Episode 183

The Neuroscience of Peak Performance

With Steven Kotler

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 reality? 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, me and Steven Kotler dive deep into the topic of peak performance, and how to take the impossible and make it possible. We discuss the quartet of cognitive abilities—motivation, learning, creativity, and flow—and why these skills are so crucial to peak performance, how they work in the brain and the body, and how to use them to significantly accelerate ourselves down the path toward the impossible. We also talk about the importance of a primary flow activity, how to become more productive, and how to get into the habit of living up to our own potential.

For more on Steven Kotler you can follow him on Instagram @kotler.steven, on Facebook @KotlerSteven, on Twitter steven_kotler, and through his websites https://www.stevenkotler.com/ and https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/. Get his book, The Art of Impossible at https://www.theartofimpossible.com.


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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The difference between little “i” impossible and big “I” Impossible
  2. Steven’s battle with Lyme disease and his process of working through it
    (11:47 )
  3. What it means to be in flow
  4. The 4 skills needed for turning dreams into reality—motivation, learning, creativity, and flow
  5. The most common things that trip people up from getting started
  6. The 5 intrinsic motivators
  7. The 5-not-so-easy steps for learning almost anything
  8. The biggest mistake people make when learning
  9. Why everything we have learned about creativity is wrong
  10. How to increase creativity
  11. Where listeners can learn more about Steven Kotler


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance. Steven is an author, an award-winning journalist, and the founder and executive director of the Flow Research Collective. He has written twelve books, including the national bestsellers The Future Is Faster Than You Think, The Rise of Superman, Stealing Fire, Abundance, and Bold. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, has been translated into more than forty languages, and has appeared in more than one hundred publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, WIRED, and TIME

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