What is 9 x 7? ………. 63. How long did it take for you to come up with the answer? 5 seconds or maybe, 10 seconds? Now, if I were to ask you to write down whatever you learnt in math class a couple of days ago, will you be able to recollect it? If the answer to that question is no, welcome to the club! If the answer is yes, how long did it take for you to recollect it? Were you able to recollect all of it or just bits and pieces of it? Everything that we experience is perceived by the brain. Then, why do we remember the concept of multiplication which was taught in 2nd grade but not what was taught two days ago?
The brain consists of about 100 billion neurons. Each neuron is connected to 10000 other neurons. The processing power of the brain is equivalent to the processing power of a processor that can process 1 trillion bits per second! The brain is flexible. In the sense, everything that is perceived visually or audibly brings about a physical change in the brain. When a particular task is done and for instance let’s say that you are learning how to knit, you form a neural connection. When you learn to eat, you form another neural connection. When you learn to walk, again, you form a neural connection. Every activity that you indulge in on a daily basis is associated with neural connections.
When a kid learns to walk, he does so with a lot of strain and struggle. When a kid learns to eat, he does so by creating a messy art with food on the sides of the plate. Similarly, when you learn to knit for the first time, your hands shiver, you would have had difficulty with handling the needle but over time, the pain would have eased. Everything that you travailed for in the beginning has fallen into place and it’s just a piece of cake now. You owe it to your brain for being so awesome! Your brain has neural plasticity, that is, “the neural connection that forms when you do a particular task can weaken or strengthen depending on the frequency in which it is stimulated. The more often you do something, the more it is triggered and the stronger the connections become and vice versa.
This behavior of the brain has been the scientific root for the saying:
“Practice makes a man perfect.”
This foundational mechanism of the brain, when manipulated can be used to reward ourselves. In other words, you can rewire your brain to do whatever you want.
Rüdiger Gamm was a self-admitted “hopeless student”. He used to fail in basic math but he went on to train his abilities and became a famous “human calculator”. He was capable of performing complex mathematics. Isn’t that motivational enough? So, if you want to be a rocket scientist but you suck at physics, you still can make it. If you want to be a programmer but you are far from excelling in coding, you can still make it. If you want to be a fashion designer but you are in a computer science engineering course, pull out a white sheet and pencil and start drawing already. The more you do the fundamental tasks that will take you to the place you want to be in, the faster you’ll get there.
Geniuses aren’t born. They are created!
Talent isn’t innate for the majority of the crowd. Talent is nurtured and grown. Now that it has been laid out to you, that you have the potential to achieve anything you truly desire and work for; Are you going to enrich your life by manipulating your brain or still going to come up with creative excuses?
It’s high time, you start thinking and it’s never too late for you to start “evolving”.