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Revolutionise your life one day at a time with this empowering audiobook, designed for men and women, which provides simple strategies for each element of your day. Aubrey Marcus, author of the book, is CEO of Onnit, a human performance company that he has built into one of the fastest growing companies in the world.

How can we get the most out of our body and mind on a daily basis? Want to change your life for the better?

Aubrey Marcus answers these questions in this audiobook, which guides the listener to optimise each moment of the day. With small, actionable changes implemented throughout the course of one day, we can feel better, perform more efficiently and live happier. And these habits turn into weekly routines, ultimately becoming part of a lifelong healthy choice.

From workouts and diet to inbox triage, mindfulness, shower temperature and sex, this groundbreaking manual provides strategies for each element of your day. Drawing on the latest studies and traditional practices from around the world, this book delivers cutting-edge life hacks, nutritional expertise, brain upgrades and fitness regimes.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2018 Aubrey Marcus (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Sam
  • 13-05-2018

I was skeptical... but this book is the real deal

Up until I saw the title, I had never heard of Aubrey Marcus and initially reluctant to buy his audiobook. Often with health/ self-improvement, authors act like academics, citing research that supports their ideas but not actually critically engaging in those fields of health. Marcus' book covers so many aspects of health, I was certain he'd do the same and the truth is he usually does. BUT, it's not hard to find the studies and research he talks about and his ideas generally aligned with some of the personal research into eating, sleeping and working that I had done myself.

On top of that, he breaks down the ideas in each chapter with a general introduction, a look at the unhealthy aspect of each subject and then a practical way to address these issues in daily life. I love it! Seriously, I hate motivational speakers and authors who sell promises of 'a better you' but Marcus focuses on a more pure and honest form of self-improvement.

The general Idea of the book (focusing on one day at a time) is not new but Marcus does talk about some principals that have alluded the world of health for a while. He refutes general opinion and commits to searching for the truth. I think he has found a lot of it too. The great thing about the structure of this book is that you can really pick and choose the chapters where you may need the most help. Although, I recommend committing to the entire book and listening from beginning to end.

I don't need to be a CEO or aspiring business founder to NEED this book. I'm a teacher, so looking after myself and 'owning the day' is super important to me and my students. I appreciated being told almost exactly what to do to improve my day's beginning, middle, and end. Yet, Marcus is also super explicit about tailoring your own routines to fit your lifestyle and body. This is so often ignored by writers (and readers) but Marcus writes in a way that feels like he is coaching you in a one-on-one session.

The one criticism I have is that this book seems geared more towards men. I'm not offended by this at all but I did buy the audiobook for me and my wife to listen to and she simply was not as engaged as I was (in the anecdotal aspects, not the ideas themselves). The book was specifically advertised as being for both men and women but I feel like there are only snippets of wisdom tailored to female health. However, Marcus does a humble appeal to the modern male from his success to his writing/reading manner. It is good to hear a figure like this come head to head with typically UNmasculine issues that every man needs to face like sex, reflection and self acceptance. Perhaps, a specifically feminine version of the book could have a greater influence on female readers.

Overall, this book has really helped me to become a holistically healthier person. I recommend it to everyone and know that I'm going to be reading it again and again in the future.

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Absolute beginner self help

Aside from plugging his own products and some very dodgy science and nutrition; this could be a good book if you’re very new to the self help genre. It’s super duper basic and slightly cliche but could have a few useful nuggets if you’re totally new to the “live your best life” scene.
Like hydrate and sleep more. Unplug from social media and cuddle your Bae.

Slightly disappointed as I did have high hopes for this guy- liking some podcasts I’d heard and his creativity of literary work on instagram.

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Phew... I made it through

I did have to speed up Aubrey to 1.5x, and just grit and bare it however.

Tim ferris called, he wants his everything back.

There is nothing new here, except for Aubreys cringe worthy delivery of uncited bro science mixed in with his Basic AF toilet humour.

Why doesn't Rogan give him some pointers on comedy atleast?

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Drink water
Eat healthy fats
Don't eat processed crap
Sleep in a dark room
Journal
Buy some supplements (preferably onnit)
Do some kegels
Etc

There was such a good premise for a book Of this type philosophically speaking, but none of it found here. So I'll leave you with a quote from seneca:

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

And here's a quote from aubrey:
Death is DTF :/


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Not a Fan

I had such high hopes for this book and what I hoped to be able to take away and apply to my own life. Whilst Aubrey does list some beneficial things to do these are no more then common sense or what have been spread about for years in self help / personal development circles. One takeaway I did have was the tip to listen to popcasts of authors before you buy their books - I wish I had done this before I purchased this book as it would of saved me the disappoinment. Maybe worthwhile for someone new to self development books or who has a lot more time, money and resources than I to partake in IV vitamins drips, earbuds for vitamin D or masks to help improave excercise. other than that eat healthy, excercise, get sleep and you'll generally be on your way to better days.

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Hype & pseudoscience

Lots of advertising with questionable science
Engagingly read by the author but that’s about it

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Great for my bro not my sis

I took away from this book some great things like nutrition information and loved the morning cocktail recipe.
Found the book very ‘bloke’, focused and some of the descriptive sentences cringe worthy..... not a book I’d recommend to my sisters but to my brother yes.

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Just incredible.

Aubrey is incredible.
You won't regret picking up this book.

It's not another self-help book, a plan to fix your whatever it is you want to fix in 30 days. It's a beautifully written and narrated walkthrough of a perfect day, with the aim that - when you finish the book- that you attempt your own perfect day. Maybe just once.

It's down to earth and approachable, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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EPIC

Listened to this over 3 days and wanted more! Very inspiring as a optimisation company owner! Thank you Aubrey!

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Disappointing

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

After listening to Tim Ferriss' podcast with Aubrey I bought this book straight away with high hopes. Unfortunately I was completely disappointed. It seems to be some basic recommendations (like drinks some water in the morning), repeated ad nauseam with some really incorrect science and pseudo-science thrown in. He had some great ideas and seemed so interesting on the podcast but there was none of that in this.

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highly recommended.

So many pieces of gold in this book. worth it 100%. there should be something for everyone here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-2020

Helps a lot!

the book in my eyes had a slow start and to me did not begin super interesting but it became very interesting and fundamentally changed multiple things that I do during the day for the better <3

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  • Md
  • 18-02-2019

There are some good nuggets

I don't really enjoy it. Some of the recommendations are quite hard to follow. Or maybe I am the one that is refused to the change.

There are however some good nuggets in it that will be useful for you.

You can crank up the speed to 1.3 and still get all of the information. Not much for you to digest the information though. You will just either, accept the idea, or chuck it asides.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-2021

Real Perspective

What a great Find! Recommend this book to all!

It's real and has great perspective!

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  • graeme hector
  • 06-03-2021

It' a no brainer, invest in yourself & this book!

Loved every minute of it! Aubrey wears his heart on his sleeve.
He has done all the groundwork so you don't have to, covering so many aspects of human optimization with so much passion and dedication. You will laugh and be inspired along the way as he gets you out the gates and living your best life in the most uncomplicated way.
You owe it to yourself to take a deep dive and own the day, own your life :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-2020

Very good book!

I recommend this book! Why I didn't give it 5 stars is because he mention alot of studys and statistics. Nothing wrong with that, but I feel it got a little too much at some points. Other than that, great book! Go hero go.

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  • shinwang
  • 17-07-2019

very good audio book. clear and not boring .

very good audio book. clear and not boring. provider a lot of knowledge about almost everything to live a healthy life

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  • Kish
  • 18-03-2019

Finally.... the guidebook I've been looking for.

Thank you Aubrey for this brilliantly written and insightful book. It's a well refined and detailed guideline for how to optimise your life, so you become more self aware, with a heightened consciousness.

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  • Jean Pierre Roberti
  • 28-11-2018

Go hero go

Stop fucking around, time to get shit done make the changes with all the advice from this masterpiece

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  • Lizo
  • 08-11-2018

definately gonna read it again

Love this book ifyou implement it this is gonna the best book that u have read

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  • Nicholas
  • 24-10-2018

excellent enjoyable book. Lot's of insights

a lot of practical actions to help improve your day and life. I highly recommend it.

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  • J Sables
  • 11-07-2018

Expensive Fixes

The material and the science is very good, however one hour in and he's recommended you buy a £700 set of earbuds that shine light into your ears and you eat tubs of yogurt costing $30 each. I'm not sure what world he's living in, but it's not the one the rest of us do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-2018

Very bland and long winding on basic concepts

I read the sample and couldn’t wait to read the book, so i downloaded the audible. After the 1st 3 minuted i realised this book was going nowhere very quickly. Aubrey drags on about the most MUNDANE ideas and doesn’t get straight to the point. It seems like he had writers block for a while and decided to talk about gibberish to fulfil his publishers word count. The idea of the book seems ingenious, yet the content lacks any originality. It was a painful listen. He needs to go back to the drawing board. Gosh i want my money back 😫

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  • Simon
  • 02-08-2018

Unoriginal, passive-aggressive pastiche

Before I downloaded this, I read the reviews - many of the most recent saying they gave up on it - it was that bad. I'm astonished it has the ratings it has. Ironically, Marcus waits until one of the last chapters to advise you if you start reading something and don't like it, don't read on. He should have said this in the introduction. Marcus is trying (and failing) to be the new Antony Robbins -even finishes his dreadful narrative with a Robbins-esque soliloquy. Old science, poorly or selectively interpreted (the justification for taking cannabis and smoking cigars is a classic example), old ideas re-booted. The text interchanges from gratuitous swearing, urging you to give folks "the finger" then talking "peace and love" gibberish or juvenile anecdotes interspersed with regurgitating science read rote. Marcus can't take even a glass of water - it has to be "crushed" (if I hear anyone say "crush it" again, I'll scream. I'd recommend Tim Ferris's 4 hour body instead - delivered with an honesty and modesty completely absent from this text. I listened to the end. Tortuous. I never want to hear his voice or inane monologue ever again.

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  • Colin O'Shaughnessy
  • 10-04-2018

At last real life advice!

Great practical advice, given honestly and backed up with science and experience. Even following just some of it will improve your life

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  • Dara
  • 02-05-2018

Bro talk and self promotion

Aubrey should refrain from writing more books until his spiritual path is complete. This is littered with ill placed bro talk and odd juvenile humour. So obviously aimed at young men specifically that it should come with a disclaimer. Also this book does not lend itself well to being an audio book, there is so much information that you will need to take notes if it is to be of any benefit to you. Aubrey should heed his own advice and be more concise in his writing. This book could have been a very helpful and simple blog post. Aubrey also quotes himself. Seriously.

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  • yusuf
  • 17-04-2018

too large to do list.

excessive cursing. too large to do list.. no psychological tips besides taking pills that contains vitamins etc. also tells what what stores to buy from but does not say exactly what to buy.thought the book would tell something about 2 stories like one way with digesting and another way without digesting.. this book made it sound like u
its impossible to perform without digesting to perfection.. also sounded like this book could have been shortened by at least 75%. also some words were really hard and made it hard to understand exactly what was being said, which could have been avoided easily by just explaining the hard words a tiny bit.

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  • Gazza
  • 15-05-2018

Entertaining Naration Dull content

Swearing and entertaining diet book..but overall poo in my opinion ( poo is discussed)

Written by a rich person, for rich people
Plenrt of selling of his own " supplements " or suggesting you buy some kit to make your life better! I listened to about half and racked up $100 s of wanted stuff that is suggested you need (difuser for your office, mini trampoline to wake you up) returned as I saw the light ( not the light headphones suggested that shine light though your ears)

You need to know eat healthy...excercise.. hydrate and..
.guess what.. processed food is Bad! omg I had no idea..

Save 11 hours of your life! unless you have loads of cash in which case you will find loads of materialistic stuff to buy that will definitely make your wallet lighter!

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  • Aman
  • 20-05-2018

Leaves you with ZERO excuses

Aubrey Marcus backed with science fueled tactics leaves you with non excuses to fall back on. A genuinely good man who is looking to up your game.

If you can only invest in one book to up your game this year, this one is it!

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  • Mr MD Willcocks
  • 24-04-2018

superb

have read and listened to an awful lot of self Dev and this is one of the best. great advice, the day part format is one of the best ways to approach change like this, and he's good company.

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  • abigail
  • 17-04-2018

Fantastic life book!

I nipped through the book in a couple of days. It was super entertaining and enormously practical. I’m pre-ordering copies for all my family and friends! Aubrey covers everything. You literally don’t need to buy another diet, health or lifestyle book ever again. This has you covered. The research is solid, the delivery is filled with positivity and love...and it’s funny! I wish all writers put as much time, effort and heart into their writing.

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