Episode #14: Learning How to Learn -- with Celebrity Brain & Memory Coach Jim Kwik

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Jim is the founder of Kwik Learning, with online students in over 150 countries. He is a world-renowned expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning.

For over two decades, he has served as the brain coach to students, seniors, entrepreneurs, and educators, and as an advisor to many of the world’s leading CEOs and celebrities.

In this episode we talk about the meta-skills of learning how to learn and learning how to read more effectively and efficiently.

What are meta-skills?

When I say meta-skills, I'm talking about skill sets or behaviors that have a cascade effect on many other areas of your life. (In this context, “meta” roughly means “up a level”).

One way to think of meta-skills is like this: Your actions can be categorized into different levels. For example:

Level 1 (base level) - Let's say you get a job at Starbucks as a barista. This is an action that is directly improving your life. The job-specific skill set you acquire as an employee will help you create income for yourself.

Level 2 (meta level) - Now let's suppose you invest some time in reading a book on, say, emotional intelligence. By doing so, you learn to cultivate better social skills that help you get a raise and move up in the company. You have simultaneously increased your value as an employee and acquired a skill set that is transferable to many other opportunities.

Level 3 (meta meta level) - This level would consist of something like investing time in learning how to read or learning how to learn more effectively and efficiently so you can comprehend more books in less time, leading to even more opportunities or maybe a different career path altogether. (This is the level we're working on in today's episode).

Level 4 (meta meta meta level) - This would be something like diet, which affects your physical and mental state. Your body and mind factor into everything you do. The better you feel and think, the more effective you will be in virtually every area of your life.

The important thing to remember is this:

Meta-skills and actions improve the effectiveness of the previous level, which improve the effectiveness of the level before that, and so on.

The main difference between Level 1 and the higher levels is that Level 1 actions are actions are additive --they add value in one direct way. Meta-level actions on the other hand, are multiplicative. This means their value multiplies across time and across opportunities. This is why meta-skills are such excellent investments of time, provided you put them to use for lower level actions (e.g. it would be useless to spending all your time reading or learning how to read better but never applying it to anything concrete).

A Special Request From My Guest

Jim made a request of the TGP audience at the end of this episode. In the spirit of learning, he suggested you take a screenshot of this episode in your podcast app, post it on your social, tag both of us (@jimkwik and @thinkgrowprosper) and share your biggest takeaway from this episode. I'm excited to see what you take away from this episode! We will be both looking for those posts and engaging with them. 

You can also let me know your biggest takeaway by leaving a review on iTunes with something you learned in this episode. (I read every single review).

Show Notes and Time Stamps

  • Jim’s origin story (9:45)
  • My most coveted superpower (24:35)
  • His conversation with Bill Gates about learning (25:25)
  • Jim’s levels of learning hierarchy (34:05)
  • Tips for improving your reading speed and comprehension (46:25)
  • The obstacles to effective reading (50:05)
  • Tips for effective reading (52:35)
  • Two beliefs that have helped Jim develop his unique skill set (59:35)
  • Why it’s important to remember your dreams (1:01:35)


Books & Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode

 


If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

What did you think about this episode? Leave me a comment below!


Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.


Cultivating Inner Peace -- with Meditator and Writer Yung Pueblo

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Yung Pueblo is a writer, meditator and speaker. Lately, I've been reading his book Inward, a profound collection of insights about letting go of emotional pain, practicing self-love, and understanding oneself.

Today I talk with Yung Pueblo about emotional history -- what it is and how it relates to cultivating inner peace. I ask him what it was like to go on a 45-day silent meditation retreat, what his meditative practice looks like, what resources he recommends, how he got started on this path, and more.

You can connect with Yung Pueblo on Instagram @Yung_Pueblo. His book, Inward is available on Amazon.

I’d love to hear your biggest takeaway from the episode. Let me know by leaving a review on iTunes with something that resonated with you in this episode. (I read every single review).

Show Notes and Time Stamps

  • The meaning behind the name Yung Pueblo (5:30)
  • How he got started writing (12:00)
  • His idea of liberation and the goal of meditation (13:15)
  • How he started on this path of meditation and healing (16:00)
  • His first experience with meditation (19:00)
  • How our emotional history affects our behavior (24:50)
  • Other strategies for cultivating inner peace: diet (30:15)
  • His experience with a 30-day silent retreat (35:15)
  • A common myth of meditation and personal development (38:40)
  • Other tools for meditation and mindfulness (50:30)
  • What has contributed to his inner peace the most (56:35)
  • Book recommendations (1:08:30)


Books & Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode


If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

What did you think about this episode? Leave me a comment below!


Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.


Ask Me Anything #2

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Hey -- long time no podcast!

After a brief hiatus, I'm back with the second Ask Me Anything episode of this podcast. 

The reason for the delay?

1. Vanessa and I were on our honeymoon for a couple weeks and I decided to take a break and enjoy our adventures through Spain, France and Italy! (It was wonderful).

2. I've been reflecting and reassessing the ideas I put forth on TGP to make sure I'm creating content that is both useful and also an accurate reflection of my current areas of interest.

For the past year or so, I've been going through what you might call a "Brainaissance." I've been exploring a variety of subjects with which I was unfamiliar with and also diving deeper into subjects about which I had some knowledge (i.e. evolution, personality types, political theory, philosophy, etc...).

This process has led me to look at many of the ideas I talk about on TGP through a variety of different lenses and from a variety of different perspectives. I want to make sure that as I grow, my content grows with me.

Part of what I've been doing is reflecting on the best way to align "ThinkGrowProsper, the brand" with "Ruben Chavez, the ever-evolving human."

I'm happy to say that I'm feeling very good about the ideas I've come up with and the goals I've set for myself.

I also want to thank you all for your patience and unwavering support while I took some time to gather my thoughts. There would be no ThinkGrowProsper without you. You are the reason I have this platform on which I can share my thoughts and (hopefully) add value to the lives of others. I do not take this responsibility lightly and truly appreciate your support.

I’d love to hear your biggest takeaway from the episode. Let me know by leaving a review on iTunes with something that resonated with you in this episode. (I read every review).

Questions Answered

  • Is it necessary to do something great and earn fame? Can't I just live a normal life and make my family and people around me happy? (7:35)
     
  • How do you deal with difficult people (13:00)
     
  • How do you read so much without getting overwhelmed? (17:45)
     
  • How do you retain information better? (21:37)
     
  • How did you get into Stoicism? What books do you recommend on this philosophy? (25:34)
     
  • What do you have to say about confidence? What is it? What books can I read? Most importantly, what can I do to be more confident (please don't say "believe in yourself" because I do). (28:35)
     
  • You talked about overthinking in a recent podcast episode and gave some strategies for overcoming it. But I don't think overthinking is a bad thing. Wouldn't the opposite of overthinking be underthinking? (34:05)
     
  • Are you able to give more advice on self-worth and staying positive? (38:05)
     
  • You mentioned you were working on a book. When will it be done? (46:50)

If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

What did you think about this episode? Leave me a comment below!


Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.


Practical Philosophy, Career Advice, and Tools For Better Learning -- With Ryan Holiday

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Today, I speak with a writer and thinker whose work I’ve admired for years -- Ryan Holiday. As many of you know, I've shared his insights on my Instagram page from time to time over the years.

If you're not familiar with Ryan, here's a little background:

He’s a writer and media strategist. He dropped out of college when he was 19 to apprentice under best-selling author Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power (another one of my favorite writers and books).

From there he went on to become the director of marketing for American Apparel -- at 19 years old! 

Today, he has a creative agency called Brass Check, and advises massive companies such as Google and Complex, as well as many prominent best-selling authors (including more of my favorites) like Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss, to name a few.

Philosophy is the ultimate self-help. It’s the important work we should be doing. Because if you’re not going to do it, then who is? And if you’re not going to do it NOW, then when are you going to do it?
— Ryan Holiday

Ryan is the author of seven books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and Perennial Seller. He also has a new book out now called Conspiracy.

The Obstacle Is the Way is probably my personal favorite. It addresses the subject of perspective exceptionally well and has tons of practical insights and strategies for turning trials into triumph.

In our conversation, I ask Ryan about his mindset and attitude toward philosophy, reading, his early success and much more. One of my favorite parts is when Ryan talks about how he writes about the things he struggles with and the things he works on every day. I really related to him about that.

You can connect with Ryan on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @RyanHoliday or through his website ryanholiday.net.

I’d love to hear your biggest takeaway from the episode. Let me know by leaving a review on iTunes with something that resonated with you in this episode. (I read every single review).

Show Notes and Time Stamps

  • The mindset and career strategy that contributed to much of Ryan’s early success (6:00)
  • How Ryan became an apprentice/mentee to author Robert Greene (8:00)
  • The importance of a network (11:25)
  • One of Ryan’s biggest takeaways from his relationship with Robert Greene (14:15)
  • Why Ryan gravitates toward Stoicism as a guiding philosophy for his life (21:00)
  • Why ancient philosophy often bears out modern day truths (25:15)
  • The ultimate purpose of philosophy and the benefits of Stoicism (27:00)
  • How Ryan cultivates the ability to think clearly and rationally (32:00)
  • Ryan’s philosophy for dealing with criticism (35:30)
  • Why it’s important to have a predetermined philosophy for your life (38:30)
  • Ryan’s note taking process for remembering what he reads (42:15)
  • How Ryan deals with overthinking (47:25)
  • Some of the books and movies that have influenced Ryan (50:00)


Books & Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Check out Ryan’s latest book: Conspiracy.


If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

What did you think about this episode? Leave me a comment below!


Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.