The Art of the Impossible

Steven Kotler

Steve Kotler is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. He is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is the author of ten bestsellers, including ‘The Art of Impossible’, ‘The Future is Faster Than You Think’, ‘Stealing Fire’, and ‘Abundance’. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 50 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.

A lifelong environmentalist and animal rights advocate, Steve is the cofounder of Planet Home, a conference, concert, and innovation accelerator focused on solving critical environmental challenges, and the cofounder of The Forest + Fire Collective, a network of individuals, organizations and institutions dedicated to ending catastrophic wildfire and restoring forest health to the American West. Alongside his wife, Joy Nicholson, he is also the co-founder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice care and special needs dog sanctuary.


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02:37 How Steve got into performance and flow

06:22 What makes a person become interested in becoming extraordinary?

09:08 Training the flow state

20:25 Why starting is the hardest part on the path to mastery

23:49 The role of grit

29:00 What is the flow state?

31:07 What skills does flow amplify?

36:03 The connection between flow and peak performance in terms of deep focus

39:19 How to get in a flow state

46:21 The role of unfocused attention and daydreaming

49:28 What is macro flow?

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