This book is like the greatest hits of the brilliant Kwik Brain podcast episodes. It provides so many practical tools from various well-known experts, combined with Jim Kwik’s own teaching method that perfectly underlines the premise that everything is indeed trainable.
It covers Naveen Jain’s exponential thinking, Cal Newport’s digital minimalism, and Edward de Bono’s six thinking hats. It analyses Carol Dweck’s fixed vs growth mindset, Simon Sinek’s purpose behind every action, Marshall Goldsmith’s environmental triggers, and referenced some of the best minds on habits such as Charles Duhigg, BJ Fogg, and James Clear.
The book also explores the depth and range of human capabilities, from Steven Kotler’s findings on limitless human physical capabilities to Joshua Foer’s incredible discovery on the power of memory, while at the same time dismantles the limiting beliefs, habits, and myths that have been installed in our brain since we were little.
All of that, and I haven’t even mentioned the gems of the book yet: the practical tools to help us focus (such as the podomoro technique), learning how to speed read, and how to train ourselves a mnemonic technique to remember everything easily.
All in all, after reading the book you will fully understand that 1. Intelligence is not fixed 2. We don’t only use 10% of our brain’s capacity 3. Mistakes are not failures 4. Knowledge is POTENTIAL power 5. Learning new things is actually not that difficult 6. The criticism of other people doesn’t matter that much 7. Genius is not born, but it’s trainable.
In short, if you ever going to read just one book on personal-development, this is definitely the go-to book.