Learning about the brain

Today I learnt some cool facts about the brain. Here are some facts that blew me away.

  • The human brain is the most complex device in the known universe (how cool does that sound? Our brain is a device).
  • The human brain has a 1,000,000,000000,000 synapses in it. That’s a quadrillion – a million billion.
  • Synapses are little dangly things that hang off our neurons. Information gets passed from neuron to neuron via our synapses.
  • Learning something new serves to create new synapses in our brains.

I learnt this in the introductory class in the ‘Learning How to Learn’ course that’s offered for free on Coursera. If learning and upgrading your brain is your jam definitely give it a go.

Sometime this year I started becoming interested in the idea of becoming better at learning. It seems to me that the faster you can learn new things, the faster you can take action on them and create cool new outcomes.

Getting stuck in a rut and plateuing in the areas of life that are important to you are caused by taking action on old knowledge and old programming that may have worked in the past, but aren’t working anymore.

New insights, new perspectives and new skills help you to meet these challenges and create what you’ve never experienced before.

Right now I’m getting a lot of new insights and perspectives on brain health by reading the book ‘Head Strong’ by Dave Asprey. It’s all about what practical changes you can make in your life to make your brain perform optimally. Problems like forgetfulness, food cravings, inability to focus, low energy and moodiness are caused by an inefficient brain that’s struggling to perform. As someone who gets low energy at points during the day and has trouble speaking fluently when put under the spot I’m looking forward to implementing the recommended changes and seeing what happens.

Reflection point:

  1. Where in your life do you suspect you’re operating with outdated skills, knowledge or mindsets?
  2. What are the implications of this?
  3. What step(s) could you take this week to upgrade your skills, knowledge or mindset?

To your success.

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