Game Changers is a compendium of actionable advice for self improvement distilled into 46 laws by Silicon Valley entrepreneur, biohacker and inventor of Bulletproof Coffee Dave Asprey aimed at helping us to get faster, get smarter and get happier.
Game Changers Summary
Game Changers is a collective self-improvement guide by biohacker Dave Asprey.
Combining insights from psychology, physiology, spirituality and bioscience, the author looks at areas including gratitude, nutrition, sex, nootropics, psychedelics and genomics to produce 46 research based laws of peak performance for self improvement.
Below are some of the key insights from the book.
- Decision fatigue is a real thing that inhibits our ability to perform mentally.
- Focussing on our primal inclinations is a positive step towards performance.
- Speaking weasel words like can’t, try and need directly impact our neurology and ability to achieve in life.
- Even the false beliefs you hold shape your environment in life.
- The ability to learn is the most important aspect of IQ.
- Smart drugs, psychedelics and holotropic breathing are all effective tools to step outside of your consciousness and construct a bigger picture mentality.
- Fear states of consciousness create negative attachments that will drain your energy, time and money in life.
- You can’t lead a horse to water but you can make it thirsty.
- Morning routines are highly effective ways to shape your mindset for the rest of the day.
- Sex is neurologically an altered state of consciousness in and of itself.
- Withholding ejaculation (Taoism) and giving up pornography is a highly effective way to improve your mental state over time.
- High quality sleep is better than high quantity sleep.
- Aerobic training should be complemented with weight lifting as in isolation it raises levels of cortisol creating premature aging.
- The biggest single factor for peak performance is truly understanding what you are putting into your body in the form of a diet.
- The food and healthcare industry isn’t incentivised to provide the correct information about nutrition.
- Being rich doesn’t make you happy but being happy could well make you rich.
- Your health responds to the health of the community around you and you actively reflect the average of the people closest to you in life.
- Owning the voice in your head is critical for effective self improvement.
- It’s important to meditate and ideally timebox the practice so you can reap the rewards in as little time as possible in life.
- Make your environment more like a Zoo then a farm as diversity of inputs aids the strength of your mind, body and soul.
- Actively practice gratitude in order to induce alpha brain wave states counteracting fear and allowing your body to access peak mental and physical health.
- Don’t believe the narrative. When things go wrong don’t swallow a negative story instead seek to reframe your experience in positive terms.
- Aim to understand your body, mind and soul as much as possible with personal experience prioritised over conventional opinion. Some examples are EZ water, brainwave states, diet, supplementation, skincare, exercise.
- Keep tracking your state in order to determine what works for you based on the best practice opinion of the wider whole.