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SoulTalk with Kute Blackson

Apr 25, 2023

Episode Summary: 

On today’s episode of SoulTalk, I am excited to have Steven Kotler for the second time. Steven is the executive director of The Flow Research Collective, an award-winning journalist, and a best-selling author of over a dozen books, including his most recent book, Gnar Country: Growing Old, Staying Rad.

Today we focus mainly on his new book, Steven takes us through the correlation between learning new skills, aging, and happiness. He gives us guidance on how to get into the flow and perform at our peak regardless of age.

Our modern society views aging as a process of decline, as it relates to our physical and mental health. He gives us actionable takeaways regarding activities that can help cultivate the mastery of our creativity while aging. He shines a light on our misconceptions about growing old while advising us to push beyond our limitations.

If you want to thrive and feel more alive as you age? Then listen to today’s episode and learn how to sustain high levels of performance regardless of age.


  • (00:02:12) - What inspired Steve’s new book?
  • (00:05:06) - Understanding how to get into flow state.
  • (00:11:58) - The aging protocol.
  • (00:24:07) - Phases of the flow state.
  • (00:37:53) - The recovery that happens at the research collective.
  • (00:42:02) - The keys to getting a peak performance.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  •   How to acknowledge and embrace the changes that happen as we grow older.
  •   How to maximize your performance ability under stress.
  •   Some simple activities that get you into the flow state
  • The damage too much alcohol does to your peak performance.
  • The power of community and its importance to your happiness.
  • The important role of play in your brain health and staying youthful.

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What inspired the book?
  • What does flow mean to you?
  • Are there any other things in this recovery?
  • Can anyone become intuitive?
  • Is there an awakening happening around the world now?

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