[Robyn Benson, Founder of The Self-Care Revolution and Santa Fe Soul, interviews Jim Kwik, CEO of Kwik Learning & Co-Founder of SuperheroYou here in this session called Unleash Your Brain Power]
Robyn Benson: Hello everyone. And welcome to Month Four of Self-Care Revolution. I am Robyn Benson. I’m a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and also the founder of Santa Fe Soul Health & Healing Center.
Kevin Snow: And I’m Kevin Snow, an Intuitive Counselor and The Desert Shaman. And I also work here in Santa Fe Soul in beautiful Santa Fe.
Robyn Benson: So here we are in Month Four as I mentioned Unleashing Your Brain Power. This is – as you can see, we started out last week with Michael Gelb and Dr. Tom O’Brien. And we’re so excited to introduce to you today Jim Kwik. But before that I know we have a ton of people online right now and many of you this might be your first time to the Self-Care Revolution.
And just to give you a little bit of background. This is a 12-month series and each month is – we have a specific theme like we started out with Thoughts and Food as Medicine. And so we are going right into the next month. It’s all going to be about earthing and electro-sanitizing your life. And our big mission with the Self-Care Revolution is to help people to be aware and be active at this time to be very exciting but it’s a time more than ever where we have to make self-care a priority.
So through the Self-Care Revolution, our desire and our mission is to help save millions of lives, to help people not only prevent the disease from happening but to reverse diseases that are already being set up in our bodies. And just to have that knowing that we each have the choice every single day to stay healthy and to be healthy and to live this vision and mission of our life each and every day. Maybe you want to add to that?
Kevin Snow: Yes, and we’ve got this amazing live event coming up which is – this one into later June 21st and it’s called Self-Care Bliss. We’ve got a lot of the speakers that we’ve had on already and are coming together in live –
Robyn Benson: We’ve got Norm Shealy, Bob Doyle…
Kevin Snow: Yeah, oh my God!
Robyn Benson: Larry Dossey…
Kevin Snow: It’s a party.
Robyn Benson: And we’d love to — our speaker here Jim Kwik, how are you? Thank you for being here, Jim.
Jim Kwik: I am doing fantastic. Thank you, both. That was any better. I love the energy here. That was any better my name with the Dr. Robyn Benson.
Robyn Benson: You are so sweet. So Jim Kwik, I am so fortunate that I met you a couple of months ago and I was telling – I mentioned the Self-Care Revolution. I just want to say thank you for saying yes, because I know you are a busy man. You mentioned last year you travel 190 days, you’re all over the world and here you are with us because I sense — certainly there is commonality with this being my pleasure.
And so for all of you who are with us, Jim Kwik, the CEO of Kwik Learning has taught speed reading, memory improvement and accelerated learning for two decades. His clients include Marriot, Virgin, Nike, Fox, Zappos, Singularity and Harvard University, just to name a few. His work is featured in the New York Times Best Selling Book “Unleash Your Brain To Change Your Age”. Jim’s trainings are used in over 80 countries. He is the founder of SuperheroYou Brainpower Conference which is coming up once again in October.
So here you are. Thank you so much once again.
Kevin Snow: Welcome.
Jim Kwik: Thank you so much both of you, Robyn and Kevin. And I want to also thank everyone who is listening to this. I know your time is incredibly valuable and I respect you. I respect you for showing up and being part of the solution and being part of this movement. And it’s so exciting time, such an exciting time and this is one of my favorite subject and never get to talk about this really but just self-care. So thank you for creating this platform for everyone to be able to benefit from.
Robyn Benson: Thank you, Jim.
Kevin Snow: It is a revolution, kind of like your revolutionary learning technique.
Jim Kwik: There is a revolution. There is an evolution. And I’d say, I really think that everyone as you’re listening to this I encourage you to notes. And I hope everyone is just finding your passion, I think we can only be truly happy when you are living your soul’s purpose. And the thing is, the challenge is as we’re now living in this fast-paced world where information is flying us from every direction and we’re multi-tasking. And there’s just — lot of people think that there’s not enough time and sometimes I notice a lot of people because they’re very self-less and they’re here to serve, they are going out there and they’re being a hero to their job and to their family and to their friends and to the people, everyone else but sometimes not themselves.
Sometimes I notice even some of the people that we attract in our tribe and our community, our student, sometimes they are out there helping everybody and they are putting themselves less. And it’s really hard to be able to give somebody something that you don’t have yourself. And so I am really excited about this call, this conversation and what you’re putting together, so.
Kevin Snow: Thank you. Yeah, we have mentioned before we got on the call that you just – your really – your mission here is to pack as much as possible. Without, of course, overloading people, right, or at least teaching them how to handle that –
Jim Kwik: I hope so. We’ll totally do that.
Kevin Snow: Thanks.
Jim Kwik: Yeah, so I want to be able to serve people who are listening, so I encourage people to take notes and I think one of the best ways – just a quick recommendation is lot of times people are listening to a call, or go to a seminar and they learn something really good. So what will happen is they’ll forget it. Just like there is a learning curve, there is also a forgetting curve. And so within – if you’ve ever gone to a seminar or an event and you listen to a call and you learned some really good stuff but usually what happens after a day or so, up to 90% of that information could be gone. One of the best ways to get hold of that information is by taking notes. So I encourage people to take notes, and I encourage people to either do a whole brain note taking process, if you are familiar with mind mapping from Tony Buzan, or a very simple thing you could do as you are listening to this as we go through these strategies, and I teach you strategies to able to read faster to overcome overload, teach you strategies to be able to improve your focus, to be able to improve your memory even.
And I know that’s a subject that a lot of people are very interested in, maybe senior moments are coming a little bit early or your memory lapses, a little bit absent minded, can’t remember where you put your phone or your wallet or your purse, or your keys, or if not your keys something larger like your car. People can’t remember where they parked the car, they’re kind of wondering in the parking lot. And so we’ll talk about memory tips but what you can do is with a piece of paper and I like taking notes. It’s kind of most people are used to typing. I think there is something magical that happens when you hand write something. But I would take a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle and on the left side I put capture — capture right on top. And on the right side I put create. So two tips, on the left side, capture, on the right side, create. And on the left side is where I am taking notes.
So if you hear something that’s just a hobby like tip, a strategy, a process, write that down, capture it on the left side. On the right side, though it’s a little bit more right brain if you will is where you’re creating notes. You’re not capturing, you’re actually creating. So it’s like how do you feel about what you just captured? What questions do you have? How are you going to use this? Things like that, and those are your kind of your right brain, kind of creates creativity notes there, and I think that’s a wonderful way to be able to – when you’re done have it on one-page just like we’ll have the keywords and you can kind of go through and you definitely get the recordings of these calls and then also one page summary of your own notes. So where would you like to start?
Kevin Snow: Well, maybe one of the things that we ask all of our experts that we talk to is just touch on your self-care arrangement and key points on health?
Robyn Benson: First, of the travel that you do around the world – this is a big question for you I am sure.
Jim Kwik: It is. I mean, for what I do and a lot of the work I do is on stage, or in front of companies and I just have to be on and have that energy, that vitality, that mindfulness, that focus and so the self-care is extremely important for this, because what I like about when you’re talking about self-care, I am thinking about personal health maintenance and optimization. But I like it because responsibility is on us. I had the opportunity recently to introduce two of my heroes recently, Stan Lee who created Spider-Man and X-Men and Avengers and I got to introduce him to Richard Branson at a dinner. And so I go and pick up Stan, my wife and I picked up Stan Lee and he’s a wonderful – he just turned 90 years old. And he had two passions in his life. He goes to work still at 90 years old 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, and he just creates stories because that’s he loves the process of storytelling.
And the other passion he has is for his wife who is 91 years old. And there is – the two of them are so – they’re so lively and I think they – I can speak for them but I think a lot of it has to do with how they engaged they are with life. But the reason I bring this up is while we are in the car, we’re in LA, a simple 10-minute drive to dinner and they’re taking an hour with traffic and I was talking to them about all that he’s created, it is for me a living Disney and with all these wonderful characters and universes and I asked him a question and he answered – what the response was this great quote that he created for Spider-Man, saying “With great power comes great responsibilities”. Right, people and power that have – are in position of the power they have responsibility to steward it and just steward it well. And I said that’s interesting and I looked at him in that moment of inspiration and I said, “The opposite is also true. Not only with great power comes great responsibility but with great responsibility comes great power.”
We take responsibility for our lives, for our business, for our work, for our family, for our health and we have the power – we have great power to be able to influence and impact of the things that we want to. And so that’s why I like the whole theme. For me I have certain habits and rituals that we could go through during this call to optimize my health and also a lot having to do with my body but then also my brain and also because those two things are very obviously intimately connected together with our mind. And so a few things that I do – and I actually teach people – I’ll give you like maybe 10 tips over the course the call but then I’ll also teach you how to memorize all 10. How about that? We can make it a very, very practical like that, because I – there is a back story for this is when people see me on stage and they see me memorized in a room full of people, mean well I have 50 or 100 people stand up, I’ll memorize their name right from stage or they pass around the microphone and give me 100 random words or 50 or 100 digit number and most people struggle to memorize their seven-digit phone number and I’ll memorize like 10 seven-digit numbers. I tell people I don’t do this to impress you. I do this to express to you what’s really possible. And there’s no such thing as a good or bad memory. There is just a trained memory and untrained memory. And this is an important —
Robyn Benson: That’s profound.
Jim Kwik: Sure, sure. I would say this that if you are listening to this you want to have a better memory which is… who doesn’t want to improve their ability to remember things. I would say that, that regardless of your age and your background, your level of education, your diet, your financial situation, whatever there is no such thing as a good or bad memory. There’s just a trained memory and untrained memory. And the reason why I say this is I like to talk about all the works that I do. I always talk about beliefs because I believe that all behavior is belief-driven. All behavior is belief-driven that if you want to create a brand new result in your life, a brand new result, let’s say, a stellar health, or more money or wonderful relationships, whatever your goals and aspirations are you need to be able to do things. You need to be able to behave. But in order for us to behave and take on the new habit or new action, we need beliefs that support those behaviors. So all behavior is belief-driven.
And so the beliefs that I have for this is that all – that everyone has genius inside of them. There is no such thing as a good or bad memory. There’s the trained memory and we’re not taught that because what class taught you how to remember. I thought that it’s really interesting growing up in school that this old model and the school whether it’s 10 years or 20 years or 50 years or 300 years, our ability to – our learning ability happens to increase dramatically in in terms of how people are taught. We read the same way, we study, we remember the same way. But the world is dramatically different, not even just the past 300 years, just the past 10 years, or five years. And so I thought it was interesting that school taught us what to learn, Math, History, Science, Spanish but there weren’t a lot of classes on how to learn those subjects. Not a lot of classes on how to think or how to focus, how to listen, how to be creative, how to solve problems, how to read faster, how do remember things. And if I believe in the message that we live in, knowledge is power, then I believe that learning is a superpower.
When I had this whole theme around – again if knowledge is power, then learning is a superpower. And you could tweet that too. I believe a lot of learning is also social, it’s not solo. The old model of sit quietly in your chair, don’t talk to your neighbor, just repeat what I say and taking notes. I think that’s over. And that’s solo but today the classroom doesn’t have four walls. Like we’re demonstrating right now on this call – if you don’t talk to your neighbor, nowadays you are in trouble, right? It’s not based on consumption, it’s based on creation and co-creation, and that’s where really learning of the 21st century is, it’s not even just left brain learning, whether it’s like math and words. You know how it’s right brain works creativity, it’s music, it’s emotion, it’s experience but I won’t even say it’s just right brain, I would say it’s whole brain, or today it’s one level above that, not just your left brain and your right brain or even your three brains, your total triune brain, reptilian brain everything, I would say it’s a whole self-learning.
Right, when we’re talking about self-care imagine whole self-learning whether it’s your left brain, right brain, your three parts of your brain, your conscious or unconscious, your non-conscious, your brain and your body, it’s your multiple intelligences or different learning styles and your sensory integration, I mean there is so much to it. I don’t believe that there’s a magic pill, but I do believe that there is a magic process. And then throughout the call like these you’re getting a little bit – you’re getting another perspective, another piece of a puzzle. And so for me the reason why I’m passionate about this is I was telling you that even if you see me on stage my inspiration really was my desperation, because I wasn’t always able to do this, and growing up in school, I was actually in a lot of ways very learning challenged. And people don’t know this about me but I struggled a lot throughout school, throughout grade school, throughout junior high, throughout high school and I would always have to work harder than everybody else to get worse results. And I remember when I was five years old I had this really bad head injury and from that point on I always thought that maybe I was broken that there was something wrong with me. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t focus, like I could never finish a book or I didn’t understand things like my friends understood things.