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Limitless: A Brief Note

Attention to 4 villains

1. digital deluge >> overload

2. digital distraction >> distraction

3. digital dementia >> forgetfullness

4. digital deduction >> default thinking

3 main pillars to become limitless

Mindset: examine, excavating, expunging

Motivation: purpose + interest + bit-size tasks

Method: Focus, study, memory enhancement, speed reading and critical thinking

A. Mindset

  • a stranger‘s words can become one’s limitation via self-talks.

  • physical changes of brain when exposed to new experiences (neuroplasticity) >> learning possibilities

  • the education system evolves slowly, not prepares us to the rapid changes of the tomorrow job market.

  • when you read, you stretch your mind to imagine, to apply, to ask questions that would change your mind forever.

[Pomodoro technique] 25 min read & 5 min break

the effect of primacy (you’re more likely to remember what we encounter at the beginning) &

the effect of recency (you’re more likely to remember the last thing you learn)

>> taking more breaks means more beginnings and endings >> better retention.

[FASTER method] Forget, Act, State, Teach, Enter, Review

Forget (1) what we already know, don’t overeats your understanding on the topic, (2) what’s not urgent or important, (3) your limitations.

Act actively, not passively learning (take notes, etc.)

State of your body: psychology (thoughts) & physiology (body)

Think that you teach someone else about the content >> more focus on the contents

Review what you leaned with paced repetition

[RAS] reticular activating system

an automatic system that shows you more of what you interest & hides things that you don’t

>> writing down your one dominant question to direct your mind there.

When reading a book, 3 major questions: how can I use this? Why must I use this? When will I use this?

  • Mindset: beliefs, assumptions, attitudes

  • Helplessness: we experienced something that shapes our mindset >> gives up even when it is possible

  • Limitless mindset: with great responsibility comes great power

  • There are different kinds of genius.

  • Correlation between positive thinking and physical health. >> When we face negative emotions (hostilities), our brain reacts by switching to survival mode, focusing solely on our capabilities. When we have positive emotions, we discover possibilities.

7 lies of learning

1. Intelligence is fixed >> Intelligence is fluid (it changes in different contexts)

2. We use only 10% of our brain >> each area on the brain takes care of distinctive function and most people use 100% of their brain. The difference comes from how much faster or more efficiently one use his brain.

4. Mistakes are failures >> mistakes don’t define us, how we deal with them defines us.

5. Knowledge is power >> knowledge * action = power

6. Learning new things is difficult >> learning should be challenging, but the key is consistency and the attitude.

7. The criticism of other people matters >> it is not your job to like, love or respect me. It is mine.

8. Genius is born >> genius is not born, but made through deep practice.

B. Motivation

= Purpose * Energy * Small Simple Steps


- Conditions: SMART (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic Time-based)

- Emotion: HEART (Healthy, Enduring (sustain you when you want to quit), Alluring (excited), Relevant, Trust)

- Finding your ending WHY

Ex: I remember ppl name because I am good at remembering name?

>> No. because I want to connect with ppl.

- why reasons? >> FOMO (fear of missing out) to JOMO (joy of missing out)


1. brain diet: avocados, blueberries, broccoli, dark chocolate, eggs, Green leafy vegetables, salmon, sardines, caviar, turmeric, walnuts, water

2. brain nutrients

3. exercises

4. killing ants (automatic negative thoughts)

5. a clean environment

6. a positive peer group

7. brain protection

8. new learning

9. stress management

10. sleep (exercises, meditation help sleep)

Small Simple Steps

- Break the task and Take baby steps

- The habit loop: cue > craving > response > reward

>> gradually alter old negative habits by new ones, one by one

[Fogg] 3 key motivators: pleasure/pain, hope/fear, social acceptance/rejection

[Fogg] Abilities - 6 simplicities: time, money, physical effort, brain cycles, social deviance, nonrountine.

- establish a morning routine

- get the brain hydrated and oxygenated

- nourish the brain with brain foods

- Flow: finding

1. Eliminate distractions

2. Give yourself enough time

3. Do what you love

4. Have a clear goal

5. Challenge yourself a little

C. Method

Meta learning: learning how to learn


- Concentration can be learned and practiced

1. Breath: 4-7-8 method

2. Deal with distraction first

3. Schedule time for distractions

- De-cluttering to illuminate your distractions

Learn and remember efficiently

1. Active recall (not recognition)

2. Spaced repetition >> durable retention of knowledge

3. Posture

4. Use sense of smell

5. Music for the kind (Baroque)

6. Listen with your whole brain

Halt all distracting activities

>> Empathy with the speaker>try to look beneath

>> Anticipate

>> Review

7. Taking note


MOM: motivation observation methods

[Loci method] a particular point or place

Story visualization >> Association emotion & location

[40/70 rule] Decision making the 40/70 rule never make a decision with less than 40% of the information you are likely to get them gather no more than 70% of the information available

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