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8 Overall

7 Applicability

8 Innovation

8 Style


This thrill-a-minute book offers tales of impossible feats, otherworldly achievements, white-knuckle drama and agonizing tragedy. Writing in adventure-novel style, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Kotler opens a window into the world of extreme sports, where athletes surf 100-foot waves, free-fall from the stratosphere and fly through narrow canyons in flimsy wing suits. Kotler’s scientifically based examination of extreme athletic performance offers insight into achieving better performance at work. Though Kotler doesn’t always draw completely convincing parallels between extreme athletics and improved work performance, getAbstract recommends his chronicle to adventure lovers, the ambitious and anyone interested in cognitive science.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How extreme athletes do things you might consider impossible, and
  • How their experience can help you achieve “flow” and improve your performance.

About the Author

Steven Kotler is the co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is a best-selling author whose other books include:West of Jesus, A Small Furry Prayer, Tomorrowland, Bold and Abundance.



Faster, Higher, Stronger
Elite athletes achieve remarkable feats in traditional sports. In 1996, for example, Kerri Strug secured Olympic gold for the US women’s gymnastics team under intense pressure in the final event of the competition. She won by performing a difficult vault ending...

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