People reacted differently to 2020's extended quarantine. My response was to devote the extra time at home to personal development.

My path to training with the Flow Research Collective—the research and training organization started by best-selling author Steven Kotler, was an unusual one (more on that further down).

The Flow Research Collective offers neuroscience-based training in peak performance.

If you’re…


First, a quick true shark tale…

It was the summer of 2008. I was in a kayak over open water off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina. An experienced kayaker, I was comfortable paddling to different barrier islands and spending long stretches over the open ocean. …


In Simon Sinek’s book The Infinite Game the author describes how much of life contains murky scenarios where there are no winners “there is only ahead and behind.”

It’s helpful to remember this when thinking about your career ambitions. There aren’t defined rules for how to succeed in your chosen…


I recently started doing a weekly smartphone detox and couldn’t believe what happened next…

Smartphone fasting is a great way to improve your mindset and relationships.

How did we get dependent on handheld devices so quickly?

According to Pew Research, 81% of Americans own smartphones. 85% of smartphone users are so attached, they will check their device while speaking with friends and…


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The mountain view. Sunset on the beach. A field of wildflowers.

Music, poetry, sculpture, visual and performing arts—our brains are wired to read things that are aesthetically beautiful as rewards.

Studies show that art promotes health and mental well-being.

Art expresses things that are too difficult to put into words…


John Wooden was a master of success. He defined it as peace of mind.
John Wooden (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden (1910–2010) is one of the most successful college coaches of all time. …


“The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.” — Lao Tzu

First, A Very Brief History Lesson on Caesar’s Wife’s Ability to Predict the Future

Calpurnia was the third and final wife of Julius Caesar. She married him when she was only seventeen years old in 59 BC. …


In the brilliant HBO Series “Watchmen” my favorite character is Angela Abraham, the retired female cop played by Regina King. She’s an intelligent and strong black woman, wife, and mother by day who dons a different outfit as “Sister Night” to become a vigilante badass by night.

In her family…


Some Native Americans called the coyote “God’s Dog.”

If there is one animal in nature that has mastered the ability to thrive, even when facing the fiercest natural and man-made obstacles — it’s the coyote.

I live at the base of a small mountain. It provides a great opportunity to…


Practices that work to keep nerves from holding you back.

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There’s a lot of advice out there about how to overcome anxiety–but a lot of the things you hear are not going to keep you from feeling nervous.

When you’re nervous, your heart starts beating out of your chest and…

Brendan Patrick Blowers

Writing as I live it. Creativity. Flow. Leadership. Peak Performance.

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