How To Learn More In Record Time - Speed Reading, Concentration, & Memory with Jim Kwik

November 16, 2017
In this episode we discuss how our guest went from a childhood head injury to becoming an accelerated learning expert. We cover memory, speed reading, improving your focus, taking notes like an expert and go deep into tactics for accelerated learning. We talk about the importance of mastering the fundamentals, and get into tons of highly specific and actionable advice you can use today with our guest Jim Kwik. 
Jim Kwik is the founder of Kwik Learning and Superhero You. Jim is a brain coach in speed reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. Jim’s methods and work have been utilized by with several high profile companies including Nike, SpaceX, and GE, as well as individuals such as the Clintons, Oprah, Richard Branson and more.
  • We’ve discovered more in the last 20 years about the human brain than we learned in the 2000 years before that
  • How Jim went from growing up with learning challenges from an early childhood head injury to become an expert in accelerated learning and speed reading
  • How to read 30 books in 30 days
  • How we can actually retain what we read
  • Knowledge is not power, its only potential power 
  • The one super power you want to master in the 21st century (learn faster)
  • Traditional speed reeding, skimming, skipping words, getting the gist of something is not enough - its about fully capturing and retaining the information
  • The average person reads 1-2 books per year, but the average CEO reads 4-5 books per month
  • What Bill Gates said the #1 super power he would pick would be
  • Warren buffet said he wasted 10 years of his life reading too slowly
  • How you can gain 2 months of productive time per year
  • Why motivation is such a critical component of accelerated learning - have a purpose for why you read
  • "H-Cubed” - 3 things you need for motivation to have accelerated learning 
  • The fastest way to read something is not to read it at all - figured out what your end goal is
  • How you can remember names more effectively & become a great connector
  • If you forget someone’s name, you show that they’re not important to you
  • Self Awareness is a super power 
  • “Smart reading” - what’s your goal for reading these books?
  • How to give a speech without notes
  • Half of success is just mindset, then get the mechanics right
  • Brain Hacks for Speed Reading
  • “Leaders are readers” and why Jim thinks you should read 30 minutes per day 
  • 12 things Jim does every morning to jumpstart his brain
  • Mental fitness is as important, if not more important, than mental intelligence
  • If you read 45 minutes a day, on average, you should be able to read a book a week
  • Using a “visual pacer” and how that brain hack can help you instantly double your reading speed
  • The adventure of lifelong learning
  • One of the biggest traps in the personal development field is the “next new thing”
  • People who are truly on the path to Mastery focus on the fundamentals and get REALLY REALLY GOOD at the BASICS
  • How to get a 20-50% boost in your reading speed right now
  • Excellence comes down to a set of routines, rituals, and habits
  • If we always do the easy thing in life, life becomes hard, if we do the hard things, life becomes easy
  • BEMAT = behavior equals motivation ability and trigger
  • The primacy principle and the recency principle - and why you should chunk and take breaks to create more “beginnings and ends”
  • Start as simply as possible - pick up a book and read one word
  • "Upleveling your ability to process information” not just skimming - reading so that you understand 
  • Another brain hack - talk to someone else about what you just learned - we learn best by co-creating and sharing information
  • If you make everything important than nothing is important
  • It's not about reading slowly or quickly - its about reading for understanding - reading faster creates flow and focus 
  • Read for maximum comprehension and understanding for the goal you have for your reading
  • You can learn things faster by overcoming the forgetting curve - you forget 80% of what you’ve learned within 2 days
  • There is a difference between taking notes vs making notes - note taking is capturing ideas, note making is writing your impressions of what you’re capturing - you’re CREATING, questions you have, how it relates to what you already know, how you would teach it to someone else
  • Ultimately all learning comes down to associations - that’s why metaphors are so powerful
  • Mindmapping is an incredibly powerful strategy for you to remember concepts and ideas
  • Most successful people in any industry journal on a regular basis - journalling helps us retain information and make new associations to things
  • Brain hack - learn something with the intention of teaching someone else very specific - or think you were coaching someone or teaching them or giving a presentation on these topics. When you teach something you get to learn it twice. 
  • The FAST method - 4 strategies for learning anything more quickly
    • Forget what you already know about a subject (set it aside)
    • Active - be active about learning (doing problems, engaging your mind, etc). Learning is not a spectator sport. 
    • State - all learning is state dependent. Information + emotion becomes a long term memory. 
    • Teach - learn to benefit yourself and learn to teach others
  • Forget about your limitations - if you fight for your limitations, you get to keep them - add the word “yet” to negative self talk - be very careful to the words you put behind the words “I am”
  • Be a thermostat not a thermometer
  • To turn knowledge into real power - you have to schedule it into an activity and execute that 

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