The Art of Impossible
History teaches us that the impossible is a moving target, and every generation has a few tireless archers whose arrows fly true. In this eye-opening, inspiring, and refreshingly practical talk, bestselling author and pioneering peak performance thought leader Steven Kotler reveals how they did it, and how you can too. Taking audiences behind the scenes of his thirty years on the cutting edge of performance and into his latest groundbreaking research, Kotler provides a practical playbook for making the impossible not just possible, but trainable. Revealing actionable steps, tools, and strategies, for significantly amping up motivation, learning, creativity and flow, Kotler’s keynote serves as a riveting and informative how-to manual that will leave audiences emboldened to turn the seemingly impossible into reality.
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.
The Rise of Superman
After a century’s worth of human performance research one fact has become stunningly clear: We are capable of so much more than we know. In this riveting and extremely practical talk, Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance and Co-Founder and Director of Research of the Flow Genome Project, explores the cutting-edge science behind the Flow state. Defined as an optimal state of consciousness where we feel or best and perform our best, Flow refers to those moments of rapt attention and deep absorption, when we get so focused on the task at hand that everything else just fades away. When in Flow productivity, creativity, motivation, learning and well-being—or all of those skills most frequently linked to success in the 21st century—are amplified by nearly 500 percent. And it’s for this reason that leading organizations—Google, Disney, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the US Navy SEALs, to name only a few—have tapped Kotler’s expertise to radically improve their performance.
In this talk, you will learn:
*The science of ultimate human performance—because getting your brain and your biology to work for you is the secret to sustained success
*The flow-based secrets of the world’s most elite, high performing organizations, including tales from Google and the US Navy SEALs
*How to leverage flow to seriously ramp up workplace engagement and productivity.
*Flow’s 20 Triggers—If you want more flow in your life, these triggers are your high-performance tool kit
*How to use flow to significantly increase motivation, learning and creativity—the three traits most critical to business success in the 21st century.
*The number one block to high performance, or where most organizations stumble and fall.
*How flow can unlock organizational creativity and collaboration and turn every company into an innovation dynamo.
Steven Kotler shows impossible has a formula at the Nordic Business Forum
Bestselling author STEVEN KOTLER is fascinated by the concept of peak performance. As co-founder and director of research of the Flow Genome Project, he works to help people and organizations maximize their potential, their work output, and their success. “I’m interested in extreme innovation,” he told the audience of 8,000 business executives at the Nordic Business Forum 2018, “and what it takes to do the impossible,” because, “impossible has a formula.” Delivering a keynote entitled "Climbing Mount Bold: How Organizations Can Level Up Their Game Like Never Before," Kotler shed light on how we have entered an era of unprecedented and exponential growth and how organizations must adopt exponential thinking and harness new technologies to thrive. Taking audiences behind the scenes of his thirty years on the cutting edge of performance, Kotler revealed how organizations can take advantage of new research and resources, and provided a playbook for making the impossible not just possible, but trainable.Recently sought-out for his insights into how the coming era of technological innovation will also spark exponential creativity in a fascinating article in Forbes, Kotler also engaged in in-depth interviews at the business forum. Kotler kept audience members tweeting actionable insights and praise such as: "I felt really inspired by @steven_kotler ’s tips of climbing a mountain of exponetial growth!"; "Thanks @steven_kotler for your good energy at the #NBForum2018 stage."; "Loved @steven_kotler speech about #flow @NBForumHQ."
Steven Kotler reveals the science of maximizing human potential at Google
New York Times bestselling author and international pioneer in peak performance STEVEN KOTLER was sought-out to deliver a keynote on "The Science of Maximizing Human Potential" at Talks at Google. A deep dive into the science of peak performance, Kotler's talk reveals revolutionary insights into human brain and how this knowledge is revolutionizing our ability to tackle huge challenges, innovate like never before, and generate surprising shortcuts for enhancing creativity and performance. Full of practical tips on how to apply the latest research, Kotler takes audiences behind the pages of his latest bestseller Stealing Fire, elected as a Top Shelf Pick and Best Business Book of 2017, and leaves them with the tools they need to level-up their game. Kotler consistently earns rave reviews each of his engagements, such as: "Wanted to share some of the great feedback we received on Steven’s keynote 'Great delivery of Information'; 'Fantastic - inspiring'; 'AWESOME'; 'Changes the we view flow and how it can change the way we work. Great and powerful concept, interested in learning more.' (Evanta); "I am on my Steven Kotler high. He was amazing today!" (Microsoft Corporation).
Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire Named a Best Business Book of 2017
STEVEN KOTLER’s Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work was selected as a Top Shelf Pick and Best Business Book of 2017 by strategy+business. Hailed as “the clear standout” in its category, Stealing Fire reveals how titans of their industry and elite institutions at the cutting-edge of innovation are sending productivity, performance and creativity through the roof. Praised as “clearly written” and “brilliant,” strategy+business raves: “This is the rare management book that really makes you think.” Kotler shares the groundbreaking research and action-packed takeaways from his book with audiences worldwide. A recent speaker at the Society of International Business Fellows, Evanta’s Global CISO Executive Summit, the Young President’s Organization and more, Kotler regularly received rave reviews such as: “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)
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.
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).
Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire named top business book every entrepreneur should read
Looking to stay ahead of the business curve? According to an 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.Watch Steven Kotler discuss the groundbreaking research behind Stealing Fire >>
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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.Explore Steven Kotler’s website >>
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...
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.