21 August, 2016

Level up your life: how to unlock adventure and happiness by becoming the hero of your own story by Steve Kamb

Most of the self-help books I’ve read in the past few years have offered some sound advice on achieving and maintaining personal goals and dreams. From micro-resolutions to forming good habits, self-help authors all tend to say the same thing but with different degrees of experience, qualifications and background. With this book, I found that Steve Kamb took it to another level. He used everything but jargon to get his point across. He made the whole process into a giant game!!

By using the concepts in video games, Steve Kamb designed a system that allowed him (the hero) to complete quests, take on boss battles, earn experience points, and literally level up his life. He created a website, Nerdfitness.com, where anyone can join his ‘Rebellion’ and level up their lives into getting stronger, losing weight or just living better lives by pursuing all sorts of dreams.

What I enjoyed the most wasn’t just the clearly laid out chapters with easy to follow steps, but the way Steve incorporated quotes and anecdotes from his favourite ‘heroes’ in video games and movies. It was such an exhilarating experience imagining myself as a ‘Rebel fighter’ from Star Wars or a simple hobbit off to find treasure in the Misty Mountains!

Now I know most of you might think this is just for geeks and nerds but I promise you it isn’t. This book is for anybody because deep down everyone has a ‘hero’ inside them crying out to go fight some storm troopers or vanquish treasure-hoarding dragons!

Steve Kamb’s quote; “Every time we complete a quest or mission, we have to remember that it’s often the journey that produces the happiness not the destination”, encapsulates the essence of his book for me. I would recommend you strap yourself into your favourite chair and give it a read just to enjoy the journey!!

Title: Level up your life: how to unlock adventure and happiness by becoming the hero of your own story
Author: Steve Kamb

Recommended by Surani R, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson.

Surani R enjoys reading biographies, travelogues, some non-fiction, and loves fiction that makes you laugh out loud. She also finds comfort in children’s fiction with thought-provoking stories.

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