The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer

The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer

by Steven Kotler
The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer

The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer

by Steven Kotler


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New York Times Bestseller

Bestselling author and peak performance expert Steven Kotler decodes the secrets of those elite performers—athletes, artists, scientists, CEOs and more—who have changed our definition of the possible, teaching us how we too can stretch far beyond our capabilities, making impossible dreams much more attainable for all of us.

What does it take to accomplish the impossible? What does it take to shatter our limitations, exceed our expectations, and turn our biggest dreams into our most recent achievements? 

We are capable of so much more than we know—that’s the message at the core of The Art of Impossible. Building upon cutting-edge neuroscience and over twenty years of research, bestselling author, peak performance expert and Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective, Steven Kotler lays out a blueprint for extreme performance improvement. If you want to aim high, here is the playbook to make it happen!

Inspirational and aspirational, pragmatic and accessible, The Art of Impossible is a life-changing experience disguised as a how-to manual for peak performance that anyone can use to shoot for the stars . . . space-suit, not included. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062977533
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/19/2021
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 165,966
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling 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. He is the author of nine bestsellers (out of thirteen books total), including The Art of Impossible, The Future Is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Bold and Abundance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 40 languages, and appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, TIME and the Harvard Business Review. Steven is also the cohost of Flow Research Collective Radio, a top ten iTunes science podcast. Along with his wife, author Joy Nicholson, he is the cofounder of the Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice and special needs dog sanctuary. 


Table of Contents

Introduction: A Formula for Impossible 1

Part I Motivation

1 Motivation Decoded 17

2 The Passion Recipe 29

3 The Full Intrinsic Stack 41

4 Goals 55

5 Grit 65

6 The Habit of Ferocity 97

Part II Learning

7 The Ingredients of Impossible 105

8 Growth Mindsets and Truth Filters 109

9 The ROI on Reading 115

10 Five Not-So-Easy Steps for Learning Almost Anything 121

11 The Skill of Skill 135

12 Stronger 139

13 The 80/20 of Emotional Intelligence 143

14 The Shortest Path to Superman 151

Part III Creativity

15 The Creative Advantage 161

16 Hacking Creativity 175

17 Long-Haul Creativity 191

18 The Flow of Creativity 205

Part IV Flow

19 The Decoder Ring 211

20 Flow Science 217

21 Flow Triggers 233

22 The Flow Cycle 257

23 All Together Now 269

Afterword 277

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 283

Index 311

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