I’ve had Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb on my to-read list for many months. January is always a good time to read books about goals and intentions, so I finally picked this one up. And I’m so glad I did, because it was an excellent start to the year!
Level Up Your Life approaches life transformation from a video game, geek perspective. Kamb tells his own story throughout, about his love of video games when he was young (and still), and how he used the game mechanics of video games, with a little guidance from the Hero’s Journey classic story arc, to transform his life into something far more epic. Basically, he set audacious goals, assigned experience points for completing tasks and quests, and has set his sights on “leveling-up” to Level 50, which would mean living his best life, as his best self.
I feel like this is a great book for a person with a certain mindset–one shared by probably most people I know. It would help to have some sci fi interests, as he draws heavily from superheroes, movies and video games for his examples. I knew the movies, and even for the video games I only knew by name, it was easy to follow the points he was making. You also have to like the idea of approaching your life and completing your goals as something you can keep score on and continuously improve. Which I found to be a pretty cool idea, actually! Continue reading “Book Review: Level Up Your Life”