Discover The Inner Workings Of Our Flow Training (2/2)

Conor Murphy and Rian Doris
by Flow Research Collective
August 1, 2023
Passion is you loving an activity. Purpose is the impact this activity has on others.
Conor Murphy and Rian Doris

This episode is part 2 of a discussion between the Collective cofounders Conor Murphy and Rian Doris and podcast host Andrew Skotzko. The episode was originally published on the ENLIVEN podcast and that is why it is hosted by Andrew, not Rian.

In the previous episode, we have discussed the conceptual foundation for training flow states. Now, we are getting really actionable.

This episode is really a deep dive into the tools and practices that we teach.

We kick off the episode by talking about goals.

  • Why clear goals as a flow trigger is so crucial
  • How the emphasis on distraction elimination and focus for flow can be reconciled with an emphasis on group flow and collaboration
  • The difference between the flow cycle and the flow triggers

So it’s a good one. In case you are wondering… this episode is very much related to our flow training. 


In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Clear goals (3:38)
  • Levels of goals (4:48)
  • Convergent & divergent tasks (12:10)
  • Context switch (16:17)
  • Can we actually multitask? (17:47)
  • Strategic thinking vs. Convergent thinking (18:55)
  • Flow is a game of attention (22:35)
  • Flow triggers (27:05)
  • The golden rule of flow (29:41)
  • Mindfulness, gratitude, and flow (33:35)
  • How to gain autonomy (38:07)
  • Vital engagement (40:24)
  • Passion & purpose (42:00)
  • Deliberate practice and flow (45:30)
  • The challenge skills balance(52:40)
  • How to create an environment that is more conducive to flow (56:03)


Rian Doris is a Co-Founder of the Flow Research Collective.

Rian lives at the intersection of entrepreneurship and academia—from starting his first business at age 18 to studying Philosophy in Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Applied Neuroscience at King's College, London.

On the academic side, Rian has led research initiatives with Imperial College London, University of Southern California, the University of Zurich and Deloitte.

On the entrepreneurial side, Rian has worked intimately with numerous world-leading experts in peak performance such as Keith Ferrazzi, Dr. Dan Siegel, and Steven Kotler, his partner at Flow Research Collective.

Rian has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, TedX and Big Think.

Conor Murphy is a Co-Founder of the Flow Research Collective lives at the intersection of data science and optimal psychology, using data and technology to understand and reinforce the best parts of human experience.

He transitioned to the tech sector after spending four years leveraging data for more impactful humanitarian interventions in developing countries.

Since then, he has held a variety of positions including a faculty role for University of New Haven and Galvanize's Master of Science in Data Science program, principal data scientist and consultant for a number of startups and a data scientist and educator for Artificial Intelligence at Databricks. 

Outside of data, Conor is an avid skydiver, getting into the sport after reading Kotler's The Rise of Superman.

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