Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
With just under 50 more books to read this year, it’s time to report on yet another. What if the greatest gift you could give the world was you—you in flow, you at peak performance, and you at a highly altered state of consciousness?
This is the premise behind Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal’s book, Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work. Recommended by my son Derrek, I particularly enjoyed working through the science behind why free-divers and extreme Alpine skiers constantly reach for the “bliss point”—even to the point of death. There are alternatives, by the way, for reaching a bliss point, and some extreme athletes choose these well before their number’s up. (One alternative might be to become a Burner, as in Burning Man.)
If you believe that higher consciousness and finding ways for all humans to lead richer more satisfying lives are worthy places to attach your attention, this is a great read. BUT don’t just take my word for it. I highly recommend you do at least two other things before investing time and focus on this book:
1 – Watch the video
2 – Read this review via Bengreenfieldfitness.com (here).