How to Find Your Passion and Purpose

How to Find Your #Passion and #Purpose
Passion exists at the intersection of three or more things you’re really curious about.
— Steven Kotler

Forbes magazine recently published an excellent article by Steven Kotler that outlines how you can to find your passion and purpose. When you chase your purpose, your neurobiology adapts to boost your efforts to transform the world.

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Here's a summary of the steps:

Step One - Make A List

Write a list of 25 things you're curious about as specifically as possible.

Step Two - Hunt for Intersections

Look for places where your curiosities intersect. Where multiple streams overlap, your brain primed for innovative pattern recognition. Your brain releases dopamine when you recognize patterns - a highly addictive neurochemical. Dopamine helps you focus, detect more patterns, and makes you feel high on life.

Step Three - Play

Once you've identified the intersections, enjoy those spaces. Feed those curiosities on a daily basis with lectures, videos, articles, books, anything. Advance slowly and persistently so that your subconscious mind can process what you're learning over time. You'll develop expertise and intuition about the topics.

Step Four - Go Public

To get to the next stage you'll need public recognition. You've developed some ideas and now it's time to add to the discourse. This exchange will fuel your passion even more.

Step Five - Turning Passion Into Purpose

Make a new list with 15 colossal problems that you want to see solved. Write problems that have as universal a scope as possible. The bigger the problem, the bigger your opportunity for fulfillment and extraordinary contribution.

Forbes: The Passion Recipe: Four Steps To Total Fulfillment
Shots of Awe: How to Find Your Passion

The above post was lovingly crafted by Josiah Hultgren, Founder of MindFullyAlive.

Surprising Shortcut for Achieving a Flow State Revealed by 'Flow Genome Project' Co-Founder

Surprising Shortcut for Achieving a Flow State Revealed by 'Flow Genome Project' Co-Founder

A fascinating discussion with Steven Kotler, Director of Research at the Flow Genome Project, and Jason Silva was just released by Shots of Awe.

The Topic: Engineering Super Human Traits.

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The entire talk is engaging, but at 1:00:52 the discussion became especially interesting.
The topic Cannabis was introduced - triggering Kotler to respond:

"You want the cheapest flow hack in the world?
Twenty minute run.
Cup of coffee.
That order.
It's the exact same neurochemical cocktail as flow.


If you try this method, please let us know how it went in the comments section or by email. We'd love to hear about it.

The above post was lovingly crafted by Josiah Hultgren, Founder of MindFullyAlive.

The Flow Genome Project is Raising Capital to Create a 'Flow State' Research/Training Center

Flow Dojo: World's First Research and Training Center for Flow States

Steven Kotler (author of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance) and Jamie Wheal have positioned themselves at a nexus of research on 'flow states' of mind –- “the state where we feel and perform our best.”

Together, Kotler and Wheal are the co-founders of The Flow Genome Project, a trans-disciplinary organization working to decode the mechanics of flow states.

'Flow state' is a term coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, to describe when a person is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.

Neurochemically- that starts with norepinephrine, which makes us alert. Then, dopamine is released to enhance pattern recognition. Endorphins are released to help us feel no pain. A jolt of anandamide prompts lateral thinking.

It is believed that most major breakthroughs are a result of flow states - whether in art, science, or athletics. But the Flow Genome Project primarily studies flow in the context of adventure sports because, according to Kotler, “there's been a nearly exponential growth in human performance” in that field.

This year, they are moving forward to conduct a capital round on AngelList to raise funds for creating "Flow Dojo's" – dedicated flow training and research facilities.

The facilities will combine advanced kinetic equipment with biofeedback... the training centers aim to revolutionize how we can harness peak performance“ according to Wheal.

"There's a litany of stories... whether it's the Curies and their 'eureka' breakthroughs, whether it's Einstien as he comes with general and special relativity, Archimedes and his 'eureka' moments, or Mozart and his downloads of entire orchestral compositions, or Michael Jordon, doing the impossible in game six of the finals... and that really is the game we are interested in playing... how do we unlock that possibility? ... to actually be our own birthright  and to not simply say, voyeuristicly 'wow - that's awesome, but I could never...' and actually say 'that's incredible, and I can too.'" - Jamie Wheel