378: Steven Kotler on The Art of Impossible

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Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. The author of 13 books, 9 of which best sellers, Steven is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into 40 languages, and has appeared in over 100 publications.

In this episode, Eric and Steven discuss his book, The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer. They break down the idea of “impossible” into its component parts that, when cultivated, come together to propel us towards states of flow and otherwise unattainable performance in any area of life.

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In This Interview, Steven Kotler and I discuss The Art of Impossible and…

  • His book, The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer
  • The fact that you “go where you look”, i.e. where you put your attention is where you end up
  • His experience having Lymes Disease and his mystical experience when surfing one day
  • The two types of impossible
  • The neurobiology involved in the state of peak performance called “flow”
  • How we can increase our motivation, learning, and creativity
  • The fact that more “meaningful” does not always mean more “pleasant”
  • The importance of getting very good at being uncomfortable when working towards our “impossible” goals
  • Exercises people can do to find their curiosity
  • That passion lies at the intersection of multiple curiosities
  • An unexpected way to cultivate grit
  • The five steps to learn anything
  • Learning means being uncertain
  • The process of “crawl, walk, run”

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