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Steven Kotler: Flow is the doorway to more that most of us seek!

steven kotlerThis is my second interview with Steven Kotler. Last time we discussed Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think – the book Steven co-wrote with Peter Diamandis. This time we are here to discuss reaching our optimum state of performance or what many of us call Flow.

During our conversation with Steven Kotler we cover issues such as: the definition of flow as an optimal state of performance; his profound personal experiences of being in flow; the likelyhood of putting flow in a pill or video game; why we need setting both long term as well as clear short term goals; Nietzsche and transhumanism; the flow genome project

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Who is Steven Kotler?

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His books include The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His work has been translated into thirty languages and his articles have appeared in more than seventy publications, including New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, and Forbes. You can find him online at www.stevenkotler.com or writing Far Frontiers, a blog for Forbes.com: www.forbes.com/sites/stevenkotler.


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  • Jack Splay

    Soc, I don’t think it is so complicated to be in the now yet thinking about the future. Just check occasionally that you are now thinking about the future. Mindfulness is not as complicated as people often seem to need to make it. Just learn to check occasionally. It doesn’t matter what you are checking, just that you remember to and notice you are. And noticing too that you noticed can help… It seems it is getting tricky – no, the pattern isn’t hard to see and the habit just grows on you – that’s all.

  • Easier said than done Craig – it must be natural for you, but not so for me 😉

  • Jack Splay

    Every enlightened person I’ve ever met denies as much mate. Cheers…

    P.S. Try a mantra. I’ve been making my own up lately. Lots of fun. I’m using; …too too easy is hard enough… , amongst others.

  • Wow this is really an exciting domain of human development… Both on a personal level, for our Entrepreneurial community and for the society at large. One of my favorite soundbites “Flow follows focus and focus follows passion… Flow in one domain is going to bleed into other domains.”

  • Great quote Jonathan!

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