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Hacking Flow: Achieving Ultimate Human Potential

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Hacking Flow: Achieving Ultimate Human Potential

  1. 1. HACKING FLOW ACHIEVING ULTIMATE HUMAN POTENTIAL Maximilian Gotzler - QS Berlin - September 4, 2014
  2. 2. Flow is found in different situations • Competing • Performing • Socialising • Working • Meditating QS Berlin Maximilian Gotzler 04/09/2014
  3. 3. Flow is a mental state of highly focused motivation • In the zone • Runner’s high • In the pocket • Forever box • Screen presence „Time flies. Self vanishes. Performance skyrockets.“ ! Steven Kotler Head of Flow Genome Project Photo: John Coltrane playing saxophone QS Berlin Maximilian Gotzler 04/09/2014
  4. 4. Flow has been studied for several years • 150 years of research • Most progress in the past 15 years • Driven by action adventure sports • Many questions remain Photo: Steven Kotler of the Flow Genome Project QS Berlin Maximilian Gotzler 04/09/2014
  5. 5. Flow increases productivity by 500% • Flow makes you 5-times more productive • Average population less than 5% in Flow • Only 29% reach Flow at all while working • More Flow also means more happiness • Athletes are the best Flow hackers QS Berlin Maximilian Gotzler 04/09/2014
  6. 6. Athletes are the best flow hackers Tremendous progress in the last two decades • Surfing • Snowboarding • Skydiving • BASE jumping Photo: Jump record holder Mads Jonsson QS Berlin Maximilian Gotzler 04/09/2014
  7. 7. Five neurochemicals induce Flow • Norepinephrine • Dopamine • Anandamide • Endorphins • Serotonin - Speed, Ritalin - Cocaine - Cannabis - Opiates - MDMA FLOW IS ADDICTIVE QS Berlin Maximilian Gotzler 04/09/2014
  8. 8. The Flow cycle has 4 stages 1. Struggle 2. Relaxation 3. Flow 4. Recovery QS Berlin Maximilian Gotzler 04/09/2014
  9. 9. There currently are 17 triggers for flow 1. Focus and embodiment 2. Rich Environment 3. High Consequences „Flow follows focus“ QS Berlin Maximilian Gotzler 04/09/2014
  10. 10. THANK YOU QUESTIONS ARE WELCOME

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