I’m reading “The Winner’s Brain” by Jeff Brown, Mark Fenske, with Liz Neporent. Based on solid neuroscience, this book identified eight strategies to achieve success. Successful people use their brains differently than the rest of us. By working hard and using these strategies we can improve the likelihood of achieving success. Here is my favourite quote from the book:
One of the earliest casts of Rodin’s great bronze statue The Thinker can be found in the gardens at the Musee Rodin in Paris. If you look closely at this famous muscular man perched deep in thought, you discover he is not a passive figure in any sense of the word. He leans forward, pressing his fist against his teeth and curling his toes around a rock, his entire body actively engaged in the effort of contemplation. He is powerful and full of intention. He’s on the verge of putting his ideas into motion. As Rodin once remarked, “The fertile thought slowly elaborates itself within his brain. He is no longer a dreamer, he is a creator.”
Thinking is indeed hard work. It requires that we stop, focus, and process. It demands that we learn self-awareness, motivation, and focus. The good news is that we can, with effort, develop these skills. We just have to make that choice.