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“Love is the core energy
that rules everything.

Love is the one
ingredient that holds
us all together.”

—John E. Fetzer

Speakers » Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi a Hungarian-born polymath and the Davidson Professor of Management at the Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California has been thinking about the meaning of happiness since a child in wartime Europe. Grew up in Fiume, Florence, and Rome, speaking Hungarian, Italian, and German fluently.

His research and theories in the psychology of optimal experience have revolutionized psychology, and have been adopted in practice by national leaders as well as top members of the global executive elite who run the world’s major corporations. He has gained wide recognition and even best-selling author status for his investigations into the nature of happiness and creativity. He is best known for the concept of "flow" - the state of "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost."

The Wall Street Journal has listed Flow among the six books "every well-stocked business library should have."

Csikszentmihalyi extended the idea of "flow" in several more books: Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1996, based on interviews with more than 90 creative figures from all over the world), Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (1997), and Flow in Sports (2000, written with Susan A. Jackson).

Csikszentmihalyi made his own contribution to the discussion of business applications of "flow" in his 2003 book Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, and, past retirement age, he remaines a vital voice in the modern dialogue over how to make a well-lived life.

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