Steven Kotler

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  • New York Times Bestselling Author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance & Bold
  • International Pioneer in Peak Performance & Innovation
  • Cofounder & Director of Research for Flow Genome Project

Steven Kotler is a New York Times Bestselling Author, award-winning journalist and the Co-Founder and Director for Research of the Flow Genome Project, the largest open-source citizen science project on human performance in the world.  The author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance and Bold, Kotler shows companies how to unlock their potential and level up their game like never before. His bestselling books and research decode how scientific and technological breakthroughs are radically changing the world for both businesses and individuals. Whether it’s an optimistic view of how technology and innovation can help us solve life’ s greatest challenges;  or how bold thinking and extraordinary technological changes have and will alter our lives in amazing ways; or how individual science – the science of “flow” can alter a person’s way of interacting with the world to out-perform others;  Kotler is a master storyteller who decodes our brave new world with enthusiasm and optimism to provide what the Wall Street Journal called “a manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world’s most pressing concerns."

An international pioneer in the fields of innovation, technology and human performance, Kotler has spoken to and consulted with everyone from Fortune 100 companies to the US Special Forces. He explores the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals, and 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.

 
  

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Steven Kotler's presentation was cutting-edge and utterly engaging. He introduced our audience to a unique set of concepts and perspectives that left participants deeply informed, richly inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend him highly.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Steven Kotler
  • Evanta
  • Young President's Organization
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Potomac Communications Strategies
  • Young Presidents’ Organization Southern 7 Chapter
  • ARCH Ventures
  • Google
  • Disney
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Miura Global
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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 ke ...

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 organization ...

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:

  • Understand exponential change and harness its power
  • Create a culture of innovation and moonshot thinking
  • Unlock flow and accelerate organizational performance
  • Learn how to think at scale and perform at speed
  • Extend your reach and impact with crowd-powered tools

 

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 o ...

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.

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<p>Steven Kotler receives rave reviews at Young President’s Organization in Costa Rica</p>

Steven Kotler receives rave reviews at Young President’s Organization in Costa Rica

Delivering a keynote to Young President’s Organization members and their family in Costa Rica, New York Times Bestelling Author and renowned pioneer in peak performance Steven Kotler left the packed audience riveted. Sharing key insights from his book Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think , Kotler revealed how to see the world through a lens of abundance, and how to harness innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and more to create powerful, meaningful change.  As the Chapter Administrator said: “Steven’s presentation was a huge success, and members and their families are still raving about this amazing opportunity. We received a 9.44 score on our evaluation and a 9.44 speaker rating (both out of 10). 100% of the members, spouses and YNG’s that completed the evaluation would recommend Steven a speaker to other chapters or their organizations. Overall, a fantastic event.” Consistently heralded for his “cutting-edge and utterly engaging” (Superhero You Conference) and “right on target” (YPO Southern 7 Chapter) keynotes, Kotler is frequently sought-out for his revolutionary and instantly implementable insights on how to maximize performance in work and life. Having recently made headlines in Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, and more thanks to the pioneering research behind his latest bestseller, Stealing Fire, Kotler remains the leading voice on how to send innovation, creativity and productivity through the roof.

<p>Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire named top business book every entrepreneur should read in 2017</p>

Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire named top business book every entrepreneur should read in 2017

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 Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2017,” 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.

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<p><strong>Steven Kotler makes headlines for groundbreaking Creating Equilibrium event </strong></p>

Steven Kotler makes headlines for groundbreaking Creating Equilibrium event

New York Times Bestelling Author and international pioneer in peak performance, Steven Kotler made headlines for co-founding the one-of-a-kind Creating Equilibrium event, a three-day innovation forum involving a conference, concert and immersive festival. Beyond founding the much-anticipated, solutions-focused event, Kotler also delivered the conference’s opening and closing keynotes on the art of the impossible, sharing a bold vision for creating a better world. Taking a break from the action of the event for an interview with Forbes, Kotler said: “I came to build cathedrals. What I know for sure is that you only get one shot at this life; I’m not wasting mine. And I truly believe that all anybody really gets to do is to move the world about an inch. This is our inch.” A smash hit with audiences for his game-changing insights on peak performance and cutting-edge approaches to sending creativity and productivity through the roof, Kotler’s revolutionary ideas are receiving lots of attention: lessons on how to turn anxiety into focus (CNBC), how to have breakthroughs in your work (Business Insider), and achieving flow” (Entrepreneur).

<p>Visit Steven Kotler’s Website</p>

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.

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<p>The NEXT BIG business best-seller will be <strong><em>Stealing Fire</em></strong> from Steven Kotler</p>

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 BoldAbundance 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.

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<p>Rave reviews for Steven Kotler</p>

Rave reviews for Steven Kotler

New York Times Bestselling author of The Rise of SupermanAbundance 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:

  • Steven Kotler's presentation was cutting-edge and utterly engaging. He introduced our audience to a unique set of concepts and perspectives that left participants deeply informed, richly inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend him highly.” (The Superhero You Conference)
  • "Many thanks to you and Steve Kotler for a wonderful event. Steve generated a lot of conversation in our group and that extended well into the next day. Very successful!!” (ARCH Ventures);
  • "Steven Kotler presents a vision for the future that not only brings optimism, but inspires all who listen. His visit left our business school buzzing, and transformed student's visions for the roles business leaders can play in shaping the future.” (University of Iowa School of Business)

<p>Can you learn how to put yourself into an optimal state of performance?  </p>

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...
<p>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</p>

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.  

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<p>Billionaire Wisdom: 8 Insights From a Quartet of the World's Most Effective Entrepreneurs</p>

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. 

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<p>HWA Chat with Peak Performance Expert Steven Kotler</p>

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.

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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.