Peak Performance Pure Play
Welcome to the 13th edition of IV Ventures – the home base devoted to Conscious Entrepreneurship, Founder Mental Health, and Fashion’s Best by Isis Valliergues. Come along as I build my ventures: Favorable, Gaia Founders, and Senti.earth.
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I am very excited.
The more I explore ways to share my passion in cognitive and decision science using new tools and systems, the more I jubilate with joy at how the worlds of mental and brain health, psychology, and neurobiology lend themselves ideally to digital experiences.
I know it would have been more “accepted” to pretend it all goes in a straight line, but – it doesn’t. There’s a war going on. So, this is also a crash course in agility and how to bring momentum between ventures in business model innovation.
A thought on Favorable:
I was in a meeting recently and got the feedback of how simple Favorable truly is.
Simple is elegant. I cherished this reaction. Moreover, simple things are usually a reflection of mastery, as one can only aspire to be masterful enough to sum up entire tomes on a subject in a simple stroke, or solution.
“Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
“Not all project take time, but they do take a lifetime: everything we make is the sum total of everything we’ve learned and done.” – Rick Rubin
Favorable exists because of my obsession with the wisdom of crowds and its economic translations in commerce (along my building journey, I found an economist explaining that my observation and principle was what they didn’t teach in schools; I really liked economics, calculus, and derivatives).
Likewise with Gaia Founders.
Under healthy conditions, individuals make stellar group choice and extremely accurate group decisions (behavioural mathematics): better than any single opinion or expert. Gaia Founders provides the mental health, consciousness, and self-awareness resources and spaces to create those healthy conditions for impact entrepreneurs, helping them think, feel, and perform better in order to influence and generate better outcomes for the greater whole.
In an extreme extrapolation of this principle, thought leader and specialist on the science of Flow States, Steven Kotler, surfaces the phenomenon of group decision in motion, and group flow:
“Intelligence got multiplied, fear divided. The whole wasn’t just greater than the sum of its parts: it was smarter and braver too. Commander Rich wasn’t just hoping they’d flip the switch that evening; he was banking on it. ‘More than any other skill,’ he explains, ‘SEALs rely on this merger of consciousness. Being able to flip that switch – that’s the real secret to being a SEAL.”
In Stealing Fire, Kotler presents a fascinating, thorough, and thought-provoking study on the subject of Flow, Non-Ordinary and Altered States of Consciousness, and peak performance, with key concepts.
“Defined as an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best, Flow refers to those “in the zone” moments where focus gets so intense that everything else disappears. Action and Awareness start to merge. Our sense of self vanishes.
The Non Ordinary States of Consciousness Economy totals out to roughly $4 trillion a year – more than maternity care, humanitarian aid, and K-12 education combined. “
I started out on this mission wanting to share my blueprint, passion, and expertise for harnessing your mind’s power with meditation, mind hacks, and cutting edge neuroscience knowledge; delivering Self Awareness for Entrepreneurs with our first experience, The 12 Temples of Mind. I cherish the opportunity to help you navigate the world of cognitive optimisation, especially as neuroscience and meditation synergise together perfectly.
With meditation, you can shift your states of awareness and your brain frequency, it’s like discovering the gear box of your brain. This is why it there is an old Zen proverb which states
And how does this translate in practical terms?
“Conscious processing can only handle about 120 bits of information at once. This isn’t much. Listening to another person speak can take almost 60 bits. If two people are talking, that’s it. We’ve maxed out our bandwidth. But if we remember that our unconscious processing can handle billions of bits at once, we don’t need to search outside ourselves to find a credible source for all that miraculous insight. We have terabytes of information available to us; we just can’t tap into it in our normal state.
Even 4 days of mediation produced significant improvement in attention, memory, vigilance, creativity, and cognitive flexibility. We now know that even a few days’ training in mindfulness can up the odds of a breakthrough considerably.
Remember Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule - the idea that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field? Being in the ‘flow’ - a state of peak performance - can cut that time in half.” (all from Stealing Fire)
Flow is something that my mother fiercely cultivated in me, making sure I had time and space to groove with those numbers, and teaching me how to direct my consciousness with body scanning techniques from the age of 5; this may be why I am driven and inspired to share it with everyone. Focus, flow, intention, intuition, insights, these are all functions of our consciousness. It provides staggering capacities if we learn how to wield it properly.
This is the high stakes table.
Second retreat down! We had the honour of continuing our work with One Love and collaborating on the Self Love Yoga Detox Retreat this past April. Stay tuned for upcoming new materials releases.
Next stop New York! After a year of connecting on the ground with nature keepers and carers, deploying our experiential mental health position, offering, and relevance, and connecting it all via online systems for metrics, traction, and resources, we will be in New York starting early July. Let me know if you want to meet!
New Website! Check out our fresh Gaiafounders.com.
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A very quick look at the Best Sellers in the Biggest Shops. If you’re new here, welcome! This is our original segment and raison d’être, building Fashion’s Hottest Recommendation Engine where Happy Shoppers Buy The Best and Help Brands Stop Waste. Because, I meeeaaan, we all have to get dressed, so we might as well do it better.
Moda Operandi’s Number One Best Seller
ShopBop’s number 1 Best Seller
Ssense Women’s Number 2 Best Seller
Ssense Men’s Number 1 Best Seller
Net A Porter’s Number 3 Best Seller
Going with Pretty and Peaceful this week, enjoy <3