How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
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.
Fuel for your own Flames!
True to the title, this book lit me up! I finished in three days and while reading my own flow states were psychoactivated. Stealing Fire takes in a journey to what is possible and gives deep insight into the multidimensional nature of Ecstasis and how it is propelling us all behind the ordinary into a revolutionary future.
So many dots were connected that is remains impossible to not see higher states of consciousness as the driving mechanism behind diverse disruptive innovations across fields, and while they may seem disparate now, the intuition they are leading to a more cohesive and harmonious future is undeniable.
Such an inspiring and uplifting read!
Disappointed after reading
I will admit - I totally caught the hype after watching videos of Jamie and Steve, I hoped that this book would provide a better look into flow states. There certainly is a good amount of solid info packed into it, but I certainly felt disappointed after reading it. Not much of the information seemed to be particularly practical, a lot of it seemed to present the idea of flow states while still keeping a lot of the more critical, applicable steps out of arm’s reach. I wasn’t particularly fond of the writing style either, I found it to be rather jumbled and haphazard. Overall, I think other titles would be better places to look.
Mind Blowing Journey for the Ultimate, Lifetime Flow.
Absolute Mind blowing Journey that takes you through the depths of the mind & the search the ultimate, lifetime flow.