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The Adversity Advantage with Doug Bopst

May 31, 2021

Today’s guest is Steven Kotler. Steven is a New York Times Best Selling 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. 10 of his 13 books have become best sellers and his work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes.


Today’s conversation is going to dive into his latest book “The Art of Impossible” where Kotler unveils the secret recipe to help you achieve your goals, overcome obstacles and become your best self. As you will learn from today’s episode achieving the impossible isn’t just about climbing Mount Everest or winning a Super Bowl. Those are more or less what he considers "big I’s” and can’t be accomplished without achieving many "little i’s” along the way. Little i’s in my own words can best be described as “smaller goals” or challenges such as transforming your health, building a relationship, passing a big test, or starting a podcast but Steven will explain this in more detail.


Our conversation goes into the popular and enticing topic of “flow.” We talk about what flow is and what flow isn’t. Steven shares why getting into flow is one of the most important things you can possibly do to learn faster, improve performance and live to your fullest potential. He talks about a recent obstacle that he has overcome in recent times and how it has impacted his life for the positive. We also discuss the science of motivation and what actually gets you motivated and much more!


Topic discussed: 


Little "i" vs big "I" when it come to achieving the impossible


A recent obstacle that Steven recently overcame


A masterclass on flow 


What flow is and what flow isn't 


What are the benefits of flow?


The science of motivation


What is the recipe for getting motivated? 


Steven's thoughts on the mental health epidemic that we are facing (what he feels the cause/solution is)


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