Just how good is your memory?
It is said that elephants never forget anything.
Though this may have started off as some fable, there is now considerable scientific evidence showing that elephants do indeed have a phenomenal memory.
How would your life change if you could remember more things related to your work?
At one time, people’s intelligence was gauged on just how much they could remember. The more they could impress others with their memorised facts, the “smarter” they were deemed to be.
Indeed our education system even now seems to reward those students who are able to cram in lots of information and regurgitate during exams, without ever really understanding what they have “learnt”.
Today there are a huge range of resources online and offline to help you improve your memory and creativity.
Some people are even genuinely gifted with the ability to remember a huge amount of data – I always remember the scene in the movie Rain Man in which Dustin Hoffman’s character is able to memorise the sequence of playing cards in a casino.
Of course any such gift of prodigious memory should always be used with integrity.
At the same time, it isn’t always useful to cram your head with unnecessary mundane things.
With the advent of the internet and the sheer volume of information available, I don’t see the need to learn too much general knowledge.
You can always go and find out more. Of course any general knowledge you pick up during the course of your day is a bonus.
Nowadays, I focus on minimalist living – do check out this new Minimalist website just launched by star blogger Leo Babauta of Zen Habits.
Minimalist living clearly applies also to how much you read and absorb – you could even go on an information diet as advocated by Tim Ferris.
Which brings me to my point of this article – what is the number one secret to developing a great memory for when you must learn something?!
It really is simple
Be interested and passionate about your life and about your topic.
You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~ Clay P. Bedford
If you simply do not care about your subject matter, it is so much harder for you to learn anything.
In the bigger picture, if you don’t have any vitality and zest for life, it will be much harder for you to learn anything.
Next time you have to learn and memorise something, focus on your reason for learning it and on the longer term benefits of doing so.
Then go and use any of the myriad range of memory and learning tools out there.
However, what if you are not passionate about something that you are forced to learn? In that case, either get passionate about that topic or find something else. Sounds simple, but why spend your life doing something that doesn’t excite you?
“Life is way too short to be mediocre, to be average, to be bland. Stand out. This is the time you have to make your mark in history. To change an industry. To change the world.
Believe that you will achieve whatever goals you set.
Let passion infuse every single area of life.” ~ Anonymous
Of course some things in life you just have to do even if you can’t stand them – in which case just get your head down and focus on finishing them as best as you can.
From now onwards, be truly passionate about your life and watch the power of your memory expolde.
Be a Jumbo, not a Dumbo 🙂