I would love to bring a real-life superhero on IQ someday, but since they survive only in the realm of comic books and movies, I honed in on the next best thing – Steven Kotler. He’s like a living Professor X. His dream it is to harness the hidden, superhuman potential in all of us through furthering our understanding of Flow States.
A Flow State is that awesome moment where all external stimuli shut down and your brain engages with laser focus on the task at hand. Whether you’re creating a woodworking masterpiece in your garage or attempting to jump the Great Wall on a skateboard, there’s no barrier to the power of a brain undergoing Flow. It’s what makes us tick at 20x and tap our hidden potential. In this episode and throughout Steven Kotler’s New York Times Bestselling book “Rise of the Superman,” he explains how extreme sports athletes harness flow states to conquer what was once thought impossible.
We’re alive at an incredible time in human history. Our understanding of the brain and how it functions could soon make it so we’re able to call upon flow states on command. So while we’re not quite at the intersection of Moore’s Law and Human Athletic Potential, the linear progression of evolution may soon reach exponential growth.
Steven Kotler is challenging himself to transform science fiction into science fact. His goal to map the Flow Genome by 2020 is some of the most exciting research being done today, and I can’t wait until he succeeds.
Noah Kagan knows loss. On paper, this is a man who for all intents and purposes should have buckled under the gravity of his misfortune. This entrepreneur was poised to cash in on a 1% stake in Facebook before it became the social media empire 1.55 billion people know and use. That 1% payout is worth roughly $170 MILLION DOLLARS today. And Noah Kagan lost every cent of that money because he made a mistake.
The sheer will and perseverance of Noah, to me, is far more impressive than the sum of money listed above. This is a guy who no one would have blamed if he curled up under a rock and became the most embittered person on the planet. Instead, Noah transformed a worst-case scenario most of us couldn’t fathom and used it to jumpstart the rest of his career. With a gargantuan learning experience under his belt, Noah has gone on to found countless companies, work for giants like Intel and Mint.com and release an e-book outlining his time with Facebook and the 170 million dollar lesson he learned. And he’s one of the most down-to-earth guys I’ve met.
In this episode Noah details how he spun a career-defining mistake into an opportunity, why he chooses to peruse happiness over money and how to gain a healthy work/life balance. Noah is a truly incredible man and it was a pleasure to spend an hour with him.