Episode #338: Live an Optimised Life with Steve Brophy

May 6, 2019

Steve Brophy is a passionate and innovative educator with 17 years of experience both locally and internationally in K-12 schools. In his role as the Director of ICT & eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar School, Steve is responsible for overseeing the digital strategy and development of the school. Steve was recipient of the 2017 Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV) Outstanding Leader of the year award. He is the co-host of the TeachTechPlay web-show, organiser of the TeachTechPlay conference and co-host of the Design and Play podcast.

Steve is also the founder of Thrive Capacity, which offers peak performance coaching for individuals and businesses on focus, productivity, habits, and flow, and he recently returned from a week away in San Jose’s Redwoods with Jamie Wheal of the Flow Genome Project, so he was primed and ready to deep dive into this thing called flow and unpack (1) why flow is fundamental to living an optimised life and reaching self-actualisation, (2) what the many barriers to flow are in our day to day lives, and (3) how we can get to and spend more time in flow.

We geeked out so much in this episode, so much so that after I had officially signed off on the episode, Steve and I kept chatting about flow for another 10 minutes. Fortunately, I kept recording, so I decided to bring you those ‘off-air’ takes as well.

With that, please enjoy my conversation with Steve Brophy.

Topics Discussed:

  • What is flow
  • Why flow matters
  • Why willpower isn’t enough
  • Michael Jordan and Larry Bird
  • Create an environment to get you into flow
  • What surfing and motorbikes have to do with flow
  • Cognitive load
  • The neuroscience behind flow
  • How to build habits
  • The power of momentum
  • The challenge skill gap
  • The value of high consequences
  • Why rapid feedback is key to flow
  • How flow can leave us feeling more fulfilled and content
  • The impact of sleep on creativity, memory and mood
  • How organisations sabotage flow
  • The value of spaced repetition

Show Notes:


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About steve glaveski

Your host and occasional cybernetic organism, Steve Glaveski, is committed to helping people better navigate the growing uncertainty that technology change brings, in order to survive, thrive, create more value for the world and lead more fulfilling lives.

Steve is the CEO and co-founder of innovation accelerator Collective Campus, founder of children's entrepreneurship program Lemonade Stand, author of Amazon best-seller The Innovation Manager's Handbook and the Wiley book, Employee to Entrepreneur, investor in blockchain based fractional property investment platform Konkrete and is a keynote speaker and startup advisor.

When not fighting T-1000s Steve can be found in the gym, hiking, skating at the beach, attempting standup comedy, at a heavy metal show or socially lubricating at a whisky bar.

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