“Could I reprogram my mind? Could I hack into the source code and change the way my mind worked? Was there an algorithm for recovery? I began to look for ‘mind hacks,’ techniques to identify and reprogram my problem thinking. I scoured textbooks of psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. I immersed myself in the latest research. I collected techniques from the greatest minds in history, from Albert Einstein to Benjamin Franklin to Nikolas Tesla.
My goal was to create a formula, a collection of specific exercises—things I could do and measure—that would allow me to debug my problem thinking, then write powerful new code to rocket my life into exciting new orbits. As I practiced these mental exercises day after day, I found that not only was I staying sober but my mind was getting better. Like the world-expanding moments I had experienced with technology, my mind itself was expanding, and so was my life. …
This is not just a book about overcoming addiction; it’s a book about overcoming your mental limitations. You’re about to learn powerful techniques that can help you accomplish anything you can imagine, whether that’s losing weight, changing habits, starting a business, finding love, or building wealth. Your mind holds incredible untapped potential; get ready to learn how to unlock it.
Welcome to mind hacking.”
~ John Hargrave from Mind Hacking
Sir John Hargrave is a funny guy and this book is awesome.
If you’re a bit of a geek (or if you’re married to one!) looking for a fun, grounded, super practical take on how to get your mind right so you can do what you’re here to do, I think you’ll love this book. (Get a copy here.)
John kicks the book off with a story of how addiction was ruining his life and walks us through the systematic process he used to reprogram his mind while providing some great tools on how we can do the same.
He uses the metaphor of our mind as a computer and us as “mind hackers.”
Here’s the definition of a “hacker” John uses throughout the book: “Hacker: A person who enjoys learning the details of programming systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.”
Sounds like an OPTIMIZER to me. :)
The book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in and have fun exploring ways we can get rid of our mind bugs and optimize our programming!
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