The Habit of Ferocity by Steven Kotler – My Honest Review After 27 Days

The habit of ferocity by Steven Kotler. Gosh, I thought this program was just about how to stay motivated daily and in pursuing our dreams, but boy it’s more than that. 

When I read that this program enables us to switch off mediocrity and unleash our creativity, it instantly piqued my interest. 

If you’re familiar with flow, the habit of ferocity can show you how to get into flow state.

I didn’t know what flow was, so I looked past that. But more on that later. 

Also, it wants to teach us how to increase productivity so that we get more work done “in far less time through optimized daily systems and processes.” 

Also, I happen to work in a creative field. And in the free masterclass, Steven says that the habit of ferocity is perfect for creative people.  

Knowing how to get into flow state would be really advantageous to my daily life and my work.  

Simply put, when I heard about all the perks I'd get from joining the habit of ferocity (like how to increase productivity), I was intrigued. 

So, here’s my honest review after trying out this program for 27 days.  


the habit of ferocity course page





Going inside our brain and mind 

Similar to other online programs or classes that deals with ‘reprogramming’ or retraining our body, the habit of ferocity deals with our brain. 

When we look at people on the top like Sir Richard Branson and the likes, they’ve got this super performance that has led them to where they are. 

That's why not many people can be on the top, because according to Steven Kotler, most of us are programmed for mediocrity. 

Mediocrity here is not in a patronizing way, fyi. In this program, it’s just the opposite of ferocity. 

It basically means that we humans tend to favor pleasure and comfort much more than the difficult stuff.   

Most of us don’t have the habit of ferocity. And if we want to be extraordinary in life, we need to develop it. 

Other than developing grit and retraining our habit, Steven also spills a bit about how to get into flow state consistently. 

“Wait, so is it about flow or ferocity, then?” Flow is actually another separate thing, but it blends into the habit of ferocity. 

In short, ferocity is the end product of our motivation, passion, grit, and flow. Flow itself is like when we’re ‘in the zone’, to put it simply. 

On the surface, it seems like this program is just like another self-improvement thing, but it’s not. 

Yes, we’ll learn about how to stay motivated, but that’s actually just one of the side benefits.  

If you’re really doing the habit of ferocity thoroughly and fully per what Steven teaches you, you’re gonna learn way more than that. 

But I'm getting ahead of myself. More on that below. 


The Habit of Ferocity? 


the habit of ferocity


The signature image of this class is the face of a lion. The name is The Habit of Ferocity. Is it about being as ferocious as this apex predator? 

Well yes. Figuratively, of course. And no, you’re not gonna be learning how to successfully hunt deer or hares.

You're gonna be ferocious in terms of getting what you want in life, how to make your life extraordinary and much more exciting, how to stay motivated without relying on willpower only, and also how to increase productivity. 

Before I move on about the program itself, let’s get to know the teacher/author of The Habit of Ferocity. 


Steven Kotler is… 

A man of many abilities and skills, for those of you who don’t know him. 

If I'm not mistaken, he’s mainly an author. But he’s also a public speaker, surfer, journalist, rock climber, mentor… 

the habit of ferocity author

And, Steven Kotler is keen on researching human brain, flow, and of course, how to get into flow state. Is there anything he cannot do? 

But seriously, this man is loaded with capabilities. More importantly, he started his many-skills journey while he was suffering from Lyme disease. 

He's written some books, either alone or with a partner. One of which, Abundance, is endorsed by the Elon Musk. 

This means that we’re dealing with someone absolutely credible. 

You can find his complete story on Wikipedia or his website or some videos about him on YouTube.  

It's not hard to find Steven Kotler there. I mean, he was also in one of Joe Rogan’s podcasts. 

If you’d like to get updates on his new books/programs or maybe flow research, you can do so on his Spotify podcast.  

And just a side note, he and his wife run Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary. It's a hospice care and rehabilitation place for special needs dogs. 


How to increase productivity? Start with the free masterclass 

Of course, you can dive right into the program. But I highly recommend you to start the journey to the habit of ferocity by watching the free masterclass. 

I think it’s a great introduction to the program itself and it’s informative. 

Basically, we'll get the elementary aspects of developing the habit of ferocity in this masterclass. 


the habit of ferocity free masterclass


That's great because we know beforehand what we’re gonna deal with, and we’ll learn a thing or two anyways.  

Aside of showing the big picture about how to increase productivity, Steven Kotler shared some new, interesting things that we may not know yet. 

It's only about 50 minutes long, it’s quite entertaining because Steven goofs around sometimes. 

Also, it’s not just listening. You're going to download a workbook first and start journaling and note-taking there, either by typing or writing. 

Plus, at the end of the habit of ferocity free masterclass, you’ll get a special price.  

Call me biased or whatever, but I believe that is totally a great deal for ya. 

If you wanna jump right into the class, I can’t stop you.  

But I really suggest you watch this session to understand how to stay motivated with Steven Kotler the right or better way. 




Five-week The Habit of Ferocity program 

In the free masterclass, Steven Kotler said that this program takes 35 days or 5 weeks to finish. 

Each week has different and progressive theme. For example, week 2 is about automating motivation, then week 3 is about automating flow. 


the habit of ferocity quest


He also promises that the habit of ferocity never takes more than 20 minutes daily, with an exception of some days. 

Just like any other Mindvalley’s programs, you have introductory, pre-program quests or classes to get you better prepared. 

Then on each day, you’ll get “Actions for today”. Sometimes the habit of ferocity program wants you to download some workbooks for assignments. 

Moreover, there are also times when there’s no video about how to get into flow state or how to stay motivated at all.  

Sometimes, they’re just some instructions about what we should do to prepare for the following week or the next days. 

And just like all Mindvalley programs, once you’ve done the quest, click the circle thing at the bottom, marking the lesson done. 

Remember that whenever you’re in need of support from others, there’s always discussion tab or Tribe page. 

As for bonus, well the habit of ferocity program page only states QnA sessions with Steven Kotler. But, I do think this program gives you another after all. 

The other bonus is about knowing your own flow profile and how to get into flow state as well as potential setbacks according to your own profile. 

It's not exactly within Mindvalley (in Steven Kotler’s own page instead). But I'll elaborate about this later in my journal section. 


How to get into flow state and develop your grit 

Steven Kotler says this in the habit of ferocity free masterclass and introductory lessons: this is not for those who want to feel good. 

What he means is that he didn’t design this program that makes us feel comfortable, happy, and good without going through hard work first. 

It's almost like tough love. We get rewards when we earn ‘em. 

Because, the habit of ferocity is trying to get us out of mediocrity. It's gonna get us out of comfort and feel-good zones. 

there will be frustation

So, don’t expect to finish this in a rather laid-back, relaxed, good vibes manner. 

After all, Steven Kotler expects us to develop grit, perseverance, and endurance.  

I get what he means, though. My family likes the idea of working hard first and then we can get the benefits afterwards. 

I'm pretty sure the idea is similar. We develop the habit of ferocity, be ferocious, and then we’ll reap the benefits. 

Yeah, this program is not easy and challenging—it's designed to be that way.  

Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? 

If it helps, Steven said that by having the habit of ferocity and knowing how to increase productivity, his friend works for only two days.  

The rest? Well, other things that his friend does other than work. 

It's way easier said than done, but the idea of working effectively for only two days really intrigues me. 

Even though I heard that it’s not easy, I still wanted to try it anyway and test myself.  

“Heck, if I ended up working really effectively for only two days, I’d be a happy human!” that’s what I thought. 


Things you need in The Habit of Ferocity 

I wrote that the habit of ferocity is not easy. So, you need to prepare some things. The most important thing, in my opinion, is time. 

You really need to dedicate some of your time learning the program and doing the assignments.  

Why? The tasks we have are not easy—speaking from experience here.  

Of course, you can finish the program at your own pace. It's okay not to be perfect at all times—we're all learning here. 

If you’re trying to finish all 35 days but you’re not really ‘doing it’, I don’t think you’re getting the habit of ferocity or the effects. 

So, I suggest to really dedicate your time and do it well, even though it takes more time. 

Other things you may need are large paper or a white board, markers, post-its, a dedicated journal, a pen/pencil, a printer, and a good internet connection. 




Do others know how to stay motivated and ferocious? 



I think it’s safe to say that a number of people on the internet have tried The Habit of Ferocity.  

Of course, not all of them have really tried it, but I could find some review blogs that do sound honest. 

For example, I like the fact that Kari from said that some people, like their mom, just don’t wanna be ferocious in life. 

To be honest, I share that sentiment. But more on that below. I’ll share with you the reviews on The Habit of Ferocity first. 


I’ve noticed over the past month that I’ve been more focused on my goals and the things I need to do to get there. I’ve gotten more done and I have taken more control over my weaknesses that interfere with my ability to do important things.*


I took “The Habit of Ferocity” about two weeks ago. Am I now an indestructible force of nature? Sorry to disappoint you, but no. Not yet, at least. But, have I already seen considerable improvements in my communication abilities, energy levels, and time management skills? Yes!  And, what’s even more important, I also have a clearly mapped out system to keep pushing myself even further.*
Sander Tamm,


I definitely noticed an increased focus and flow, where I was more productive and ‘in the zone’. Taking the course also helped me to try harder, push myself further, feel more motivated, and show greater dedication to the task at hand.*
Louise Jackson,


I’ve done The Habit of Ferocity for 27 days, here’s my experience 

I realize I still have some days to go, but I still want to share my experience thus far.  

Why so? Well, I feel like the habit of ferocity is more suitable for men or high-achieving individuals.  

Now, I know that Steven Kotler doesn’t limit this program at all. Anybody can join this class and learn how to get into flow state together.  

Even so, I still think that this program may not be for everyone. But more on that later. 

Oh, but firstly let me tell you that my journal/experience is gonna be long. Feel free to skip it to my final verdict if you'd prefer.


Free masterclass about how to increase productivity 

Earlier, I mentioned that in the free masterclass, Steven Kotler says that this class is not easy.  

He said that we’re gonna attack our own lives, attack our dreams, compete with ourselves and win. 

I was dismissive when I heard that.  

My cocky self thought “I bet this is just as hard as doing the same thing over and over again every day. How hard can this be? 


the habit of ferocity free masterclass


Let's just say that I wish I hadn’t thought too highly of myself.  

But anyways, what I found from the free masterclass is that we can work on our schedule here.  

It may not be easy for you who’re in fixed-time jobs, but if you’re freelancing or self-employed, you can unleash your early bird or night owl. 

I liked that. I like the fact that the habit of ferocity doesn’t guilt us for being a night owl.  

Too many times I've found motivational sessions/videos telling us to wake up as early as we can.

Also, Steven Kotler talks a bit about human brain chemicals like endorphin and norepinephrine.  

Usually, these two come out when we feel good, but Steven says that we can turn them into fuel for drive. 

Other than flow (and how to get into flow state), Steven also briefly explains about grit; another important thing to get the habit of ferocity. 

According to him, grit is not just about passion and perseverance. He says he’ll explain more about it during the quest.  

And speaking of quest…




The Habit of Ferocity Day 1 – 4 

It was only day 1 and I already faced a task that’s not so easy for me: finding my core values.  

Maybe it’s actually something easy, but I never went into this kind of thought, not after my university years. Although, it's guided so I had help. 

On day 2, I realized that the habit of ferocity has a lot to do with other people. That is, sharing our experience with the tribe.  

Perhaps it’s because successful people schmooze and network a lot, and we need to learn to be able to do that.  

Well, I still find it hard to trust strangers online whom I most likely won’t meet in real life. 

I mentioned you may need a printer because we need to have physical embodiment of our passion around us.  

So let’s say your passion involves the law or you wanna be a judge. Put a miniature/printed gavel by your work desk so that you’ll keep remembering it. 

Alright, it was on day 3 that I started thinking “Dang, the habit of ferocity is kinda intimidating! 

Steven Kotler says that with extraordinary life, there’ll be extraordinary measures too. We'll have to sacrifice things along the way. 

Honestly, my comfort-zone-loving self became unsure when I heard that. But I wasn’t ready to give up yet and i wanted to go on. 


Day 5 – 7 doing The Habit of Ferocity

You're gonna learn a lot of things in the habit of ferocity day 5.  

Steven Kotler talks a lot about flow and neurobiology, including neural anatomy, chemistry, and electricity. 

Now, it was today that I knew my flow profile. I mentioned earlier that I think this counts as another bonus. To be honest, I didn’t really like it. 

Firstly, the link was not within Mindvalley. It led to Steven’s own flow research site. 

I could get past that. But then, instead of getting us to know our flow categories, it led to flow blocker. I was so confused. 

And, when I gave my email for the result, it automatically subscribed me to Steven’s flow research mailing list or sorts. 

You may say that’s normal—just another online marketing tactics, but I didn’t appreciate it one bit. 



Then I went to the discussion tab on the 5th lesson, and only then I found out that the link wasn’t correct. Someone posted the correct one. 

The habit of ferocity day 6 and 7 was about integration—there was no video and it was more to journaling and preparing myself.  

Both lessons want me to make sure that my learning space is optimal. Well let me just say that it wasn’t, but I could do only a little about it. 

Long story short, the pandemic and regulations by my country's government.


1st QnA session with Steven Kotler 

After doing the tasks on the habit of ferocity day 6, scroll down and you can watch the first QnA session with Steven.  

What I found interesting here is that Steven Kotler is a pretty straightforward guy.  

He's not hesitant to cuss, tell the truth, and he’s honest about his dislike for children.

I actually like that part of him (and he’s also pretty funny here). 

the habit of ferocity QnA

So yeah. Pretty sure by this point that he habit of ferocity is not a family friendly course. 

Although, a lot of questions remained unanswered—on many questions, Steven keeps saying that it’ll be answered on the second week. 

I got the impression that the habit of ferocity is about thriving and advancing in modern era. Everything's moving fast without much rest. 

What I mean is that Steven implies that resting days are not passive. I dunno if it applies to all of us or the ones starting to learn this habit. 

Which brought me to a question, “What if I wanna have the habit of ferocity on some days only? 


Day 8 – 9 (how to get into flow state and so on) 

Lesson 8 on the habit of ferocity deals with passion. Per Steven, passion is important on a neurobiological level, so we have to know our passion. 

I honestly was a bit taken aback.  

I've forgotten about passion for a long time.  

Personally, I think it’s an overly used word and many people make it seem like it’s the only ‘drive’ to everything. 

But Steven Kotler went on saying that passion is like a kid figuring out how things work. It's not like a sudden revelation. 

It starts with a question and curiosity.

Since fear constricts our creativity, we have to train up our curiosity so that we can train down fear. 

The assignment was writing down 25 things we’re curios about (it was mentioned in the free masterclass).

I didn’t do the free masterclass one—not all 25, I was too confused. And I had to do it again? Oh well.

On the next day, the habit of ferocity class wants us to do more on our curiosity.

Just like writing down my curiosity, this was no easy task for me. I hadn’t done this type of thing in a long, long time. 

Thankfully, Steven Kotler says that it may not be totally obvious for now and we can come back to this list later. 

And, the downloadable workbook/guide really helped. I managed to do it in the end. 




Lessons on how to increase productivity, day 10 – 12 

In order to develop the habit of ferocity and learn how to stay motivated, we have to spend 10-20 minutes ‘playing in spaces we’re curious about’. 

It can be listening to related lectures, tutorials, reading essays, watching ted talks, etc. It's a pathway to develop expertise. 

On day 11, I learned that on some point, we have to take things public. But, we have to do it slowly or in stages. 

To do that, we need to make an action plan. So, when that eureka moment comes, we’ll know what to do. 

the habit of ferocity steven kotler

My question was, how will I manage to get strangers listen to my idea during the pandemic? Can't I show things to strangers via social media?  

Because, Steven Kotler says that social media should be the last one. 

The habit of ferocity day 12 tells me that purpose is one of the biggest motivators, and that we need passion for our purpose.  

And just like passion, I've long forgotten about purpose as well. Well, the ‘big’ or heavy type of purpose, I mean. It just confuses me. 

Then, Steven Kotler says that safety should be in the bottom of our priority. That includes money. 

I thought, if we have enough in life then sure we can put safety there. What if we need it first? 


Doing the quest day 13 to 16

On day 13 Steven Kotler says that we need to find relevant people that share our curiosity and are sort of the expert of it. 

The next lesson was the same like day 13. I found that I got a bit overwhelmed with the whole purpose thing.  

I feel like it’s just so big. It's not because of fear, I just have more drive when I’m dealing with daily/short-term type of purpose. 

Also, up to this point I found that what gives me flow, what I like doing, is not really related to the biggest concerns or curiosity I have. 

Then, on day 15 it was time to make time about 15% to pursue mastery (autonomy). 

If I'm not mistaken, the purpose is to give us dopamine more easily. My question was, when one self-criticize a lot, will they get dopamine easily? 

We'll learn about MTPs (massively transformative purposes). As the name suggests, it’s big, huge scale, and it’s rather ambitious. 

It's gotta be aligned with our values, challenging, but attainable. 

I agree with Steven Kotler when he talks about keeping our goals to ourselves. Our brains can’t differentiate between talking about it or doing it. 

Now, here I notice that basically MTPs are visions, while goals are missions. 

Why do I think so? Steven Kotler says that we need to chunk goals under our MTPs so that it’s more achievable. Sounds similar? 

I feel like I can find this type of motivation/information somewhere on the internet freely. But ah well. 


Learning how to stay motivated: day 17 – 22 

Both day 17 and 18 of Steven Kotler’s class were similar.  

Fundamentally, at the end of the day we need to make a to do list for the next day. We also need to make sure that they’re in line with our MTP and goals. 

Next, notice how many things we can do in a day when we’re at our absolute best, but don’t overexert (and also don’t slack off). 

After, the habit of ferocity wants us to celebrate little achievements to get our dopamine flowing.  

This one was a weird experience. I tend to overlook all the things I've done, so I was yay-ing without conviction. 

On the 20th and 21st day, there were no videos. We simply need to prepare ourselves for the next lessons. 


the habit of ferocity - training perseverance


Day 22 talks about willpower and how to train it. We need to start the day by doing the hardest task in our to-do list to the easiest. 

I didn’t understand this because I always wake up groggy, with sort of a brain fog. I'd tried dynamic stretching after waking up—didn’t help. 

Usually, I do housework after waking up, but even then, I don’t have the biggest energy.  

PMS week makes it even worse. I felt so sluggish most of the time, I had aches in many places, workout recovery was super slow, indigestion, I lost focus… 

And gosh, doing what’s hardest for me took forever that I was thinking “this is so inefficient and I had better things to do, like housework.” 

Maybe that’s intentional, to train ourselves when we’re not on our best conditions. But that’s what I felt. 


Steven Kotler’s classes on day 23 and 24 

The habit of ferocity day 23 tells us that perseverance is trainable, like we develop a new habit. 

Exercising is one of great ways to train that. For example, adding one more rep to our usual reps. 

That was not the hard part for me. The hard part was slowly getting rid of our breaks.  

I get easily distracted by my baby cats and YouTube. 

The idea is that we’ll end up pushing ourselves to work hard, ferociously, until there’s nothing left to do. 

That's actually a great idea, because we can work only for several days. But what if it goes to the extreme? 

What I mean is, there are people with tendencies to be a workaholic. There are also people who gets anxious when they don’t move. 

In the 1st QnA with Steven Kotler, similar question came up, and during this week he says that we should stretch not snap. 

But from what I know, workaholic people won’t know that they can’t stop stretching and only God knows when they’ll snap. 

Moreover, I tried doing the hardest thing again. And same, it took longer, and then I get distracted more, making it a lot longer. 

I wondered if I just have to suck it up and force myself for perseverance. 

On the habit of ferocity lesson 24, I learned how meditation and gratitude list can help us train mindfulness and control our thoughts/emotions. 

The purpose is so that we won’t be fearful or trying to stay within the comfort zone all the time. 




The Habit of Ferocity Day 25 to 27 

On the 25th lesson, Steven Kotler tells us to train ourselves to work the best of the best we can when we’re at our worst.  

Thankfully, we only have to do it once a week and we’ve gotta make sure to have proper rest and recovery. 

The habit of ferocity day 26 is sort of the same, it just deals with weakness—training so that we get better at it (once a week). 

This wasn’t easy because I don't deal with my own weakness and others’ opinion about me (on my weakness) very well.  

Seriously, it got a bit gloomy for me. And with my fluctuating hormones, I mean… ah well. 


the habit of ferocity QnA


The habit of ferocity Day 27 is interesting because it’s the second QnA session with Steven.  

There are some of my questions that are answered here, like whether MTPs must be massive and outwards. The short answer is yes. They can’t be personal. 

Moreover, I understood it then that training weakness and be our best at our worst must be done really slowly.  

Then, I found that Steven isn’t interested in social life. He's got close friends, but he’s not prioritizing it—it doesn’t align with his MTPs. 

I mentioned earlier that we’ve gotta make sacrifice to have the habit of ferocity. This seems like what he’s willing to let go. 

Then, Steven Kotler says that we can’t beat ourselves up if we can’t be perfect with this program.  

Also, there was a good question. It went like this, 

“How can I maintain long-term balance without pushing myself too hard and getting too obsessed with doing the impossible things?” 

Sadly, because there was another question after this, Steven only answered the latter. That one question I kept asking was unfortunately left unanswered. 


Did I succeed? Do I have The Habit of Ferocity now? 



Alright, after 27 days trying out the habit of ferocity, what happened? 

You've read more complaints from me than my achievements. What’s my situation? 

Well, I can say that I still haven’t got the habit of ferocity.  

And honestly, I’d rather learn more on how to get into flow state than the having a ferocity. Sadly, I haven’t mastered the former either yet. 

Because, I feel like so far I’ve learned things that I can find freely online. Some things are the things we know, just with different words. 

But, I’m not saying that I got nothing. Thanks to Steven Kotler, at least I now know what I should do to get what I want in life.* 

Passion and big purpose are still not my priority, but at least I know that I still have the chance to get what I want and also the paths I should take. 

It's not all for naught. My buried ambition resurfaced a bit because of this, and I kinda had some ideas on how to get it. 

Plus, I seriously learned so many new things during the habit of ferocity assignments. 

Probably one of the reasons why it wasn’t that easy for me is I've been trying to apply Stoicism in my life (I'm not a full stoic, mind you). 

I think I'll redo this program at a much slower pace. I don’t think it was slow enough for me to fully comprehend it. 

Because, I believe that the habit of ferocity should come from deep understanding so that we can apply it. Well, I haven’t. 


My thoughts

Now, there was a concern that came up when I was doing this. The habit of ferocity is for people who want to be extraordinary, right? 

Well, I know that some people with position want to do the impossible. They just wanna be winners of life. 

When they find programs/lessons like the habit of ferocity, they’ll usually apply it not only to their own life, but also to their subordinates. 

I’ve found that this class and mindset is not for everyone. It's not easy, and it may not align with some people’s way of living. 

The thing is, people with ranks can impose their beliefs to the ones below them and expect them to do it.  

This concern came up because I used to work in a place like this.  

The bosses wanted us employees to be extraordinary but only according to their own ways/beliefs, not ours. And that’s without the 15% rule. 

As game-changing and great this program is, I have a concern that some people will turn this into a mere tool that puts other people at a disadvantage. 

And also, when Steven said that modern world doesn’t need one act life like in the 50s and so we should be able to do many things to be extraordinary, it got me thinking. 

Renaissance people could do a lot of things, and it wasn’t modern world. So I mean, I think it depends on the people, principles, and capabilities. 

But… I dunno. Take my words with a grain of salt. These thoughts may have just come from me not being able to do the habit of ferocity right. 

You know, coping mechanism. 




Questions about The Habit of Ferocity that came up to my mind 

  1. What happens when we don’t have world-changing MTPs? What if we simply want to improve things in smaller scales?
    Or maybe you know, simply knowing how to increase productivity?
    Is it not right to not have this habit all the time in order to feel like we’re not ordinary? 
  2. Also, what about blue collar workers who sometimes simply want to get their daily bread and believe that they have enough in life?
    Do they always need MTPs in order for them to have the habit of ferocity?
  3. Remembering my PMS week, which made it hard to know how to get into flow state (let alone the program), it made me wonder if it’s really designed for women.
    Now, I realize that Steven Kotler did say that women can have the habit of ferocity, particularly the ones working in creative fields.
    I also know that there are many women joining the program, and I'm amazed by them as well as their testimonials. 
    But I just feel like Steven doesn’t talk about hormones or brain chemicals affecting women monthly.
    I mean, can we stop and take breaks because hormones can be overwhelming, or do we have to keep stretching ourselves regardless?
    But maybe Steven will answer all my questions in the following lessons. After all, I've only finished 27 days out of 35. 


The things I like about The Habit of Ferocity

  • I like that the free masterclass kind of just jumps right into the habit of ferocity, flow, and human neurobiology.
    Personally, I think it’s great and motivating. Steven doesn’t simply tell us that top performers have the habit of ferocity. He shows us why and how. 
  • I also like the fact that we can work on our own schedule. No guilting us about being a night owl or vice versa.
  • Steven Kotler keeps his promise about each class's length. His videos are mostly less than 10 minutes, and some tasks don’t take much time.
    Well I mean, it also depends on how fast you do it. It took longer for me, but the classes are not that long—concise and informative. 
  • We're gonna learn a lot from this class, not just from the habit of ferocity but also the things we’re curious or passionate about.
    This program does teach us how to stay motivated. It's just that I haven’t grasped it fully. 
  • For people who really want the habit of ferocity and are prepared for it, I personally think Steven’s teaching and the program’s system are great.
    Actually, I knew what I was reading, I knew the tasks and what I should do. It's just that I wasn’t that prepared and had a bit of shock doing it.
    The pace of this program and its purpose is great for people that live, love, and thrive in modern world.*
  • The workbooks or handbooks were really helpful. They’re not simply giving you summaries; they’re really trying to help you do the tasks.


Some things I think can be improved from Steven Kotler’s class 

You've seen my negative opinions, but let me just elaborate it further.  

  • Again, I think that the habit of ferocity hasn’t updated its lessons to current situation (aka the pandemic).
    I mean, even if Steven Kotler can’t change what he said, Mindvalley could’ve revised some tasks a bit or the written ones.
    One example, the tasks want us to make sure if our learning space is optimal, and if not, we have to make sure that it is.
    As I told you, mine wasn’t and back then I couldn’t make it such.
    Like I mentioned, I had to force myself to suck it up, but it wasn’t a good experience.  I was mostly gloomy and unfocused.
    And, the sharing our ideas to strangers bit. Steven's example was when he was a bartender, so it was face to face. What about now?
  • Also, I felt like some things are just rewording of some words. I feel like Steven’s saying vision, mission, hard work, and discipline in other terms. 
    And like I told you, I think could find information and lessons like these free online.
    Of course, finding the good and correct ones can be hard but they’re out there. Therefore, it may feel like some things are just rephrases.
    But, Steven Kotler and Mindvalley did design the program so that we’ll be able to do it progressively at the right steps.
    So, I'm not trying to put the habit of ferocity in a bad light. But again, it can feel like that. 
  • Even though Steven talks quite elaborately about brain chemicals, so far he hasn't mentioned about how women’s cycle affecting them.
    Because of this, that’s why I said that the habit of ferocity kinda suits men more. I might be wrong, but that’s what I felt. 




Should you try The Habit of Ferocity? 


why you should try the habit of ferocity


Truthfully, I still believe you should try the habit of ferocity. It's undeniably hard, but it can be worth it for the right people.* 

Those who like to test and challenge themselves may find this program brilliant, because it is going to do just that to you. 

Or maybe you already have the habit of ferocity deep down somewhere, and you just need to pull the right triggers to unleash it. 

If it turns out to be hard for you (like me), you’re still gonna learn new things in your assignments anyways.  

And remember, developing the habit of ferocity can take years. It's not like right after 35 days you’re gonna master it. 

What I can suggest is that you go watch the free masterclass, learn the surface of the habit of ferocity, get special price, and purchase it. 

Once you’ve done it for at least 10 days, thinking “Gosh, I just can’t”, you can go ask for a refund. 

But if you’re willing to try again and you don’t wanna give up, just keep it and try doing it in a much slower pace. 

I mean, that’s what I'm planning to do. Therefore, I’m confident to say that you definitely should try the habit of ferocity. 

There's no harm in trying, am I rite? 


Maybe you should wait to try The Habit of Ferocity if… 

  • You're already content with your life, happy, have inner peace, and you’re not planning to achieve the impossible or be extraordinary.
    Not saying this in a disparaging way, of course. I understand this type of thinking and I know that some people are in fact like that.
    I'm partly like that, actually. As mentioned, I have my own buried ambition but I prefer to be in the present and enjoy what I have.
  • If you only wanna know how to get into flow state, but not learn the habit of ferocity, then maybe this program isn’t the best fit.
    Instead, you can buy Steven Kotler’s book or other programs about flow.
    Yeah, the habit of ferocity doesn’t exactly teach us how to get into flow state thoroughly.
    And I mean Steven himself said that the habit of ferocity isn’t about flow. It’s just interconnected so we learn a bit about it—but not fully.
  • You simply want to know how to increase productivity and how to stay motivated. None of the massively transformative purpose or all that.
    But again, you’ll never know until you try it yourself. If you’re unsure, I suggest you go watch the free masterclass and then try it first.

  • The other side of the coin regarding the nature of the habit of ferocity is that it’s definitely hard for some people.
    For one, the daily tasks that we have to develop per lesson can take a lot of time.
    I'm not saying it’s impossible. I'm saying that, let’s say you have kids or family to take care of, you have a full-time job, you have other goals…
    It's gonna be really tough. So, it’s definitely not everyone. 


Some things I should mention 

Whilst reading this, maybe you’ve been saying “Well you haven’t finished the program, that’s why you’re rather negative towards it.”  

I get you. That's why I'm listing my limitations here. 

Yes, I haven’t finished the habit of ferocity. Maybe my view/opinion towards this program would be different if I had.  

Truth be told, I didn’t do some social things from the assignments like sharing with the tribe or getting an accountability partner/group.  

It's something I need to work on, I believe. I still don’t trust strangers online.  

Probably I wouldn’t find this quest as hard if I had other people supporting me. 

Like I said, I've been trying to apply Stoicism in my life, albeit imperfectly. And I'm already disenchanted with words like passion and purpose. 

Also, during the last weeks doing this, I was on my PMS period and it really changed how I view the habit of ferocity. 

Additionally, my diet probably didn’t help either. I mean, I do try to eat balanced diet now, but I’m not perfect about it. 

Steven Kotler doesn't answer some questions partly because he hasn't got enough research to back his opinion/suggestion.


Let’s talk about the price of learning a bit about how to get into flow state 

I mentioned that you’ll get special price when you watch the free masterclass. Well that’s the truth. 

The key here, though, is that you’ve gotta watch the habit of ferocity free masterclass until the end.  


the habit of ferocity special price


It's not that super long and it’s really informative even though Steven Kotler’s only scratch the surface. 

When you’ve finished watching the habit of ferocity free masterclass, Mindvalley’s gonna offer you $249. 

If you don’t watch the free masterclass on how to get into flow state, you’ll have to pay $150 more, so it’s $399. 

You can pay the normal price in 3 installments, but it’s gonna be more expensive ($447 or $149 per installment). 

Or, you can spend $250 extra ($499) to get all access to all programs on Mindvalley. You'll unlock everything, paying only less than $2 a day. 

The amount of information and learning opportunities you’ll get is countless (well, figuratively but you know what I mean). 

Eventually, the choice is yours.  

But the important thing I should reiterate is: watch the free masterclass until the end to get the basics of the habit of ferocity and discount. 

Oh, and if you find that you completely dislike the class within 15 days, send a refund request to Mindvalley.  

There's a moneyback guarantee, so you’re gonna try this program risk free. 


the habit of ferocity money-back guarantee





I found that on Mindvalley’s page about The Habit of Ferocity, the FAQ is generic and not specific to the class itself.  

Fret not, I managed to write down some spoken FAQ from the free masterclass. This is not a transcript, mind you, so below is just the paraphrase. 


Why should I do the program now? 

If you want a life that exceeds your expectations, you’ve gotta have the habit of ferocity. Besides, the era of one-act life is obsolete—in modern world, we need several acts to be fulfilling in life.  

And also, 87% of us are disengaged at our jobs. If you don’t wanna be in that 87%, you need the habit of ferocity. 


How is the habit of ferocity different from other passion-related courses out there? 

Most online programs only teach from the psychology point of view only, not neurobiology. Basically, most courses out there lack the training in fundamental mechanism. 


There's also a bit of a QnA about this class written by Steven Kotler himself (in Mindvalley's website, not his own's). Here’s the link if you want to read it. 


The Habit of Ferocity: the review verdict 

Soo… what do I think about the habit of ferocity, basically? 

To be frank and straight with you; it’s hard. It's absolutely not easy, and it’s not for everyone. 

Moreover, understanding and mastering the habit of ferocity can take a long time.  

the habit of ferocity

35 days may be enough for you who already have grit, know how to get into flow state, and already have this world view.  

On the contrary, others who don’t will have to wait longer. And, perseverance is one of the key points in the habit of ferocity. 

Truly, if you want to have it, if you’re prepared for it, I believe it’s gonna be worth it for you.* 

If you’re not sure, just watch the free masterclass and try out the program. Remember, if you don’t like it at all within 15 days, just ask for a refund. 

So, what I'm saying is: even though it’s tough and can be a pain in the neck, you should still try the program anyway.  

It's zero risk, and you’ll still learn new things like how to stay motivated. 

Good luck to you, and I do hope you can learn the habit of ferocity and understand it well! 





Results vary from person to person depending on one’s time, state of mind, as well as adherence and/or completion of the program. 

Please remember that this review involves my personal experience; therefore, it must not be treated as a medical, academic, or scientific article. And, my review does not reflect the program itself.

Should you have underlying medical condition that affects your physiology and/or psychology, consult your physician in advance.  

There are no physical products from this program other than the downloadable handbook, and you can access them from your personal devices (computer, tablet, smartphone).

Money-back guarantee is valid for 15 days after your purchase.  

8 Total Score

Content quality
Author credibility
Applicability & practicality
  • The ability to work on our own schedule 
  • Very informative and motivating 
  • Each lesson (with some exceptions) can be no more than 20 minutes 
  • Free, highly educative webinar (that also offers a special price) 
  • Great learning system or curriculum with helpful handbooks
  • Legit author
  • Quite difficult to do, especially for really busy people
  • There are similar courses or lessons online that are free or cheaper
  • Hasn't looked into other possible hormonal changes
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