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BONUS SEGMENT - The Passion Recipe

Steven Kotler

Get Into Your Creative Flow

Steven Kotler

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32. BONUS SEGMENT - The Passion Recipe

Lesson Info

BONUS SEGMENT - The Passion Recipe

All right, bonus material for flow for creatives. Said in the beginning, that this was not a class about finding your passion but if you don't know exactly what your passion is, here's a very, it's not, it's a quick way to find it and it will take a long time in terms of months. There's a lot of steps in this process over time but it's fairly straight-forward. So, most people tend to misinterpret what passion is. When we tend to think about passion, we tend to visualize the finished product, right? We tend to think about what Michael Jordan looked like playing basketball in the NBA finals, we don't visualize Michael Jordan as an 8 year old in his driveway bouncing his basketball. Right? We think about Hemingway's novels, we don't think about Hemingway when he was 10 years old and he was first, first, first putting words together in a straight line. Passion doesn't look like passion in the beginning, passion is literally just the intersection of multiple curiosities and the reason you'r...

e looking for the intersection of multiple curiosities is 'cause one curiosity alone isn't generating enough energy. You want to look for places where multiple streams of interest intersect so the first step in figuring out what your passion is is list 25 things you are curious about and when I say curious, I mean, if money was not an object and you had a free weekend and you could spend the weekend learning whatever it is that you wanted to learn, you'd be willing to spend the weekend doing this. You want to be specific as possible. I'll tell you that, I ran this exercise, one of the very first times I ran this exercise was with high school kids and I gave them a week. I said, "Go, you know, here's your list. Go back, come back, 25 things you're interested in." And they all came back. What was at the top of every single teenager's list of things that they were interested in? How to grow weed. Close, close, sex. Exactly. So, here's the bad news about 25 teenagers being like, "Oh, yeah, we're really into sex," You need to be as specific as possible so I had to look at the high school kids and be like, "Okay, being interested in sex, I need to know that you're interested in plushies." Or, right? You wanna be as specific as possible in listing your curiosities. That is the first step on this. The second step is to look for areas where your creative ideas intersect, areas of interest, where they overlap. Say you're interested in cooking, say you're interested in robotics. Okay, where might cooking and robotics intersect, right? If you can find places where three or four passions intersect, curiosities intersect, that is a place you wanna play. That is a place you want to explore. You want to start by reading there, right? If the reading is working for you, if you're still interested after you're reading it and your attention is still being naturally drawn to the subject, you wanna keep going with that? Then start planning there, take classes, explore, go deeper into it, start cultivating it. All right, we did that already. All right, now, to turn passion, right? We've taken, we've taken curiosity, we've started to turn it into passion. We've looked for places where it intersects, now you wanna kinda add in a purpose level. So, make a list of 15 challenges in the world that are interesting to you that you'd like to see solved. 15 global problems, whatever they might be, that you're curious about. See where passion and purpose intersect, see where your lines of multiple curiosities intersect with some kind of grand global challenge that you want to see solved. You've now found the intersection of passion and purpose, that's where to go, that's how you turn curiosity into passion and purpose. It may take a little bit of time, it doesn't happen over night, this is not an exercise we're gonna run but if you run this exercise and you put the time in, you will end up finding deep powerful passions and, by working in those fields, by working on deep powerful passions, you're going to drive a lot of focus. You're going to a tremendous amount of flow and it's a much easier path forward. Plus, your life will feel meaningful over time. So, that's the passion recipe. Thanks for tuning in to the bonus material, see you next time. (applause)

Class Description

Do you want to learn more about flow? Take the Free Flow Profile to find out if you are a Deep Thinker, Crowd Pleaser, Hard Charger, or Flow Goer.

If creativity is already core to your life, then this program is perfect for you. This could mean you’re a copywriter at an ad agency, a scientist hunting a breakthrough, a coder designing software, an entrepreneur dreaming up your next start-up, a writer aching to finish that novel or a landscape painter trapped in the life of an accountant — all that matters is that generating novel ideas (and putting those ideas out in the world in some form or another) is core to your life and purpose.

Why Does “Flow for Creatives” even matter?

  • You keep losing the battle to be innovative in the rush to be productive.

  • You have writer’s block or coder’s block or painter’s block and the thing you used to love most in your life has become a source of pain and frustration.

  • You have trouble managing your emotions and fear keeps getting in the way of your good ideas.

  • You have trouble sustaining momentum on projects and tend to quit early rather than to finish what you started.

  • You have no idea how to gain access to groundbreaking insights and ideas when you need them most.

  • You don’t actually believe creativity is trainable.

  • You’re numbing yourself with substances and placating yourself with distractions as a way to ignore the fact that you’re not living up to your creative potential.

  • You get lost in the fixing to get ready phase, and never get down to business.

  • You keep bashing into creative walls but never breaking thru.

  • Your emotions keeping getting in the way of your desired outcomes. Fear of failure keeps you from committing to projects; perfectionism keeps you from making your work public.

Flow For Creatives can help.

It’s like an inspiration turbo-boost training program. It’s practical, experiential and experimental. You learn a new idea about Flow and Creativity, apply it to whatever problem you’re trying to solve, see what happens, then make it your own.

And, did you know…

  • When in Flow, your creative problem-solving abilities can spike by over 400 percent.

  • Research done at Harvard shows that the heightened creativity produced by Flow can outlast the state by a day, sometimes two—suggesting that Flow actually trains the brain to think more creatively over the long haul.

  • Creatives are more prone to depression than most people, but an understanding of the process can protect against this liability.

  • Creativity tops the list of 21st-century skills—meaning those skills that are essential for thriving in the modern world—yet 75 percent of people think they’re not living up to their creative potential.

  • The baseline brainwave state produced by Flow is also the ready condition for “Ah-ha” insight, meaning being in the zone makes you primed for breakthrough insight.

  • Fear blocks creativity, while Flow resets the nervous system, calming us down so we can avoid burnout and gain access to much-needed insight.

  • Unless you know how to train the brain properly, most people tap into their deepest creative potential at age 5.

  • Frustration is actually a built-in component of the creative process—it’s a sign that you’re moving in the right direction not a sign that you’re going about it all wrong.

Life is better than ever and we are feeling worse than evener. We are neurotic, stressed, unmotivated and it’s literally killing us. This class is for anyone that is serious about staying in their highest performing state.

*Warning: this instructor occasionally uses strong language. Viewer discretion advised*


Jeremy Richardson

I've watched and participated in many webinars and online classes, and this was by far one of the best. The depth and breadth of information that Steven covers in this class is not only really important, but he structures it in a way that is engaging and most importantly: PRACTICAL. I'm coming out of this with a clear list of ways to improve my ability to get into Flow while accomplishing all of my creative endeavors. I highly recommend this to anyone who would like to do the same!


This is amazing. Steven is hitting so many pain point for me about reframing my fear. He is also an amazing presenter. Thank you, Steven! I am excited, I am excited, I am excited!

Isaac Freed

Utterly mind blowing. Wow. A few hours listening to Steven Kotler felt more like a few days. He has done his research, and offers so much practical application advice that I will review this material several times. Well worth it, and highly recommended. Thank you, Creative Live!