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AC Podcast: Steven Kotler on Achieving “Flow”

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Steven Kotler, author of [amazon_link id=”1477800832″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Rise of Superman[/amazon_link], shares practical insights on how to trigger the peak performance state called “flow” more consistently in life and work.

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Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution”, Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

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  1. Stephen Allred

    Fascinating podcast. When Mr. Kotler was discussing taking risks as a trigger for “flow,” I was reminded of an anecdote that Robert Greene mentions in his book The 33 Strategies of War. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of many masterpieces like Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, had an experience where he thought he was moments away from being executed by the Tsar only to be pardoned at the last possible second and sent to Siberia. Dostoyevsky found this one of the most inspiring events of his life. He began to write as if each day was his last. Mr. Green claims that whenever Dostoyevsky encountered writers block, he would go to the casinos and gamble away all his money. The risk of having to publish or perish, literally as he would have nothing to eat, filled him with incredible creativity. While Dostoyevsky’s methods were extreme, perhaps he had found his own reliable trigger to enter “flow.”

  2. TheyCallMeScot

    This was an outstanding episode. The creative process is often perceived as this mysterious thing. But it’s real and can happen for anyone. I loved hearing about the neurology behind it all.

  3. TheyCallMeScot

    Steven, Great story about Dostoyevsky. Although I don’t think I could live that way. :-)

  4. hoymotivacionblog

    I heard this episode at the gym this morning, this is the good thing about podcasts. Awesome. I have studied several related books during the past years and I am happy to see there is an advance presented by this author.

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