Let’s discuss a common myth about memory…that we are either born with a “good” or a “bad” or even an “average” memory.
Based on what you now know about neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, it’s easy to understand that YOU are in control of how “good” your memory is (or isn’t).
Just like going to the gym and eating healthy has direct effects on your body health, mental exercises and activity and brain nourishment have a direct effect on how “good” your memory is.
This is proven brilliantly in the world of Memory Championship competitions. In his book “Moonwalking with Einstein” journalist Joshua Foer infiltrated the secret world of the world’s greatest memory champions, who have competitions yearly to test the capacity of the human memory.
They memorize thousands and thousands of digits of numbers on the spot…they memorize up to 30 or more randomized decks of cards in perfect order of sequence…they remember names and personal details of volunteers…and the competition drives them to keep shattering expectations and ideas about what we’re supposed to be able to accomplish with our memories.
And the absolute craziest part about this secret world of memory gods?
They’re not gods at all. In fact, every single one of them will admit that memorizing 1,000 digits of Pi is no harder than memorizing 4 or 5 numbers. It’s just a few simple techniques they learned, and then lots and lots of practice.
They can perform “Genius” level, almost magical feats of mind and memory…yet most are of average intelligence. Just normal folks who learned a few of these weird tricks to take advantage of how our brains naturally work.
(These strategies are exactly what you’re about to learn, by the way).
And Joshua proved this perfectly by wondering if he could become a champion himself. Having never entered a memory competition or done any sort of memory training at all, and admittedly having a very average to poor memory, he was coached by one of the experts and within a year he was the United States memory champion!
So that just proves that if he could do it, any of us can do it. And it doesn’t require any sort of special IQ or “gift” or “talent”.
Memory is a learned skill. Those who have “good” memories are simply the people who learned the right strategies. Those who have “bad” memories have bad strategies. You’re about to have world-class strategies, which will change how you think of memory forever (excited?!).