New York Times Bestselling Author of “Bold” how to go big, create wealth and impact the world
“The Rise of Superman: Science of Ultimate Human Performance”
This event was held April 2, 2016, at the Resort at Squaw Creek
Back by popular demand, The Squaw Valley Institute presented best selling author Steven Kotler at the Resort at Squaw Creek on April 2, 2016. Kotler’s presentation featured insights and theories presented in his and co-author Peter H. Diamandis’ new book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.
It all started with a question; ‘What does it really take to change the world?’ BOLD is about the ‘art of impact’, the idea that everything around us was made up by people that are no smarter than you. That you can change and influence things and generate ideas and new technologies that can change the world. Kotler and co-author Diamandis assert that you don’t have to be a technologist to play the game. These ideas and ways of successful thinking can be learned. The book details how accelerating technology, the power of the crowd and an appetite for flow are the holy trinity of success. This keynote examines how individuals and organizations can level up their game like never before. Part one of the book explores the exponential technology available to entrepreneurs today and how ideas like 3-D printing are changing the global landscape for businesses. Part two talks about the mind-set of the exponential entrepreneur and shares learning from other successful business minds. Kotler explains how a shift in mindset can increase performance and ignite passion. The primary concept isthat the world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities and we must train our minds to focus on this way of thinking. Part three relates to crowd sourcing, crowd funding and incentive competitions as a way to financially succeed with your entrepreneurial ideas. Kotler closes his presentation with five tangible steps for applying these theories and ideas to your own life and Kotler and Diamandis consider this book an action plan, a playbook and a manual for how to go big, create wealth and impact the world and President Bill Clinton called it a “visionary roadmap for change”. BOLD is the culmination of 300 hours of interviews with CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors, 15 years of research into human performance, 5000 hours of meta-analysis and 25 years of leading edge entrepreneurship and has spent many weeks atop both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
Steven Kotler, author of five books including “The Rise of Superman”, was one of the most talked about books in 2013 and the first book in history to land on national bestseller lists in the sports, science, and business categories simultaneously. Steven Kotler is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance. What if you could-literally-quintuple your productivity? What if you could take your motivation, creativity and learning to stratospheric levels? These answers and more lie in FLOW, an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best. Researchers now know that flow sits in the heart of almost every athletic championship; underpins most major scientific breakthroughs; and accounts for significant progress in the arts. In business, its impact has been substantial. Flow states are now known to optimize performance, enhance creativity, drive innovation, accelerate learning and amplify memory. Steven Kotler is here to show us not only the why, but the how. Drawing on over 15 years of research, including first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure athletes (Laird Hamilton, Travis Rice, Ian Walsh, Danny Way, Dean Potter, among many others), flow is a transformation available to anyone, anywhere, provided that certain initial conditions are available.
The evening featured a motivational and inspirational opening presentation by polar explorer Doug Stoup on the science of flow state in business and adventure sports. Stoup is widely known as a polar pioneer and ski adventurer (having skied to both the North and South Poles more than anyone on the planet), an expedition guide (leading life-changing adventures all across the globe) and an environmental advocate (collecting scientific data for climate change scientists and teaching environmental stewardship). Stoup kicked things off as he shared the challenges, achievements, and lessons of his adventures.
Thank you to all who attended this event!