense of comfort surrounds us. Asprey shares tips on how to dissolve expectations and attachments that may be holding us back.
[Law 12] Passion and purpose are key to happiness. Finding the things we care about and devote time and energy will certainly pay off in the long run. As Asprey puts: “Every idea that doesn’t work is simply a stepping-stone to a bigger success. Success comes when you are still curious and still learning.”
[Law 20] Striving for quality sleep is better than more sleep. Fascinating studies are presented to help us sleep thoroughly. I enjoyed reading about wild animals patterns, that they prefer sleeping on the hard ground with their heads slightly uphill. It seems that maintaining our heads slightly above our hearts while sleeping may be a good idea to avoid the increase of pressure in the brain due to the blood flow circulation under the effects of gravity. Reading about sleep made me think about an important and personally favorite book called “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker.
[Law 22] Learning to move our bodies the right way is a must for long-term health. I sincerely appreciate this point because we often forget to prioritize this aspect due to high demands we face at work. Going back to the basics and getting the right posture and movement patterns will certainly improve the quality of our lives. Asprey shares good recommendations and I’ve used some of them—after listening to his podcasts—in tandem with my favorite one. GMB [www.gmb.io] is formed by a small but knowledgeable group of experts in physical therapy, gymnastics, martial arts, and human movement that have been developing courses and tutorials to help us move with more autonomy. Both of GMB’s training programs, the Elements and the Vitamin, have helped me immensely with rock climbing performance. Another program that seems to be terrific but I haven’t engaged as much is MovNat [www.movnat.com].
[Law 25] This is a profound topic on meaningful food consumption. I was touched by Cynthia Garcia’s story on how she overcame her struggles through a combination of dietary changes with psychological and spiritual work. The message here is that emotional eating is sadly entrenched in our culture that we aren’t aware of the effects. We learn tips that signal excess of emotional eating.
[Law 26] Here we find the solution to the previous “law”—which is about eating real food, about paying attention to what our relatives at generations ago used to eat, about eating genuinely according to our true nature and needs. This topic stands alone as a concise diet guide.
[Law 33] Striving for happier habits improves our creativity, productivity, relationships, and even the odds to earn more money. But besides that, one of his interviewees, Vishen Lakhiani, got my attention. He says we should focus on “end goals” described as:  the things we want to experience in life,  ways in which we want to grow a as human being, and  ways in which we want to contribute to the world.
[Law 35] Seeking out social interaction through a supportive community brings positive impacts in many aspects. Dr. Zak explains the role of oxytocin, a hormone released during social bounding. It’s intriguing to know how this hormone works—on a feedback loop—amplifying empathy throughout human connections.
[Law 39] Here we learn about the importance of proper breathing. Wim Hof is a pioneer of extremely cold temperature exposure through breathing techniques. Even though I've taken cold showers 2 times a week since 2016 and learned to prefer lukewarm showers over hot ones on the other days, I've been delaying to test Hof's exercises since I first heard about his breathing techniques.
[Law 41] One of my favorite excerpts of the book is as follows: “Spend more time outdoors. See trees. Smell plants. Taste real food. Sweat in the sun. Shiver when it’s cold. Give your nervous system a taste of the environment it evolved in so you can reap the returns as your biology changes to increase your performance.”
[Law 45] The power of forgiveness can’t be beat. Asprey encourages us to forgive with the same intensity we bring our mission in life in order to access new levels of energy and happiness. This “law” was probably my favorite one—insights that I hope to carry for life.
I hope this review helps you. Even if you have listened to most of Asprey's interviews, this book is a convenient piece to revisit the information in a well-documented version. Game Changers has the potential to impact our lives positively in many forms. After all, it’s about taking the time to discover our own priorities, then finding the right action plan at the end of each “law” to create better habits or boost our performances over time.
Take good care,
I will skim the rest of the book but it is not organized in a manner to quickly grasp points. The chapter layouts are odd. There is a summary for sections, if you can find them. I’m returning it and asking for my money back. I will likely stop buying his over-priced products as well. He’s just not my kind of guru anymore.
I became a fan after reading the Bulletproof Diet. I suffered a spinal cord injury from a back surgery, and his information has helped me manage the effects of that surgery to the point I no longer take medication, and I feel better than I ever have — minus the partial paralysis lol.
You won’t regret buying this book...