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Flow Research Collective Radio is a podcast dedicated to helping you unlock the upper edge of your potential. Join New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and Co-Founder of the Flow Research Collective, Rian Doris as they attempt to decode the science of peak performance and flow with world leading experts on the topic.

Kotler is the author of thirteen bestselling books including Bold, Abundance, Rise of Superman and Stealing Fire. His work has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME.

The Flow Research Collective is focused on researching the neuroscience of flow states and training individuals and organizations to harness the power of flow so they can achieve more, faster. Research partners include institutions like USC, Imperial College London and Stanford University and clients include organizations like Accenture, Google and JP Morgan.

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Flow Research Collective Radio is a podcast dedicated to helping you unlock the upper edge of your potential. Join New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and Co-Founder of the Flow Research Collective, Rian Doris as they attempt to decode the science of peak performance and flow with world leading experts on the topic.

Kotler is the author of thirteen bestselling books including Bold, Abundance, Rise of Superman and Stealing Fire. His work has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME.

The Flow Research Collective is focused on researching the neuroscience of flow states and training individuals and organizations to harness the power of flow so they can achieve more, faster. Research partners include institutions like USC, Imperial College London and Stanford University and clients include organizations like Accenture, Google and JP Morgan.

    Becoming A Walking, Talking Flow State - Laird Hamilton | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Becoming A Walking, Talking Flow State - Laird Hamilton | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Steven Kotler’s new book, The Art of Impossible, is out.
    It’s $27.99 everywhere books are sold BUT you can only get the book and a battle-tested set of Free Peak Performance Tools and Trainings at 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com 


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    "I think the key to happiness is maximizing each day so, if you're unhappy, here's a simple prescription: Live Harder." ~Laird Hamilton


    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Laird Hamilton is best known as an American big-wave surfer and pioneer in the world of action water sports. In addition to his affinity for the water, Laird is labeled as an inventor, author, stunt man, model, producer, TV host, fitness and nutrition expert, husband, father and adrenaline junkie.


    At 6’3” and 215 pounds, Laird is unique in the way that he balances flexibility and strength. A renowned innovator and guiding genius of crossover board sports including tow-in-surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and hydrofoil boarding, Laird is the essential Water Man, continuously pushing the limits and expanding all possibilities.


    Over the last decade, Laird has transcended from surfing becoming an international fitness icon and nutrition expert. Many of today’s top professional athletes and celebrities look to Laird for training guidance, including instruction in his unique underwater resistance workouts. Partnering with his wife, professional volleyball player and TV personality, Gabrielle Reece, Laird created Extreme Performance Training (XPT). XPT is a unique and powerful fitness training and lifestyle program featuring their unique water workouts, performance breathing, recovery methods, high-intensity and endurance training for people of all fitness levels and backgrounds.


    In addition to the hands-on fitness teachings Laird offers, he released his first book in 2008, Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing (Rodale Books), which has become the go-to manual for those seeking inspiration for leading a healthy lifestyle; the book hit the New York Times Bestseller list within two weeks of publication. Laird is also a contributing editor for Men’s Journal, where he writes about his own fitness, health and nutrition philosophies.


    The entertainment industry has also called on Laird, appearing in a number of feature films and surfing documentaries including Radical Attitude (1992), Wake Up Call (1996), Step into Liquid, (2003) and Riding Giants (2004) where he also served as executive producer. He also performed as a stunt man and surfer in The Descendants (2014), Water World (1995), Die Another Day (2002) and Point Break (2015).  In addition to his film work, Laird has appeared on numerous television shows such as Oprah’s Master Class, Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, Chelsea Handler, Conan O’Brien, Steven Colbert and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.


    When Laird is not busy surfing the biggest waves in the world, inventing new water toys and appearing in Hollywood features, Laird is a philanthropist. He has always had a great passion for helping others live a happy, healthy life, as exhibited through his work with non-profit organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation, Race Across America, Pipeline for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis, Rain Catcher, Muscular Dystrophy and City of Hope.


    As for his personal life, Laird, his wife Gabrielle Reece and their daughters split time living in residences in Hawaii and Malibu, California, chasing waves, staying in top shape and continuing everyday adventures.


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    If you order Steven's new book, The Art of Impossible, right now, you’ll get $1,500 of free bonuses immediately dropped into your inbox. 
    They include secret chapters he has never released, masterclasses on key skills to help you jack up motivation, heighten creativity, and accelerate learning. You’ll also get an entirely free training to help you fight distraction and spend more time in flow. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Time, Perception & The Future Of Brain Computer Interfaces - David Eagleman | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Time, Perception & The Future Of Brain Computer Interfaces - David Eagleman | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Steven Kotler’s new book, The Art of Impossible, is out.
    It’s $27.99 everywhere books are sold BUT you can only get the book and a battle-tested set of Free Peak Performance Tools and Trainings at 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com 


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    "Instead of reality being passively recorded by the brain, it is actively constructed by it." ~ David Eagleman


    ABOUT THE GUEST
    David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford University and an internationally bestselling author. He is co-founder of two venture-backed companies, Neosensory and BrainCheck, and he also directs the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute. He is best known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw.


    He is the writer and presenter of the international PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman, and the author of the companion book, The Brain: The Story of You. He is also the writer and presenter of The Creative Brain on Netflix.


    Beyond his 120+ academic publications, he has published many popular books. His latest book Livewired tells the story of brain plasticity: how your forest of billions of neurons reconfigures every moment over your life. His bestselling book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience “under the hood” of the conscious mind: all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access. His work of fiction, SUM, is an international bestseller published in 33 languages and turned into two operas. The Safety Net examines what the advent of the internet means on the timescale of civilizations. The award-winning Wednesday is Indigo Blue explores the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which the senses are blended. The Runaway Species, co-authored with music composer Anthony Brandt, explores the neuroscience and behavior behind human creativity.


    Eagleman is a TED speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow, and serves on several boards, including the American Brain Foundation and the The Long Now Foundation.  He is the Chief Scientific Advisor for the Mind Science Foundation, and the winner of Claude Shannon Luminary Award from Bell Labs and the McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication.


    He serves as the academic editor for the Journal of Science and Law, was named Science Educator of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience, and was featured as one of the Brightest Idea Guys by Italy’s Style magazine. He has served as the scientific advisor to several television shows (including Westworld and Perception), and has been profiled on the Colbert Report, NOVA Science Now, the New Yorker, CNN’s Next List, and many other venues. He appears regularly on radio and television to discuss literature and science.


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    If you order Steven's new book, The Art of Impossible, right now, you’ll get $1,500 of free bonuses immediately dropped into your inbox. 
    They include secret chapters he has never released, masterclasses on key skills to help you jack up motivation, heighten creativity, and accelerate learning. You’ll also get an entirely free training to help you fight distraction and spend more time in flow. 
    So click the link here, snag yourself a copy of The Art of Impossible, and let’s get after it. 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com/ 


     

    • 45 min
    How to Master The Art of Lifelong Elite Performance - Rebecca Rusch | Flow Research Collective Radio

    How to Master The Art of Lifelong Elite Performance - Rebecca Rusch | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Steven Kotler’s new book, The Art of Impossible, is out.
    It’s $27.99 everywhere books are sold BUT you can only get the book and a battle-tested set of Free Peak Performance Tools and Trainings at 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com 


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    "My mind has control of how I respond to things. I can respond to that nervous energy at the start line or I can have the anticipation of 'this is exciting' and reframe that conversation in that way." ~ Rebecca Rusch


    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Rebecca Rusch is the “Queen of Pain” with a heart of gold. Whether she is on a cycling expedition in a remote part of the world or teaching others at her namesake gravel bike academy in Idaho, she inspires people to be their best with energy, positivity and passion.


    A 7x-world champion and celebrity in the ultra adventure/endurance realm for nearly 3 decades, elected to the prestigious international Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame, her status as a fierce competitor and inclusive influencer motivates millions. Recognized by Outside Magazine among the Top 40 Women Who’ve Made the Biggest Impact, and by Men’s Journal with the 25 Most Adventurous Women, she’s a maverick characterized by her grit, determination, and perseverance.


    Known for seeking the toughest challenges imaginable, pushing herself into unknown territory has yielded Rebecca a first female ascent on Yosemite’s 3000-ft. El Capitan Bermuda Dunes route, a first descent river boarding 300 miles of the entire Grand Canyon in 18 winter days.


    On two wheels, she is the only female competitor to win the iconic Leadville 100 four times and has won the renowned Unbound gravel grinder in 6 of 7 attempts (including the notoriously demanding 350-mile XL). She is a two time, first female finisher at the Iditarod Trail Invitational, pedaling 350 self-supported miles through the Alaskan wilderness.  Most recently she completed a previously unattempted North to South route traversing Iceland in winter by fatback alongside Chris Burkard and Angus Morton.


    She led a charitable cycling expedition up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro, and perhaps most notably, was the first person to ride the entire 1,200-mile length of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, documented in the Emmy-winning film, Blood Road.


    Even with all of these accolades under her belt, her inimitable brand and redoubtable resumé continue to expand. Combining ongoing athletic pursuits with entrepreneurial endeavors as CEO of Rusch Ventures, she oversees an impactful network of events, products, and experiences designed to elevate possibilities for people and their bikes.


    Whether through print like in her best-selling autobiography Rusch to Glory, or on the trail, via her popular digital platforms or even as a highly requested keynote speaker, Rebecca inspires and emboldens countless fans. Her marquee event, Rebecca's Private Idaho, is ranked a top 5 gravel event by Global Cycling Network, and one of the top 25 rides in the world by Outside magazine. Her Rusch Academy full-spectrum cycling retreats boost skills, confidence and performance and her MTB Lao adventure travel excursions expresses Rebecca’s desire to use the bike as a catalyst for healing, empowerment and evolution.


    Above all else she is the proud founder of the Be Good Foundation. Established in memory of her father, Rebecca’s Be Good Foundation focuses on UXO mitigation in Lao, protecting public lands for recreation, and partnering with bike-centric nonprofits to fund meaningful change. To date, her efforts have raised over a half-million dollars in support of select nonprofits.


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    If you order Steven's new book, The Art of Impossible, right now, you’ll get $1,500 of free bonuses immediately dropped into your inbox. 
    They include secret chapters he has never released, masterclasses on key skills to help you jack up motivation, heighten creativity, and accelerate learnin

    • 59 min
    How To Get Into Flow As An Early Stage Founder - Gerrit McGowan | Flow Research Collective Radio

    How To Get Into Flow As An Early Stage Founder - Gerrit McGowan | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Steven Kotler’s new book, The Art of Impossible, is out.
    It’s $27.99 everywhere books are sold BUT you can only get the book and a battle-tested set of Free Peak Performance Tools and Trainings at 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com 


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    "There will not be Flow and there will not be Success, if you don't have Intrinsic Motivation." Gerrit McGowan


    ABOUT THE GUEST


    Gerrit McGowan has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. He is the founder of the Syntegrity Group, KULA.com, Effectuate Ventures, the ICELab Innovation Center, the Most Awesome Founder Podcast, and numerous other short-lived ventures.


    When not building his own businesses, Gerrit is helping others build theirs - having coached over 1000 founders and nascent entrepreneurs across five continents. He is a mentor for Techstars and Alchemist startup accelerators, creator of the ICELab Accelerator at Western Colorado University, and is currently launching his latest accelerator at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.


    Gerrit’s background is as diverse as his taste in ventures. He spent his teens and twenties as a competitive athlete, working for numerous environmental think tanks and nonprofits along the way. But a whitewater trip to Africa during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis profoundly altered his trajectory, redirecting his focus to the aid and development community, where he devoted the better part of a decade advising the United Nations and its partners in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.


    In 2010, Gerrit’s career path shifted once again to launch his first venture-backed startup, Kula Causes - a marketing-tech Software-as-a-Service that provided technology for cause marketing initiatives like MyCoke Rewards Donate to Schools, Kellogg’s Points with Purpose, Red Robin Eat Up-Give Back Rewards, and JetBlue’s TrueGiving. It was on this startup journey that Gerrit became aware of the psychophysiological challenges of startup founders, sparking a passion for helping entrepreneurs maximize their health and well-being through stress and uncertainty.


    Today, Gerrit contributes his energy and experience to research on the physiology of optimal human performance, using wearable fitness trackers and daily-diary reports to identify the antecedents of flow among startup founders. But chances are, you’re still more likely to find him exploring whitewater in his kayak, chasing powder on his board, or riding trails near his home in Germany’s Middle Rhine region.


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    If you order Steven's new book, The Art of Impossible, right now, you’ll get $1,500 of free bonuses immediately dropped into your inbox. 
    They include secret chapters he has never released, masterclasses on key skills to help you jack up motivation, heighten creativity, and accelerate learning. You’ll also get an entirely free training to help you fight distraction and spend more time in flow. 
    So click the link here, snag yourself a copy of The Art of Impossible, and let’s get after it. 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com/ 


     


     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Dangers Of Having A Passion & Purpose - Dr. Nick Holton | Flow Research Collective Radio

    The Dangers Of Having A Passion & Purpose - Dr. Nick Holton | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Steven Kotler’s new book, The Art of Impossible, is out.
    It’s $27.99 everywhere books are sold BUT you can only get the book and a battle-tested set of Free Peak Performance Tools and Trainings at 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com 


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    "Flow is so badass, so addictive, so interesting...That people want more and more of it...and sometimes the hard part is turning it off or saying no." - Dr. Nick Holton


    ABOUT THE GUEST


    Dr. Nick Holton is an international speaker, consultant, trainer and coach in the science and art of human flourishing. The harmonious combination of actualizing peak potential and experiencing a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Nick coaches and trains executives, elite athletes and professional competitors in empirically backed strategies for peak performance and well-being; taught in practical, “real-life”, context specific ways. He also teaches private classes to actors and directors in Los Angeles, business groups, NCAA athletic programs and educational leadership teams that are looking to find ways to improve both performance and well-being for themselves or others.


    Nick operates and coaches from the perspective offered by the famous quote from humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow, that “the story of human beings is the story of people selling themselves short”.


    Dr. Holton’s approach to coaching is informed by principles of learning theory, humanistic psychology, motivational theory and interviewing, positive psychology coaching, cognitive behavioral skills and context-specific application. He enjoys getting to know his clients, their specific needs and desires and working collaboratively with each of them to structure sessions and a plan that makes the most sense of them and their goals. Nick’s clients tend to be individuals or groups who are looking to ensure they aren’t selling themselves short, but instead are creating lives of passion, motivation, purpose and fulfillment.


    Dr. Holton holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, currently reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Happiness Studies. Over the course of the past seven years spent working in the field, Nick has published various articles, book chapters, op-eds as well as given talks and keynotes on topics related to optimal human functioning. This work has taken place throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and India and has been featured most recently in Fast Company. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Positive Education at the Shipley School in addition to running his own coaching, consulting and speaking business, Eudaimonics. A reference to Nick’s interest in eudaimonia, the sense of happiness or satisfaction achieved through the cultivation of our self in order to serve or contribute to the greater good.


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    If you order Steven's new book, The Art of Impossible, right now, you’ll get $1,500 of free bonuses immediately dropped into your inbox. 
    They include secret chapters he has never released, masterclasses on key skills to help you jack up motivation, heighten creativity, and accelerate learning. You’ll also get an entirely free training to help you fight distraction and spend more time in flow. 
    So click the link here, snag yourself a copy of The Art of Impossible, and let’s get after it. 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com/ 

    • 41 min
    Using Adversity, Struggle & Pain To Achieve The Impossible - Mark Pollock | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Using Adversity, Struggle & Pain To Achieve The Impossible - Mark Pollock | Flow Research Collective Radio

    Steven Kotler’s new book, The Art of Impossible, is out.
    It’s $27.99 everywhere books are sold BUT you can only get the book and a battle-tested set of Free Peak Performance Tools and Trainings at 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com 


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    "Realists manage to run acceptance and hope in parallel." - Mark Pollock


    ABOUT THE GUEST


    Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark became an adventure athlete competing in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up an international speaking business.


    In 2010, a fall from a second story window nearly killed him. Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed. Now he is on a new expedition, this time to cure paralysis in our lifetime by exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide.


    Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark that happens in 2,000 cities worldwide every year, Mark is a TED speaker, has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.


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    If you order Steven's new book, The Art of Impossible, right now, you’ll get $1,500 of free bonuses immediately dropped into your inbox. 
    They include secret chapters he has never released, masterclasses on key skills to help you jack up motivation, heighten creativity, and accelerate learning. You’ll also get an entirely free training to help you fight distraction and spend more time in flow. 
    So click the link here, snag yourself a copy of The Art of Impossible, and let’s get after it. 👉 https://www.theartofimpossible.com/ 


     

    • 48 min

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