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  • A Peak Performance Primer
  • By: Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Best-selling 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 more than 20 years of research, best-selling 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. 

©2021 Steven Kotler (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great read, but a little self indulgent.

There's amazing value here, especially for athletes and creatives. Sometimes it does feel like he's bragging a bit too much but it didn't detract from the value of the information.

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Just can't get enough of SK

This practical blueprint ties together so much of the practical art of achieving big goals. I couldn't stop listening!

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Fantastic.

A must read for creatives who find they get frustrated in their field and want to find flow.

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A Masterpiece!

A Masterpiece, nothing more to be said.
Apparently I have write more, I reiterate: a Masterpiece.

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Any reviews less than 5stars better be from heros

Unless the people who have given less than 5stars have adequately give all the processes this book outlines their best try, and have failed at overcoming their excuses and mediocrity - don't listen to them.

At first I thought this book was not gonna be for me - It seemed it was collating a lot of what I had already read or intuitively learnt. But the thing is, when you are exposed to ideas again and again, especially from new minds with slightly different frames - if you value wisdom and believe you can always extract something new from every encounter - you will deepen the resonance or refine your understanding.

This book outlines a clear formula, in what is posed as the way to achieve 'impossible' things - whether impossible just in your mind or to the collective society. But I'd say that is simply the formula to getting the hell out of your own way + hacking your mind and body to work optimally, towards the goals you can clearly define and break down into digestible, practical steps that won't burn you out, make you drop off course too much, and build the mechanisms to enjoy the ride, not be too bothered by the discomfort it'll take to endure to achieve anything worth going for, and systems to fall back on when shit is hardest.

I'd wager, that if you take seriously all the factors outlined in this book and ACTUALLY implement them in your life, you'll set yourself up a framework that will be hard not to do what you really want to do - and more.

And yeah, course, we all have our reasons why we can't. But once you read this book, well, guess you'd just be arguing for your right to stay mediocre. Fine. Nothing wrong with that. But I'm gonna give it a real go though.

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Rehash of old concepts

Nothing new here, it’s a really disappointing rehashing of other popular self help books of motivation, flow and grit. Boring as. What a waste of time that was.

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Surprisingly good

The book has a cheesy name, but it surprisingly provides innovative content on high performance and neuroscience of flow in a funny and smart way. I’ll re-listen to it to take very detailed notes.

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Love this book

This book is the manifesto on how to become a top performer in all areas of your life!

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Loved it

One of the best books I've read and/ or listened to. It was well written, thoroughly researched and very informative.

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Scintillating Read!

Absolutely scintillating read!! The author clearly has depth of knowledge and practical experience in the area. Explains the underlying neurobiology clearly and succinctly, and lays out a step by step guide on how to practically implement his advice.

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