Insights from over 450 interviews distilled down from the guests of 'Bulletproof Radio'
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The bestselling author of Head Strong and The Bulletproof Diet answers the question, “How can I kick more ass at life?” by culling the wisdom of world-class thought leaders, maverick scientists, and disruptive entrepreneurs to provide proven techniques for becoming happier, healthier, and smarter.
When Dave Asprey started his Bulletproof Radio podcast more than five years ago, he sought out influencers in an array of disciplines, from biochemists toiling in unknown laboratories to business leaders changing the world to mediation masters discovering inner peace. His guests were some of the top performing humans in the world, people who had changed their areas of study or even pioneered entirely new fields. Dave wanted to know: What did they have in common? What mattered most to them? What made them so successful—and what made them tick? At the end of each interview, Dave asked the same question: “What are your top three recommendations for people who want to perform better at being human?”
After performing a statistical analysis of the answers, he found that the wisdom gleaned from these highly successful people could be distilled into three main objectives: finding ways to become smarter, faster, and happier. Game Changers is the culmination of Dave’s years-long immersion in these conversations, offering 46 science-backed, high performance “laws” that are a virtual playbook for how to get better at life.
With anecdotes from game changers like Dr. Daniel Amen, Gabby Bernstein, Dr. David Perlmutter, Arianna Huffington, Esther Perel, and Tim Ferris as well as examples from Dave’s own life, Game Changers offers readers practical advice they can put into action to reap immediate rewards. From taming fear and anxiety to making better decisions, establishing high-performance habits, and practicing gratitude and mindfulness, Dave brings together the wisdom of today’s game-changers to help everyone kick more ass at life.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on Game Changers
As with practically anything coming from Dave Asprey and Bulletproof, it probably pays to start with a word to acknowledge that this book is another one that is riddled with marketing for biohacking gear and performance products the whole way through. ***If you have the tolerance to read through that and not get sucked into impulse purchasing, then this is certainly a valuable book.***
"Game Changers" covers a wide variety of tricks, tips and insights all working toward the goal of high performance and feeling good... while steering you away from burnout in the long run (as is common with many folk "winning at life").
Personally I always appreciate this sort of read as a starting point for further research into new practices, and as an enjoyable way to expose myself to what's out there and find out what people are doing or have found beneficial. "Game Changers" does keep it pretty light and doesn't go in particularly deep on any specific topic, and as a result it reads very comfortably and casually. It also has plenty of interesting stories as you might expect from 450+ interviews.
If you've been reading around the space of biohacking and optimal performance for a while, you might find it discusses a number of practices you will be already familiar with (micro-dosing psychedelics, breath, nootropics etc.). That said, as someone who is very researched and embedded in the space, I found the unique perspectives very constructive and so have no regrets with re-crossing familiar territory.
TLDR?: An enjoyable and casual and read for exposure to what sort of practices people are doing and have found most beneficial. Does contain a fair amount of product and service promotion. Not overly technical.
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker 🌿