CNBC and Strategy + Business Best Business Book of the Year
It’s the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They're harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.
New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.
Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history. Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.
Amazing Page Turner! Flow to Ecstasis.
Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal have truly surpassed themselves with the follow-up to the journey they started with Flow and Peak States in the Rise of Superman. Be prepared to be challenged to your foundation. It is filled with fascinating stories that outlay the 4th basic human need. They start off in downtown Athens 415 BC and end with the poetic words of Leonard Cohen . It is a definite page-turner, which will make you beg for more peeks behind the curtain. It is a rekindling of Communitas, as already evident on the large community growing online. Flow Dojo here we come.
Waste of Time
Save your time and money unless you’re just looking for 270 pages on how much fun Burning Man and LSD are. No practical or useful takeaways.