Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance.
Some of Kotler’s bestselling books are The Art of Impossible, The Future is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Bold, and Abundance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes and translated into over 40 languages, and has appeared in more than 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, and the Harvard Business Review.
Steven is also the cohost of “Flow Research Collective Radio,” a top 10 iTunes science podcast. Along with his wife, author Joy Nicholson, he is the co-founder of the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Steven Kotler discusses numerous elements of neurobiology and flow as it relates to goal setting, burnout, skill progression, career progression, and more. He shares his expertise in a way that truly integrates many common concepts with which coaches are familiar; he helps us to understand them more fully from a biological perspective, and one we can integrate into our daily lives.
In this podcast, Steven Kotler and Joel discuss:
- How risk of injury (or death) impacts a sport from multiple perspectives.
- Goal setting for athletes, with a perspective on general biological principles.
- Motivational factors for athletes across their career, and why some athletes may burn out.
- Clarifying how coaches can disturb progress in regard to mastery as a motivational tool.
- The importance of social support networks in facilitation of flow and athletic performance.