How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be

How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be

A survival manual for ambitious artists entrepreneurs ADVENTURERS You have a Hydra: a grand, ambitious project you?ve always wanted to tackle. It feels overwhelming, unconquerable. Chop off one of a Hydra?s heads, and two more grow in its place. How will you ever defeat such a terrifying monstrosity ? and live to tell the tale?   In this illuminating fable, productivity ex A survival manual for ambitious artists entrepreneurs ADVENTURERS You have a Hydra: a grand, ambit...

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Title:How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be
Author:Josh Kaufman
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Genres:Business
ISBN:B07J57YF47
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:127 pages pages

How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be Reviews

  • Maria
    Feb 02, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

  • Cristobal
    Oct 27, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

    Great Business Fable This was a short read but packed with a lot of sound principles. I enjoy business fables as a form to drive the point home. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...

    4.5 rounded up. An inspirational read that you can do in one sitting. I was really expecting more of a self-help or advice book, but it is actually written like a fairy tale journal with subtle advice throughout, and some advice/tips at the end. Glad to have read it. ...

    Original and enjoyable This was original. A very short and easy read, but one worth perusing again and contemplating. Kaufman is right: metaphor is powerful and helpful in addressing challenges in life and work. Bravo! ...

    A quick boost of motivation!! This tiny book packs a big powerful punch that would surely knock the biggest of hydra on its (their?) butt. A must read for anyone struggling to take that big plunge. ...

    I wanted to highlight everything This was just the type of book I was looking for as I try to start the business I?ve had in the back of my mind for years. Good wisdom for life in general. ...

    Life as a hydra I enjoyed reading this and felt it was a very apt way to look at the problems we face. It was a fast read but full of meaning. The bibliography was also an excellent reading list. ...

    A short but a gem of a book. Right up there with other inspirational classics such as "As a Man Thinketh" or "The Richest Man in Babylon." It may seem as a simple book at first glance, but there is a lot to absorb and does warrant many rereads. ...

  • Harish Sankar
    Dec 20, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

  • Kyle
    Oct 26, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

  • Rick
    Jan 13, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

  • Eperdu
    Nov 29, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

    Great Business Fable This was a short read but packed with a lot of sound principles. I enjoy business fables as a form to drive the point home. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...

    4.5 rounded up. An inspirational read that you can do in one sitting. I was really expecting more of a self-help or advice book, but it is actually written like a fairy tale journal with subtle advice throughout, and some advice/tips at the end. Glad to have read it. ...

    Original and enjoyable This was original. A very short and easy read, but one worth perusing again and contemplating. Kaufman is right: metaphor is powerful and helpful in addressing challenges in life and work. Bravo! ...

    A quick boost of motivation!! This tiny book packs a big powerful punch that would surely knock the biggest of hydra on its (their?) butt. A must read for anyone struggling to take that big plunge. ...

    I wanted to highlight everything This was just the type of book I was looking for as I try to start the business I?ve had in the back of my mind for years. Good wisdom for life in general. ...

    Life as a hydra I enjoyed reading this and felt it was a very apt way to look at the problems we face. It was a fast read but full of meaning. The bibliography was also an excellent reading list. ...

  • Alis
    Jan 05, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

  • Paulius
    Nov 14, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

  • Morgan
    Feb 08, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

    Great Business Fable This was a short read but packed with a lot of sound principles. I enjoy business fables as a form to drive the point home. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...

    4.5 rounded up. An inspirational read that you can do in one sitting. I was really expecting more of a self-help or advice book, but it is actually written like a fairy tale journal with subtle advice throughout, and some advice/tips at the end. Glad to have read it. ...

    Original and enjoyable This was original. A very short and easy read, but one worth perusing again and contemplating. Kaufman is right: metaphor is powerful and helpful in addressing challenges in life and work. Bravo! ...

    A quick boost of motivation!! This tiny book packs a big powerful punch that would surely knock the biggest of hydra on its (their?) butt. A must read for anyone struggling to take that big plunge. ...

    I wanted to highlight everything This was just the type of book I was looking for as I try to start the business I?ve had in the back of my mind for years. Good wisdom for life in general. ...

  • Venkat
    Nov 03, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

  • Santino Maguire
    Nov 02, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

  • Gilbert Stack
    Jan 16, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

  • Azret
    Jan 28, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

  • Tony Cavicchi
    Dec 26, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

  • Maya Gopalakrishnan
    Dec 01, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

  • Amanda Butler
    Dec 21, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

  • David Martin
    Nov 07, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

    Great Business Fable This was a short read but packed with a lot of sound principles. I enjoy business fables as a form to drive the point home. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...

    4.5 rounded up. An inspirational read that you can do in one sitting. I was really expecting more of a self-help or advice book, but it is actually written like a fairy tale journal with subtle advice throughout, and some advice/tips at the end. Glad to have read it. ...

    Original and enjoyable This was original. A very short and easy read, but one worth perusing again and contemplating. Kaufman is right: metaphor is powerful and helpful in addressing challenges in life and work. Bravo! ...

  • Justin Weiss
    Dec 15, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

  • Helge ReikerÃ¥s
    Jan 23, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

  • Christian Jespersen
    Nov 18, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

  • Khaled Aloraifi
    Jan 23, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

  • Tamzen
    Jan 07, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

    Great Business Fable This was a short read but packed with a lot of sound principles. I enjoy business fables as a form to drive the point home. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...

    4.5 rounded up. An inspirational read that you can do in one sitting. I was really expecting more of a self-help or advice book, but it is actually written like a fairy tale journal with subtle advice throughout, and some advice/tips at the end. Glad to have read it. ...

  • Derek Harris
    Feb 04, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

    Great Business Fable This was a short read but packed with a lot of sound principles. I enjoy business fables as a form to drive the point home. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...

  • Angela Magic Art
    Nov 11, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

  • Tracy Warner
    Jan 07, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

    Great Business Fable This was a short read but packed with a lot of sound principles. I enjoy business fables as a form to drive the point home. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...

    4.5 rounded up. An inspirational read that you can do in one sitting. I was really expecting more of a self-help or advice book, but it is actually written like a fairy tale journal with subtle advice throughout, and some advice/tips at the end. Glad to have read it. ...

    Original and enjoyable This was original. A very short and easy read, but one worth perusing again and contemplating. Kaufman is right: metaphor is powerful and helpful in addressing challenges in life and work. Bravo! ...

    A quick boost of motivation!! This tiny book packs a big powerful punch that would surely knock the biggest of hydra on its (their?) butt. A must read for anyone struggling to take that big plunge. ...

    I wanted to highlight everything This was just the type of book I was looking for as I try to start the business I?ve had in the back of my mind for years. Good wisdom for life in general. ...

    Life as a hydra I enjoyed reading this and felt it was a very apt way to look at the problems we face. It was a fast read but full of meaning. The bibliography was also an excellent reading list. ...

    A short but a gem of a book. Right up there with other inspirational classics such as "As a Man Thinketh" or "The Richest Man in Babylon." It may seem as a simple book at first glance, but there is a lot to absorb and does warrant many rereads. ...

    Worst piece of garbage I read in 2018. Insultingly basic, trite, unimagined. This guy doesn?t even seem to like writing or have any real advice to give? Here?s the whole moral: starting a project will have many obstacles and many will doubt you. Press on and you will find succes...

  • Tony Guerra
    Nov 24, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

  • Karen L. Wolfenden
    Nov 14, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

  • Tyrone V. Miller
    Nov 15, 2018

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

    Great metaphor on many levels Overall a great metaphor for the adventures of life and business! Also enjoyed the discussions of Lakoff's book...he and the book were the bases for one of my most fascinating Berkeley courses. Language is nicely crafted, lofty without being overdone. T...

    This is a inspiring, beautiful, little book. Josh Kaufman brings you along to know it's always difficult, always ambiguous, always unsettling, etc. when you set out to conquer a monster of a project. His hero encourages us all to jump past imposter's syndrome, adapt, keep at it, and en...

    Not bad for a self-help/self-improvement book. Were I not so fed-up by various 'essential' life advice most of how-to/productivity/bussiness lit offer at every convenient (and inconvenient) opportunity, I might have enjoyed it more. If it's your first foray in the productivity lit, I a...

    Succinct and Engaging Read on Facing Challenges This book came up on my Amazon recommendations several times and I gave it a shot. It?s about an hours read and filled wisdom compiled from books such as The War of Art and Meditations. When you?re afraid of whether or not to st...

    I was unsure about the use of metaphor through the entire book, but it worked incredibly well for conveying _exactly_ what it feels like to accomplish something great, independently. The journey is realistic, and the advice is some of the best. Highly recommended if you?re starting a...

    Great Business Fable This was a short read but packed with a lot of sound principles. I enjoy business fables as a form to drive the point home. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...

    4.5 rounded up. An inspirational read that you can do in one sitting. I was really expecting more of a self-help or advice book, but it is actually written like a fairy tale journal with subtle advice throughout, and some advice/tips at the end. Glad to have read it. ...

    Original and enjoyable This was original. A very short and easy read, but one worth perusing again and contemplating. Kaufman is right: metaphor is powerful and helpful in addressing challenges in life and work. Bravo! ...

    A quick boost of motivation!! This tiny book packs a big powerful punch that would surely knock the biggest of hydra on its (their?) butt. A must read for anyone struggling to take that big plunge. ...

  • justin
    Jan 02, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...

    Fighting the hydra! I like Josh Kaufman's writing and approach so was expecting a good read, however two things are slightly disappointing.First the length of the book- it could have easily made a full length book on tackling complex and uncertain tasks. Having said that this book h...

    Imagine if your science teachers could teach you about gravity, magnetism and sound waves, never mention typical sciance words. I am sure, you would enjoy the classes more and learn more. And that is exactly what Josh Kaufman does with his latest book. He takes something abstract as p...

    An excellent quick read, and applicable no matter where you are This book is short, sweet, and to the point. What stands out to me is that it?s not afraid to broach the subject of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. We see the. If success stories all around but we don?t see the turm...

  • Terrence Cooper
    Feb 01, 2019

    The real hydras are Josh Kaufman's books. Every time you finish reading one of his books, he tasks you with reading a bunch of other great books. I'm still fighting "Personal MBA" hydra (97 book recommendations), "How to Fight a Hydra" gives another 7. If I read one more book fr...

    A short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness. ...

    Brilliant 30 minute Read! A beautiful metaphor for the complexities we face in real life, and the inner battles that we must win , to make progress! Excellent! Highlighted more than half the book! ...

    It was such a well written book with divisions that made it easy to pick up and continue. It only took about an hour to read, but I was bookmarking throughout. I felt the lessons came fast and the story was authentic. While it's allegorical fiction, it's so well done that you lose your...

    This a great and inspiring story for anyone trying to tackle anything that seems incredible hard or impossible. It's not always a good thing when authors want to read their own books imho, but in the case of Josh his voice is just great and is accompanied by sound effects and a backgro...

    A beautifully crafted metaphor for tackling real life projects. I highly recommend this. ...

    A refreshing perspective on journeying through life, it reminds us of the struggles that accompanies journeying. ...

    Interesting Read While reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it. It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting ...

    Personal growth is a topic that has been in my mind for a good while now. (Essentially ever since I stepped deeper into full-blown adulthood by turning 30 about year ago and also watching every Queer Eye episode at least ten times.) And naturally books on the subject have turned out to...

    Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day. What it's about The core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roug...

    What an AMAZING book to complete my reading challenge with! This book is Phenomenal!! I have never in my life, felt more understood. This book just hit Sooooooo close to home for me because I am one of the "Adventurers", Entrepreneurs, and dream chasers this book is modeled after. I ha...

    Halfway through the book, I admit that I was skeptical. What the author does is craft an entertaining fantasy story about a man who sets out to slay a multi-headed Hydra (a metaphor for a really big undertaking you may be considering, but hesitant to start). Then he follows up the s...

    This is a self-help book disguised as a fantasy novella. It?s not a gripping or exciting story, but it is interesting as the reader watches our young hero go through the entrepreneurial process in setting out to find and kill the mythical monster. It?s clever, but probably most so ...

    Oh man, this book is so helpful. The similarities that the man had to go through to become who he wanted to be in the story is just like everyone in life. It?s a process to become the person you want to be or to achieve a goal. You have to not only visualize it but you have to set yo...