Vishen: Hi. I’m Vishen Lakhiani, fFounder of Mindvalley, the School for Human Transformation. You’re listening to “The Mindvalley Podcast” where we’ll be bringing you the greatest teachers and thought leaders on the planet to discuss the world’s most powerful ideas of personal growth of mind, body, spirit and work.
I’m Vishen Lakhiani, and this is “The Mindvalley Podcast.”
Hi, everyone. Welcome to “The Mindvalley Podcast.”Our guest today, is Jim Kwik. Jim, how are you?
Jim: Vishen, I’ve been looking forward to this.
Vishen: It’s so good to have you here back.So we’re actually recording this in Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia. The last time Jim was here in Kualar Lumpur, was two thousand and what?
Jim: It was 2010.
Vishen: 2010. So Jim and I have been friends for seven, eight years. We’ve explored the Malaysian jungles together. We’ve been to be Amazon rainforest together. But this is really the first year Jim and I have been working seriously on a couple of projects. And let me tell you why this man is so fascinating. Jim is the brain coach for many of the top performers in the world. And I kid you not, when I say top performer. I’m not using that name in any form of exaggeration. Jim just got off the set of the upcoming “X-Men” movie, where he trains the actors of the X-Men, on the skills to remember their lines. He has been at “SpaceX”, was at training Elon Musk, his employees and Elon’s children on the power of memory, focus, deep learning. So, Jim, Your story is incredible. I’d love to get started.
Jim: I think my journey is very similar to a lot of people’s journey. You know, when I speak at events like A-fest, I do a demonstration where I memorize names. We brought people right on stage, we memorize everyone’s name, and they gave me a list of numbers, and I memorized in forwards and backwards. And I always tell people that I don’t do this to impress you. I really do this to express to you what’s really possible, because every single person listening, you can do that and so much more. And that’s why I love everything you’re doing here at Mindvalley, because it’s about transformation. It’s about transcending. It’s about ending the trance, ending this trance that somehow our potential, our intelligence, our abilities are limited to like our fixed, like, our shoe size.
And I know this, because I grew up with learning disabilities. And a lot of people don’t know that when I was a child, I had a bad accident. I had a brain injury, a head injury, and I had learning difficulties all through school, and I struggled. And I think a lot of people can relate to that, you know, not having focus, having people repeat things over and over again, and I didn’t quite understand it. I couldn’t read it. It actually took me an extra three, four, years just to learn how to read. I actually taught myself how to read by reading comic books late at night. When my parents thought I was sleeping, I was underneath the covers with my flashlight, and reading all about superheroes and something about the superheroes, and good versus evil, and one person can make a difference and hope and help just brought words to life, and that’s how I learned how to read.
Vishen: And you know what’s funny, Jim? I never knew that about you. I knew you were a brilliant mind, but until recently, I did not know that you had brain injury as a child.
Jim: And that’s the thing. A lot of people…your brain is very resilient, but it’s also very fragile. You know, and so, I got to work with one of the actors Will Smith. He filmed the movie called “Concussion” which is all about the Football League and the challenges a lot of football players have with repeated concussions, and, you know, how it leads to depression and suicide and challenges like that. And so, it’s definitely protect your brain. And my goal is for people to fall in love with their brain again. You know, love your brain, love learning again. My journey really, my inspiration was my desperation. All through school I struggled. It wasn’t something I came easy. And when I was 18, I hit a wall in college, and I just ended up, because I was studying so much and in the library, I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t doing all this self care. I ended passing out one night, I fell down a flight of stairs, I hit my head again, and I woke up in the hospital two days later. I was wasting away. I was 117 pounds at that point in my life, and I thought I died. And it was very dark time.
And when I woke up, a different part of me woke up also, thinking there has to be a better way. And when I had that thought, the universe replied with a mug of tea. The nurse came in, gave me some tea on the mug, had a picture of Albert Einstein and a quote that said, “The same level of thinking that’s created your problem won’t solve your problem.” And that really hit home. Like we all have these problems all through life. And I think people’s biggest problem is they feel like they shouldn’t have any problems. But problems make us grow. You know, going through struggles help us find our strengths, and really, these challenges, problems could really define us or they could develop us, and I chose the latter. It made me think a new question. I think questions really are the answer asking new questions, getting new answer, I think some of the most amazing geniuses in the world, they ask better questions. And you know this from your book, “The Power of Questions.” And our self-talk, and our beliefs.
So I wanted to solve this. Instead of problems, I used the word puzzles. I want to solve this puzzle about how does my brain work so I could work my brain? And I started studying everything the kind of books that we love in the books on neuroscience, adult learning theory, meta learning, speed reading, memory enhancement. And I wanted to understand how my memory works so I could work my memory. I read somewhere that we only use 10% of our brain’s potential. We use our total brain, but only in terms of its potential, very small, limited amount. And that’s our conscious mind. You know, imagine how amazing our unconscious mind is. And I wanted to figure out how to access more of it, because I felt like I had a very slow brain. And I started studying this material, and within 60 days, a light switch went on. And I just, my life transformed. My grades improved, and with my grades, my life improved on top of it.
And the reason why I’m here today, all these years later, is I started to tutor people on it, because I was so upset and I was so angry that we weren’t taught this back in school and I suffered almost in a decade-and-a-half, because I wasn’t equipped for the modern day world that we live in, because I feel like school taught us what to learn, math, history, science, Spanish. But there was a very little taught on how to learn, how to think for yourself, how to solve problems, how to innovate, how to be creative, how to focus, concentrate, read faster, remember more. And so, I started teaching, and then one of my tutoring students, she was a freshman in college, she read 30 books in 30 days. And, I know you’re an avid reader. Imagine that…
Vishen: Thirty books in 30 days?
Jim: Like, think about it. Everyone listening like if you were to go online or go to the store and buy 30 books, what would you buy books on? What would you want to learn? Mandarin, music, martial arts, you know, any of these things, marketing. And so, she absorbed it. I wanted to find out not how she did it, I know exactly how she did it, but I wanted to know why. Because I struggled so much with school. I always wanted to find out what motivates people to act, right? Motivation or your motive for action. I found out that her mother, she tells me, was dying of terminal cancer, was given two months to live. Only 60 days. That’s what doctors said. And the book she was reading though, were books on health, they were books on wellness, because she was determined to save her mother’s life. I wished her luck on that and love and light.
Six months later, I get a call from this young lady, and she’s crying on the phone, and I can’t get a word out of her. And when she stops, I find out they’re tears of joy, that her mother not only survived, but is really getting better. Doctors don’t know how, they don’t know why, doctors called it a miracle, but her mother attributed 100% of the great advice she got from her daughter who learned it from all these books. And that’s where I realized at that moment, I realized in my soul, in my heart, in my mind, that knowledge is power, learning is her superpower. That knowledge is power, learning is your super power, and it’s a super power that’s within all of us. The only challenge is, we weren’t prepared to unlock those super powers, because a formal education, traditional 20th education prepared us for 20th century world. We’re talking about working on farms, working in factories, it was really modeled around the industrial age.
It was cookie cutter assembly line, one size fits all approach towards, you know, production, if you will. And so, now we live in an age you mentioned Elon Musk. We live in age of autonomous electric cars and space ships that are going out to Mars. But our vehicle of choice when it comes to learning is like a horse and buggy. And I know people who are listening could identify with it. If your listening to this right now and you feel overloaded, you feel overwhelmed, like there’s too much information, too little time, like you’re trying to study something, it’s like taking a sip of water out a fire hose when you do a Google search for something, right?
That’s the supervillain number one, it’s digital overload. But the second villain, if we’re talking about superheroes, because, you know, the size of a hero is determined by the size of the villain, you know, digital overload, but you also have digital distraction. Never before in human history have we been more distracted. I mean, how do we regain our focus, our concentration in a world full of distraction, full of app notifications. Social media alerts, and texts, and websites and blogs, and podcasts, and there’s so much information that, you know, where brain is rewired and we can’t get things done, and you can’t have a level of success and joy and peace of mind if you can’t just focus on the things that you need to.
And then, the third supervillain that I would say in this digital world that our generations before us didn’t have to face, besides digital overload and overwhelm digital distraction, is digital dementia. This is a new term in health care. I was training all the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic for Brain Health, helping them…in the United States, just like the Research Center for Brain aging. They do research in care-giving, but now we’re setting up a whole new area of prevention and lifestyle. Like, how do you optimize your brain for amazing like mental longevity? You know, you have ageless mind, and what role does diet and your thoughts of the people you spent time with, and sleep, and, you know, brain protection and stress management, where is that like a role?
And so one of the things is this new term called “digital dementia,” that we’re so reliant on our smart devices that keeps our schedules, our to-do’s, it memorized every phone number, it does simple math for us, which is great, because it’s convenient. But what doctors are saying is that people aren’t using their brains, they’ve lost the capacity even to memorize a simple-four-digit pass code or what hotel room that they’re in, or where they parked their car, or remember simple names, because we rely too much on our digital devices. Our brains are like a muscle, but it’s use it or lose it. And we’re not building those mental muscles on a regular basis. And so, one of the reasons we created the super brain quest together, is to be able to train people’s brain on a daily basis, 10 minutes a day, because just like you go…and I mentioned Will Smith, I was just with him at the Australian Open, and I asked him what his daily habits are. And I know you and I have had this discussion about routines and habits.
Yes, first, you create your habits, and then your habits create you. He was like, “Jim, every day I run, and I read.” You know, I do something physical every single day, and I do something mental every single day to exercise those two parts of me. And I think all of us have to schedule that every single day, because if we don’t, you know, if you put your arm in a sling for six months, it doesn’t grow stronger, It doesn’t even stay the same. It grows weaker and then after-phase, and, thus, digital dementia. And so, my mission here, because I was at the age of nine, a teacher pointed at me talking to other adult, thinking I was and paying attention, or I was just not smart enough to understand, saying, “That’s the boy with the broken brain.”
And, you know, that stayed with me for so long. And because that forms your identity. And literally, as for those people, parents or anyone who interacts with a child, your external voice becomes their internal voice. You know, your external voice becomes their internal voice to themselves. And so, you have to be very mindful and stand guard to your mind, you know, when we’re talking about things that are disempowering.
So I’m on a mission right now. I wanna go from the boy with the broken brains, to now I wanna leave no brain left behind. I think that there is not only a gap in financial resources with individuals, you know, this divide, but there’s also a learning divide. There’s a knowledge divide. There’s a difference between those who know and those who just don’t know. And one of the real ways to be able to bridge that is to be able to accelerate their learning, accelerate the velocity of them to be able to absorb information, because the one constant in the future, and I know you and I are very active and Peter Diamandis’ work at Singularity University, and XPRIZE, and so on. You know, it’s not gonna get any easier. All these three supervillains is to me, more overload, more distraction, you know, more digital dementia, and the world is changing so fast. The only thing that’s constant is change.
They say that somebody graduating school now is gonna have anywhere from 10 to 14 different careers, I read recently. I mean, that’s insane, not jobs, I mean…
Vishen: Totally to 14 different careers.
Jim: Because, it’s different [crosstalk] Yeah, because nobody can predict where the world’s gonna be three or four years from now. And so the only constant is change. So you and I have had this conversation before, that if, you know, you’re a genie of sorts, you know, with the code of the extraordinary mind, It’s like people become their own genies. And if you ask them a genie, if they’re going to grant you one wish would you wish for, the obvious thing is more wishes. That’s the hack, right? Around to getting more out of that, which is really what people want, productivity. They want more output for their input. But if you were to ask me if I was their learning genie, if I could learn any one skill or subject, and people could learn that, what would you choose? It would be learning, because learning how to learn as we’ve talked about these meta skills. You didn’t even apply towards anything.
Jim: And if you could choose one thing to learn, it would be learning how to learn. If schools should teach one thing to kids, it would be teaching them how to learn, so that they can start absorbing knowledge themselves. And this shift in thinking changes a lot of different things. There’s a whole category of it, it’s called meta skills. Meta skills are skills that enhance your other skills. And learning how to learn is one of the most powerful metal skills. I just wanna share a story of why this is so important. So a lot of people think why should I learn to improve my memory? Because with smart phones, everything is just on this computer in my pocket. But n our world today, when everyone has a smart phone, having a more powerful brain still gives you an edge. So I learned a technique from Jim on how to remember faces. And a couple months ago I was in Munich, Germany, and I was giving a speech to about 300 people, and then they came to sign books. And it was a two-day seminar, so this was on day one.
So I would sign a book to someone, and I would apply Jim’s technique and associate their name to the face. And by day two, I could remember the names of about 100 out of 300, not everyone, but 100 out of 300. And then the audience started getting really impressed by this. When someone raised their hand in the audience, I would call them out by their name. If I saw someone in the hallway, I would call them out by the name. And at the end, everybody was talking about how nice Vishen is, how friendly he is, because he remembered everyone’s name. But here’s the interesting thing, I wasn’t any nicer or friendlier than I normally am. But simply remembering someone’s name changed the entire impression people had of me. It made people feel so much better. You know, I think was it, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” that classic book by Dale Carnegie. He says your name is the most important word in the English language to you, right? And so, that simple technique changed my entire ability to function in that space. And that’s where being able to have a super brain gives you an incredible edge.
Jim: Yeah. I believe just that even that example, it’s a real superpower to be able to remember someone’s name. I mean, many people who are listening, have you ever met somebody, you get their name, and then seconds later, the name just disappears out your mind. You know, once a handshake breaks, it just falls right through the floor. Or if it’s not a short-term issue, it’s like a long-term issue. You’re out at the grocery store, you’re out at the gym, somebody tapped you on your shoulder, you turn around, you see somebody you recognize, but for the life of you, you don’t know that person’s name. You don’t know where you met that person. And what makes it worse is when that person has the audacity, the nerve to remember your name.
Or you’re in a position, you’re talking to somebody and somebody you know walks up and you have to introduce two people together and you don’t know one of their names. I mean, it’s very embarrassing. But I think the reason why it stands out as a skill is nobody takes the time to do it, but the meta message that we’re communicating to somebody when we forget their name is what? That they’re not important. That we don’t care about them. And people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. And that’s why a name is the sweetest sound to a person’s ears. I mean, think about the emotion attached to a name, It’s one of the first words, children learn how to write, and how much love and reinforcement and encouragement are they given for that, and they associate that at a very early age.
And so, for a lot of people, that’s their identity, right? I remember I was running a marathon and I knew I didn’t have a lot of friends watching because I was in a different state at the time. And somebody yelled out at one of the markers, “Go, go, Jim.” And I turned around, I looked, and even though I know I don’t know the person consciously, I still look, because your name, it just, and if someone said, “Go quick.” I’d still look even though they’re saying go quicker, right? And then so, your name is very powerful like that. And so everybody can learn to be able to remember someone’s name. It’s the number one etiquette skill there is.
Vishen: And for those of you listening, stay tuned, because Jim is going to teach you a technique called the FDR technique on remembering names, so that what I just said, this could be a story in your life, too. And I know a lot of as you’re listening to this are super interested in Jim’s work, and the techniques that he puts out there. I want you to know that we have produced a ton of really gorgeous Lithium videos with Jim. It’s all Mindvalley’s YouTube Channel. Simply go to YouTube, the channel name is Mindvalley. There’s a playlist called Jim Quick, and there you can learn techniques from Jim. And the reason why I want you to go check out the YouTube channel is because some of these techniques, it really helps if you see the video rather than simply hear this in audio.
For example, there’s an incredible video. It’s about to hit a million views, and it’s called “Jim’s Daily Habits,” and you got to watch that. I think it’s about five or seven minutes. But it lays out 10 different things Jim does in the morning, just to optimize his brain. So go check it out. Mindvalley’s YouTube channel. The playlist is called Jim Quick. Jim, let’s continue.
Jim: So, how do you remember someone’s name, right? This is something that everybody wants to be able to do, because if you could walk into a room and meet 20 strangers and leave saying goodbye to all 20 of them using their name. I mean, that who are they all gonna remember? They’re gonna remember us, right? So it’s a standout skill. And so I would remember really fast, remembermm first, MOM, M-O-M, very, very quickly, three things. If you’re forget something, usually one of these three things is missing, and I’ll share with you the FDR technique.
The first M stands for motivation. So I just want you do a psychology check and check in with your heart, and why do you wanna remember someone’s name? Because for example, a lot of people forget people’s names, yet if there was a suitcase of a million dollars, or whatever the equivalent is, because I know everyone’s listening is from around the world, but a million dollars currency there, if you just remember the name of the next person you meet that’s yours, or you or your favorite charity, are gonna remember that person’s name? Everybody’s gonna remember that person’s name.
So as your super brain coach, I want to ask you a question. Were you able to remember it before? “Yeah, of course.” “What technique did you use?” You’re like, “I didn’t use any technique.” So notice, it had nothing to do with your capabilities, and it had everything to do with whether or not you wanted to or not. So I wanna get past this, because a lot of people say, “Oh, I’m so forgetful. I’m horrible with names. I’m getting old or whatever it is.” You remember the things you want to remember. You remember the people that you’re attracted to. You remember the people that want to do business with. So what’s the tactic? Ask yourself, “Why do I want to remember this person’s name?” Maybe it’s to show the person’s respect. Maybe it’s to make a new friendship. Maybe it’s to do some business, maybe is to practice the skills we listen to on this podcast. So that’s very important is first check in and come up with reasons, because here’s the thing, reasons reap results. Reasons reap results. You need to come up with a couple reasons and remember the names.
Vishen: So the first M is motivation.
Jim: Motivation. The O stands for observation. And so, a lot of people blame their retention when they forget someone’s name. It’s not your retention as much it is your attention, right? So paying attention. And the key is to listen. And even if you write the word listen down on a sheet of paper, if you scramble the letters, it spells another word perfectly. It spells the word silent. And most people, when you really look into it and even maybe do the self-awareness test, when you’re meeting someone, you’ll notice sometimes you’re not really listening. What are you doing? You’re looking around. Who’s more important in the room? Or if you’re not distracted outside, you’re distracted inside. You’re having a conversation with yourself.
Most people aren’t listening, they’re waiting for their turn to speak, or they’re thinking about how they’re gonna respond to somebody. So they’re not really present. So all you have to do is be silent and really what we’re talking about here, motivation and observation, we’re talking about good memory training for me is just being a memorable person, or being a better person, you know, being a better human being, because motivation just means you care about the person that’s in front of you. So it’s just training you to care more. Observation means to be present. So it’s training you to be here instead of somewhere else in your mind or somewhere in the future, or in the past. So I think that alone is gonna be very valuable.
And then, finally, the last and M in MOM stand for Mechanics. And these are the tools, the techniques, the strategies that I teach on your YouTube channel, that I do in my podcast. that we do on your Super Brain Quest. And so, one of the techniques is this thing called FDR. So President FDR, it was very notable, has had this incredible memory. He would walk around be able to remember people’s names, remember their spouses’ names. It was absolutely incredible. and he had a very simple mechanical skill that he would do, very simple strategy. When he would meet somebody for the first time, he would imagine their name written on their forehead, very simple technique. He would imagine their name written across their forehead, and he would do this every single time.
Now, I can make this even better for people. It’s, kind of, like imagining a name badge on somebody’s chest, but instead, it’s right on their forehead. But notice how this works. A lot of people they forget things, because of one or two things. They’re not paying attention either to what they’re hearing, the name, or they’re not paying attention to the face. This forces you to do both. It creates this very distinct focused awareness on the person and on the person’s name. So even if it doesn’t work, it still tends to work, because it gets you to focus, where normally you meet somebody and then you don’t even focus on the name, you don’t focus on the person, you wonder why you can’t remember either one of them.
So, imagine next time you’re at a wedding, you’re at a business conference, you’re at an event and you’re meeting someone new for the first time. When they’re saying their name, picture yourself writing it right on the forehead. Now, I wanna make this even more enhanced. So instead of just picturing the name on the forehead, we’re gonna make it even more memorable. So what I want you to do, is when you’re meeting someone for the first time, imagine you’re spelling their name on their forehead, but I want you to imagine you’re spelling it in your favorite color marker, your very favorite color marker and you’re using your imagination here.
And people say, “Jim, this is very childish.” Who are the fastest learners, right? Children. They’re playful. They make fun of names, right? Someone’s name is David, you know, and they call him David the Bavid. And David is in therapy for years and wondering what a Bavid is. That’s what kids do to memorize a name. They’re playful, right? They make up rhymes, banana fanafo fan, you know, and so that’s what we’re doing here. We’re using our imagination, because imagination is a superpower, and it’s using more of your right brain instead of left brain logical, so it’s more whole brain learning.
Another thing you can do to make it even more memorable, it’s not only just picture yourself writing on their forehead in your favorite color, imagine do these little micro movement, little muscular movements with your fingers as if you’re actually handwriting it on. I’m not saying pull your hand out and actually moving it right across the forehead, but a little micro movements with your hand, by your side, it will get the kinesthetic or in the muscle memory into it.
Now, you’re using three of the main learning modalities, you hear the name, you see the name on their forehead, and then you’re moving your physical body. And so, you have the kinesthetic memory also. So you create this synesthesia learning where you’re combining these senses together, so you’re using more of your nervous system and you’re more likely to remember their name. And the best thing to do about this is to really test it out for yourself. Ultimately, I think the expert is not always the person on stage or that you’re listening to. It’s like you are the expert of you, because, you know, knowledge really comes down to self-knowledge, and you can coach yourself. Test it on yourself and see how you do.
Vishen: Okay. So the first M is motivation. You must have a clear motivation for why you want to remember these names.
Jim: Right. Because reasons reap results, it reaps rewards.
Vishen: And the second thing is observation.
Jim: Observation, just listen and be silent, be present with the person.
Vishen: And third is mechanics.
Jim: The mechanics. And these are the skills, the techniques we teach on how to read faster, how to remember languages, how to remember facts, figures, pass codes, give speeches without notes, or how to remember names step by step strategies that we teach.
Vishen: And the particular mechanic that you just shared with us is the FDR technique. You imagine their name written on their face, and you move you fingers…that secretly behind you back, you move yours fingers as if you’re writing it down. Kind of little micro movements.
Jim: Yeah, little micro movements, because it gets your attention, your awareness on this process, and you make it your favorite color, and then you look at their face and you can kind of see it right there. And even if you can’t imagine it, imagine you can imagine it right on their forehead.
Vishen: And I know we’re in Jim’s Super Brain Quest, he goes deeper in how to remember numbers, names, languages, how to learn faster. It’s a whole range of topics, but look, I know many guys are hungry, so I want to recommend a couple of resources. For those of you who want to get serious into the study of improving your brain, definitely subscribe to Jim’s podcast. Look, you’re listening to this on your podcast app right now. Before you get off your phone, as this podcast ends, just search for Jim’s podcast and subscribe. It’s bite size information, I think 10, 15 minute audio tracks, super powerful stuff. Okay, Jim, where can they find your podcast?
Jim: They can just go to kwikbrain.com It’s kwikbrain.com or search “Kwik Brain” in your podcast, search my name in your podcast. K-W-I-K. We do episodes on top 10 favorite brain foods, or how to change your habits and all these fun little facts. But they’re all like 5 or 10 minutes long. We basically have a private Facebook group or people post questions and I answer them, and just post it up there.
Vishen: That’s fantastic. So, Jim, there are a couple of other things which I’m fascinated by in terms of what you teach. Now, you read a book in 19 minutes.
Jim: Approximately, yes.
Vishen: Oh, my God. You should see the ridiculous number of books I have sitting unread on my desk, and people are constantly sending me books, you know, to ask my opinion on them. How can you help me with this?
Jim: Absolutely. Let’s roll pursue. Let’s do this. And I know we actually did a bonus also for Super Brain where we go way in depth in the…
Vishen: Wait, let me just address Super Brain, because you mentioned that a couple of times and people are wondering. Super Brain is Jim’s program with Mindvalley. It’s designed on Mindvalley’s Quest platform, so it’s not for additional cost, but rather, Super Brain opens up several times a year. The last batch opened up about around 45 days ago. Three thousand students joined at the same time, and they go through around 10 to 15 minutes a day, that’s it. Ten to 15 minutes a day of brain training with Jim.
And at the end of 30 days, their capacity to remember names, to learn foreign languages, to read faster has accelerated. So it’s been one of our highest rated programs. It was the best-selling program of Mindvalley, the singular best-selling program of Mindvalley in all of 2017. You can learn about it if you go to mindvalley.com, and then visit the list of programs in mindvalley.com click on meta learning and you’ll see super brain. And then, you can exploit, and if you feel if this is something that you like, you can sign up to be enrolled the next time Super Brain opens itself up to the world. Okay, so that’s Super Brain. Let’s get on to the tip on speed.
Jim: So a really couple of quick brain hacks on reading faster. I think everybody identify, we all go out there and buy a lots of books and they sit on our shelf, and as our friend Lisa Nichols says they become shelf-help and not self-help. And that’s a big challenge, right? I mean, why buy a book if we’re not gonna actually read it and absorb it? Because knowledge is not power, it’s only potential power. It only becomes power only actually apply it. And so, the goal here is, everybody can read faster. Everybody who is here with us right now could double your reading speed. It’s really possible, because the challenges we weren’t taught. And so, there really quickly, five obstacles to effective reading. There are five things that get in the way of us reading better, with better speed, with greater focus, with greater comprehension.
So I might gonna gp through some really rapidly, and then give you a brain hack to boost everyone’s reading speed. Number one obstacle to effective reading is this thing called lack of education. Because, are we born with the ability to read? No. Of course not. We were born and then crawled out to the waiting room and start reading magazines and stuff like that. It’s a skill. And how do you improve skills? Through proper training. But here’s the challenge, when wass the last time you took a class called reading? How old were you? Like, seven years old? Seven years old? Eight years old? That’s a big challenge. And so, we read like a seven or eight-year-old, but the difficulty in demand has increased so much. But how our skill base is that that’s our level of proficiency. So it’s time to upgrade it through proper learning.
The second obstacle to effective reading for reading speed and comprehension is lack of focus. And I know everybody who’s here with us can identify with this. You read a page in a book, you get to the end, and you just forget what you just read. Or when you’re reading something, you can’t concentrate, because your mind is wandering. It’s paying attention to everything going on in the environment, or if it doesn’t wander outside, it wanders inside and starts thinking about other things.
So, here’s the thing with focus. If I ask you to read faster, what do you think is going to happen to your comprehension? Most people they feel like it’s gonna go down. Now, that’s actually a myth. It’s actually a lie. I think it’s a rumor being spread around by slow readers. Because in actuality, when you are learning properly, when you read faster, you could actually understand more. And here’s the reason why. Your brain is like this massive supercomputer. It could process an incredible amount of information. But when we read a book, we feed this supercomputer of a brain one word at a time. And even, I can’t talk that slow, because I’m from New York, but even when I talk that slowly, what does your mind actually do? It starts to get aggravated, right? It gets frustrated. It starts thinking about other things. It starts to, you know, get distracted. My mind starts to wander.
Even if I was to talk that slowly, some of you would actually fall asleep. And, in fact, how many people use reading as a sedative? Right? You can’t sleep at night, you have this token book that’s been sitting by your bed stand for like weeks and embarrassing long period of time. You associate, you know, slumber to sleep. And that’s a really not empowering association to have. We talk about in memory, you know, when I spoke at A-Fest. We said the key to a long term memory is information combined with emotion becomes a long term memory. That we remember things that touch us emotionally. But the challenge is, and we know this, right? Like, if there’s a song or fragrance, or food that will take you back to when you were a kid, because information combined with emotion becomes a long term memory. But the challenge is, back in school, what was the primary emotion you felt back in school? It’s one of two things. Either for most people, it’s either half the class is bored and the other half of the class is confused, right?
But if you’re bored and on a scale of 0 to 10, it’s like a zero, anything times zero becomes a what? Becomes zero. And that you wonder why all the things that you learned back in school you forget, it’s because the state you learn something in, is the state that gets coded in, because there’s three parts of memory. Information gets encoded, it gets stored, and you need to retrieve it. But if you encode it in a lackluster state, you’re not likely to remember it. And so, if your state when you’re reading is a sedative, you’re using it to sleep, and it’s a to zero, that’s a poor association to have towards reading.
And so, the reason why faster readers have better comprehension is because faster readers have better focus. Faster readers have better focus. What do I mean by that? It’s similar to driving a car. If you’re driving a car really slow, are you focused on the act of driving? No, of course not. What are you doing? You’re doing five different things. You’re drinking your bulletproof coffee, right? You’re texting, you’re having a conversation with somebody sitting with you. You’re listening to music. You’re thinking about the dry cleaning. You’re doing five different things, because you’re going slowly.
Now, take the opposite. Let’s say you’re racing cars, you’re going down a race track as fast as you can, you have more or less focus? A little bit or a lot? A lot, right? Are you thinking about the dry cleaning? Are you trying to text? Are you trying to drink coffee or talk to your neighbor? Of course you’re not doing any of that. You’re completely focused on what’s in front of you. That’s a great metaphor for reading. When you read slowly, your mind goes all different directions. But when you read more quickly, it forces your focus. And because you have better focus on what’s in front of you, i.e., the book, then you have better comprehension. So the speed gives you the focus. The focus gives you the comprehension. So the reason why I wanna change this myth, because I wanna give you a brain hack on how to read faster, but if you believe if you read faster your comprehension will go down, you’re not gonna use that tip, right?
Vishen: I see what you doing there. You just busted a major brule about what people think about reading.
Jim: It is. And this is, you and I had this talk about education. You know, if everyone’s going in one direction, we want to like run sometimes in the opposite direction, because you don’t want what most people have. And so, the third obstacle to effective reading, I’ll tell you is the big one. It’s something called sub-vocalization. Sub-vocalization> This is the one that is the silent anime, if you will, to your reading. It’s what holds you back. It’s what keeping you behind.
When I say the word sub-vocalization, some of you might not know what that means. It means your inner voice. Have you ever noticed when you’re reading something to yourself you hear that inner voice inside your head reading along with you, hopefully your own voice is not like somebody else’s voice. Or you’ll hear like two or three voices inside your head. The reason why it’s a challenge is if you have to say all the words while you read either externally or internally, that means you can only read as fast as you could speak. Let me say that again. If you have to say all the words inside your mind to understand this book, that means your reading speed is limited to your talking speed not you’re thinking speed. That’s why so many of us when we listen to a podcast or listen to audio books, or listen it at 1.5 or two X, because we could understand, we just can’t talk that fast.
So you’re limited to your talking speed. And that’s why most people read at 200 or so words per minute, because that’s the average speaking speed. Does that make sense? Because here’s the question I haven’t ask you right now, and it’s gonna blow some of your minds, do you have to pronounce all the words in order to understand those words? If you see a word like “New York City,” do you have to take the time to pronounce New York City in order to understand that? And the answer, of course, is no. You’ve seen that word 1,000 times. You will see it another 100,000 times your lifetime, you don’t have to pronounce it, because it’s what they call sight words. Words you know by sight. You know, especially words like “the,” “of,” “there,” “because,” “and,” words that you don’t have to pronounce any more than you pronounce a comma when you see a comma, right?
So you don’t have to take the time. And that’s the thing, that reading takes time, and if you wanna be able to shorten that, you don’t have to pronounce other words. Like, when you see a stop sign on the road, you don’t say to yourself “stop” in your mind, but do you comprehend what it means, of course.
Ninety five percent of the words you read on a regular basis, on websites, and blogs, and emails, and texts, and books, and magazines, 95% of those words, you don’t have to pronounce, because you know exactly what those words are. So some vocalization is a challenge. The last couple of obstacles to effective reading, number one was lack of education. Number two was lack of focus. Number three was sub-vocalization.
Number four, regression. This is such a bad habit that we picked up as a kid. Have you ever read something and you found yourself back-skipping and re-reading words? That’s a big challenge. Reading research says up to 25% to 30% of our time unconsciously is spent re-reading words, because we didn’t realize that we’re doing it. And it can be the equivalent if you’re watching a movie on your television and somebody’s off in the corner with a remote control, and every 30 seconds they’re rewinding. Every 30 seconds they’re rewinding it. Is that gonna help you understand the movie better? No, of course, not. What’s is it gonna do? It’s gonna add more time to that movie, and it’s going to break the flow. And that’s often what happened when you reading.
And actually, they’ll take marketing technology, where people are looking at screens for advertisement, and they’ll see they can use the technology, see where your eyes are actually located, and, you know, like keeping maps and stuff like that, and they do it for marketing reasons because they wanna know where eye flow is so they could put their brand, you know, in this line of sight. But they use that same technology when people are reading, and they’ll actually see people’s eyes going forwards and then back, forwards and back, and they’re very erratic. And better readers have a little better rhythm and flow to their reading, if that makes sense. So back-skipping.
And then the fifth obstacle to effective reading, I’ll add this, because this is a Mindvalley community, is belief. Because you know the power of your thoughts, because thoughts are things. If you believe you can or believe you can’t, either way you’re right. What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve. We know all of this stuff already. But what does it mean when it comes to reading? If you believe that you’re a slow reader, that’s what you’re going to get. All behavior is belief driven. All behavior is believe-driven. It’s like a thermostat.
Your beliefs are gonna allow you to get to a certain point, and then here’s the thing, you believe how smart you are. You believe how healthy you are. You believe what you are in relationship, you believe, you know, how much you’re worth financially. And so where are you on that scale when it comes to reading? So, how do we hack some of these obstacles to effective reading? Well, what I wanna focus on in this podcast is regression and back-skipping. It’s the easiest one to fix, because this is a bad habit we picked up as a kid. Just like some vocalization was there since we’re a kid, because remember sitting in that circle vision like you pass around the book, and, you know, you have to read out loud to all your friends and stuff.
I believe honestly that’s where a lot of the fear of public speaking came from. I think that we weren’t good at this skill, and who’s good at something the first time you’re doing it, right? And we had to go around, and I was so nervous because I couldn’t read when…it took me actually three or four years to learn how to read. And they would pass around the book, and I would get so nervous, and I would just pass the book on I couldn’t even read the book. And so, I think that’s where a lot of fear of public speaking actually came. But the teacher had to have you read out aloud, so the teacher knows you’re pronouncing the words correctly. But later on, do you remember when the teacher said to you, “Okay, class, I want you to require lead to yourself.” Or “Read silently to yourself.” And that’s where you took that external voice and you internalized it, and it’s been there ever since, right? So that self talk can be a challenge in the context of reading.
Now, how do you apply it specifically though for back-skipping? Well, what keeps you from back-skipping is what they call a visual pacer. A visual pacer. Any of the speed reading, and it’s really fun and more advanced. Like what we teach in Super Brain, for example, in Mindvalley Quest app is far more advanced that was out there decades ago. Because back then, traditional speed reading is more skipping words and skimming, and scanning things. But, you know, our clients are world’s top financial advisors, politicians, Medical doctors. You don’t want your medical doctor to get the gist of what she’s reading, right?
And so, it’s really about comprehension. So what does that mean? Using a visual pacer will boost your reading speed 25% to 50%, 25% to 50%. Now, is that a little bit or a lot? That’s a lot, because reading takes time and time is what? Time is money, right? And how many people would have loved to get a 25% or 50% return on their investments last year, right? And so, here’s the thing when it comes to reading, the average person that in my estimation when I do, you know, talks around the world and online, is the average person says they have to read about four hours a day, processing information, a lot of times in corporations they say it’s the biggest “time waster,” meaning, most their days spent processing data information knowledge, right?
And so, if you’re reading four hours a day, if you can just double your reading speed, how much time do you save? two hours a day. What’s two hours a day of the course of a year? They’re like, “Oh, I will have to do some math also.” They were 700 hours, right? But now I say this, “Even if you say one hour a day, what’s one hour a day of the course of a year?” Three hundred sixty five hours. Now, that’s a pretty big number. Break it down into a 40-hour work week. How many 40-hour work weeks is that? Into 365 hours? That comes out to over nine work weeks. Two months of productivity you get back every year saving one hour a day.
Vishen: Or two months of extra vacation. Two months of extra sleep.
Jim: Exactly. Two months with your family or to do interpersonal development and adventuring, whatever it is. You get back doing something ubiquitous as reading, right? So using a visual pacer helps boost your reading speed 25% to 50% across the board. And here’s the thing, don’t believe everything I’m saying. You are the expert, test it on yourself. Now what’s a visual pacer? I’m talking about your finger, a pencil, a highlighter, a mouse on a computer. Anything that helps to direct your focus, because here’s the reason why it works, you’re not taught to use your finger while you read. In fact, depending on the school system you went to, you got unique feedback with a ruler if you use your finger while you read. And I’m not saying it’s conspiracy wanting to keep you slow and there is this higher power trying to keep us from learning new information, but it’s the equivalence of revisiting a tool or tactic that’s been taught years ago and we haven’t used some common sense around it, right? Done some research about it.
So, for example, computer keyboard. Like, why are all the letters the way that they are? Why are the letters exactly where they are? What most people will say is, “Oh, they designed it because it’s the optimal way to type. It’s based on the frequency of what when using different letters of the alphabet while you’re typing.” And actually, the truth is the opposite. It’s actually designed to slow you down massively. It’s massively inefficient? And now, why would they do that though? It’s because before computers and laptops and texting smart devices, what did we have? We had typewriters, and it’s interesting because what would happen on a typewriter, some of you watching this like, “What’s a typewriter? Right? If you’re typing on a typewriter and you went too fast, what would happen is the keys themselves like the spider legs that actually put the ink on the paper would get jammed together if you type too fast. And you would have to spend all this time trying to unravel them, right? So they actually wanted to slow you down. So that’s the keyboard. Yet, it’s a keyboard from the typewriter became the keys for the computers and the smart devices, everything. and we never reevaluated that.
But there is actually a new keyboard that’s been tested by transcribers, and actually, it’s so much more efficient, but people are locked into their old way of doing it. So I find a lot of what we do, and you do also as well it’s not so much a learning it’s like unlearning. It’s like unlearning bad habits, it’s simplifying, it’s a reductionist approach to transformation, getting rid of the bad habits, right? And one of the bad habits, actually, you know, like sub-vocalization is actually not using your finger when you read. Because when you use your finger when you read, and all I’m saying is not speed reading traditional speed reading where they taught you to take your finger and go down a page, or make fancy S motions or Z emotions, because if you buy a book on speed reading, that’s all the book is. It’s literally a bunch of pages and say, “Oh, use this way or this way, or this the question mark technique. Really go down the page like a question mark. It’s, kind of, silly because you miss big chunks of information.
I’m not saying that. I’m saying, don’t skip anything. Underline the words, go margin the margin like that, and here’s the thing, time yourself. Make it really test it yourself, you know, you’ll be the experiment. Read for 60 seconds, count the number of lines you read in 60 seconds, and then mark them in the margin where you left off. And then, pick up where you left off using your finger while you read this time. And then 60 seconds, put a mark on the margin where you left them off, count the number of lines. That second set is, for most people, 25% to 50% boost in productivity instantaneously. Now, here’s the thing, here’s the reason why it works. Number one, because adults want to know like why it worked or they’re not gonna do it.
Number one, kids do it. All children, it’s called the organic learning, will naturally use their finger while they read, and they’re geniuses, right, until we educate them. And so they use their finger while they read, until we stop him to do it. Secondly, you do it. You’e like, “Jim, I don’t use my finger when I read.” I bet you 100%. All of you, when I ask you to count the number of lines you just read, will use a visual pacer to help you to keep you focused. You go, one, two, three, four, five, using your finger or the pen that you’re using, because you know that helps you to focus.
Number three reason why you use your finger or why you reader or visual pacer is because your eyes are attracting the motion. Like, right now we’re in the Mindvalley headquarters here, the most beautiful view ever of Kuala Lumpur, but still, when I see a plane go by, or a bird fly by, my eyes you’ll see will go here, because your eyes are wired to look at what moves, because as a hunter, gatherer, it’s your survival. You’re in a bush, and you’re hunting, you know, lunch, right? A rabbit, or a carrot, whatever your diet is. And a bush next to you moves, you have to look at what moves, because, number one, it’s your survival. Number one it can be lunch, or number two, you could be lunch. So either way, you have to look at what moves in your environment. And when your finger is going through the page, and you’re underlining the words, your attention is being pulled through the book as opposed to your attention being pulled apart and being distracted, right?
The fourth reason why you wanna use your finger while you read is certain senses are very closely wired together in your nervous system. What do I mean by that? Have you ever tasted a vision like a great piece of fruit? Like, something that hasn’t been waxed and sprayed and sitting in a grocery store, but like right from the farmer’s market, or right from the vine? Have you tasted a great tasting peach before? Right? In actuality, you’re not tasting the peach. In actuality, you’re smelling the peach, because your tongue is not capable of tasting what a peach tastes like. Now, the reason why is in your nervous system, your sense of smell and taste are so closely-linked, They’re so intertwined that your mind doesn’t perceive the difference. It perceives a difference though, when you’re sick. When your nose is congested, what does food taste like? It tastes like bland, right? Because your sense of smell and taste are so closely-linked in your nervous system.
As your sense of smell and taste are so closely-linked, so is your sense of sight and your sense of touch. And so wired in your nervous system. In fact, when you with a toddler, and if you had your keys and you say, “look at my keys. Look at my keys.” What will that toddler then naturally do? Gonna reach out and what? And touch them and grab them, because they associate sight with touch. In fact, when people use their finger when they read with a tell me anecdotally, is that, “I don’t know what’s going on, Jim. I feel more in touch with my reading.” In fact, when people lose their sense of sight, how do they read?
Vishen: They use Braille.
Jim: They use Braille, they use their sense of touch when they read. And so, what I’m saying, neurologically, when you use your finger while you read, or visual pacer, pen, highlighter, again, a mouse on your computer to help keep your visual pacer, your eyes on the page here and help move it forward instead of going back-skipping and regressing, and re-reading the whole lines again like that, you’re gonna save time. And that number again, is gonna be 25%, 50% boost. I mean, that’s an incredible level of efficiency. That puts you at a huge advantage for people who are struggling to catch up, to keep up, to be able to get ahead. And when you’re reading on a digital device, I would just say, whether it’s on a book or not, it’s just be right above the page. Just right above the page, because you wanna swipe on it.
Plus as you’re reading faster, there’s thing called friction, and I’ve burned so many books that way, right? And they can on fire that way. But the goal is to be able to do that. And here’s the other tip also as you’re here with me. It’s just, be clear about your posture. So many people take a book and they put it on a desk in front of them. The challenge is once it’s on the desk like this, the words become smaller at this angle. If you’re keeping up right posture. This is a visual posture.
The challenge is, what most people as a bad habit, if they’re riding on the train or on an airplane, or they just have bad posture in general, is they know it’s more difficult to read at an angle if the book is set on a table. So what do they do? To compensate, they bend their head down. The challenge is if you bend your head, you’re collapsing your diaphragm. And, first of all, the lower one third of your lungs absorbs two thirds of the oxygen. So if you found yourself getting tired, that could be the reason why is your posture. But the other reason why it’s a challenge, it gets you at that visual state. So all I would say is to make sure if you’re not gonna change your posture, make sure you tilt the book so you can see the book more head on. The other tip I would say, is you’re reading going left to right. You’re like this going left to right, underlining the words, is you don’t have to go margin to margin, because you have this thing called peripheral vision.
Like, there’s floveal vision, where floveal is to focus vision, and you see a fixation they call it in reading, where you can see…if you stare at a letter, you can see like the word to the left to the word to the right. So the best readers what they do, is they relax their eyes so they can absorb more. But one of the things we do in the Super Brain Quest, is during these implementation days, we teach people to juggle. First of all, there’s a study done in Oxford University saying jugglers have bigger brains. Literally, they create more white matter in their brain. And it’s very powerful because as your body moves, your brain grooves. But the other reason why I train jugglers, is because when you’re juggling, you can’t see all three balls with just two eyes, right? You can’t floveal vision and focus on all three balls. So you have to relax your eyesight so you can take in more of what’s in front of you. And that’s similar to when you read, these you wanna take in more words, because does that make it easier or harder to read? It’s much easier when you take in more words.
But what I’m saying here with your peripheral vision, when you’re underlining the words, here’s another reading hack, is don’t go margin to margin. You could actually come indent at half an inch or so, or depending on how many centimeters you’re reading, and not only to left, not only to the right, because as you’re going left to right, your peripheral vision will pick up that to the left and to the right, so you actually save time like that. And, again, when you compound this, yes, you’ll save time, maybe 20, 30 minutes on every hour when you read, but over the course of a week, over the course…
Vishen: It’s a month?
Jim: Over the course of a year, saving one hour, getting nine weeks, two months of productivity. I mean, that’s a life changer.
Vishen: Right. So, let me try to recap, okay? So the first thing is understanding that education models teach us an outdated model of reading. Most of us learn to read between the ages of like four to six, and we continue reading that way for the rest of our lives. We never go back and learn how to read faster. The second thing is breaking that belief that false belief that if you speed up your reading, your comprehension is gonna go down. That is simply not true. But that’s what holds many people back from reading faster. The third one is sub-vocalization, eliminating sub-vocalization, which is, basically saying aloud every word as you read it. And the fourth one, is back-skipping. And you spoke about pacing to overcome back-skipping. And finally, the fifth one is simply the belief that you can read faster. It’s shifting that belief system.
Jim: That’s amazing.
Vishen: And then, you spoke about two additional things. You spoke about posture and you spoke about peripheral vision, okay. See, I can remember this because I took Jim’s Super Brain Quest. Jim, there was one thing that’s leaving a big gap for me to understand. And that is, how do we eliminate sub-vocalization? That’s my big issue.
Jim: So that inner talk. Well, first of all, you’ll never completely eliminate it. I mean, when I read slowly, and there’s certain things, by the way, you can never read any faster than you could understand information, nor would you want to, right? If somebody doesn’t understand Russian, reading it faster is not gonna help you understand it better, right? Here’s the difference though, I know if there’s a golf course like, you know, in one of the views here. It’s, kind of, like golf, it’s…Imagine having for those people who play golf, or don’t play golf, you have many different clubs to choose from and whoever has the most options there are more likely to win in court and game theory, right? And so, but imagine having to play golf with just one club. And that would be really difficult to do.
Here’s the thing, when it comes to reading, most people are just reading at 200 words a minute, and they read everything a 200 words a minute. It doesn’t matter what they’re reading something technical, something fiction, like fiction, they read everything the same, because that’s how they’re trained. My goal with teaching people to read better is not just to read faster, but to read smarter, right? That’s why we spend so much time on focus and comprehension, because people can understand what they’re reading better if they can read it faster. That aside, when we teach people to read 300, 400, 500, 600 words or more words per minute, they don’t read everything at 600 words per minute. Even when I read something technical, I have to slow down, because I can like only read as fast as I can understand something. But the trained readers have variable, meaning they can read a 200 words a minute, 300, 600 when they need to. Because there’s some information that you’re reading that you wanna go deep into it. You wanna hear the nuance of the sound, you wanna sub-vocalize, because it’s poetry, or it’s really deep fiction. You wanna hear the words in your head, because that’s part of your reading goals.
But some reading that you know about and you want to get through it, maybe it’s documents or it’s a plan, or maybe something you know already or you’re studying for a test, and you already have some background they call it schema background information, then you can speed up and slow down. And that’s what a trained reader does. When they’re going through a book, sometimes I’ll read through it fast, so I know this ready fast, fast, fast, and I’ll slow down in the areas I don’t quite understand.
So let me say that up front. So you always sub-vocalize when you slow down. You’ll never get rid of it completely. A couple of quick tips, because this is different than a training course, like going through an actual quest, where we can actually train something, a new technique and stuff, a couple of quick brain hacks, there’s a different between a tip and a training, right? A couple of tips to lower and reduce your sub-vocalization. I’ll give you two.
Number one, they call it counting. That you could re-train your sub-vocalization by when you’re reading instead of saying the words inside your head, start counting. So when I’m reading this book, for example, I’m going through it, in a sense saying the systems of the future and I’m going to ask you to do this exercise with me and saying inside my mind, I’m going and reading, but this time I’m going one, two, three, four, five. And I’m counting inside my mind. And the idea here is you can’t have two conversations going at once. And if you’re counting, you’re gonna interrupt and break the pattern of actually saying the words.
Second tip to be able to do this is some people actually move their lips when they read. And you can see them when they’re reading, they could have these little micro movements. We were just talking about a memory technique on how FDR memorized everyone’s name in the White House and so on. He would use like little, like imagine their names, and, yeah, I would say micro movements. They use these micro lip movements when they read, and one of the ways of interrupting that, and remember it’s breaking habits and breaking patterns, is some people will bite on something. And that like their knuckles, I think is very sanitary, but they like chew gum or they bite on something to be able to interrupt that actual physical pattern to do that. And those are a couple quick tips you can do to be able to reduce your sub-vocalization.
Vishen: Awesome, Jim. Thank you. That’s really, really, really cool. So as we wrap up this podcast, and I love how you went so deep. Just listening to this podcast should already, significantly improve your reading speed. Thank you for everything you’ve covered. And if you guys wanna know more about Jim Kwik, here are a couple of resources. Number one, check out Jim’s podcast. It’s a phenomenal podcast and tell them where they can access it.
Jim: People can just…on your podcast app, on your phone, just search my name, Kim Kwik, K-W-I…and make sure you get the spelling right, it’s K-W-I-K. It’s really my last name. It’s my father’s name, it’s my grandmother’s name. I did change it to this. My life, my dharma, my mission, you know, it comes with my name.
Vishen: I love how you lived up to your name.
Jim: Yeah, I’ll be a runner back in school with a lot of pressure, the word says quick, you know right there. Be careful of speeding tickets. That’s really bad when your driver’s license says, “Kwik,” you’re not gonna talk you way out of a ticket. So the best way is the podcast. We have a 10-minute podcast, where just I teach you braid hacks for busy people who wanna learn faster and achieve more.
Vishen: That’s a great podcast.
Jim: And then the second thing is, you and I are very active on social media. And so, for this podcast specifically, take a screenshot of it and posted on social media, tag Vishen, tag myself so I could probably thank you for listening. And put your big questions on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, @jimkwik, K-W-I-K. And that’s really the best way.
Vishen: And two of the resources for you, go to Mindvalley’s YouTube channel. So YouTube, Mindvalley, and there’s a whole playlist of the best videos we’ve recorded with Jim.
Jim: And there hundreds of thousands of views.
Vishen: Well, one of them just became like one of our fastest growing videos ever. They hit like half a million views in record time. But does a video of that which is really beautiful, it is on “Jim’s Daily Habits.” And we follow Jim in the morning, and we break down the 10 things he does to optimize his brain.
Jim: I always want to talk about morning routines, you know. Oprah has there, and Tony Robbins. My 10 things I do are very specific to jumpstart my brain to really win the day. Definitely watch that.
Vishen: Yeah, it’s all in that video. And the third thing is, if you really wanna go deep and become a super learner, take the Super Brain Quest with Mindvalley. Jim is teaching that quest, and quest stop on a particular date. I don’t know when the next Super Brain starts, but it’s all on mindvalley.com. Just check out mindvalley.com. Click on programs, click on “Meta Learning,” and “Super Brain” is right over there. And typically, what happens is, why stuff in a particular day is because Quest is designed for Community Learning. One of the principles of learning is that you learn with fellow students. And so, 3,000 people join at the same time, and Jim guides them 10 to 15 minutes a day on an upgrade of their learning model. And at the end of 30 days, you’ve figured out everything from how to learn languages faster, to read faster, to improve your memory, to remember names, to completely change your paradigm of what aging and the brain and learning means to you.
Jim: I literally get tagged a hundred times a day on social media for people going through he Super Brain Quest. I mean, it is life-changing for them and their families, their children, it’s absolutely incredible. And the other thing I would say about Super Brain when we’re making it with your team, it’s so much fun. People are just really getting engaged. They’re videotaping themselves, speaking different languages. There’s somebody in the private Facebook group look for it. There’s somebody on there actually memorized like two minutes of poetry, word for word. She says she’s been trying to do that for years, and she applied this method, I teach actors how to memorize scripts, and she literally goes two minutes and if there’s a hundred comments from other Quest users that are just like sharing your ads. It’s absolutely…
Vishen: And it’s amazing what you can do. I brought my 10-year-old son into it, and he’s memorizing the periodic table of elements. They haven’t even started teaching it in school, but he’s memorizing it.
Jim: Such [inaudible].
Vishen: And he’s 10. So thank you guys for joining us. I hope you guys enjoyed this upgrade in your learning style with Jim Kwik.