Smarter, Faster, Happier … What leaders, innovators, and mavericks do to win at life.
December 4, 2018
5 years ago, I spent most of a year writing my book “Gamechangers“.
I searched the world for 100 fantastic examples of companies, large and small, from every sector and continent, who were shaking up their sectors, changing their game. I learnt about what they did differently, interviewing their leaders, talking to their customers and competitors.
I then drew one of those big pseudo-scientific matrices to try to work out the attributes that defined them. I resolved upon 10, and so in my 10×100 matrix, started to map out the DNA of a Gamechanger. Since the book was published, I’ve constantly updated the lists, using regional competitions and innovation scanning. We share these at events around the world.
What kind of annoys me is when another comes along and chooses to use the same name. How many words are there in the English language? Whilst I know its a catchy word, that captures the dramatic intent and impact of these companies, surely they have the creativity to come up with their own book title? Actually its happened at least 5 times know (not just authors, but consulting firms using it for their reports, TV channels for their awards and ranking, and so on).
Of course you can’t trademark a descriptive name. And I should remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all that … but I just thought they could do a bit better! So anyway, here is the latest book to use my name. His previous books Head Strong and Bulletproof were great names, so there is clearly some creativity in their somewhere …
“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, founder and CEO of Bulletproof, 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.
Asprey is considered by many to be the father of modern-day biohacking. Fast Company writer John Converse Townsend recently traveled to Asprey’s home lab on Vancouver Island, in Canada, for a crash course in the Bulletproof lifestyle – complete with high-tech, sci-fi-like machines like an infrared light bed and atmospheric cell trainer. And, of course, there was plenty of Bulletproof Coffee made by the cult hero of biohacking himself.
Here’s how Inc Magazine reviewed the book:
Dave Asprey is the founder of Bulletproof, a fast-growth nutrition startup that has quickly altered much of pop culture around food. For example, Dave is the guy who popularized the idea of putting butter in your coffee. He’s a bio-hacker who lost over 100 pounds on a question to better leverage his brain and body. He has documented much of his learning in his prior books, which have been New York Times Bestsellers.
However, I was lucky enough to bump into Dave at the Genius Network Annual Event last weekend and he told me I could get an advanced copy of his upcoming book, Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life. I was thrilled and stoked to get a head-start on the ideas and science in Asprey’s research.
Similar to Tim Ferriss’ recent books which detail the key insights gleaned from hundreds of podcast interviews, Game Changers is a very powerful reporting of the key insights from Dave Asprey’s award-winning podcast, which has hundreds of millions of downloads and is one of the top podcasts in the world.
Asprey had his 450 interviews statistically analyzed and found several compelling themes. The book is broken up into 3 parts: Smarter, Faster, Happier.
According to Asprey:
Smarter comes first because everything else is easier when your brain reaches peak performance. Just a decade ago, most people believed that you couldn’t actually get smarter. If you’d talked about taking nootropics–aka “smart drugs”–or upgrading your memory, people would have thought you were crazy. Trust me, I know. I included my use of smart drugs in my LinkedIn profile starting in 2000, and people literally laughed at me.
What’s fascinating about Asprey is that he, like many others, is truly experimental. He toys with lots of supplements and ideas and is really intense about ensuring his ideas are based on the latest science.
Regarding the second section of the book, Asprey says:
Next up is faster, a goal that humans have been striving for since the beginning of time. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, if you could light a fire in your cave faster, you won because you survived, and we haven’t stopped working to be faster ever since. The laws in this part of the book will help you make your body more efficient so that you have as much mental and physical energy as possible for the things you want to do.
Finally, the third section of the book covers happiness, wherein Asprey explains:
It is only after you gain some control over your mind and body that you can become happier, and that’s why this section comes last. It was amazing to learn how many game changers had some sort of practice to help them become more aware, centered, and grounded and how those practices led to a higher level of happiness. In huge numbers, they talked about meditating and using breathing techniques to find a state of peace and calm.
I will be digging deep into this book and writing a few articles detailing things I liked, disliked, agreed, and disagreed about this book. The great part about Dave Asprey, from what I’ve seen in his interviews and how he approaches his life and company, is that he’s always searching deeper and deeper for the truth.