The Art of the Impossible

SkillDing · February 21, 2024

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The Art of the Impossible is a book by Steven Kotler, a writer and researcher specializing in neuroscience and peak performance. The book provides practical guidance on achieving “impossible” goals, drawing on insights from elite performers, neuroscientists, and psychologists.

Kotler argues that by applying the principles of “flow” – a state of optimal performance and heightened focus – individuals can push past their perceived limits and accomplish what they once thought was impossible. He emphasizes the importance of developing a growth mindset, setting clear goals, and adopting deliberate practice techniques.

Some of the most actionable content in the book includes:

  1. The concept of “microflow” – breaking down a larger task into smaller, more manageable parts to maintain focus and motivation.
  2. Identifying and leveraging one’s strengths and natural abilities to achieve peak performance.
  3. The importance of seeking out and learning from mentors and role models.
  4. Cultivating a mindset of resilience and persistence, embracing failure as a necessary part of growth.
  5. Engaging in deliberate practice, a focused and intentional approach to improving one’s skills and abilities.

This book provides practical strategies and inspiration for individuals looking to achieve their most challenging goals, and is a valuable read for anyone interested in peak performance and personal development.


You and I listen to podcasts for many reasons and listening to a podcast like this probably means you are looking to get insights about human psychology, motivation, persuasion, things like that. If you are here to learn, listening is not enough. In fact, that will get you ⅓ of the way there. You will understand the topic, that’s the first part. The second part is to remember the most actionable content when you need it, what we call the moment of truth. And thirdly you need to find opportunities to deliberately practice and reflect on that practice. This episode has a suite of learning tools that you can use to help you do this. Just go to and search for the title of this episode.

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Hosted by Kevin Redmond ( founder of - a digital platform providing you with a suite of tools to measure and track when, where and how you are improving your soft skills. In each episode we have a guest on to discuss a non fiction book that has impacted their life. Every episode includes these tools to enable you remember the most actionable content from the episode and to allow you to find opportunities to deliberately practice and reflect on your efforts.

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