Savants are those types of people who have a particular talent. They are generally considered genius and are likely socially dysfunctional. Dustin Hoffman played a savant in the movie Rain Man, and his character inspired by Kim Peek the real life Rain Man . Kim Peek is considered a mega-savant and had incredible memory retention and recall. Although he could, and did, memorize volumes of information, he lacked basic motor skills probably due to the way his brain was formed.
You may have seen stories about musicians or artists who are genius’ or prodigies in one area or another. Often diagnosed as autistic, these people have accessed different parts of their brains and in some ways are brilliant–and in other ways severely disabled.
Daniel Tammet is a special kind of savant. He had seizures as a child and researchers think that these seizures re-wired his brain. But what’s so incredible about Daniel is that he seems relatively “normal” for a genius. And because he can describe how he thinks and processes information, he has become incredibly valuable to scientists who study how the brain works.
Here is a mini-documentary about Daniel I found fascinating:
I find it fascinating that the humans are capable of learning a language in a week, or memorizing vast volumes of information, or doing mental math computations, or drawing detailed landscapes from memory. Who doesn’t find it fascinating?
I’m always taken by these stories and reminded that we are capable of so much more than we think we are. Our brains are vastly underutilized. These stories always inspire me to rethink what I’m doing and how I might do things differently.
Do these types of stories inspire you? What lessons can you learn from Daniel and will it inspire you to make some change in your life?
Would you like to unleash your brain and increase your capacity? Joey gives his 5 best tips on how to increase your brain power on his Better Ideas vlog.
Here are Joey’s 5 habits you can start implementing today that will help you become limitless.
Learn Broadly and Thoroughly
Read books and learn about a wide variety of topics such as auto mechanics, ancient civilizations, mathematics. Learn a new language, or how to cook like a professional for instance. But he cautions to not only read about a topic, but to become an expert by focus reading at least three books on each subject.
Talk About These New Ideas
Joey cautions that reading alone is not enough. You need to manifest these academic ideas into your reality and the best way to do that is to talk to somebody about them. He uses learning a new language as an example. He struggled with conversational Spanish when he was just reading books, but once he was forced to start speaking the language, he was able to master the new skill. He says in order to really master a new skill you have to focus not only on the input of information (reading) but also the output of the information to make it useful.
It’s amazing how many self-help gurus say you should meditate, and Joey is no exception. He practices only 5 minutes of meditation a day to help him focus on critical, deep-thinking tasks. He is a chronic multi-tasker and uses meditation to settle his mind to focus and dive into difficult tasks.
Limit Social Media
This probably sounds obvious, but Joey brings his own perspective on why. He says that increasing your brain power is largely based on your ability to focus on a single task. He says browsing social media trains your mind to be unfocused which is counterproductive to his goal of focusing.
Health and Nutrition
Your brain is simply a large organ in your body, and the better your body functions, the better your brain will work.
These are great tips to unleashing your brain power. Do you already do some of these, or are some of these new ideas that you will put into your daily routine?