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Best-selling author and peak performance expert Steven Kotler decodes the secrets of those elite performers - athletes, artists, scientists, CEOs, and more - who have changed our definition of the possible, teaching us how we too can stretch far beyond our capabilities, making impossible dreams much more attainable for all of us.

What does it take to accomplish the impossible? What does it take to shatter our limitations, exceed our expectations, and turn our biggest dreams into our most recent achievements? We are capable of so much more than we know - that’s the message at the core of The Art of Impossible

Building upon cutting-edge neuroscience and more than 20 years of research, best-selling author, peak performance expert and executive director of the Flow Research Collective, Steven Kotler lays out a blueprint for extreme performance improvement. If you want to aim high, here is the playbook to make it happen!

Inspirational and aspirational, pragmatic and accessible, The Art of Impossible is a life-changing experience disguised as a how-to manual for peak performance that anyone can use to shoot for the stars...space suit not included. 

©2021 Steven Kotler (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not your usual self development book

No fluff, no nonsensical truisms just solid well-researched advice, I highly recommend it. On par with "Stealing Fire" which is a classic

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Generally good

I felt this book to be worth a listen, however, I didn't give it 5 stars due to an inconsistency that frustrated me a little. Early on in the book the author states that dopamine is released in the brain before a goal is achieved and not after, as previously thought. However, he then goes on to say in a later chapter that by telling someone your goal it is less likely that you will achieve it as you already have the dopamine release as your brain thinks you have already achieved it (by stating it publicly).

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A framework for being your best self!

If you care about living the good life, a life with meaning and purpose then you'll enjoy this book whether you chase your "impossible" or not

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Must Read!

This book waves together a lot of the research about peak performance in an elegant yet practical and actionable way. Scientific in its overall approach, it doesn’t strip away the poetic side of the process, making it a compelling read.

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Great Book - Understood how to manage my flow

There's a Stoic saying "Man conquers the world by first conquering himself" .

As a creative technologist and a founder it's unlclear to me how to unlock the flow state out of free will. I get this bliss moment at least 2 times a month, and during this time I am god, so much neural power, creativity etc... and then I utilize every little bit of it until I burn out.

I think the moment man is able to enter the flow state out of free will... well I reckon that means man may have finally conquered himself.

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Masterpiece

Felt like all the self-development books I have ever read were combined into a simple, easy-to-use manual with fantastic storytelling and style of writing which I could help but to enjoy every single word. This was the first Steven Kutlers book I have listened to, but definitely not the last. If the principles laid out in this book are applied one can genuinely see himself doing the impossible! Thank you, Steven!

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  • TL
  • 23-01-21

The power of this book is IMMENSE. One of a kind.

I own a ton of self-development books and books on performance. I can honestly say that this is the most powerful and moving among them. After picking my jaw up off the floor multiple times, I stopped listening and came here to write this review. This book in powerful in ways that have to be experienced firsthand, and it is amazing to get the feeling that the mind behind this book, has lived and practiced its contents to be able to write such a compelling and powerful guide as this one. Some books are meant to be read and appreciated. Others are meant to be lived. If you're the kind of person who realizes that there is more within you, a higher version of yourself, more potential that has thus far gone untapped, this is the right book. Thankfully it is not -- at all -- about "rah rah" platitudes or empty motivational boilerplate. It's a deep, thoughtful look at what superior performance is and how to live it. I was on the fence about whether to buy yet another book on performance, and I'm glad I did. This is a book that forces you to grow, expand, improve, and to think differently. Who knew that the self-development genre still had space within it for innovation and powerful and enlightening perspectives?

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  • david wong
  • 26-01-21

Super insightful last few chapters

I came directly to this book from Mapping Cloud Nine, and my only wish is that Steven Kotler narrated it himself bc I love feeling his excitement through his energetic style of speaking.

Some of the book was repetitive from his others (but that’s bound to happen when talking about flow from SK); however, I found the last few chapters to be super insightful, in-depth, and practical. I took more notes in the last 3 chapters than I did the rest of the book combined.

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  • TommyDCentral
  • 20-02-21

Not a fan- Impossible to Like

Obviously it's my opinion. However, many of these bills are all over the place and the author makes himself to be something bigger than they are instead of providing the information that you think you are getting. to far fetched, not enough how to.

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  • ethan
  • 26-01-21

Every athlete / outdoors enthusiast must read

This is everything I’ve always looked for, packaged up in one place. It details how to perform anything at the highest level that you thought you were not capable of. In the top 3 best books I’ve ever read.

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  • Dr. Douglas P Slabaugh
  • 06-03-21

worthless

Don't waste your time on another book that promises to change your life. Nothing new here.

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  • Débora
  • 02-03-21

Good sell awful delivery

The first part was ok, I dare to say "Good" but the rest was so messed up that I had a bad time trying to finish it.

He tries to reduce the complexity of life, goal achievement, well being, and others things into the flow concept. If you read the original Flow book, you will know how deep this BS is.
I'm returning this book.

This goes well with the Dave Asprey's books, a whole bunch of messed up conclusions from the single paper that they could find that backs their point of view. And his ego and witt's makes it worse, like his assuming that if you don't follow his recipe, you'll have a awful life. And it comes from a mediocre writer... go figure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-01-21

Highly Recommended!

5 stars because this book has put me in a realm of multiple realities that I would’ve never experienced otherwise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Wow

good as always from steven, i can't wait to try this out for good now

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-21

Chalenge Book

This book take me off my confort zone. The writer did a Hard work to put everything as he did, in The easy way reading with a lot of information and real cases of people Who really did the impossible.

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  • Collin
  • 08-04-21

Very Intrigued

I was always worried that I wouldn’t be able to live up to my ambitions. But now I understand what I need to do in order to make them into a reality. Amazing work.