Steven Kotler is a New York Times-bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. Steven is the author of nine bestsellers (out of thirteen books), including The Art of Impossible, The Future is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Bold and Abundance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 40 languages, and has appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, TIME and the Harvard Business Review.
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- “Ever since you were a little kid, you always have a dream about what you can accomplish. As soon as you get close to that dream, there’s another. There’s always a desire to keep learning, to keep evolving. Here’s the line. Let’s tickle it a bit. And then you figure out that’s not actually the line. The impossible is actually a little farther out, so let’s go over there and tickle it again. You do this for long enough, and you just get used to it.” — Miles Daisher (pro base jumper)
- “The Bannister Effect” is the phenomenon of one person showing others that it can be done and, thus, prompting others to believe and achieve.
- “To really achieve anything, you have to be able to tolerate and enjoy risk. It has to become a challenge to look forward to. In all fields, to make exceptional discoveries you need risk—you’re just never going to have a breakthrough without it.”
- “The ability to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage.”
- “Flow carries within it delicious possibility. In the state, we are aligned with our core passion and, because of flow’s incredible impact on performance, expressing that passion to our utmost. Under normal conditions (playing chess, writing a report), this is empowering.”
- “During a peak experience,” Maslow explained, “the individual experiences an expansion of self, a sense of unity, and meaningfulness in life. The experience lingers in one’s consciousness and gives a sense of purpose, integration, self-determination and empathy.”
- “From a quality-of-life perspective, psychologists have found that the people who have the most flow in their lives are the happiest people on earth.”
- Laird Hamilton – Big wave surfer. At age 3, he was surfing 3 foot waves. At age 37, he surfed 50 foot waves.
- The progression towards mastery. Focus on the next three feet.
- It’s about incremental improvement. “There is no such thing as a big improvement.”
- The habit of ferocity – Ability to automatically rise to a challenge.
- “You cannot accomplish the impossible until you can see yourself doing it.”
- “Affirmations don’t work, gratitude does.”
- Flow for writers – Whenever you see peak human performance, you’re seeing flow.
- Get into the habit of living up to our potential:
- We’re all designed to go big. Rise to our full potential.
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