• Steven Kotler

The Flat Truth


Our lives are nothing more than what we make of them—that’s the flat truth of the matter.


Personally, I am incredibly fond of the flat truth of the matter. I think of it as the Great Dull Scorecard—the GDS.


The GDS is the total of very simple math: What did I do yesterday? What did I do today?

This calculation is the real us, the no-bullshit us, days into weeks into years into decades into destinies, because, as Anne Dillard reminds us: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”


I mention all of this as a way of saying, yes, the flat truth of the matter is that I wrote another book.


The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer—this is the new book. It drops on January 19, 2021. And the title? Not an exaggeration.


What does it take to accomplish the impossible? That’s the question at the center of this book.


What does it take to shatter our limitations, exceed our expectations, and turn our biggest dreams into our most recent achievements?


And when I say, “what does it take,” I’m not theoretical. I mean, “what does it take?” step-by-step-by-step.


The Art of Impossible is exactly that—it’s a practical playbook for peak performance.

It’s also the result of three decades of studying those moments in time when the impossible became possible—game-changing breakthroughs, paradigm-shifting discoveries, nothing-is-ever-the-same again feats.


During this period, to answer this question, I worked with elite performers in dozens of domains: sport and science, art and culture, technology and business, using the tools of psychology and neuroscience to work backward to the pragmatic reality of how they pulled off the impossible.


Everything I learned over this period has been systematized into an easy-to-follow, how-to format that anyone can use to improve their lives and performance significantly. This is what Art of Impossible is about.

So why am I introducing a Peak Performance Primer with some arty lines about truth and time and how our days add up into our lives?


Because, if I were to summarize the book’s key lessons with a pair of bullet points, they would be:


1. We are all capable of so much more than we know.

2. Our potential is invisible—especially to ourselves.


This is the flat truth of the matter. We are all wired for the extraordinary.


Yet, most people don’t realize they’re built to go big because human capability is an emergent property. We only learn what we’re capable of by stretching way beyond our comfort zone and using our skills to the utmost, and doing this repeatedly.


And this brings me to a couple of other flat truths. We get one shot at this life; we’re going to spend one-third of it asleep, and yeah, these are things we know for sure.


So what do we choose to do with the remaining two-thirds? That’s the only question that matters. That’s how days become lives become destinies. So if you’re interested in the extraordinary—well, baby, have I got a book for you….








The Art of Impossible is a practical playbook for peak performance. Available for pre-order now.