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“The exact same things that will get you from seriously subpar to normal, will get you from normal to Superman. Peak performance is nothing more or less than getting our biology to work for us rather than against us.” – Steven Kotler

As individuals we are all capable of so much more than we know, and everyone is hardwired for peak performance. Unfortunately our potential is often invisible, especially to ourselves, but today’s Finding Brave expert guest reveals the way peak performance can be used to literally do the impossible. 

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. 

Author of ten bestsellers (out of thirteen books total), including The Art of Impossible, The Future Is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Bold and Abundance.

Steven’s work has been nominated for two Pulitzer prizes, translated into over 40 languages, and appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, TIME and the Harvard Business Review. He is also the cohost of Flow Research Collective Radio, a top ten iTunes science podcast. 

His new book is The Art of the Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer, which came out this January. 

Luminaries and some of our world’s most noted figures have praised Steven’s work including Elon Musk, Arianna Huffington, Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson and many more. 

Almost everyone I meet, in some way or another, wants to fulfil his or her highest potential but has very little idea how to do it. Listening to this conversation with Steven is a wonderful place to start, as his life itself is a lesson in achieving the impossible using peak performance.

Highlights from this Episode: 

  • How Steven was introduced to the work that he now focuses on, and the lessons he learned by being around extreme sport athletes [4:26]

  • The role that books and being curious played in his upbringing and future endeavours [8:20]

  • How he views his own introversion as a gift, not a weakness [12:55]

  • Steven’s thoughts on motivation, plus a common myth he wants to dispel about peak performance [16:42]

  • Fascinating shifts that have occurred in the field and study of peak performance [18:17]

  • The magic that happens when we use flow in our daily lives [23:05]

  • Who his latest book was written for, and how it can help readers achieve their own definition of “peak performance” [26:19]

  • What he feels is preventing people from getting into a flow state [35:45]

  • What their research is saying about the power of implementing regular gratitude practices [37:47]

  • Whether or not Steven feels that he has reached his own peak performance [39:09]

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Latest Book, The Art of the Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer & On Audible

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Other resources mentioned:

Steven’s Zero To Dangerous Training Program

All of Steven’s Books

Flow Research Collective Radio

His TEDx Talk, How to open up the next level of human performance & Video For Getting Into Flow State

Steven on Mindvalley

Glenn Fox (USC)

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“Every superpower you have is the exact opposite of your kryptonite. Every one of your weaknesses is your greatest gift, because there are superpowers on the other side of all of them.” [14:19]

“One thing I can tell you about everybody that I’ve met, is that the most successful people in the word are running from something just as fast as they are running towards something.” [16:42]

“Years of studying this has taught me that consistently we are all capable of so much more than we know.” [20:28]

“We only find out what we’re capable of by using and pushing our skills to the utmost, again and again and again.” [21:28]

“We’re all hardwired for getting into flow. It shows up in anyone, anywhere. Whenever I saw the impossible become possible, flow was always part of the equation.” [24:19]

“Peak performance works like compound interest. It’s a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow and a little bit the next day.” [31:53]

“Those little victories, plus regular access to flow, according to most everything that we know psychologically, is what you mean by well-being or overall life satisfaction.” [34:34]

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