The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

by Steven Kotler


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The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler

An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as “flow”

In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand interviews with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes such as big–wave legend Laird Hamilton, big–mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness where we perform and feel our best.

Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, The Rise of Superman explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate our performance in our own lives.

At its core, this is a book about profound possibility, what is actually possible for our species, and where—if anywhere—our limits lie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477800836
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 88,409
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steven Kotler is an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of Abundance and A Small, Furry Prayer. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, and National Geographic. Kotler is the co-founder of the Flow Genome Project.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Why of Flow vii

Introduction: Before the Flow xi

Part 1 He Is This Frenzy

1 The Way of Flow 3

2 The Wave of Flow 23

3 The Where of Flow 42

4 The What of Flow 59

5 The Flow Shortcut 75

Part 2 Flow Hacker Nation

6 Outer Flow 93

7 Inner Flow 109

8 The We of Flow 127

9 The Flow of Imagination 140

Part 3 Time to Rise

10 The Dark Side of Flow 153

11 The Flow of Next 169

12 Flow to Abundance 187

Afterword 195

Author's Note 196

Notes 199

About the Author 222

Index 223

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A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
So good - new favorite book! Man after my heart. I was quickly reminded of my early days as a rock climber, of watching extreme sports films at the Banff Film Festival, and how mesmerized I was by the potential of the body and the potential of life to be what you want. In those years, I traveled a lot! I lived a lot! I changed jobs to follow my bliss, and now... I work a lot. I haven't felt the adrenaline rush of skiing, climbing, or even a headstand in a while - but this book has rekindled my desire! Its a reminder that it is important to find the flow of life. I don't necessarily have to go back to working in the flexible retail sales environment, but I should still recalibrate things. I haven't read much about Flow before this, but I think Kotler has done a fantastic job at describing it. The lessons learned from fearless professional athletes like Dean Potter are totally applicable to everyday life. Face life, face death, focus, breath... I think people interested in this book would also really enjoy Marathon Monks and Human Movement Potential. AND - you have to go look into Steve Kotler's resume. I found a video related to his book A Small Furry Prayer that just melted my heart.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book, and was intrigued by the concepts of applying flow states for superperformance. With numerous examples, the author makes a case for achieving far beyond what we used to believe were our limits. Now understand how the extreme athletes do what they do. Am using it as a good source material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! I also loved Hector's Juice!