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Improve your Memory: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer - The Luxe Edition

Improve your Memory: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

‘We often talk about people with great memories as though it were some sort of an innate gift, but that is not the case. Great memories are learned. At the most basic level, we remember when we pay attention. We remember when we are deeply engaged. We remember when we are able to take a piece of information and experience and figure out why it is meaningful to us, why it is significant, why it’s colorful, when we’re able to transform it in some way that it makes sense in the light of all of the other things floating around in our minds’ ~ Joshua Foer

Dear Reader,

Do you want to excel?

When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend. 

Another one of my loves’ are books’ & personal development. I really believe in pushing oneself to grow. With time, as a person you should be better spiritually, mentally, and physically. And why not memory wise too!

I just finished reading Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer after coming across his TED talk. Absolutely love TED talks, lot’s of inspiring people changing perceptions & developing idea’s in reality. If you haven’t heard of TED.com, you’re in for a treat ?.

Foer is a journalist who went to cover a memory contest, and ended up winning the US Memory Championship a year later. This book follows his evolving journey in memory training. He talks about the techniques he used, and how we can improve our memory.  It’s an inspiring story. Definitely makes me want to develop my memory. There is mention of Tony Buzan’s mind mapping technique, have you come across Buzan’s book? What did you think?

The book, best served with coffee!

One of the best things about this book was about the ‘The OK Plateau’:

The OK Plateau ~ ‘The point at which you decide you’re OK with how good you are at something, turn on the autopilot, and stop improving’.

Most of us OK plateaus in most things we do (i.e. repetitive tasks). Take for instance typing on a keypad- once you get good enough at typing, you stop paying attention & type on autopilot. Never progressing beyond your current speed, as the part of the brain involved in conscious reasoning becomes less active. In other words, you’ve reached your OK plateau.

Foer goes on to talk about what the defining feature of experts is from the average performer: top achievers focus on practicing things they found difficult. Through deliberate practice on the hard parts, they keep themselves out of the comfort zone: the automative phase. Most people practice things they have already mastered, but regular practice isn’t enough to improve. So, in a nutshell the secret to improving a skill is to retain conscious control over it whilst practicing. And force yourself to stay out of autopilot.
What’s your memory like? Have you come across any good reads? Please share 🙂
I hope you found this post useful!
Z xx

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