How much do I want to read more? 7/10
The author is very enthusiastic, and the journey to have a super memory with him looks like a lot of fun.
I always wondered if memory athlete could use their imagination for other things than memorization. Like getting ideas, writing.
And how it could affect our self-talk and thoughts in our everyday life.
FOREWORD - DR. SANJAY GUPTA
Most everyone, young and old, wants to improve their memory.
My simple reply has always been: Try and pay more attention to those things you are truly trying to remember.
He has memorized 339 digits in five minutes and 217 names in fifteen minutes.
CHAPTER ONE - My Story and Why You Should Listen to Me
[quote, WINNIE THE POOH]
Whenever I try to remember, I forget.
I thought that being able to calculate in my head would make me a little sharper in my field. While researching the subject, I discovered the extreme end of it: the Mental Calculation World Cup
I wasn’t particularly interested in the esoteric competition aspect, but I thought it was pretty cool that these crazy mental feats essentially boiled down to being able to remember a bunch of numbers in a row.
So I did what you, perhaps for reasons not unlike mine, have done: I picked up a self-help book promising “unlimited mental capacity” and “laser-sharp concentration.”
HOW I ENDED UP WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP-CALIBER MEMORY
When I first picked up that self-help book, I didn’t know that competitive memory events existed.
Nor did I know that the top competitors all used essentially the same 2,500-year-old techniques.
the best competitors are not photographic-memory savants but, rather, average-brained men and women who trained very hard and mastered these techniques.
I was feeling ambitious and was willing to experiment to test my limits—and soon discovered that the memory techniques really worked.
Their premise was fairly simple: Our brains are better equipped to remember certain types of information than others—anything involving the senses, especially sight and sense of direction is stickier than abstract stuff like numbers and concepts—so to remember those harder things we simply have to use a little imagination to “translate” them into easier things. That means turning words and numbers into pictures in your mind’s eye, and imagining list items set against the backdrop of real-life “anchor points” along familiar paths, called Journeys.
The best way to remember just about anything is to turn it into a mental image.
But as proud as I am of those accomplishments, and as hard as I worked for them, the best part of success is the opportunity it affords me to talk about memory to new people all the time, and to show them how easy, fun, and life-changing it is to learn these techniques and put them to use.
A DAY IN THE LIFE (WITH AN ENHANCED MEMORY)
He gives me his number, 305–399–3026, but I’m in a hurry so I don’t bother putting it in my phone.
I just close my eyes and picture Ulysses Grant (the person I’ve very intentionally associated with the number 305 to help me remember it), along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo (399), trying out wigs (30) on a snake (26).
Memory training has changed my life in so many ways—not least of which is overcoming my frustrations and fears of forgetting. And it has turned out to be so much more fun than I ever expected.
Memory should be joyful—not just because you can recall what you need to when you need to, but because the act of storing it is an adventure in itself. And that’s why this book exists: not only to help you improve your memory in everyday situations but to completely change your assumptions and expectations about how memory works.
HOW THIS BOOK WORKS
Of course, there are a number of memory books already written, so what makes my approach different? Other memory books explain the techniques well enough, sure, but none of them manage to relate the techniques to the common day-to-day events that we all experience regardless of our age, career, or social status.
This book is no dry self-help tome. It is loud, offbeat, colorful, and, oh yeah . . . MEMORABLE!
Whether you’re learning one technique at a time to help you in the smallest nuggets of your life, or attempting to train your memory to become a certified steel trap, this book contains it all. When you think of a situation where you’d like to remember better, look it up in the contents, turn to the corresponding page, and teach yourself how to never forget in that instance again.
CHAPTER TWO - Basic Things You Must Remember Before You Start
[quote, DOUGLAS HOFSTADTER]
It’s quite odd, how one occasionally has to hunt around in one’s memory as if for a book in a library without call numbers