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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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Interesting route map to success

Although there's some self-promotion in the text, for me it didn't detract from the message of how to achieve phenomenal success by tapping into your neurobiology to attain a flow state.
I thought it was a very worthwhile listen and I will need to listen to it again to extract some of the dense knowledge the book contains.

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This book is incredible BUT

Honestly loved this book so much and found it so inspiring and motivating HOWEVER!! The narrator was awful to listen to and sounded like a robot. If the narrator was better and had more interest in their tone it would be 10/10. The content managed to keep me listening all the way through though so I still highly recommend it!

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Amazing

I loved this and will listen to it again and again as well as a recommend to all my friends.

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One of the very best!

This is a total essential for performance enhancing and motivation. It’s so easy to listen to and implement that I think everyone should read it!!
After listening to it a number of times during my commute over the last 6 months, I bought the hard copy to be able to write notes and highlight information that majorly impacted my life!

Thank you Steven Kotler! You are a legend!

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Loved it!

Highly recommend it. Great book. Enjoyed it so much that am planning to listen to it again in a week or two. The reading is a bit slow for me so I listened it at 1.2 speed.

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A lure of ideas and thought

Enjoyed it so much I have listened to it twice.
I also bought a copy of the book to give to a friend as a gift.

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  • TL
  • 23-01-2021

The power of this book is IMMENSE. One of a kind.

I own a ton of self-development books and books on performance. I can honestly say that this is the most powerful and moving among them. After picking my jaw up off the floor multiple times, I stopped listening and came here to write this review. This book in powerful in ways that have to be experienced firsthand, and it is amazing to get the feeling that the mind behind this book, has lived and practiced its contents to be able to write such a compelling and powerful guide as this one. Some books are meant to be read and appreciated. Others are meant to be lived. If you're the kind of person who realizes that there is more within you, a higher version of yourself, more potential that has thus far gone untapped, this is the right book. Thankfully it is not -- at all -- about "rah rah" platitudes or empty motivational boilerplate. It's a deep, thoughtful look at what superior performance is and how to live it. I was on the fence about whether to buy yet another book on performance, and I'm glad I did. This is a book that forces you to grow, expand, improve, and to think differently. Who knew that the self-development genre still had space within it for innovation and powerful and enlightening perspectives?

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  • Kosta Stavreas
  • 25-03-2021

Outstanding! Here’s how you read this book

Book is outstanding science-driven template for peak human performance aimed at ambitious goals.

It’s a must read.

Here’s how:
1. Listen to the last chapter first.
2. Then the rest of the book.
3. Then the last chapter again a few times until it properly sinks in and you can apply directly to your own life.

Loved it. Good job Kotler and thank you.

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  • david wong
  • 26-01-2021

Super insightful last few chapters

I came directly to this book from Mapping Cloud Nine, and my only wish is that Steven Kotler narrated it himself bc I love feeling his excitement through his energetic style of speaking.

Some of the book was repetitive from his others (but that’s bound to happen when talking about flow from SK); however, I found the last few chapters to be super insightful, in-depth, and practical. I took more notes in the last 3 chapters than I did the rest of the book combined.

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  • Carlos Charre
  • 24-04-2021

Become 500% More Productive! 600% More Creative! Cut Learning Time IN HALF!

That’s the promise in this book. Impossible is LITERALLY A CHECKLIST! I listened to the audiobook and ended up buying a hard copy to accompany with my digestion of this masterpiece! Steven Kotler is THE preeminent authority on peak performance, high performance, and achieving FLOW! If you consider yourself an elite performer who wants to get an edge and learn HOW TO maximize your productivity, creativity, and cut your learning time in HALF — then buy this book ASAP! I personally loved the last chapter where SK breaks down how to practically achieve the headline I stated above. The entire book explains the science and reason WHY to do what he practically recommends at the end. So good!

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  • Chepin H.
  • 19-04-2021

Good instructional book

I feel that this is a good book to help you organize and make a plan - for anything. Plan to accomplish a set task or to just change something about your core personality. However he dips into the outer limits of reality in the last chapters. “Becoming one with...” is a bit out there for me to believe. Until he reached this point, I felt (and still do) that these are good tools to help set the stage for personal goals / personal change.

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  • Débora
  • 02-03-2021

Good sell awful delivery

The first part was ok, I dare to say "Good" but the rest was so messed up that I had a bad time trying to finish it.

He tries to reduce the complexity of life, goal achievement, well being, and others things into the flow concept. If you read the original Flow book, you will know how deep this BS is.
I'm returning this book.

This goes well with the Dave Asprey's books, a whole bunch of messed up conclusions from the single paper that they could find that backs their point of view. And his ego and witt's makes it worse, like his assuming that if you don't follow his recipe, you'll have a awful life. And it comes from a mediocre writer... go figure.

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  • TommyDCentral
  • 20-02-2021

Not a fan- Impossible to Like

Obviously it's my opinion. However, many of these bills are all over the place and the author makes himself to be something bigger than they are instead of providing the information that you think you are getting. to far fetched, not enough how to.

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  • ethan
  • 26-01-2021

Every athlete / outdoors enthusiast must read

This is everything I’ve always looked for, packaged up in one place. It details how to perform anything at the highest level that you thought you were not capable of. In the top 3 best books I’ve ever read.

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  • Victoria B.
  • 19-03-2021

the most valuable read to date

this book took me easily 10x the time it says it takes to listen to because I was constantly stopping rewinding and writing notes. this is value on top of value on top of value.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-2021

learn to be your best at your worst

amazing..just amazing.. you'll add new and health habits to your life. my life will be forever impacted.

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  • C. D. GRIFFITHS
  • 16-02-2021

Generally good

I felt this book to be worth a listen, however, I didn't give it 5 stars due to an inconsistency that frustrated me a little. Early on in the book the author states that dopamine is released in the brain before a goal is achieved and not after, as previously thought. However, he then goes on to say in a later chapter that by telling someone your goal it is less likely that you will achieve it as you already have the dopamine release as your brain thinks you have already achieved it (by stating it publicly).

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  • Mr Luke Horrocks
  • 08-08-2021

Exceptional book

I have been coaching/teaching/instructing/developing people full time for the last 15 years. This book is an outstanding read and pulls together much of the literature/theory that I have been utilising in my daily work. It might be slightly overwhelming for someone new to this field however I would still recommend giving it a go. Great work SK, thank you!

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  • Marc Williams
  • 23-02-2021

Not your usual self development book

No fluff, no nonsensical truisms just solid well-researched advice, I highly recommend it. On par with "Stealing Fire" which is a classic

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  • EnzMar
  • 09-02-2021

A framework for being your best self!

If you care about living the good life, a life with meaning and purpose then you'll enjoy this book whether you chase your "impossible" or not

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  • Zhanelya Subebayeva
  • 13-09-2021

Mind-blowing

I've read a lot of books on best performance, optimisation, focus, success etc, but this one surprised with its depth and the amount of research collected. Great views from totally new angles at the old familiar concepts. Fabulous, fantastic, to the point, packed with information and tools.

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  • M. Reza Khorasany
  • 12-08-2021

nice book but was not very easy listen

it's nice book but seriously needs super sharp focus when listening and some of the text is quite hard to understand

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  • demanda
  • 08-07-2021

A book that could have been an email

After a promising start that, the formula repeats and repeats. There’s no doubt it was compelling and could have been excellent, at half the length, without the repetition.

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  • Mr. C. Devlin
  • 07-06-2021

Science heavy

Don’t get me wrong. Science is important, but it made this book hard to follow sometimes and quite boring. The narrator didn’t help either.

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  • J Chandler
  • 27-05-2021

Good strategies, will relisten again to optimise.

Lots of ideas, a book to take notes on. To read in bitesize chunks. Lots of positive reflections.

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  • Frederico do Ó Serra
  • 18-05-2021

Best step by step self improvement book!

Excellent guide to mastery and finding purpose, with a cocktail of scientifically proven concepts, gathering great ideas from other great books and high performers!
Easy to absorb, with good narration, well organised, you are going to need a notebook to register some mind-blowing ideas, applicable to your own journey.

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