It’s always fascinating to learn the habits and interests that drive the world’s most successful people. What makes them tick, how they work out, their morning routines, and what they read. On the latest SnowBrains podcast, Doug Stoup let us know his favorite book.
There are so many great books out there. I have an amazing polar library that I continue to build and work on and love reading about climbing and skiing. I love to read, so that’s always a lot of fun. I have about 15 books on my side table right now, and I’m reading all of them. I need to just pick one up and finish it!
– Doug Stoup on The SnowBrains Podcast
Doug Stoup has been to the north and south poles more than any other person on Earth. Doug has been to Antarctica 49 times. Doug has mountaineered all over the world, including Ama Dablam and Earth’s 6th highest peak Cho Oyu in the Himalaya. He’s guided and skied for the camera with Warren Miller. Doug is the founder and owner of Ice Axe Expeditions, a guiding service that takes guests all over the world, including Antarctica, the North Pole, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, the Amazon, and more. Oh, and he was a pro soccer player. No biggie…
- Related: The SnowBrains Podcast #21 | Doug Stoup – More North & South Poles Than Anyone on Earth, Pro Soccer Player, Mountain Guide, Founder Ice Axe Expeditions
This is Doug’s favorite book:
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance – Steven Kotler
An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as “flow” In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand interviews with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes such as big–wave legend Laird Hamilton, big–mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness where we perform and feel our best.
Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, The Rise of Superman explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate our performance in our own lives.
At its core, this is a book about profound possibility, what is actually possible for our species, and where—if anywhere—our limits lie.