Get a free audiobook

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms
Written by: Vishen Lakhiani
Narrated by: Vishen Lakhiani
Length: 9 hrs
4.7 out of 5 stars (227 ratings)

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

What if everything we think we know about how the world works - our ideas of love, education, spirituality, work, happiness, and love - are based on brules (bullsh*t rules) that get passed from generation to generation and are long past their expiration date?

This book teaches you to think like some of the greatest nonconformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for your life so you can define success on your own terms.

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is mostly decided not by rational choice but instead by conditioning and habit. And thus most people live their lives based on limiting rules and outdated beliefs about pretty much everything - love, work, money, parenting, sex, health, and more - that they inherit and pass on from generation to generation.

But what if you could remove these outdated ideas and start anew? What would your life look like if you could forget the rules of the past and redefine what happiness, purpose, and success mean for you?

Not Just a Book but a Movement

Blending computational thinking, integral theory, modern spirituality, evolutionary biology, and humor, personal growth entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani provides a revolutionary 10-point framework for understanding and enhancing the human self. He developed this framework based on his personal experiences, the five million people he's reached through Mindvalley, and 200 hours of interviews and questions posed to incredible minds, including Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Ken Wilber, Dean Kamen, Arianna Huffington, Michael Beckwith, and other legendary leaders.

The 10 Laws of an Extraordinary Life

In a unique fusion of cutting-edge ideas, personal stories, irreverence, and his brilliant teaching style, Lakhiani reveals the 10 powerful laws that form a step-by-step process that you can apply to life to shed years of struggle and elevate yourself to exceptional new heights. This book challenges conventional ideas of relationships, goal setting, mindfulness, happiness, and meaning. Lakhiani combines computational thinking with personal growth to provide a powerful framework for recoding yourself and replacing old, limiting models that hold you back with new, empowering beliefs and behaviors that set you on the path toward an extraordinary life - a life of more happiness and achievement than you might have dared to dream possible.

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

©2016 Vishen Lakhiani (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

What listeners say about The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    185
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    5
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    161
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    157
  • 4 Stars
    21
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    6

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

A non original self help book

I was really disappointed with this book. He claims in the beginning that his book is different than ALL other books out there. As if he is the inventor of the wheel or something. While in fact it’s just a shallow summarization of works of others. Just the fact that he thinks his book is better than every body else’s shows how arrogant and self centred he is. He invents about 20 new words in the book. “Brules” for bull shit rules of the society. Not so linguistic for someone who claims to have written the best self help book out there. And so judgemental. Doesn’t he think those roles were there for a reason. Just calling them brules is judgemental and dangerous for the curios minds. Maybe it’s me, but I’m allergic to narcissistic self help book authors. So I can’t give him a good rating.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Maybe too much for audio

I love the content but feel the need to buy the actual book to back it all up, refer to and follow along. Have come accross some if the ideas in many other books so I found this to be a really good bundling of many philosophies.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Buyer beware

After listening to this book I was ready to take on the world. Then I went to the website and I downloaded the app believing the author when he said that he would be providing extra free content to my surprise there was nothing there that was free everything led me to joining his extraordinary group for a couple hundred dollars. Now I wouldn’t mind if the author was upfront with me but I was led to believe that he was providing me with a lot of extra content and I was really disappointed when I found out that it wasn’t true. Although I really enjoyed the book I thought the performance was exceptional and overall found the book inspiring. The book lost all credibility once I went to the website and realize that I couldn’t get access to any of the content he promised in the audiobook. However If I missed something I would really like to know because overall the content in this book makes a lot of sense but to me this book is a big commercial for the authors website

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Found this repetitive and hollow.

A lot if it was circles of the same thing and a lot of "in this book you will learn" and not a lot of actual value or content - mostly hypey talk with fancy wording of the self help genre. There are some exercises but many are very basic and just questions to make you reflect. If you enjoy Tony Robbins you might enjoy this - I couldn't endure it to the end.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Different Spin on an Old Subject

Although the information provided is nothing entirely new to me, the way it was presented was clear and concise. He has a pleasant and clear way of speaking and he uses clear, simple language to express his ideas. I really enjoy listening to him. He has a perspective that I can relate to. I would certainly recommend giving this a listen if you are on a journey of self change and exploration.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Uninspiring

I gave up on chapter 4. The first 3 could have been summed up in a page or two if we take out the repitition of what he's "going to teach you" but never really does, while telling you how great "it" worked for him. Comes off as a long commercial, i kept waiting for the pitch of what to buy next to get the REAL insight. While I can see this book being somewhat useful to someone brand new to self help, the claim that this book is like "no other" rings pretty false to me. In fact I would recommend other self help books over this one. I was not able to connect or relate to the anecdotal experiences relayed which seems to be the majority substance.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sam
  • 2020-04-06

Inspirational

Vishen is a visionary and an inspirational entrepreneurial leader. I use his 6 phase mediation daily in conjunction with my Vipassana meditation.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Creating a new me

I was glad that I found this book...it was of those that you will always go back to refresh knowledge and get inspired to your next move in lífe!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Extraordinary

I absolutely loved this book. I loved it so much that I need to get myself the physical copy so that I can read it like a textbook and take notes and apply the knowledge and do everything required to reach the next phase to becoming extraordinary! The audio book is a great way to get started with this gem....however I think the book itself would be required to sit down and actually implement the methods Vishen talks about. Couldnt recommend it enough!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A good start

I have heard of MindValley and watched a few YouTube videos from their channel. This is good stuff. And it takes a while to digest. For a while I was wondering is this really a big ad for MindValley. But if MindValley does good stuff, why not? Good ideas are to be promoted. Some of his story is similar to mine and the way he diverged, that learning has helped. He also has a great accent, and is enthusiastic. It is worth a listen!

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • michael
  • 2016-09-24

Self indulgent

If you want to read a book that is more about the author than what he is teaching this is the one. If the word "I" were eliminated it would probably be 1/3 in length. Personal anecdotes are great to illustrate points but this felt more like a memoir than book on how to improve the mind. Many will love this book but I could not even finish. Prefer more useable content less stories.

51 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Brian Miers
  • 2016-05-24

Just a 10 hour advertisement for the $1000 program

What disappointed you about The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

It's not truly a program or any sort of "help" book but is, instead, just an advertisement for the paid resources on the authors website. It's like a rap song. He spends the book saying how great and rich he is to gain some credibility to refer you to the paid programs on his website.

What could Vishen Lakhiani have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Offered some of the program, even a shortened version so I could learn something or try his ideas.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It goes quickly, his voice is fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

Most of the anecdotal stories that seem to just be excuses to drop some names to impress the listener. Very little point in the constant stories of all the famous people he's met.

Any additional comments?

This is the most disappointing purchase I've made on Audible. I feel like I just spent the last 3 days in an Amway presentation.

192 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Eyed
  • 2016-05-28

Anything but Ordinary

Brace yourself for a workable concise approach to personal growth. The author covers common barriers to personal growth with true insight and impact. The methods are updated from a perspective of "the shoulders of giants". He has personally developed a workable largely logical system for intentional personal growth.
If you listen to/read this book you are well on the way to a kinder view of life and it's opportunities.
On the downside he coined a phrase that is meant to suggest personal strength. It is in my opinion similar to comedians using vulgarities for laughs. Unflappable connotes the message and was already in my Thesaurus.
There is a very clear and evident seduction to visit the website of his company for additional information. There you will be offered enrollment to costly seminars. The points made in the book should suffice for all but the most "uncertain travelers".

25 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin
  • 2016-06-19

Don't Bother Wasting Your Time

A bulk of the book was filled with anecdotes in which he portrays himself as a failure or a computing nerd so that he could establish credibility in his "methods". I found the information provided to be coercive, repetitive, and uninformative. Definitely just a run-of-the-mill self-help book that tries to masquerade itself as something else.

42 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • presentimeatlanta
  • 2018-11-03

Hold Space

This book is awful. I don’t care about all of your amazing life experiences. I’ve wasted the first 5 chapters listening to how lucky you are without anything more than just stories of your life. Awful awful awful.

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • osvaldo morales
  • 2018-10-21

Mind valley.com

Has some strong points but over all he is just selling his program and there’s no pdf included to audible users smh I want a refund

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • aaron
  • 2016-09-28

So glad I took a chance on this!!

I bought this just by chance, since the title looked interesting. I had absolutely no knowledge of the author or any of his previous work.

WOW!!! I was absolutely blown away. This is one of the single greatest self improvement books I've ever read. It's one of the few books in general that I was actually SAD when it ended!!

Anything negative I could say about this book would be trite and trivial. Trust me, if you're looking to hack your life, this is a GREAT place to start!

33 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Richard Armeson
  • 2016-05-31

Loved this book...

First time through, changed my outlook on everything... Going to go through it again & this time, use all of the online tools & support. It's a living breathing book. I'll be looking to really absorb it, this time 'round!

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Matt
  • 2016-05-18

Disappointing

I held on as long as I could, but I couldn't finish this book. It was just too annoying. The author believes most religious rules & being told by your parents who to marry are bullsh!t rules you do not need to follow. Thank you Captain Obvious, but these are not groundbreaking thoughts.

48 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • sdr
  • 2016-05-22

Disappointing

Lakhiani provides a retelling of the principles of personal success...very rudimentary and bland...great marketing without substance.

18 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Laure Merlin
  • 2016-05-15

crazy good

high five to Vishen for the book version of his great wisdom, inspiring stories and deep practices. I'm not entirely new to the material as I've followed his courses for a few years, but I really appreciated the visual workbook and the powerful exercises too. I didn't yet dive into the many bonuses, as I finished the book already in three days...

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • florence
  • 2020-04-17

one of the best book I ve read.

Amazing, everybody should read it. and we would live in a better world. thank yoi so much for sharing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniela Agres-Eloy
  • 2017-09-14

everyone should read or listen to this book

one of the best books on personal development i've read lately i will ask all my future employees to read it and write a short review before i hire them

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anne P.
  • 2017-08-15

Excellent

Ce livre est très complet, très détaillé, plein de bons exemples, de bonnes références. Il questionne tou