Our brain is a miracle. That’s what I thought when I watched this video (I embed the video below). In the video (which was suggested to me by Avani from Food for Mind), brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor described her experience when she was hit by stroke. Since she was already a brain scientist at that time, she was able to see things that might be overlooked by other people and describe her experience in vivid details. Watching this video makes me think that: Having the brain works the way it normally does is a miracle. Behind the scene, there are very complex processes involved we don’t realize. There are a lot more potential in our brain (especially the right hemisphere) than we may understand. Watch it yourself (it’s only 18 minutes long) and let me know what you think. This article is part of May 2008 theme: Mind
Leo Babauta from Zen Habits recently emailed me about his new venture with Glen Stansberry from LifeDev. It’s an e-book publishing site called Web Warrior Tools that features e-books written by bloggers and writers from around the Web. This site helps people find the e-books they need. Even now when it just launched, there are already four interesting e-books there: Email Zen by Scott Young I reviewed Scott’s Learn More, Study Less e-book a few months ago. In this new e-book, Scott provides tips on how to keep email from ruling your life. Secrets to a Healthy Life by K. Stone This guide to being healthy covers topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress-reduction, and more. Get Rich Slowly Guide to Roth IRAs by J.D. Roth This e-book helps you get started with Roth IRAs which is “one of the best money secrets on the market”. Getting Started with Podcasting by Doug Heacock If you ever want to create your own podcast, this e-book guides you through the process of planning, producing, and promoting your podcast. One nice thing about these e-books is their affordable prices ($6 to $9). Even better, you can read 6-11 pages previews of each e-book on […]
Our brain is like muscles. The more you use and exercise it, the stronger it becomes. But, if you want to get maximum results, you should do more than just practice. What you need is deliberate practice. Deliberate practice is the kind of practice that stretches the boundaries of your capabilities. While in normal practice you just do the same activity again and again, in deliberate practice you push yourself to the limit. It’s not easy, but deliberate practice makes the difference between an expert and everyone else. The principle of deliberate practice can be applied in whatever field you want to excel in, but here I will focus on mind development. Below are 8 ways to challenge and exercise your mind. Choose some of them you haven’t done and take your mind to the next level:
Bad habits are among the worst enemies of living life to the fullest. Why? Because habit is something we do over and over again. While we do other kinds of mistakes occasionally, bad habit is something we do consistently over time. If even one mistake can drag your life down, you can imagine what kind of damage bad habits can do. To make matters worse, often we don’t realize that we have bad habits. We think that we just live our life as usual while we are actually making mistakes again and again. It’s like having leaks in our ship without realizing it. So breaking bad habits should be among your top priorities to get the most out of your life. If you do it right, and you are on your way to make significant improvements in your life.
Is there are a better way to learn about high-quality mind other than from the great minds themselves? Perhaps not. That’s why I watched a video from Google Tech Talks entitled On Getting Creative Ideas. It’s a lecture that features Murray Gell-Man who won Nobel Prize in physics in 1969 for proposing a fundamental particle called quark. Since theoretical physics is one of my interests (though I’m just an amateur), I know Gell-Man’s reputation well. He is one of the greatest minds currently live and learning from him about developing creative thinking skills is a too good opportunity to pass.
Knowing what we shouldn’t do is just as important as knowing what we should. In fact, it could be easier to see something wrong in things we already do than to see something right in things we haven’t done. In mind development, it means that we should see how we do things and find what’s wrong with them. We can then take the necessary actions to remove those problems. The 9 mind development killers I’m about to share are something all of us should be aware of. To be honest, there are some of them I’m dealing with myself. I use this list as a checklist to warn myself if I have done something harmful for my mind development.