Enhance Your Brain & Build Better Habits During Quarantine | Jim Kwik on The James Altucher Show

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Key Takeaways

  • “Chronic stress and anxiety shrink your brain…Fear actually suppresses your immune system” – Jim Kwik
  • Your brain is a meaning searching device–if you say ‘why is this happening to me’ then your brain will search for answers that back up your beliefs
    • “If you don’t have a reason to work out, you’re not going to do it on a regular basis” – Jim Kwik
  • “We’re hearing about physical hygiene, washing your hands and sanitizing everything, but we’re not hearing a lot about mental hygiene” – Jim Kwik
  • “If we just do the easy things then life gets hard…but if we do the hard things, life gets a lot easier” – Jim Kwik
    • “You can’t be upset by the results you didn’t get by the work you didn’t do”
  • The 5 C’s for a better life:
    • Clarity: This is a wonderful time to reevaluate your life and clarify what is important to you
    • Care: Care for both your physical and mental hygiene
    • Contribution: It doesn’t have to be a financial contribution, you can donate your talent or time to making things better
    • Create: Use this time to make something
    • Capability: Learn a new skill

Intro

Books Mentioned

Jim’s Book & Brain Advice

  • Jim’s newest book is called Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life 
    • Jim thinks of himself as a coach who helps people become mentally fit, improve their memory, and learn faster
      • “The book limitless isn’t about being perfect, it’s about progressing and advancing. Especially beyond what we currently believe is possible”Jim Kwik
  • The brain isn’t wired for growth, it’s wired for survival–the brain see new settings as a threat because it’s unknown
    • This is why change is difficult and when you try to make major changes, the people around you will try to stop you
      • “Anytime you make a massive change in your life, there’s always people who either discourage you or…say you can’t do that” – James Altucher
  • Your brain always lookouts for threats which is why people constantly find themselves watching negative news
    • You need to consciously decide what you focus on–it’s a simple idea but not easy
  • “Chronic stress and anxiety shrinks your brain…Fear actually suppresses your immune system”Jim Kwik
    • If you’re always afraid, you’re more susceptible to colds and flus
  • “Neurons that fire together, wire together” – Jim Kwik
  • Your brain is a meaning searching device–if you say ‘why is this happening to me’ then your brain will search for answers that back up your beliefs
    • To change what do you, find a reason to do it
      • “If you don’t have a reason to work out, you’re not going to do it on a regular basis” – Jim Kwik

Thoughts on Quarantine

  • With the current lockdown, some people are struggling to be alone with their doubts and fears
    • “We’re hearing about physical hygiene, washing your hands and sanitizing everything, but we’re not hearing a lot about mental hygiene” Jim Kwik
  • Life is the C between the B and the D
    • B stands for birth, C for choice, and D for death
  • “Difficult times right now…could diminish us, they could define us, or they can develop us. We ultimately are going to decide these decisions.”Jim Kwik
    • It’s not our fault we’re in quarantine, but a victim mentality isn’t useful in this situation
  • A LIE stands for a Limited Idea Entertained
    • The claim that humans only use 10% of their brain is a lie
  • Take responsibility for your life. You can’t change the past but you can  make your future better
    • You don’t need to take huge dramatic steps, small wins are important too

Common Sense ≠ Common Practice

  • Here are some common-sense tips for a better life:
    • Limit the amount of time you spend on your phone
    • Watch less bad news
    • Apply what you’ve learned. Knowledge is useless without action
    • Get out of your comfort zone if you want to grow  
      • It’s easy to sit at home all day binging watching movies and eating junk food, no growth will come from it
        • “While the comfort zone is nice, not much grows there” – Jim Kwik
  • “If we just do the easy things then life gets hard…but if we do the hard things, life gets a lot easier”Jim Kwik
    • “You can’t be upset by the results you didn’t get by the work you didn’t do”

The 5 C’s For A Better Life

  • Clarity: This is a wonderful time to reevaluate your life and clarify what is important to you
    • “Self-awareness is a superpower” – Jim Kwik
      • Ask yourself what are the most important things in your career, relationships, and life
  • Care: Care for both your physical and mental hygiene
    • Focus your attention on the things you can control: eat healthy food, get plenty of sleep, work on managing your stress through meditation
      • Create borders around your time and attention
  • Contribution: It doesn’t have to be a financial contribution, you can donate your talent or time to making things better
    • Check it on your neighbor to see how they’re doing
      • “I can’t feel fear and gratitude at the same time” – Jim Kwik
  • Create: Use this time to make something
    • Shakespeare wrote King Lear when he was quarantined
      • “This could be the most productive period of your life” – Jim Kwik
  • Capability: Learn a new skill
    • It’s a wonderful time to learn a new skill–the internet provides people with countless free videos and courses to develop almost any skill

Additional Notes

  • Try something 3 times before you give up
    • Try it once to mitigate the fear
    • Try it again to get the groove of it
    • Try it the third time to see whether you like it or not
  • “Sometimes you have to fight through your bad days to earn your better days” – Jim Kwik
  • Kindness, compassion, and love are all free so sprinkle it everywhere
    • “You don’t have to do everything, but do something” – Jim Kwik
  •  Kindness is contagious–people are 3 times more likely to donate to a cause if they see their friend donated
  • Your passion is what lights you up and your purpose is what lights other people up
    • Jim’s passion is learning and his purpose is teaching other people how to learn
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