5 Books Recommendations To Help You Grow In VGC

Reading is a very powerful habit that will allow you to grow in any area of life that you wish, and VGC is no exception. Although there aren’t any books dedicated to VGC itself that doesn’t mean there aren’t any books that can directly help you grow as a player. When it comes to competition there are a lot of similarities between sports, and games, if you’re really wanting to grow you can take knowledge from most sources and use them to grow in your own area.

Today I want to give some recommendations of some books I have read that have given me extreme value as a competitor that I have been able to take concepts from and convert them into growth in VGC.

The Mental Game Of Poker Vol.1 and Vol.2 by Jared Tendler

I’m pairing both volumes of this series together as I felt it was cheating to put them separate. Jared Tendler is a coach who has worked with top golfers and poker players. In these books you will learn more about confidence, focus, risk aversion, decision making, how to hit your A-Game, and most importantly a deep breakdown about tilt.

The concept of a tilt profile, and there being multiple forms of tilt that need to be dealt with in different ways was a huge breakthrough for me and is something most VGC players need to work hard on mastering, and these books provide the blueprints to do so.

This list of books isn’t in order, however I will say that these books are incredibly helpful for any competitor especially for VGC players who have to deal with a level of variance in each set. I recommend these books to be the first you read as they will really give you clarity on a lot of concepts in mental competition. 

The Score Takes Care Of Itself by Bill Walsh

This book is all about Bill Walsh’s journey from becoming head coach of the San Francisco 49ers when they were considered to be the worst team in all of sports and turning them into 3x Super Bowl champions.

Now I’m going to be honest, I don’t care about football at all and in fact it’s probably tied for my least favorite sport to play and watch. And if you’re like me then no worries as this book only refers to achieving greatness in the context of football however, it is easily transferable into VGC.

This book is incredibly valuable and will give you some clear actionable steps on how you can go from the worst, to the best. And hey if you like football then you also get the benefit of deeply learning about one of the greatest comebacks of any NFL team in history.

Limitless by Jim Kwik

This is the only book on the list that isn’t based around competition or growing in some sort of competitive manner. However this is still arguably the most important good you could read.

This book is written by brain expert Jim Kwik and in this book you will learn ground breaking concepts such as “learning how to learn”, how to learn faster, new ways to approach learning and memory hacks, how to comprehend more, how to read faster, and most importantly how to take better care of your brain.

This book I highly recommend to everyone no matter what your main goal in life is, taking care of your brain, learning how to learn more effectively, and becoming a memory expert will greatly improve your chances of achieving that goal.

If you think this book can’t help you then ask yourself this question, do I want to achieve more than I have in life so far no matter what area that is? If so, then improving your brain is going to help you and I can guarantee. Even if that area is improving in a video game (like VGC or any other game), a career path, a hobby, sport, or doing better at school, then you can benefit from being able to learn more rapidly and efficiently.

The Will To Keep Winning by Daigo Umehara

Daigo is considered to be the best fighting game player of all time. Becoming a world champion at just 17 and continuing to prove the notion that age is a factor in esports success is completely false and success comes from hard work and a good mindset.

In this book Daigo covers his history of becoming a multi-game world champion, his mentality, his preparation, the things that worked for him, the things that weren’t so good, and how to approach competition mentally.

This book is relatively short due to the smaller size of the pages, but it’s packed with great info on how to become a legend in the game. I have just recently read this book and took a lot of notes and ideas away from it that I am applying into my practice now and it’s a book I recommend highly to all competitors who take their game seriously.

The Invisible Game by Zoltan Andrejkovics

This book was one that I recently read and it is perfect for newer players getting into esports. This book doesn’t have any ground breaking ideas in it, but it does do a good job at covering all the essential basics needed to becoming a successful competitor. In these pages you can get preparation tactics, mindset tactics, ways to look at the game, ways to look at win/losses etc. Its one of the few esports specific books I have read that I think is worth people reading as it gives real information.

So with that being said if you are within the beginner-intermediate level then this book is highly recommended for you so you can start getting the baseline ideas that the best used to become the best!

Well that’s all for my book recommendation for today! All of these books listed have taught me extremely valuable lessons that I have used to grow as a competitor, content creator, and human and I know for sure that they will be able to help you as well! You don’t have to read all of these books if you don’t want to, but I implore you to delve into at least 1 or 2 of these books as the contents are amazing and they range in topics so you can choose the ones that appeal to you more. As an avid reader myself I may be back in the future with a part 2 to this list with more gems I may stumble upon!

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Published by Primitive

My name is Michael, but if you know my from competitive gaming you probably know me as Primitive. I'm a life long competitor in various card games, and turn based games who still has the burn to compete and work to be my best. I have been on a health and fitness journey since February 2018 and it is now one of my burning passions, making one of my new major goals to become a personal trainer to help others see the benefits exercise and nutrition can bring!

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