In this event, you’ll learn
Three core characteristics of flow, which have saved many athletes from death
Exactly how much more difficult than your current skill level a task needs to be to create flow
What a growth mindset is and why it’s the only one that works to trigger flow
Why it’s really important to have a community that shares what you are passionate about
The reason the mind is more important for optimal performance than the body
How a 12-year old beat Tony Hawk at skateboarding
about the author
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. He is the author of nine 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. His 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. Steven is also the cohost of Flow Research Collective Radio, a top ten iTunes science podcast. Along with his wife, author Joy Nicholson, he is the cofounder of the Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice and special needs dog sanctuary.
After studying top action sports athletes for over a decade and conducting extensive research on human performance for over twenty years, Steven Kotler, the award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Rise of Superman, has gained insights about the elusive state of consciousness (flow) that athletes use to perform at the highest of levels.
Getting in the zone has produced some of the world’s most incredible achievements, yet it still remains a mystery of sorts. The book shares the findings of Kotler’s work on flow through the incredible stories of athletes in the action sports world. Kotler examines a few people in particular, including big wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton, snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and the Red Bull Air Force/skateboarding legend Danny Way. “Researchers now believe flow (more commonly known as being/getting ‘in the zone’) sits at the heart of almost every athletic championship, underpins major scientific breakthroughs, and accounts for significant progress in the arts,” writes Kotler. These athletes have done the impossible time and time again and would not have been successful in their achievements if it weren’t for their ability to get into flow.
While the majority of us aren’t professional action sport athletes, there is a lot to learn from them, particularly about one’s ability to get into a flow state when we need to the most. The book is a great blend of interesting stories and interviews, as well as the latest research on the topic of human performance.