Stealing Fire: The Underground Revolution Driving Maximum Human Performance
After four years of research and interviews with everyone from Silicon Valley executives to members of the Navy SEALs, Steven Kotler has uncovered the newest revolution in peak performance and the trillion dollar industry behind it. While previous research dictated that practice and grit were the keys to breakthrough performance, Kotler’s work reveals the ultimate shortcut used by titans of their respective fields: harnessing alternate states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition. Whether at the Googleplex or the United Nations Headquarters, pioneering innovators are—in their own ways and with different techniques—reaping the benefits, boosts in information, and inspiration that altered states provide. And the revolution is spreading into the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar industry that allows us to tap into different states of consciousness to lead richer, more productive, and more satisfying lives. In this talk, Kotler shares the groundbreaking findings of his latest work, providing audiences with a provocative examination of the ultimate in human performance and a guide for how to radically upgrade their lives.
Climbing Mount Bold
Today, accelerating technology, the power of the crowd and an appetite for bold are the holy trinity of success. This keynote, based on Kotler’s New York Times Bestseller Bold, examines how companies can level up their game like never before. What key breakthroughs allow individuals and organizations to harness the power of exponential technology? How can we upgrade our mental tool kit to take maximum advantage of this power? How can the crowd accelerate innovation and amplify impact?
Kotler explains how a shift in mindset can increase performance and ignite passion. He explores the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals. He details how today’s top entrepreneurs—Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk—have learned to think at scale and perform at speed—the core requirements for creative disruption. Kotler adds personal stories from his time covering the cutting edge of technology for New York Times, Wired and Forbes and other leading publications and, as director of research for the Flow Genome Project, provides an insider look at the bleeding edge of ultimate human performance. This keynote will help you:
Create Ultimate Peak Performance
What if you could literally quintuple your productivity? What if you could take your motivation, creativity and leadership skills to stratospheric levels? These answers and more lie in FLOW, an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best. As the author of three books on the subject and the Co-Founder and Director of Research at the Flow Genome Project, Steven Kotler is one of the world's leading experts on ultimate human/peak performance and this presentation is bound to be a game-changing session for all in attendance.
Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire named top business book that will “change how America does business”
Looking to stay ahead of the business curve? According to a new Inc. Magazine list, New York Times bestselling author and peak performance guru STEVEN KOTLER'S Stealing Fire helps individuals and companies do just that. Included as #1 in Inc.’s list of “9 Business Books of 2017 That Will Change How America Does Business,” Stealing Fire is a revolutionary work that reveals how people can send productivity and creativity through the roof, and produce their best work when it matters most. With all of the uncertainty in today’s business environment—from the accelerated impact of technology and globalization, to potential changes to trade and economic policy—powerful business books like Stealing Fire offer a one-stop-shop on how to stay at the top of your game and outperform the competition.Watch Steven Kotler discuss the groundbreaking research behind Stealing Fire >>
Visit Steven Kotler’s Website
A New York Times Bestselling Author and one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance, Steven Kotler’s work has been translated into over 40 languages, shaping the way individuals and industries think the world over. Check out his website StevenKotler.com for everything from upcoming speaking appearances, to recent media hits, and more.Go to Steven Kotler’s Website >>
Transform Your Thinking and Boost Productivity and Performance in 2017
What if you could transform lofty New Year’s resolutions and goals into actionable, tangible targets? What if you could unlock the key to increasing productivity, performance, profit and passion within your business? Renowned journalists, thought leaders and bestselling authors CHARLES DUHIGG and STEVEN KOTLER have the insight to produce these very results. Consistently praised by event planners, Kotler and Duhigg know how to get audiences to reach their maximum potential and make 2017 your most efficient and successful year yet.Find out why meeting planners are soaring with praise for these incredible speakers >>
The NEXT BIG business best-seller will be Stealing Fire from Steven Kotler
If you are always looking for that program that will make you look brilliant at predicting the future then you need to book STEVEN KOTLER now. He’s the co-author of Bold, Abundance and The Rise of Superman, and in February 2017 he’s set to publish what reviewers are calling a “groundbreaking book in the vein of Daniel Pink’s Drive and Charles Duhigg’s Smarter Faster Better.”
Stealing Fire is a book about profound possibility—about what is actually possible for ourselves and our species when we unlock the full potential of the human mind. Just as his previous books explored altered states of consciousness and how they can ignite passion, fuel creativity, and accelerate problem solving, Stealing Fire examines why generating "flow" and getting "into the zone" have become the goal of the world’s most elite organizations. Why are business moguls attending Burning Man? Why has meditation become a billion-dollar industry? Why are technology gurus turning to psychedelic drugs to unlock creativity? All of these people are seeking to shift their state of mind as a way of unlocking their true potential. Altered states, the authors reveal, sharpen our decision making capabilities, unleash creativity, fuel cooperation, and let us tap into levels of inspiration and innovation unavailable at all other times. Stealing Fire combines cutting-edge research and first-hand reporting to explore a revolution in human performance — a movement millions of people strong to harness and utilize some of the most misunderstood and controversial experiences in history. Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, this groundbreaking and provocative book examines how the world’s top performers—the Navy SEALS, Googlers, Fortune 100 CEOs—are using altered states to radically accelerate performance and massively improve their lives, and how we can too.Read more >>
Rave reviews for Steven Kotler
New York Times Bestselling author of The Rise of Superman, Abundance and Bold, award-winning journalist and the Co-Founder and Director for Research of the Flow Genome Project, STEVEN KOTLER continues to inspire audiences on the lecture circuit:
Can you learn how to put yourself into an optimal state of performance?
Steven Kotler and the Flow Genome Project dedicate their research to mapping how athletes and other top performers achieve the heightened flow of intellectual, creative and physical performance. The good news is that Kotler says it can be learned and individuals can learn how to tap into flow quickly to achieve whatever they target.Watch Kotler explain Flow to CNN's Fareed Zakaria...
Steven Kotler is Cofounder & Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project, the largest open-source citizen science project into ultimate human performance in the world
Flow is the peak performance state where you feel your best and you perform your best. Steven Kotler and the Flow Genome Project are applying a scientific, interdisciplinary approach to mapping Flow, with the intention of making it openly available to increase peak performance for athletes, performers, individuals and organizations.Read more about peak human performance and the Flow Genome Project...
Billionaire Wisdom: 8 Insights From a Quartet of the World's Most Effective Entrepreneurs
In his insightful Entrepreneur article, NYT Bestselling author and International Pioneer in Tech, Innovation & Peak Performance, Steven Kotler shares strategies for business success based on a rarely discussed skill which is fundamental to bold pursuits and enterprises with exponential growth: the ability to think at scale. A quartet of entrepreneurs have harnessed technology to build multibillion dollar companies that forever changed the world: Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Muskand Google CEO Larry Page. Based on Kotler’s in-depth interviews with this visionary leaders, Kotler distills eight strategies for business success.Read more...
HWA Chat with Peak Performance Expert Steven Kotler
In our HWA Chat, Steven shared ideas about flow triggers and creating opportunities for peak performance that help you recognize flow states and how to access them more efficiently -- and the concepts are truly transformative.Watch Video...
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the Co-founder & Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world's leading experts on ultimate human performance.
His work has been translated into over 40 languages and has appeared in 80 publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also writes "Far Frontiers," a blog about science and culture for Forbes.com, appears frequently on television and radio and lectures widely on technological, scientific and cultural issues, both to corporate and education institutions. Recent appearances include Google, JP Morgan, Omnicom Media, and Menlo Ventures.
His NYT Bestseller, The Rise of Superman, was one of the most talked about books in 2014 and the first book in history to chart simultaneously in four different categories on national bestseller lists (sports, science, psychology and business). In it, Steven decodes the science of flow, an optimal state of peak performance where the impossible becomes possible—with critical implications in business, education, technology, and society as a whole.
BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World (2016) is a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to help today’s entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true. Bold has been included on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best-seller lists.
His other books have explored the intersection of human capabilities, technology and consciousness. Abundance breaks down four emerging forces that give humanity the potential to significantly raise global standards of living over the next 20 to 30 years. Abundance spent 10 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list and appeared on four prestigious "Best Book of the Year" lists. A Small, Furry Prayer—Steven's book about the relationship between humans and animals—was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; West of Jesus, which examines the neurobiology of spiritual experience, was a Pen/West finalist; and his bestselling novel, The Angle Quickest For Flight, won the William L. Crawford IAFA Fantasy Award.
Never known for slowing down, Steven's next publication is Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy Seals, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work is due out on February 21. In it he and co-author Jamie Wheal investigate the pioneering work of scientists and the leading edges of this human high performance revolution.
Alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the Co-founder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.