Murder at Ford's Theatre jIt did piue my interest on how I approach my goal tracking I ve never been a big fan of self help books or seminars which usually involve some dude shaking his fist at you while standing at a podium being paid 100000 for a 1 hour performance Pay me money and you get to walk across hot coals It sust mind over matter You wanna make a lot of moneywell now you can with my new book The self help industry is kind of a crock and lacks a certain credibility yet it s a billion dollar industry They all seem to be saying Buy this book or Take this courseit ll make you all better I think that self help bookscourses ust reinforce perceptions of inferiority shame contradictions and creates far fetched expectations This book is all about gamification which is a term I recently learned from my spouse as she mentioned a local woman Tina Holland who gave a talk to a bunch of teachers about gamification in the classroom My spouse enjoyed the talk but she is not a gamer so its not really something that she chooses to apply When she told me about it I shook my head and agreed that I thought it was a great concept Kids love video games and they re all playing them Do your homework for a month and you gain an achievement If you make it to the end of the school year without an F you level up So knowing all that I decided to give this book a read I didn t expect much and figured I might ot down a few notes here and there and then look at myself in the mirror and say I m good enough I m smart enough and doggone it people like me But this book is actually uite fun and a bit of an adventure in itself to read There s a few chapters that seem a tad bit redundant and pretty much end the same way saying Ready to start Lets start on this adventure I had never heard of Nerdfitnesscom so this whole thing was new to me As a Geek and avid gamer role playing and table top this whole concept immediately appealed to me I already think in gaming terms and the majority of us gamers are always trying to come up with our own gaming stats abilities alignments classes skills feats and whatever else The concept of the hero s ourney is very appealing though I don t normally think of myself as the hero I m like an anti hero like The Punisher or Ghost Rider or the Grey Jedi that walk the line but c mon who doesn t like the hero s ourney in books movies and games Just look at lil Bilbo Baggins or Odysseus Luke Skywalker Batman Link from the Zelda games or even Neo from the Matrix I ve enjoyed the books of Joseph Campbell and I can see his influence in this book as well as many others I ve enjoyed over the yearsThis author put a lot of work into this book and the website Nerdfitnesscom and I m glad to have read it and to be a part of it I m already working on my profile and character sheet on the siteLoL and hopefully I ll oin up with the Rebellion soon This book is full of specific tangible creative and fun
advice and tactics that you can apply right away and the good thing is that it s like a yummy burrito and tactics that you can apply right away and the good thing is that it s like a yummy burrito s wrapped in a blend of GeekNerd references to games movies books as well as a cool levelling up structure and that I can relate to I would highly recommend this for those that enjoy gaming and have looked at or considered the Paleo diet since that s a big part of it too Steve Kamb the creator of nerdfitnesscom offers behavioral games and community support to assist readers in becoming their best self It s the self help genre meets gamificationSteve was addicted to video games miserable at his ob and disappointed with life I still love those games and movies and enjoy the entertainment "They Provide They Re "provide They re part of who I am as a person The problem was that they had become a way to avoid the unhappiness in my real life while also allowing me to continue doing nothing about it pg xiThe game that had him hopelessly hooked was Everuest What had begun as a fun way to blow off some steam after school or work uickly became an addiction pg 5So Steve took what he loved best about the game the levels the endless uests the secrets and created an online community in which the members support each other to become the best whatever it is you want to be
Through Just Those ThingsEssentially just those thingsEssentially takes the hero s The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense journey as described by Joseph Campbell and crafts a way to implement that into your life through your own preferences Life is meant to be lived on your own terms pg 23 I picked this up because I recently read a behavioral game book and I wanted to see what the theory would look like in action Steve has done a solidob making his game completely customizableHe provides examples between the chapters of people who have used his game to level up their lives The results are impressive The truth is that most people fear change They themselves might want to change but don t want to put forth the effort and energy to make it happen pg 57With Level Up Your Life Steve gives readers the tools to make their lives into a game of the. C uest of Awesome through advice on health fitness travel and financeAuthor Steven Kamb the foundercreator of NerdFitnesscom leads you on a ourney to discover the kind of game you want to play including how to Develop a leveling structure Create a personal Origin Story every hero has a great origin story Determine what your Level 50 charact. ,
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I initially gave this book a lower rating out of embarrassment that my virtual shelves are becoming ever stuffed with self help books But there s no sense in bashing it for being what it sets out to beNominally the book deals with making improvements in any area of your life but as it grew out of the author s website Nerd Fitness it retains a strong bias towards health and fitness There s a decent chunk of world travel and a smattering of starting your own business too reflecting Kamb s own ourney through lifeThese are of course all well represented sub genres of self help but this book s new twist is to approach life like a videogame considering the challenges you want to tackle in life as uests made up of smaller missions The goal is to repurpose the techniues that make games addictive and apply them to achieving the things you really care aboutIn that sense it s much in the same vein as Jane McGonigal s Reality Is Broken Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World but with the advantages if you consider them to be so of being much shorter and directly instructionalIt s too early to say whether I ll see any long term benefits from adopting the strategies from this book but I ve started giving it a try and so far it has at least added a little bit of extra fun to my workouts Not bad a book on kind of looking at your life like a video game where you can level up in order to find happiness and get things done The book does make a pretty good point that the part we love about video games isn t so mu I m not generally a fan of self help books because I find that mostly the person they re really ust out to actually help is the author s pocketbook But I ve got several online friends that are fans of Steve Kamb s nerdfitnesscom site so I figured I d give it a read and got a copy from the library It s a good core concept using gamification to achieve personal goals whether it be fitness or travel or what have you Breaking things down into a series of mini uests making walking for 5 minutes a day into the MMORPG euivalent of killing rats at level 1 and grinding xp to eventually take down dragons But even as short as the book is I feel like it spends a lot of its pages with filler repetition rather than building and expanding upon the ideas introduced in the 30 pages or so And maybe it s ust me embracing excuses but some of the advice really seemed like a recipe for disaster Not happy with your ob You should totally uit and ust buckle down and work hard to do something you really like He acknowledges that some folks are playing the Game of Life at different difficulty levels and I have to think that his background colors his experience It s easier to take huge risks when you re single young and have a well off family you can use as a safety net When you re married with a kid your priorities should shift "TO SECURITY IN MY OPINION SO SURE WORK TOWARDS "security in my opinion So sure work towards goals save and accomplish them but don t think it s as easy as he makes it out to be At the end of the day he s selling something and he tells you himself that he s a child of salespeople and one of his first ob was as a salesperson The best salespeople find a need and learn to sell to that need which is what he does I leave it up to other folks to determine how altruistic they think his motives areStill I recommend the read it s goes some decent core ideas a good motivating read and I went and oined the forums over at his site I won t be buying into Nerd Fitness Academy the pay side of the site though This is a must read book for all nerds
introverts and hopeful Jedi Steve Kamb takes the mentorship of Obi Wan Gandalf Morpheus and Professor Dumbledore and blurs theand hopeful Jedi Steve Kamb takes the mentorship of Obi Wan Gandalf Morpheus and Professor Dumbledore and blurs the between fantasy and reality as he helps you tackle your biggest life goals like a James Bond mission Level Up Your Life is practical and actionable advice for nerds like me who understand discussions of Bowser s acceleration in Super Mario Kart but can finally take our know how offline off the couch and away from our books and apply them in the real world Short review It s a long pitch for his website nerdfitnesscom and levelupyourlifecomLong review Definitely makes me think about how to prioritize and motivate myself but the lack of any real direction on how to track or gamify your life is so glossed over and hyped that there are literally only a handful of pages explaining the character classes and tracking of points The other 99% of the book was The Cake House just hyping your life is going to be so cool my life is so cool this guy changed his life around etcI can relate to the posts about most of the video games movies and books that he references but if you are younger or much older and never got into video games then most of this book is going to be lost on you I used to read his blog year ago but realized that he wasust rehashing other people s content with a video gamemoviepop culture twist I feel a bit duped about this book but gave it 2 stars because. Level Up Your Life uses the principles of video games movies television comic books and pop culture to teach you how to transform your life in extraordinary ways and collect real world experiences that are ust as amazing and fulfilling as the adventures of comic book heroes and video game characters Learn how to design your own personal Epi. Ir choosing Recommended for gamers and the young at heart I once heard the story of a man who in the moments before he was to commit suicide decided that instead of ending his life he could instead treat his remaining existence as a big experiment without regard for the conseuences What s the worst that could happen He could die sure But that was his intended goal ust a few moments agoLevel Up Your Life is a self development framework based around how computer games are designed to be addictiveWhat would it be like if you applied those very same tactics to make Life AwesomeThe Same life awesomeThe same sneaky that get you to spend ust another 5 minutes playing can also be used to build the life you actually wantThink about your typical role playing game you start off weak and through small battles build up your experience until you level up and become "stronger Now you can take on bigger challenges earn experience and continue "Now you can take on bigger challenges earn experience and continue get better Sounds a lot like self development to meDon t expect this book to bring any ground breaking new self development ideas to the table But expect it to apply and explain those ideas in a way that lays out a framework that can motivate those interested in computer games and fantasy stories First we are going to rename Goals as uests much cooler And then we re going to chunk these uests down in to things that will earn us experience pointsuest Spend a day in Chile only speaking SpanishWe re going to need to be a level 20 bad ass to pull that one off So let s work out the challenges that will earn us experience pointsLearn one word of Spanish every day for 30 days 10 expPre book 10 lessons of Spanish 10expFind someone who speaks Spanish you can have coffee with once a week 20expRead a childrens book in Spanish 20expBook a flight to Chile 20 expSpend a day in Chile only speaking Spanish 50expLEVEL UP This simple gamification of life can have a profound effect One it chunks down big goals to a size that is manageable Two it has this interesting ability to remove self doubt When life is ust a game you are free to fail and start againThe book covers many over elements like the Heroes Story Health Bar Multiplayer Mode build yourself a team Avatar Building Power Ups and returning home to teach others what you have learnedThere is a common thread of belief that run throughout the gamernerd culture and it works something like this I m smarter than most other people I don t live up to my potential and the only reason I m not successful is because I m lazyThis belief system leads to a feeling of disappointment about how life has turned out Growing up on epic tales of adventure encourages an expectation that your life will naturally and effortlessly turn out the same Unfortunately it s easier to eat bad food form bad habits and escape in to fantasy land at the end of a hard day at work The drop in self esteem that comes from these behaviours further reinforces the cycleLevel Up Your Life gives you an opportunity to escape this pattern Learn the method The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes join a community of like minded people then start small and build up those experience points And before you know it you ll be slaying dragons It s January so a lot of people are currently working on resolutions they vowed to do this new year So what better way to start off the year than with one of those self help books that will help me achieve my goals if Iust follow the methods put forward by the authorI discovered Steve Kamb and Nerd Fitness sometime last year while researching Intermittent Fasting I found the article to be really informative and it encouraged me to check out the rest of the site I stuck around for a while and discovered that lo and behold Steve Kamb had actually published a book called Level Up Your Life In a nutshell Level Up Your Life details how to achieve your goals and become a awesome person through gamification Gamification is basically a rewards based system to make some kind of changes For example someone wishing to lose 40kg of weight may implement a system I loved this It s everything Nerd Fitness has been teaching for years condensed and re imagined and then expanded again The actionable parts in particular were my favorite where I got to set the book down and go make my own character or plan my own Level 50 While like most self help books it s aimed towards adults and has some aspects that are difficult to act on as a minor or student it gives me big plans for the future and a lot of excitement for the now in regards to the things I can currently do My only complaint would be that I found the success stories awkwardly placed and they sometimes disrupted the flow of the chapter but I can t think of a solution because I realize they needed to be 2 page spreadsOverall great book Re imagines and replaces a lot of conventional workout and life improvement wisdom with it s own nerdy and scientifically backed advice A great addition to the shelf of anyone looking to well level up their life. Er will look like Build your own uest lists Hack your productivity habits and willpower to build momentum Build in rewards and accountability Add members to your party expanding your community Find your own personal Yoda or Morpheus ie mentor to help you along the way Restart and earn Extra Lives how to keep going when you get scared or stuc.