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Growing Old, Staying Rad: Unlocking Your Full Potential with Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance.

Steven is the author of ten bestsellers (out of fourteen books), including The Art of ImpossibleThe Future is Faster Than You ThinkStealing FireThe Rise of SupermanBold and Abundance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 50 languages, and has appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and the Harvard Business Review.

Alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, he is also the co-founder of The Buddy Sue Hospice Home for Old Dogs, a canine elder care facility, and Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog rescue and sanctuary.

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Is it possible to unlock new levels of flow, performance, and learning as you age?

Have you heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Do you believe that there’s nothing you can do to stop your physical and mental skills from deteriorating as you get older? If you do, you’re not alone. But these are nothing more than LIEs based on old ideas.

I’m thrilled to have Steven Kotler on our show today. Steven is the Executive Director of The Flow Research Collective, an award-winning journalist, and bestselling author of over a dozen books. He’s here to talk about his latest book, Gnar Country: Growing Old, Staying Rad.

You can’t do anything about growing older. But you can grow better. Research shows that if you’re losing skills as you age, it’s because you simply aren’t using them. If you want to sustain high levels of performance later and longer in life, this episode is for you. 

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"A positive mindset towards aging can produce an extra seven and a half years of health and longevity."

Steven Kotler

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  • This is why Steven set out to study aging and how he wanted to test the research. [2:31]
  • Steven saw these incredible results—and replicated it. [4:52]
  • The late Dr. Gene Cohen made this discovery about cognition and aging. [5:53]
  • Aging and flow go hand-in-hand. Here’s how. [7:26]
  • Does the craving to go into a flow state ever go away? This is what the research says. [10:21]
  • This is peak performance aging summarized in a single sentence. [11:12]
  • What are dynamic deliberate play-based activities? Steven explains. [12:06]
  • These are two important aspects of being in flow and how they relate to aging. [14:00]
  • If you want to make changes now, you have to start here—and why it’s so important. [15:29]
  • For more information, visit Steven’s website, here.
  • Be sure to grab a copy of his new book, Gnar Country, here.
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