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The Teacher Is the Student Series – #5

This series contains ways that you can supercharge anything you’re learning; anything you want to internalize; anything you want to become more competent at, no matter the topic. If you do the things suggested in this series…

* You will learn faster

* You will comprehend difficult, new concepts more quickly

* You will blast through obstacles in life more swiftly and easily

The concept here is based upon the fact that those teachers who are thoroughly engaged in the subject matter they’re teaching, tend to learn at an ever-deeper level the material they are teaching.

You Do The Math  

Seriously. Do math. It helps.

I’m not talking about geometry or calculus or even algebra. Studies have shown that the frequent practice of simply adding together a series of at least three numbers that are at least four figures long, will help turn your mind into a steel trap; you’ll more easily remember names and facts and figures.

Having a poor recall of names and facts and figures can be a real obstacle to career advancement, not to mention the not-great message a forgotten name sends to those in your social circle.

Also, stop undermining yourself in this regard by boldly announcing that you’re not good with names. No one thinks better of you because you vocalize the excuse that you’re horrible at remembering names. At best, when people hear that, they think to themselves Oh, great. So, he is equally inconsiderate to everyone. He’s equal in his disregard for others. He puts zero effort into remembering everyone’s name. When he forgets mine, it’s not personal. Nice.

Know that your brain accepts the premise of virtually everything you say about yourself. Put the statement in the form of a question and your brain will dutifully work on producing an answer. That’s both good news and bad news. Bad if you are habitually asking stupid questions like, “Why am I so stupid?” But very good when you start asking questions that contain better, more positive assumptions about yourself.   

Start asking yourself why you are so good at remembering names and/or facts and figures and/or all kinds of other valuable information you’d like to be better at retaining and quickly recalling… as well as things you’d like to imrove upon, and soon the answer to those questions will start manifesting in your behaviors.

Sounds like magic to some and way too easy to others. It’s not too good to be true. It works because this is simply how your brain works.

And yes, this works for virtually any positive behavior you’d like to add to your life and for getting rid of virtually any negative behavior you’d like to remove from your life.

So, for the best results possible: before you do some math exercises, ask yourself why you’re able to add numbers so quickly and easily.

Does it make sense to at least try what you’ve read in this article? What if it’s true that you really can become better at retaining information such as names and facts & figures? What if it’s true that you really can eliminate virtually any unproductive behavior from your life? What benefits would that bring to your life? You do the math.


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