Ep 47: Steven Kotler (part 2)

August 28, 2015

This is part 2 of a 2 part conversation. Steven Kotler is a multiple New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance. He is the co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project, an international organisation dedicated to the scientific study and research of Flow and Peak states. His book ‘The Rise of Superman’ was one of the most talked about books in 2013 and the first book in history to land on national bestseller lists in the sports, science, and business categories simultaneously and his 2015 book ‘BOLD’ has been described as a “visionary roadmap for change,” by president Bill Clinton.


In This Episode:

  • What is Moore’s Law?
  • “9 years from now, the average $1,000 laptop is going to have as much power as the human brain”
  • Steven shares a fantastic old folk tale about making ‘stone soup’
  • “Passion is infectious, it’s contagious, and if you want to go after a bold vision you need passion”
  • We discuss innovation and having bold visions
  • Who are the ‘Rising Billion’?
  • “You can now go kindergarden to grad-school online for free”
  • We talk about how turning to the combined knowledge of the crowd has resulted in HUGE medical breakthroughs.
  • I ask Steven what Bruce Sterling’s phrase ‘Follow your weird’ means to him.
  • Steven teaches us an amazing exercise to do in order to discover what we’re truly passionate about.
  • “For the very first time in history, individuals can actually change the world”


People Mentioned:

Richard Branson

Elon Musk

Peter Diamandis

Jason Silva

Bruce Sterling


Things Mentioned:

The X Prize

Confessions of a dangerous mind’ film


Books Mentioned:

Abundance: The Future is Better than What You Think by Steven Kotler and Peter Diamonds

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Steven Kotler and Peter

Bone Games: Extreme Sports, Shamanism, Zen, and the Search for Trancendence by Rob Stultifies

The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size (Penguin Press Science) by Tor Norretranders


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