Found in 6 comments on Hacker News
zyfo · 2011-04-15 · Original thread
What he describes seems to be the same as flow ...the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.

For tips on how to create the zone that OP is talking about, read the wikipedia article [1]. The book Flow by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi [2] is also highly recommended.



teamonkey · 2010-01-16 · Original thread
His book is really worth reading. I suspect his editor wanted it to be a self-help book and sometimes it reads that way, but it's strongly based on years of observations and collected evidence.

mjfern · 2009-04-20 · Original thread
The article mentions the concept of "flow." This concept is described in detail in the book "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I highly recommend this book!

meqif · 2008-12-09 · Original thread
That's called flow. I've been reading a book by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly on that ( ).

That's what drives me, too.

akkartik · 2007-12-18 · Original thread
I wasn't recommending looking everywhere, I was recommending being open to looking anywhere that catches your fancy.

The thing that is independent/unique about somebody isn't a static criterion that remains unchanging over time, it's more the trajectory you end up taking that's constantly evolving over time. All I'm saying is: don't exclude reading about past failures when you make your choices on what to do next. It's fine to say ok, let's stop reading for a while and try building this one thing my mind has settled on. That's a great habit to acquire.

The unpronounceable author of Flow: says the most successful people alternate periods in closed states when they focus on a specific concrete project with periods in open states where they demonstrate huge appetite for new ideas.

I'm starting to think we're saying the same thing in different words and with slightly different emphasis. It is thus with most interesting conversations.

Fresh book recommendations delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday.