Stealing Fire PDF Summary

Stealing Fire PDFHow Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

Steve Jobs once said that taking LSD was not merely “a profound experience,” but also “one of the two or three most important things” he had done in his life.

Stealing Fire” may hold the answer as to why.

Who Should Read “Stealing Fire”? And Why?

If you are living on this planet, you probably know who Malcolm Gladwell is and what the rule of 10,000 hours he popularized refers to. Put plain and simple: if you want to become a master at something, be sure to spend years and years training to do that something.

Well, “Stealing Fire” is about those who believe in shortcuts: according to Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal, high performance is nowadays much more linked to states of altered consciousness than it is with grit and habits.

Those who simply want to learn more about altered consciousness are welcomed to read this book as well.

About Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal

Steven KotlerSteven Kotler is an American journalist, author, and entrepreneur.

One of the leading experts on high performance, he is most famous for his several nonfiction books, three of which are already considered classics in the field: “Bold,” “The Rise of Superman” and, especially, “Abundance.”

He is also the co-founder of the Flow Genome Project.

Jamie WhealJamie Wheal is an American author, an expert in leadership and peak performance.

He has advised numerous executives, owners of sports teams and athletes.

A historical anthropologist by degree, Wheal’s studies have been published in peer-review academic journals and anthologies.

“Stealing Fire PDF Summary”

The myth of Prometheus stealing the divine fire and gifting it to mankind is probably one of the most famous myths in history.

No wonder it has inspired numerous authors to call Prometheus a champion of mankind and think of fire as the fundamental building block of progress and civilization.

In “Stealing Fire,” Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal use this myth as the underlying metaphor to make a rather controversial case: just like Zeus in Greek mythology, the governments and the corporations of today are keeping “the fire of altered consciousness” to themselves – and we need a few Prometheuses to steal it!


Because we have science on our side, and they are consciously preventing us from experiencing one of the most beautiful states a person can experience in his or her life: a state the Greeks referred to as ecstasis, and one that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi decided to rechristen it as “flow.” (Kotler and Wheal stick to the ancient terminology.)

Namely, the state of fully immersing yourself in the present in such a way which will make you experience it in all of its richness, completeness, and timelessness:

In case you still don’t know what we’re talking about, ecstasis is something you have/can/will experience while having sex or, if you practice it, during a session of deep meditation.

And, yes – after taking psychedelic drugs.

All of these things lead to a state of altered consciousness which is defined by four characteristics, neatly grouped under the acronym STER:

#1. Selflessness: your prefrontal cortex is a quite recent formation designed to separate you from the rest. However, this means that it is constantly anxious; in the state of ecstasis, people shut off their selves and are capable of experiencing “collective awareness.”

#2. Timelessness: unfortunately, no matter how many books have been written about the power of now, we are evolutionarily designed much too imperfectly to be able to live in the present:

Under normal conditions, with an active prefrontal cortex constantly scanning scenarios in the past and the future, we spend very little time living completely in the present… When our attention is focused on the present, we stop scanning yesterday for painful experiences… We quit daydreaming about a tomorrow that’s better than today. With our prefrontal cortex offline, we can’t run those scenarios.

In the state of ecstasis, however, time is suddenly non-existent, and everything there is in the world is the present moment. Already breathing a sigh of relief, ha?

#3. Effortlessness: in ecstasis, your brain releases six neurochemicals: norepinephrine, dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin, and anandamide. These make you feel as if you are a master of your craft and as if you are on your way to producing a masterpiece.

#4. Richness: in the state of ecstasis, you are able to make connections much faster than in a normal state; thus, you are able to see things in a new light and bring disparate ideas together in a way which should help you generate an abundance of completely original solutions and new ideas.

We have terabytes of information available to us,” note Kotler and Wheal; “we just can’t tap into it in our normal state.

Now, before you say “a completely unsubstantiated apology for using psychedelic drugs,” bear with us for a few more moments!

First of all, do you know that humans are not the only animals who take drugs? (Before you say anything: yes, we are animals!)

Strangely enough, despite the potentially adverse health effects, it seems that many members of the animal kingdom use drugs in one way or another.

That’s the reason why dogs lick toads and why cats like catnip so much. Goats have been known to eat magic mushrooms since the dawn of times. And bottlenose dolphins toss puffer fish back and forth to, well, get high: the process helps them ingest micro-doses of the puffer fish’s neurotoxins!

Much more interestingly, it seems that some drugs are not as harmful as some other substances, which, for some reason, have been legal for centuries.

And this is not a claim merely thrown out there, but something David Nutt, one of the most respected British neuropsychopharmacologists maintains, backing it up with proper studies and data.

It seems that alcohol does more harm to both its consumers and society than do even heroin and crack cocaine, while tobacco is unhealthier than both cannabis and LSD!

See for yourself:

So, why are tobacco and alcohol allowed and LSD and cannabis forbidden?

Possibly because, unlike the former two, the latter pair tends to make people less manageable and more empowered, just like sex does, just as meditation does. And not because psychedelic drugs are more harmful than cigarettes or whiskey!

Now, don’t get us wrong: everything comes with a caveat.

Even sex.

But, then again,

The ecstasy will always come with the agony; that’s the human condition.

Key Lessons from “Stealing Fire”

1.      The Altered States Economy
2.      Eric Schmidt and the Burning Man
3.      Constant State of Flow

The Altered States Economy

At a time when you are expected to deliver great results on a daily basis, not only distractions aren’t your friend, but also the normal, default state of your mind may be your enemy.

That’s why, everybody wants to experience something more, obtaining a state of ecstasy and euphoria, a state of the perfect workflow.

Many of the ways to achieve this are perfectly legal: sex, meditation, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, legal drugs, VR, other types of immersive experiences, social media.

Combined, these account for about $4 trillion of the US economy on an annual basis.

And that’s how fabulously much “the altered states economy” is worth.

Eric Schmidt and the Burning Man

You probably know who Eric Schmidt is.

If not, here are the two most important highlights: he is one of the richest people in the world and the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2015, as well as Alphabet Inc. the next two years.

Now, do you know how Sergey Brin and Larry Page finally settled on him?

Believe it or not, because he was able to prove his courage and determination by attending the Burning Man festival.

Don’t know what that is?

Bearing in mind the subject of this book, you already know that it’s an altered-consciousness related festival.

But, please, google it to find out more. And while doing that, have in mind that it’s where Elon Musk’s hyperlink train was first conceived!

Constant State of Flow

Ecstasis is a state during which one is able to experience selflessness, timelessness, effortlessness, and richness. Needless to add, it’s something few would argue to experience at least five to ten times a day.

But, try to imagine having sex as many times, and you’ll see why a constant state of flow is not a goal to be desired. In the cases of some other ecstasies-inducing experiences, it may be even worse: a lot, lot worse.

Which is something you should never forget, since, nowadays, ecstasies lie within your grasp and it is just too tempting?

So, choose your moments of ecstasy wisely. And use them to enrich your life – not destroy it.

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“Stealing Fire Quotes”

The human brain remains the most complex machine on the planet. Click To Tweet

Advances in science and technology are giving us unprecedented access to and insight about the upper range of human experience. Click To Tweet

If you train your body and brain, and manage your energy and attention, you’ll be able to get into the flow more frequently and perform better at work and at home. Click To Tweet

Once we step beyond taboos and social conditioning, it’s easier to see that access to ecstasis has been hardwired into us. Click To Tweet

The ecstasy will always come with the agony; that’s the human condition. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

Controversial and provocative, “Stealing Fire” is – to quote its blurb – “a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.”

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Abundance Summary – Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Abundance Summary

MicroSummaryThis New York Times bestseller is a manifesto for the future, showing practical solutions to humanity’s most significant concerns: lack of quality food, water, education, healthcare, and freedom. In this book, the author explores some subjects, showing us how exponential technologies can help us improve our quality of life for one purpose: to achieve abundance. Come with the 12min team to explore a few technologies of the modern world!

The Future Is Better Than You Think

What are your thoughts on the robotic future?

In this book summary, we present the positive effects of such advanced technology.

Who Should Read “Abundance”? And Why?

Are you skeptical about the robots? Who imposed such opinion on us? Don’t take any movie plot too seriously that one day, the humanity will be at the mercy of our artificial “friends.”

Abundance” acts as a futurologist, a faithful life-partner that will help you overcome your fear from the exciting future and everything that comes along with it. In truth, it’s recommended to anyone eager to hear the other side of the story.

About Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Peter H. DiamandisPeter H. Diamandis the founder of XPRIZE. He is also a successful, award-winning American engineer, physician, and innovator, who was awarded for his willingness to foster innovation and deal with the societal problems.

Steven KotlerSteven Kotler is a renowned American journalist and an author who has written many articles and columns for several top-notch magazines including The New Yorker.

“Abundance Summary”

Although the media output is primarily dominated by governments worldwide, we may be slowly entering a new stage named – freedom. According to experts, the “dark times” lurking ahead should be interpreted with a dose of skepticism.

This news even produces a collective mindset, which is bothered by several questions like: How long will it take the world to experience a downfall due to various factors such as climate change, shortage of resources or advanced technology? Evidently, the clock is ticking, and there’s no escape route.

Abundance is not convinced in this plot and picks up an argument with this theory. Instead of endorsing an ending-scenario, the society is actually on the brink of financial prosperity, and innovative future.

The modification in the business world is just a beginning, followed by advanced technology and economics that will improve people’s well-being from a financial standpoint.

In truth, these tendencies have a source that is responsible for the birth of these thoughts, which shape our pessimistic view of what’s coming.

Our brain’s architecture covers the first source or particularly an area known as the amygdala. This section (amygdala) is responsible for keeping us on full-alert when a threat is somewhere nearby. The defense mode is triggered when we face unpleasant predicaments – initiating the fight or flee response.

The second aspect has pretty much to do with the information we receive on a daily basis. News and media outlets are deliberately promoting negative and threatening news to elicit some expected reaction from the public.

Education is also under threat:

Business leaders from all around the world, unanimously show concern about the education system that is not providing the students with the skills required to endure in the era of instant change.

Abilities such as critical thinking and problem-solving are often overlooked, leaving the economy exposed to various risks. Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler are just giving you a heads up, that our education system is falling apart because it’s outdated.

A successful future surely relies on innovation and invention that is not prone to restraints from the society.

Generally speaking, the world is not ready to embrace failure as an integral part of growth. There is some aversion, caused by numerous factors. To reduce the stigma attached to it, one must undergo certain training, and endorse methods that stretch beyond its comfort zone.

To put it differently, if you are reluctant to try out new things, you’ll never achieve anything remarkable. In trying to avoid risk, you assume that you’ll get away without blemish, which is not the case.

From the beginning of the 21st century, we’ve been “bombarded” with many science-fiction movies such as Star Wars in 2001, which brought us to a state of anticipation, awaiting the “Robot” takeover. This vision has not been materialized yet, and in truth, this plot is not as realistic as we thought it is.

The industry experts foresee that these intelligent robots will replace many job positions such as the intense health care for the elderly and cashiers.

After the Tsunami in Japan, in Hurricane Katrina, many people start questioning the power to prevent such devastating forces.

An English expert and engineer in water treatment – Michael Pritchard motivated by this sequence of unpleasant events, decided to embark on a journey and provide a solution for this issue. A few years later, he invented the Lifesaver water bottle.

Pritchard argued that conventional filters were designed only to capture bacteria, and their capabilities didn’t involve recognizing viruses. That statement forced him to turn his issue over to nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology is best described as a manipulation of matter on various scales – involving both atomic and molecular. The process of creating materials is feasible by using atoms as building blocks – and these outputs are known as nanocomposites.

Key Lessons from “Abundance

1.      Pritchard’s theory of simplicity
2.      A new age is ahead of us
3.      Firms are on full-alert

Pritchard’s theory of simplicity

Lifesaver, on first glance, doesn’t look like a long-term solution because it’s not based on high-tech.

Consisting of hand-pump on one end and a filter on the other, it surely was subjected to lots of discussions and skepticism.

A new age is ahead of us

The development of advanced hardware tools and computers marks the beginning of an era belonging to the artificial intelligence.

At this very moment, companies are involved in developing robots, who can behave like us, meaning they are capable of facial expression, emotional outbursts, and even interaction.

Firms are on full-alert

Companies nowadays are becoming aware to a greater extent of the risks and benefits of a specific strategy.

To handle the complexity of today, they have little choice but to dive into the mastery of innovation and follow proven techniques in order to conduct a successful campaign.

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“Abundance” Quotes

Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury—rather it’s about providing all with a life of possibility. Click To Tweet Culture is the ability to store, exchange, and improve ideas. Click To Tweet When seen through the lens of technology, few resources are truly scarce; they’re mainly inaccessible. Click To Tweet The true measure of something’s worth is the hours it takes to acquire it. Click To Tweet In today’s hyperlinked world, solving problems anywhere, solves problems everywhere. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

Abundance has left us in a dilemma, and it’ll surely give you something to think about.

In reality, we all hope for a prosperous future, and that’s exactly what Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler are trying to stimulate.

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Transforming Rarity In Abundance

Technology and innovation can make rare things plentiful. History tells us when we can not get easy access to something, this item becomes scarce, and technology intervenes to make it abundant.

Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s most prosperous cities, is spending its fortune to create Masdar, the world’s first post-oil city.

The primary focus is that all its residents will live and work without producing carbon waste. Masdar was founded to overcome the problems that will appear shortly due to lack of oil, water, etc. Situated in a region with plenty of sunlight for most of the day, Masdar has an alternative to petroleum in solar energy.

Regarding the lack of water, Masdar is close to the Persian Gulf, with a lot of salt water. There could be a way to extract pure water from the ocean.

In 1968, great thinkers around the world came together to reflect on the gap between consumption and resource production.

They based their research on comparisons between population growth rates and the availability of global resources. Today, almost 40 years later, the predictions seem to be true. We are running out of oil, drinking water, uranium, and phosphorus.

Many countries have tried to reduce rates of population growth, and their methods have been somewhat barbaric.

So if population control methods are not feasible, the only way is to manage the resources. And technology is the answer to turning scarcity into abundance.

The Pyramid Of Abundance

To find a definition of poverty, let us first think of the meaning of abundance.

Abraham Maslow developed his famous pyramid of needs, in which he prioritized human needs starting from the most basic ones like water, food, sleep, and others, until reaching the self-realization. Similarly, we can think of a pyramid of abundance with three levels.

The base of the pyramid has basic needs like potable water, nutritious food, and adequate housing. There is a strong concern in developed countries on meeting the basic needs of other countries. The biggest concern is access to safe, clean water.

Africa spends 5% of its GDP on health, mainly to provide clean water.

According to Bill Gates, improving health conditions helps control population growth.

Level two of the pyramid provides energy, media, and education for all. Level three concerns health and freedom issues. Humanity is still threatened by diagnosed diseases and expensive medicines.

There are many theories and predictions about humankind. Some are positive, and others only prove that we are moving towards the degradation of civilization.

Modern times require an extensive study on the growth of exponential technologies, but unfortunately, no university or curriculum meets this need.

Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil, and Dr. Simon Worden, who completed their doctorate in astronomy, have developed a plan to begin Singularity University.

The curriculum was selected considering the eight exponentially growing technologies. All these eight technologies can meet future global needs and problems.

Water Shortage

Water is a basic need of the human being, and its scarcity is a threat to life. Without access to clean water, people are prone to many diseases.

As agriculture and other industries make use of water, we need to review our ways of consuming drinking water. How to turn this scarcity into abundance? Dean Kamen may have the answer.

Dean Kamen has developed the DEKA Research and Development.

His ideas led him to invent a distiller for clean water in any degree. The modern version, called Slingshot, provides 1,000 liters of water per day and uses energy equivalent to a hair dryer.

He has made deals with Coca-Cola to help provide clean water to developing countries by producing slingshots on commercial scales.

Nanotechnology has also developed many new filters and devices to purify water from contaminants. A “nanofilter” was developed to remove salt and arsenic from the water. Nanotechnology promises a great future for obtaining clean water at lower energy costs.

Feeding Nine Billion People

The world today faces a dire situation with food shortage, and few resources to overcome it even with large amounts of money.

In the last century, despite our efforts, we have failed to increase the production of some of the largest sources of food such as wheat and rice, even involving large agricultural technologies.

However, our ability to produce food has increased thanks to the petrochemical industry.

To meet our need for protein, we need meat. Cattle breeding destroys the land and does not provide enough for our needs.

Aquaculture means the cultivation of fish as food. Farmers create fish pods and use mineral-rich soil for fertilization. Many technologies like this have the potential to tackle the food problem that the world is facing.

While these technologies are efficient, feeding nine billion people is not an easy task. The current need is not only to provide food for the world but also to strengthen our ecosystem.

All of this has been done on a very small scale. We need to follow the experts, or the future of the world will be doomed.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurs, according to Bill Drayton of Ashoka, are “individuals who combine the pragmatic, results-oriented methods of a company with the goals of a social reformer.” Kiva is an example of this since it is a site that offers loans to small businesses in poor countries using a P2P microcredit platform.

His network grew rapidly, and in 2011 he made a loan every 17 seconds. KickStart is another nonprofit, helping people create cheap irrigation systems for farmers and making soil blocks for building houses.

So entrepreneurs from Africa buy these kits and build their small-scale business. These are some of the accomplishments of DIY innovators, and their impact can be felt at all levels of the pyramid.

Development Of A New Class Of Philanthropists

Tecno-philanthropist is a new type of philanthropist who has the potential to use technology to change the world.

Today’s techno-philanthropists have realized that problems in one part of the world affect people in the other as well since we all share the same ecosystem.

Ebay’s first president, Jeff Skoll, created the Skoll Foundation that invests in social entrepreneurs.

Naveen Jain, who was born very poor, began to study entrepreneurship very young. His mother encouraged him to study. And now he is in a position to help the rest of the world using his fortune. Billionaires are helping to find solutions to global problems.

What is the best way to spend your fortune, if not to help humanity? Bill Gates and Warren Buffet had the idea of giving half of their fortunes to charity after and before death.

New Opportunities With Technology

The advent of technology diminishes the physical entities in our lives. The most affordable option is the smartphone that has a camera, GPS, browser, e-mail, dictionaries, e-books and health applications, naming just a few.

When Artificial and Robotic Intelligences are involved, things change completely in shape.

The availability of numerous job opportunities is another positive aspect of the technologies. The new technologies are sustainable and do not require much commitment.

Cutting costs is another advantage. Moore’s Law has proven that, over time, the physical components will reduce in size and cost and increased efficiency.

Chris Anderson’s drones are an example of this. eBay, Craigslist, and iTunes are on the cutting-edge list and improved customer experience. And energy is the biggest concern to make abundance possible.

Energy Shortage

Energy is a great force to overcome many problems in the world, as it provides the electricity that is used by all industries. And this will help provide education and jobs, helping to eliminate poverty.

Andrew Beebe was thinking about renewable energy when he founded his Energy Innovation business. EI Solutions has already installed its photovoltaic (PV) panels at the headquarters of companies such as Google, Sony, and Disney.

Beebe believes that solar energy is the strongest source of energy. Reducing PV costs has great potential, as it increases the accessibility factor, helping to overcome the energy crisis currently facing.

To achieve abundance, any energy must have exponential growth potential, and solar energy meets this criterion. With time, the cost of solar energy is decreasing as its potential is increasing.

Also, the technology is also bringing innovations with maximum results and with minimum energy consumption, such as LED bulbs.

We will have enough energy and means to save energy as well. That will bring prosperity, energy, and communication for all. We are moving toward our dream of abundance.

Customizing The Educational System

Today’s educational system kills creativity and the natural potential of the human being. Tony Wagner of Harvard and Sir Ken Robinson, agree that the curriculum taught these days is not necessary and is easily forgotten.

The 21st-century teachings involve three things: reading, writing, and arithmetic. And that is what is required in most jobs today, not memorization, which is an essential part of today’s education model.

Instead of memorizing, this model promotes thought. It is important to follow methods that make our children enjoy studying so much, that they start learning on their own.

The future of education is a personalized system since each student is different. Games provide a safe way to measure the mental and intellectual growth of a child.

However, children learn best when someone cares about their studies, and therefore the need for teachers cannot be reduced.

There are many ways to deal with teacher shortages, and AI is just one of the solutions.

According to UNESCO, two-thirds of illiterate children are girls, which affects the growth of society at all levels. If all children had access to education, then surely our dream of abundance would come true.

Medicine And Technology

The fact that humans now live longer lives is a way of measuring the degree of improvement in health.

Medicine is an area with exponential changes, and we continually increase our standard to maintain a high quality.

Africa has the highest numbers of sick people and suffers greatly regarding numbers of doctors. And even worse is the fact that only 55% of physicians hit the diagnoses, while amazing 45% of the time, people suffer because they do not get the proper medical treatment.

Advances in the field of participatory medicine can make our phones run diagnoses in real time. The future holds great promise for us regarding health care facilities, as over time they become more accessible.

The Relationship Between Freedom And Access To Technology

Now we draw our attention to the peak of the pyramid, toward freedom.

Freedom means many things, and most of them are intangible. However, we will focus on the tangible forms of freedom, such as freedom of expression, empowerment of people, etc.

Providing people with all the necessities of life is tantamount to providing them with freedom.

Exponential technologies are already working on it. Ushahidi, WikiLeaks, and World are Witness are some of the sites reporting human rights abuses around the world.

Ushahidi and Enough is Enough helped people vote in elections without the involvement of any political party.

The abundance of communication equipped the common man with more information than the President of the United States.

According to the UN, access to the internet is a fundamental human right. Facilitating communication helps to achieve freedom of expression. Not even governments can censor everything since it is against the nature of technology.

Information and communication technologies broaden our horizons, give space for freedom of expression and are a great platform for communication with the whole world.

They can be used for both good and bad as it can help activists as well as terrorists.

By focusing on the good side of things, information and communication technologies hold the future of human empowerment and freedom.

Small Groups Have Great Power

Although abundance is possible, until we reach it, the real world concerns are still threatening.

Four things control change: the desire to learn something new is the first stimulant. Fear is so much stronger and allows you to do extraordinary things.

Making money is the third motivating power. And finally, our ultimate motivator is the desire for self-realization. To speed things up, incentives can play an important role.

The problem with large organizations is that they have a lot to lose and can not risk; then small groups have a greater chance of reaching the impossible.

The US government spends about $ 100 billion on AIDS in five years; consider whether a contest that gave a prize of 1 billion dollars to the champion, was conducted to find the cure for the disease.

How many could highly intelligent people bring solutions to any problem at any time and place?

The Fear Of Failure

Failure is important to generate new ideas. Baba Shiv studied neuroeconomics and divided humans into two categories when he considered risk. A group of people is afraid of losing; the second group is ashamed to make mistakes.

Mistakes and failures open opportunities for innovation. A person cannot be successful if he does not prepare to take big risks.

Many of the great innovations were created by young people before they were thirty years old.

Thinking outside the box is our only way to reach abundance. Since developing technologies for abundance means thinking big and taking big risks, the first thing to do is to prepare individuals to risk, not to fear. Ratan Tata told The Economist that “failure is a gold mine. “If we can learn from our mistakes, then this is not a failure.

He then narrated how his company gives awards for the best unsuccessful idea. Another idea to overcome our fear of failure is to make a quick prototype of an idea so that we can know where we are going.

Michael Schrage, an MIT researcher, created the 5 * 5 * 5 method. Five teams, five people, have five days to create five business plans that cannot cost more than five thousand dollars and five weeks of work.

This methodology makes use of two very strong concepts to bring innovation: small groups and the power of constraints. This method is used by companies trying to move forward in particular areas.

The Next Steps

We are so busy in our lives that we find it difficult to understand the potential of exponential technologies.

We underestimate our potential. Change brings innovation and makes possible what could not be imagined before.

Before the invention of the wheel, no one dared to say that we would use cars. One discovery leads to many other possibilities, and then a chain reaction begins.

Technology has changed our lives and brought many career options for everyone.

That was not always the case. In the past, children grew up knowing exactly what their ancestors did. But technology empowered us to make decisions with countless options and gave us a huge range of knowledge.

Americans spend 75% of their money trying to meet their basic needs, and in developing countries, that number rises to 90%.

One researcher calculated that a person anywhere on earth would need approximately $ 10,000 to cover their basic needs and be in a position to improve their future. Twenty years ago, the cost of using average American accessories was much more than $ 10,000.

But then, all those accessories became available on a smartphone, greatly reducing the cost. That is the impact of exponential technologies. One day the cellphones got better and opened the way to other possibilities.

Final Notes:

Why should we wait for a change to happen when we are well equipped with the tools for abundance? We do not need the support of government and corporations, just of individuals cooperating and sharing ideas on a mutual platform.

Abundance is only possible if we believe in it. Once our dreams become our thinking, the thought becomes our actions and actions can bring the changes we need.

So the first thing to do is to change how we look at things. Be optimistic about the future and plans for abundance. Only then can we achieve what we have long wanted: abundance.    Take this summary with you and read anywhere! Download PDF:   

The Rise of Superman Summary

The Rise of Superman SummaryDecoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

Do you wonder how some people, like the extreme athletes, do things that most humans would consider impossible?

That is exactly what we talk about in our summary of Steven Kotler’s “The Rise of Superman.” Moreover, by using the presentation of their experience, you will learn how to get into “flow” and top your performance.

Who Should Read “The Rise of Superman”? and Why?

“The Rise of Superman” is a thrilling book that presents some superhuman achievements, agonizing tragedy and impossible triumphs.

Steven Kotler enters the world of extreme sports and does so by using adventure-novel style. You will feel thrilled and excited as you go through the pages, that will ultimately teach you how to achieve better performance at your job.

We recommend this read to ambitious readers, those interested in adventures and cognitive science.

About Steven Kotler

Steven KotlerSteven Kotler is a best selling author and a co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project.  

“The Rise of Superman Summary”

In the world of extreme sports, athletes need to enter their flow state. Otherwise, they would face grave dangers.

These athletes are the ones that push the known limits of human performance.

Why are we talking about sports?

Well, extreme sports give us insight into the flow, which is absolute concentration and the ability to make correct decisions and execute them in a split second.

The good news is that not only athletes can experience flow, but you can too!

By experiencing it, you will enjoy higher performance and productivity levels.

When you are in the zone, you enter a different form of consciousness. Usually, people get into this type of consciousness when they get into life-threatening situations.

You must have heard that when a person faces great danger, time slows down and your perceptions expand. As a result, you gather all information about you and use it to make the right decision that will save you.

You may not even be aware of it at the time, but when you think back, you will realize that in such moments your performance skyrockets.

Many people that experienced it grew addicted to the feeling of being in the zone.

When you face a crisis, your brain gets energy from thinking processes and uses it for intuition. In other words, it stops all the questioning that may be going on in your head and takes command.

People who have felt this effect feel as if a burden was taken off their shoulders since they do not feel that they need to make decisions themselves.

What does this mean for productivity?

Well, when your guard is down, and doubts are not constraining you, you suddenly feel the freedom you need to create, innovate, imagine, and dare.

The risk is not the only way to get into the flow. In fact, there are 22 gateways that you can use to enter the zone.

We have to note that no matter how much they practice, some people always fall short and do not get into the flow. As you are aware, only a few people rise to the top in their fields.

The extra element we have to take into consideration is the way your brain functions.

The brain has explicit (conscious) and implicit (subconscious) systems.

Most people do not get to the level where they can control each stage and as a result achieve superhuman creativity and innovation.

The lucky few describe that when faced with challenges they hear a “voice” that guides them and is “never wrong.” The problem is that although everyone possesses that inner voice, most of us do not hear it.

The only way to let that voice come to the surface is to silence all the chatter that happens in your brain all day, every day.

Then, you will be able to get in the flow, where you will be free from thinking, and be able to just do.

Key Lessons from “The Rise of Superman”:

1.      Getting to Flow
2.      The Flow Cycle
3.      Degrees of Flow

Getting to Flow

Getting into the flow is remarkably easy once you train yourself.

However, you first need to understand the flow triggers and the flow cycle, which we will cover in the second lesson.

When you are in flow, you do not need external pressure to practice whatever you are set out to practicing. When you are in flow, you want to practice.

You feel that action is fun, and as a result, you learn faster. Feeling fun acts as instant gratification.

To get into the flow, you do not have to do risky things such as extreme sports. Instead, you can engage in intellectual risk as well.

Do what works best for you.

The Flow Cycle

All flow is connected to a four-stage cycle:

  • “Struggle” is the beginning of the flow process, when you need a great effort to practice. Be prepared to feel frustration and need to work hard as you move toward the solution of the problem.
  • “Release” is the stage when you need to take a break from the challenge. Relax and let stress subside. Feeling good is key.
  • “Flow.” You get to the flow because of the previous two stages. After the fight, you release, and then you flow.
  • “Recovery” is the stage after the flow state, in which your body and your mind both need to recover from the use of energy.

Degrees of Flow

You will most certainly induce flow if you look for unusual experiences that break your everyday routine. Set bite-sized, but challenging goals, instead of establishing long-term ones. Act here and now.

By connecting your small goals you will achieve bigger ones, but if you think of the end objective, you will probably get distracted.

Walk step by step, get into the flow, and live in the now.

If you feel that the challenge is too big, you will get stressed, and your performance will plummet. If the challenge is too small, on the other hand, you will lose focus.

Set the right level of challenge, so you keep your mind from wandering or stressing.

To get into your challenge “sweet spot,” increase the task difficulty by 4% every time you do it.

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“The Rise of Superman” Quotes

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