“Level Up Your Life” by Steve Kamb – A Review

Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story by Steve Kamb


For the past 5 years, Steve Kamb has transformed himself from wanna-be daydreamer into a real-life superhero and actually turned his life into a gigantic video game: flying stunt planes in New Zealand, gambling in a tuxedo at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, and even finding Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef. To help him accomplish all of these goals, he built a system that allowed him to complete quests, take on boss battles, earn experience points, and literally level up his life.

If you have always dreamed of adventure and growth but can’t seem to leave your hobbit-hole, Steve’s book, Level Up Your Life, is for you. He will teach you exactly how to use your favorite video games, books, and movies as inspiration for adventure rather than an escape from the grind of everyday life. Hundreds of thousands of everyday Joes and Jills have joined Steve’s Rebellion through his popular website, NerdFitness.com, and leveled up their lives–losing weight, getting stronger, and living better.

In Level Up Your Life, you’ll meet more than a dozen of these members of The Rebellion: men and women, young and old, single and married, from all walks of life who have created superhero versions of themselves to live adventurously and happily. Within this guide, you’ll follow in their footsteps and learn exactly how to:

• Create your own “Alter Ego” with real-life super powers
• Build your own Epic Quest List, broken into categories and difficulty levels
• Hack your productivity habits to start making progress
• Train your body for any adventure
• Build in rewards and accountability that will actually motivate you to succeed
• Travel the world freely (and cheaply)
• Recruit the right allies to your side and find powerful mentors for guidance

Adventure is out there, and the world needs more heroes. Will you heed the call?

I really enjoyed this book! I think part of this is because I can totally identify with the concept of “The Rebellion“. As Steve put it in the book, “opting out of the mundane“… and yes, this is sooooo something that resonates with me!

I also truly love the concept of personal gamification … turning everyday life into a “game”… making it fun! Because, Steve is right: too often we take life far too seriously. Play is a necessary ingredient for a fulfilling life — even (especially!) for adults!

In researching more about personal gamification, I also came across Louise’s site, “My Epic Life“. Louise goes into more detail about what it’s like to turn your life into a game. I found her “manifesto” to be most helpful!

I’m actually really excited to create my “alter ego” (character), and to decide which “quests” I’ll complete in order to “level up” my life. You’ll probably hear more about this from me, in the months to come. 😉

I definitely recommend this book, especially if you love the idea of making life more fun!

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