Steven Kotler Quotes

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Steven Kotler Quotes

If we are hunting the highest version of ourselves, then we need to turn work into play and not the other way round. Unless we invert this equation, much of our capacity for intrinsic motivation starts to shut down. We lose touch with our passion and become less than what we could be and that feeling never really goes away.
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To really achieve anything, you have to be able to tolerate and enjoy risk. It has to become a challenge to look forward to. In all fields, to make exceptional discoveries you need risk-you're just never going to have a breakthrough without it.

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Mindset impacts emotion, which alters biology, which increases performance. Thus, it seemed, by tinkering with mindset-using everything from physical to psychological to pharmacological interventions-one could significantly enhance performance.

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When doing what we most love transforms us into the best possible version of ourselves and that version hints at even greater future possibilities, the urge to explore those possibilities becomes feverish compulsion. Intrinsic motivation goes through the roof. Thus flow becomes an alternative path to mastery, sans the misery.

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During a peak experience," Maslow explained, "the individual experiences an expansion of self, a sense of unity, and meaningfulness in life. The experience lingers in one's consciousness and gives a sense of purpose, integration, self-determination and empathy.

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Applying this idea in our daily life means breaking tasks into bite-size chunks and setting goals accordingly. A writer, for example, is better off trying to pen three great paragraphs at a time-the equivalent of moving through Mandy-Rae's kick cycles-rather than attempting one great chapter. Think challenging, yet manageable-just enough stimulation to shortcut attention into the now, not enough stress to pull you back out again.

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Howard Thurman once said, Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. Because what the world needs most is more people who have come alive.

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With this in mind, it is not inconceivable to say that there are people alive today who will live long enough to see their selves stored in silicon and thus, by extension, see themselves live forever.

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Risk heightens focus and flow follows focus. This means that the fight-or-flight response primes the body-chemically and psychologically-for the flow state. Athletes report moving through one to get to the other.

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Sooner or later, there's always a Jaws: a mental hurdle we can't clear, a decision too dangerous to attack head on. In those situations, sideways is forward.

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From a quality-of-life perspective, psychologists have found that the people who have the most flow in their lives are the happiest people on earth.

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Suddenly normal wasn't good enough.

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