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Bold by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Summary

  1. Diamandis and Kotler walk you through how to take your Massively Transformative Purpose (MTP) into reality. The intersection of this passion of yours with exponential technology and certain trends has the power to help billions of people
Key Takeaways
  1. Exponential technology is reshaping life on earth. The “exponential entrepreneur” is taking advantage of this trend and will help change the world
  2. This book is meant to provide actionable steps to reach abundance
  3. Individuals can change the world. The biggest problems are the biggest opportunities
  4. This book is written for entrepreneurs who utilize moonshot thinking and want to have a global impact]
  5. Reading this book helps you realize the nearly limitless opportunities that are out there. People are doing amazing things and we often don’t hear about it
  6. Exponential technologies gives us the physical tools for radical change, the psychological strategies described are the mental framework for success and the exponential crowd tools provide all of the additional resources (talent , money, etc)
What I got out of it
  1. Inspiring book while at the same time pragmatic and actionable. It lays the groundwork and gives you real steps on how to take your dreams and your passions and make them reality. Great read for anyone but especially useful if there is a project or goal you are about to embark on and not sure how to get started. There are so many more options than most of us realize and the potential to help billions of people has never been higher.

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The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

Summary

  1. A fascinating book about human flow and how to get into that state more often and at a higher level. Flow is an optimal state of consciousness and available to everyone everywhere. It is a point where action and awareness merge, time flies, and performance goes through the roof. Nobody has found a way to consistently enter into high level flow states as well as action and adventure sport athletes.

Key Takeaways

  1. Found that the use of the prefrontal cortex diminishes while in flow as rational thoughts are not necessary and even inhibit flow
  2. Compared to non-athletes, athletes didn’t necessarily move faster but thought faster
  3. Brain chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine play a big role in flow as they make us feel good, dull pain, help build skills, and better cope with adversity
  4. Unconditional trust, clear goals, rich learning environments and immediate (and often severe) consequences are very important to get into flow state
  5. An appropriate balance between skill and challenge is also vital. If a task is too challenging, you will get overwhelmed and if it is too easy, you won’t pay attention
  6. 4 steps to flow cycle:
    1. Struggle – overloading the brain leads to chemical changes in body and how you handle negative feelings
    2. Release – take mind off problem and relax
    3. Flow – this optimal state of consciousness leading to higher levels of performance
    4. Recovery – flow is taxing on both the body and brain
  7. Ability to learn faster than competitors is the only true competitive advantage
  8. Geniuses in action sports are those who consistently push what is thought to be possible

What I got out of it:

  1. The top performers and most influential people in the world will be those who can most consistently and effectively enter this flow state. It is and will continue to be one of the major biohacking trends. Imagine somebody who can enter flow at will, boosting their performance in whatever line of work they’re in – from managing billions of dollars at hedge funds to surfing the most dangerous waves at Teahupoo. Some of the world’s top performers already realize this and are making huge strides as far as entering this state either through meditation or other techniques. This is an area that fascinates me and something I look forward to diving deeper into.

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