In this groundbreaking audiobook, New York Times best-selling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow”, an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.
Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, The Rise of Superman explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate performance in our own lives.
At its core, this is an audiobook about profound possibility; about what is actually possible for our species; about where - if anywhere - our limits lie.
©2014 Steven Kotler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
If there was any sort of narrative whatsoever, or if it wasn't so formulaic.
Extreme sport story > FLOW!!!! > Repeat
Admittedly I couldn't finish it. It was grueling.
Says things such as, "that was like painting the Mona Lisa upside down and blind folded". Actual quote to describe doing a skateboard jump over the Great Wall of china.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
I'll admit up front, I didn't finish this book. I had high hopes after hearing an interview with the author, but... well, I can't claim to be the best athlete, but speaking as someone with a footing in the world of art, when somebody makes the claim that a certain move in a given sport is "the equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa with a steak knife shoved through his eye"... all bets are off. That statement is beyond meaningless, and there are so many more like this that it renders the discussion just as meaningless. I'd put down a fiction book if it were written like that. From nonfiction, there's no excuse. I skipped ahead in the book from there hoping for more meat and potatoes. I didn't find much beyond more anecdotes, hyperbole, and very little practical application. I'll go again at a later date now that I know what to expect, but as of this review, I'm just disappointed. Hyperbole may be the name of the game when dealing with extreme sports, but I was looking for something else.
I made it exactly 5 minutes into this book before Jeff Cummings, infomercial-used car salesman delivery, had me thinking it might be better to dive head first off my balcony, than continue to listen.
ESP, shared consciousness, precognition? This is the biggest book of pseudoscience, cargo cult science I've ever read. A real gallery of new age science illiteracy that I'm afraid the average reader of this book may not be equip to deal with.
Full of tremendous exaggerations and little to no critical thinking. If you are someone like myself you'll be vexed by the fallacious lines of reasoning (look at all of these anecdotes man, this my value research data!) and the, "all these people can't be wrong" mindset of the author. If I knew this was the kind of book I was getting I have never have gotten it.
If you goal is to hear a collection of 'cool' anecdotal stories of a few extreme athletes then be my guest listen away and ignore all the scientific claims he makes just be safe. Otherwise you will not find anything of value there.
PS: The title of this book should be changed.
Please note, I only read 66% of the book so far wishing it would get to talking about the things mentioned in his big think video, but it did not.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
I think this idea needs more work and the conclusions are 'half baked'. I am not convinced that this 'flow' state is anything more than body hormones, or mild case of temporary brain malfunction or possibly temporary brain enhancement. I had trouble getting through this book as the descriptions of the 'extreme sports' was a little too 'California' for my liking and the science seemed a little light on. I am not convinced that anyone can experience these mind altering episodes and not sure if it is a good idea that anybody should. I did not enjoy this book and am sorry I devoted the hours I listen to it. Glad I didn't buy a hard copy as I would have never finished it and I would have a reminder of the waste of money. Sorry Mr Kotler, your book isn't quite that good. Keep at it and I am sure you'll strike the right note.
Listening was fine I had no problems with the narration of the title book.
Not if the book is anything like this one.
Yeah he's awesome.
The book is mainly a bunch of stories compiled by surfers, skateboarders and mountain climbers. No real "science" at all. Just a bunch of pseudo science nonsense about these people who have entered the flow state. So I would cut out the nonsense and put more actual research into the book.
Extremely disappointed in this "book." I had the hopes after the first hour they would stop talking about the "extreme athletes" that have reached the flow state but it ended up just being story after story of the same thing. This was my first attempt at an audiobook and I have been let down. I listened to only about half of it. Terrible experience.
Kotler cites the work of better scientists and better writers. If you're interested in FLOW, read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. If you're interested in Flourishing, read the book by Martin Seligman. There are better places to get better info from the people who did the work, not just compiled stories.
Come on Kotler, you're a superstar, don't give us the cliff notes from the other guys!
great book but I was looking for more business applications, the examples are largely adventure sports, which is great but you have to make a leap to integrate it into business, however - there were some great portions towards the middle that broke down how to create flow on demand.
"Excellent: Motivation and Education"
I've now listened to this multiple times and feel I learn something new with each listening!
The best and easiest way to a natural high and accelerated learning!
"90% boring drivel"
I found the title misleading- there is very little to here to learn about achieving flow in your own life. What useful knowledge there is could have been summarised in 20 minutes of audio. Seriously, I counted 5 1/2 hours into the book and there was absolutely nothing of interest, other than repetitive, over elaborate stories of skateboarders, skiers snd skydivers performing crazy stunts. The chapters seem pointless as every chapter sounds the same. I kept listening and had my hopes lifted I the chapter that promised to show you how to achieve flow. Yet again it revealed nothing but more repetitive stunt stories. A few helpful hints, but these are merely bullet point summaries of revelations in the much more useful book "Flow".
Overall, a complete waste of time. If not for Jeff Cummings captivating voice, I'd have turned off in the first hour.
"Average pop Psychology "
Annoyingly 'over-narrated'. The author leaps to some pretty questionable implications based on a lot of the time what seems to be purely subjective opinion while referencing peer reviewed studies.
Superb insight into what the human body is capable of. Time to start experimenting. This gives a very revealing Insider view of some of the world's most outstanding physical and mental performers.
"An important move forward for human potential"
Loved the message and the science behind flow. The explanation of action and adventure scenarios can get a bit long winded. I found myself often skipping 30 seconds to bypass long explanations of different twists and turns of a skateboard/bungee/ski jumps etc. However ultimately the science of flow is an important move forward in the understanding human potential, so definitely worth the listen.
"Rubbish, nothing practical or actionable"
This was just a long rambling geared towards "dudes" who do snowboarding, BMXing, Extreme Skiing, or anything else that classifies as an adrenalin shot. There is nothing practical in it for regular sportsmen who run, bike, or do anything more mainstream.
No. This book is pretty much a complete waste of 8-9hrs for most people.
He did a decent job, but you can't polish a turd.
All of them. Seriously.
Get Lore Of Running instead.
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