The human brain has the power to conquer everything and that’s what Jim Kwik author of Limitless has made a reality. From getting the traumatic brain injury to remembering everything, he has learned that everyone can archive whatever they want, the only thing stopping them is the mindset they have. The Limitless book is all about exploring the human brain and unlocking its true power.
“Give a person an idea, and you enrich their day. Teach a person how to learn, and they can enrich their entire life.”
“To remember any new piece of information, you must associate it with something you already know.”
“The human brain does not learn as much by consumption as it does by creation.”
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Limitless is also a movie starring Bradley Cooper. Long story short, the main character of the movie finds a drug called NZT-48 that lets him use 100% of his brain which leads him from a struggling author to a millionaire.
Back to the Limitless book, Jim Kwik author of the book teaches you the same things as the Limitless movie. After reading the book, you will understand how your brain works and how you can archive the things you always wanted.
Now, let me tell you the story of Jim Kwik,
When he was in school, he fell from a chair and got injured on the back side of his brain. Later he found out that he has a traumatic brain injury which simply means that, he wasn’t able to remember what he read.
Because of that, some of his school teachers started calling him “the boy with the broken brain.” In fact, he wasn’t even able to read books properly when he was 16 years old.
Further, Jim Kwik realized that if I spend more time learning compared to what other kids are doing in school, now this mindset lead him to read tons of books, and he started understanding how the human brain works and much more.
Now, whatever he has learned through his life, he has added everything in his book called Limitless.
So now let’s explore some of the core lessons from the book.
Because of reading, Jim Kwik fixed his traumatic brain injury, altho, your brain works fine, you should read books because it will make your brain aware of your behavior. The self-help books will teach you why you get angry, why you cry, why you get happy, why you’re sad, and many other things.
So understand your brain as much as you can. Now, if you don’t like to read or find it hard to remember? then
Here, the author has shared 4, 3, 2, and 1 Reading Method, so let’s explore…
You don’t have to read out loud or don’t have to read every single word because your brain has enough memory and it knows the most commonly used word. For example, “I Want to drink coffee” see, you didn’t focus on every single word, you just knew that, its “I Want to drink coffee”.
How fast you can read the book, first, read a book from the first page for 4 minutes and keep it down, again, repeat the same thing, read the book from the first page for 3 minutes and then read the same pages for 2 and then 1 minute.
Now, see how much time it took to read for the first time compared to when you read it 4 times in a row.
You will be like, what you’re trying to say,
Hear me out, when you read a book for the first time, you might take 10 to 20 days but if you keep reading the book every day then those 20 days will come down to 5 days and even less.
One more thing, if you just started reading books then you can also keep a marker with you to track the words you’re reading.
So the keyword is, read every day, and one day, you don’t have to force yourself for reading, it will become a habit, just like you take a bath every day.
Fun Fact, as I have told you, Jim Kwik wasn’t even able to read books properly when he was 16 years old, nowadays, he finishes one big book in a week.
Additional Reading Tips
Hold your book upright. If the book is flat on your desk, you may be doing one of two things, either
- Looking at the print at an angle versus directly, thus putting unnecessary strain on your eyes, or
- You will be slouched over in order to see the print clearly, and this (as you know) disrupts the flow of oxygen through your body and makes you feel tired.
Read for only 20 to 25 minutes at a time. Remember primacy and regency. Also, if your eyes ever get tired or feel strained, take a break. Close your eyes and let them rest.
Make reading a habit. Those who have reached a high degree of success in life are almost always avid readers. Great readers read often. The key is to make reading a habit. Give yourself this gift.
How to Get More Energy
It will be a boring answer, it goes like this,
- Eat Healthy food.
- Exercise Everyday.
- Spend time with your loved ones.
- Don’t consume too much social media content.
- Read books.
- Mediate every day.
I told you, it’s a boring answer but you know what, it works, try it for at least 30 days, and then come back and do let me know in the comment box.
Distraction Free Life
You’re doing your work and suddenly your send your message, it goes like this,
“Hey come outside, let’s have fun, and politely messaged him, I’m working, I can’t come right now.”
It’s simple, you will work, right?
Now what happened is, your mind has a memory of that message and it will remind you that, “don’t worry, you can go outside and spend time with your friend, we will finish this work later”
Now, the solution is again, boring,
When you’re working, don’t keep your smartphone with you or keep it silent and pick up the smartphone when your work is done.
Focus on that one task at one time and promise yourself that, you will first finish this work and then you can go outside or whatever you want.
Motivation = Purpose x Energy x Small steps
Just Like what James Clear said in his Atomic Habits Book.
You don’t need the Energy to watch a Movie but you need Energy and Motivation to exercise.
Now to do Exercise every day, you have to tell yourself, why you want to do exercise, and if you can find WHY then you will never give an excuse to skip the exercise.
For example, I Exercise every day because it makes me feel good and it’s also good for my health.
So find that WHY (purpose) and you will able to do whatever you want without giving an excuse.
Let’s say, I tell myself every day that, I want to exercise every day but I don’t have time and if I repeat the same things every day then I will never exercise because I will start believing that I don’t have time for exercise.
So whatever your Beliefs are, start questioning them.
Do that right now, whatever you believe in, write it down on paper and read it loudly and see whether your Beliefs are lies or not.
10-Day Kwik Start Plan
Day 1: Learn Faster
Put this acronym (FASTER) into action on day one:
Forget: The key to laser focus is to remove or forget that which distracts you. There are three things you want to forget (at least temporarily).
- What you already know
- What’s not urgent
- Your limitations
Act: Traditional education has trained many people to think that learning is a passive experience. But learning is not a spectator sport. The human brain does not learn as much by consumption as it does by creation. Knowing that I want you to ask yourself how you can become more active in your learning. Take notes. Do the exercises in this book.
State: Your state of being is a current snapshot of your emotions. It is highly influenced by your thoughts (psychology) and the physical condition of your body (physiology). Change your posture or the depth of your breathing. Consciously choose states of joy, fascination, and curiosity.
Teach: If you want to cut your learning curve dramatically, learn with the intention of teaching the information to someone else.
Enter: If it’s not on your calendar, there’s a good chance it’s not getting done. Take out your calendar and enter blocks of time to invest in yourself, even if that’s only 10 or 15 minutes a day.
Review: You are better able to retain information by reviewing multiple spread-out sessions. Get in the habit of reflecting on your day and do a daily review of what you’ve learned.
Day 2: kill Your Ants
Identify the voices in your head that are focusing on what you can’t do—those Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs). Start talking back to them.
Remember, too, to discount those pesky LIEs: Limiting Ideas Entertained. And consistently check in with your BS, Belief Systems. When you find yourself thinking, I always screw up this sort of thing, counter with, Just because I haven’t always been good at this in the past doesn’t mean that I can’t be great at it now. How can I learn this?
Don’t shrink what’s possible to fit your mind, expand your mind to fit what’s possible.
Day 3: Question Your Questions
Reflect on the power of dominant questions. You likely have one question you’re subconsciously asking yourself throughout the day. Identify this question and think about how you can change it to change your behavior.
Knowledge itself is not power, it only has that potential when you apply it. Start asking the questions that will help you get the empowering answers you need throughout the day.
Day 4: Imagine What You Want Most
Take a moment to write down all the disadvantages you will have when you don’t apply what you learned in this book.
For example, you could write, “I will have to keep studying hard and settle for the same mediocre results.” “I will continue to doubt myself.” “I won’t be able to show up at my best for my loved ones” or “I won’t get a good job.”
Now, write down the advantages you will have when you apply what you learned, such as:
“I’ll be able to learn what I need to learn with confidence, get a great job I love, and make a lot of money so I can give back to the world.” “I will have more free time to exercise and get healthy, travel, and spend more time with my significant other.” Or something simple like, “I will finally have some free time to just get caught up and relax!”
Get specific. See it, feel it, believe in it, and then work daily for it. Visualize your celebratory champagne moment.
Day 5: Consider Your Purpose
The purpose is about how you relate to other people. The purpose is what you’re here to share with the world. What is yours why?
Think about who’s counting on you to be limitless. Is it your family? Your lover? Your friends? Colleagues? Neighbors? Get specific about who you’re letting down by setting limits in your life.
Now, think about how you can affect the lives of others when you show up 100 percent. You’ve found your purpose.
Day 6: Start a New Healthy Habit
Take small, simple steps to create one new healthy habit that will lead you to success. Make it a part of your morning routine. You’ll never change your life until you decide to change something you do daily.
Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact on both our levels of happiness and success. If you’re persistent you can achieve it, if you’re consistent you can keep it.
Little by little, a little can become a lot. Remember, every professional was once a beginner. Pick one new habit you will start doing today. How can you break it down into small, simple steps that you can do consistently each day?
Day 7: Give Your Brain Some Energy
Harness your energy to win each day. Eat one or more of these brain foods daily. Which one is your favorite, and why? Remember, what you eat matters, especially for your gray matter.
Is what you’re eating energizing you or depleting you? Write down some creative recipes you can make using the brain foods below:
Avocados, Green leafy vegetables, Blueberries, Salmon, Broccoli, Turmeric, Dark chocolate, Walnuts Eggs, and Water
Day 8: Optimize Your Study
Studying isn’t just for people in school. We’re all lifelong learners. Set the optimal state to study and learn. Remove distractions. Use the HEAR (Halt, Empathy, Anticipate, Review) method to watch a TED video you’ve never seen before and practice your listening skills.
Day 9: Always Remember Mom
Before you begin any task, always check with your MOM (motivation, observation, methods). Also, check in with your why.
What is your motive for remembering that person’s name? What do you observe? Remember, most of your memory is not a retention issue; it’s an attention issue. Practice remembering the names of everyone you meet today by using the association technique.
If you forget someone’s name, write down if it was your motivation, observation, or method that led you to forget that name. Then try again with another person.
You can practice this skill even when you’re shopping at a grocery store or walking through the street or watching television, or anything. Assign names to strangers you see and test how many you can remember.
Day 10: Embrace the Power of Reading
Set a daily reading goal, even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. There’s the power to reading and these benefits compound over time.
The key is consistency. Pick a book you’ve been wanting to read, set a timer for 10 minutes, put away the distractions, and practice reading with a visual pacer. Then schedule your reading time for each day; put it in your calendar as an appointment with yourself.
Leaders are readers. Reading is a great exercise for your mind. Remember, you can download decades of experience by reading just one book.
Limitless by Jim Kwik is a surly good read which will teach you how your brain works. Now there are tons of books that tell you the same things but here Jim Kwik has shared his life journey along with the lessons he has learned.
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