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Stealing Fire

Stealing Fire

2017 . Business & Economics, Motivational, Psychology, Neuropsychology, Science . Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal

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National Bestseller CNBC and Strategy + Business Best Business Book of the Year It’s the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They're harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition. New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide. Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history. Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.










0062429671 (ISBN13: 9780062429674)

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1 year ago


Absolutely fantastic book about chasing that ‘high’ in whatever form that might come! So many pieces of this book really resonates with me and how I live my life and what I believe in. It literally rewired my brain in terms of how I look at a lot different activities and made me realize why those activities are good for me. It has a very scientific approach to argumentation but mixes in historic tales and stories of people which makes it a both informative and fun read! Any person interested in expanding their world view and interested in understanding better how to perform and optimize their life should read this book! I read it in 2 days 😃


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1 year ago


Woaaah this was so so good. It’s one of those books that you listen to and many dots connect together in a way I hadn’t connected them before, and changes/motivates me in the way I choose to live life. The premise is all around achieving ‘flow’ states and how you tap into higher performance/happiness/satisfying when you are there. It talks through a whole host of ways humans use to get there (meditation, extreme sports, exercise, music…) and brings examples of real world stories - navy seals, Olympic athletes, startup founders. For me it just totally clicked as to why I do the things I love and why they feel special. Running, playing in an orchestra (and getting to ‘group flow’ which feels even more magical), music festivals. I also appreciate the ‘realism’ it brings - sure you can tap into flow but to get there, it’s often a hard grind. And you need to stick with that hard grind to get the reward. @NaomiNickerson - a must read 👌


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1 year ago


“If you spend all of your time blissed out, zen’ed out, drunk, high or sexed up then you’ve lost all the contrast that initially made those experiences so rich - what made them altered in the first place. By balancing inebriated abandon with munk-like sobriety, rippled sexuality with introspective zelibazy and extreme risk taking with cozy domisticity you’ll create more contrast and spot patterns sooner” 👏👏👏 It’s all about that contrast! You gotta earn your altered states! AMAZING book 🙏


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2 years ago


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