CEO of Kwik Learning Jim Kwik Discusses Unleash Your Brain Power (Transcript)

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.”

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