The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In this groundbreaking book, New York Times bestselling 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 a book about profound possibility; about what is actually possible for our species; about where - if anywhere - our limits lie.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 23 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||04 March 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank||
5,638 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
7 in Extreme Sports (Audible Books & Originals)
19 in Extreme Sports (Books)
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The whole book was trying to convince us that extreme sports people are amazing. I certainly don't need convincing of that, and I expect few people do. It's beyond amazing what some of these people have done.
If you want to read a book on stories of amazing human accomplishment, read this book. If you want help to achieve flow in everyday life, don't get this book.
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Why get the physical book? Because I find my deepest and most meaningful learning is greatly facilitated by tactile experiences. It's also far more memorable when you physically highlight something in a book or write in the margins than it is doing those tasks on your electronic device (multi-stimulae memory). And of course I want to be able to lend this to my family members as we travel the world, so we can remind ourselves how to get into a state of flow when we're under pressure.
If you're interested in reaching a high state of flow, this book won't disappoint. It teaches, it entertains, and it backs it up with fascinating science.
I read it cover to cover and loved it but I'm still looking for a book relevant to business.
I wasn't disappointed. This is a book largely about extreme sports - not a topic I've been interested in before. But Kotler is an engaging storyteller, and he had me gripped from the opening page. I enjoyed what I learned so much, I've since ordered another book on extreme sports.
More importantly, Kotler demonstrates how extreme sports show us the gateway into flow experiences. Flow happens when you're in a state of intense creativity and high mental energy. Kotler explains the science behind how flow happens, and provides some tips for activating flow.
Strangely, Kotler doesn't give all his tips for activating flow in this book. I've found more on his blog, and there were some tips I heard in the podcast interview that aren't in the book.
Even so, this book comes highly recommended.
There is a lot of verbose content and the juice can be easily summarised in a few bullet points in each chapter.
The author could have done a better job by offering quick notes of summary and leave the stories to those who want to get motivated by this sort of content
All the flow trigger hacks have been summarised in a post elsewhere in a few lines