Rapid Learning Made Simple
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Rapid Learning Made Simple: A Review
By Thomas Padgett "Professional Copywriter, Eclectic Fitness Trainer" (Akron, Ohio)
If you are looking for a mental “edge” to understand and complete things quicker, or if you have considered learning a foreign language or improving your memory, and if you would like to learn a new approach to problem solving...then get this DVD!
Face facts. We live in a world that requires us to learn more and more in less and less time. New skills are needed to evolve in our ever-changing environment, and as the DVD points out, learning new skills is the one thing in the 21st century that will never become obsolete.
Mr. Tracy begins by stating something that seems obvious, but is often overlooked: when comparing successful people and unsuccessful people, the difference comes down to successful people having more knowledge and skills. Small facts and things add up to big successes.
He then goes on to bring back memories of how boring school lessons were, and how most of us (I'm guilty) couldn’t wait to get out of formal education. Yet he drives the point home that learning can be fun if it is done correctly.
He then makes a key distinction between talent and ability. All of us are born with talent, but it takes hard work to turn that talent into ability...and this applies to learning. It is a process; once you get the process down, you can then do it over and over again. You just need to learn how.
Mr. Tracy then makes an accurate analogy. The more you learn, the more that you are capable of learning. He compares this to muscle. The stronger and larger your muscles become, the more you can lift, and the stronger and bigger you become. It is exactly the same with learning.
Recent research validates this idea. Previously, the number of brain cells we were born with was considered fixed, and as we aged, learning was thought to be far more difficult. However, there is a concept called Brain Plasticity that has proven that our brains are capable of growing, adapting and learning new skills, regardless of age.
As Mr. Tracy says, age is not a barrier. Our brain cells can regenerate if we take up “pumping mental iron” by stressing our thinking ability. There is another cliche that he destroys: we only use 10% of our brain capacity. In reality, Brian feels that most folks use about a meager 2%! Pathetic, but we can all do better.
He then goes on to define intelligence in a few different ways: a way of acting, the ability to improve things, and the ability to solve problems effectively, which will in and of itself raise your IQ. Next up is a fascination list of the several types of intelligence:
Verbal intelligence. This is about vocabulary, and being good with words.
Mathematical intelligence. Obviously, this concerns numbers. This type of intelligence is great in the worlds of business and finance. Surprisingly, these two types of intelligence are what IQ tests are based on. This means that standard IQ tests are very limited in scope.
Athletic or kinesthetic intelligence. The keys here are agility and coordination
Interpersonal (social) intelligence. Here, we are concerned about getting along with others. This is the highest paid type of intelligence, due to the ability to communicate and persuade, as well as being sensitive to others. Many top salesmen and politicians have high interpersonal intelligence.
Intra-personal intelligence. This is the ability to known yourself and trust yourself...skills that are far less common that most people realize.
Artistic intelligence. Performers, painters, writers...those who create stuff for others.
Visual/Spatial intelligence. This refers to the ability to see special relationships between objects.
Entrepreneur intelligence. The ability to see opportunities when most people can't. Brian reminds us that 80% of self-made millionaires are entrepreneurs.
Abstract intelligence. This is the ability to see relationships between different things
Mr. Tracy then instructs us to grade ourselves on a scale of 1-10, and see what areas we are drawn to. My take on this was to never be too quick to judge someone. There are so many dimensions to intelligence, and another person may be strong in any one of them.
Next, Brian lists the requirements for rapid learning. We must posses an intense desire to learn a particular subject (this is a gigantic problem in school). Also, what we are trying to learn must be relevant and applicable, and it must be taught by an expert, preferably someone who has successful experience in what he/she is teaching. Finally, don't forget that it must be fun!
To learn effectively, Mr. Tracy emphasizes that we must be in a proper learning frame of mind: rested, relaxed and well-fed. Nutrition is such an important part of the equation, and he gives some great ideas on what to eat, what to avoid, and what supplements can be helpful. This is important because, as he reminds us, the brain consumes 20% of all calories in the body. This is why
A must for people who realize the only way to Succeed today is to always be learning more!
By Chris J. (Wash D.C.)
This CD is outstanding! It should be mandatory for kids and adults alike. It is well written and Brian always communicates clearly and effectively. Thank you Brian for once again making the world a better place.
A life-changing experience
By Tim Field "Author, Publisher and Webmaster of Bully OnLine"
Listening to Brian Tracy is a life-changing experience. No hype, just lots of practical, straightforward advice, some of which is so simple it's profound. Sometimes angels come disguised as friends; and sometimes they share their wisdom with us via tapes and CDs.
This program has changed my life
By Coz Green
I have been listening to Brian Tracy programs and seminars since 1989. His programs have changed my life, personally and professionally. He is the master at getting right to the heart of a subject. He synthesizes the very best ideas into one place and packages them into a system that gets results. Charles Tremendous Jones once said, "The difference between you today and the person you'll be in seven years are the people you meet and the books you read." My life is forever better because of Brian Tracy's influence through his coaching, his tapes, and his books. Thanks Brian.
A jewel that shines for all
By Natalie Lamb
Wow - you are truly a jewel that shines for all - thank you for your delicious service, and constant value giving to the world!!!-