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The Science Behind Flow

The state of mind when time seems to slow down, instincts take over and performance is at an all-time high is known as flow. In this video, Steven Kotler, author of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, explains what happens to the brain during a flow state.

“Flow is being swept up by the river of ultimate human performance,” Kotler says. “We are better, faster, stronger; all aspects are amplified.”

Have you experienced flow? Let us know below!

Find out how to use flow to up your performance.

The Power of Influence

Influence is a powerful thing. For good or bad, even a tiny gesture can affect the people around us for years to come. In this edition of Inspirations for SUCCESS, the late Jim Rohn asks us to consider what impact we want to have on the world.

“What kind of influence do you want to have? What kind of effect do you want to have on other people?” Rohn asks. “Never mistake the power of influence.”

What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?

Read about 9 visionaries who are shaping the future.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Discuss ‘Over You’

Blake Shelton, our December 2014 cover story for SUCCESS, is known for his candor. In this clip, Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert open up about the inspiration for their hit song, “Over You.”

“I think the most emotional part of the song was when we were writing it,” Lambert says. “We both actually cried while writing the song and that’s the only time I’ve ever gotten that emotional writing a song, and him, too.”

To find out more about what makes Shelton tick, pick up the December 2014 issue of SUCCESS, on newsstands now.

Check out how Blake Shelton’s protégés fare after The Voice cameras shut off.

Square’s Jim McKelvey Shares the Story of His First Buck

Every business owner remembers the first buck they ever made. For Square co-founder Jim McKelvey, that first dollar came after writing a computer science textbook as an undergrad.

“I really didn’t care that it was going to be this sort of big hit, I just wanted something for myself,” he says. “Once I had something for myself, it turned out that, lo and behold, there were a lot of other students in my situation.”

How did you earn your first buck? Now’s your chance to share your story with the world—and possibly win a $25,000 marketing makeover for your business from Hatchbuck! Upload a video to FirstBuckStories.com explaining how your business got its start—or share it on Instagram with the hashtag #firstbuckstory. But hurry, videos must be submitted by Nov. 16.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite #firstbuckstory during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-21.

This Simple Activity Can Increase Creativity

You may have heard that walking is great for your health, but did you know it can spark creativity, too? A Stanford University study has shown students were able to increase their creativity simply by taking a walk.

“They found that, regardless of whether the person was inside or outside, the simple act of walking significantly boosted their creativity and that creativity continued even after they sat down,” DNews anchor Tara Long reports.

Watch the full video to find out which activities are better suited for sitting.

Do you feel more creative after a walk? Tell us below!

Here are 6 more ways to inspire creativity.

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