What Type of Brain Do You Want To Build?

Inspired By  Lara Boyd
14 mins

Quick Summary

Just like building muscle, we build our brains. Neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. By learning new concepts, taking advantage of opportunities, and participating in new activities, you are physically changing who you are, and opening up a world of endless possibility. This is a great talk to understand just how moldable our brains are so we can utilise it to create the life we want. 

Key statements from the talk

  • The primary driver of change in your brain is your behaviour. Nothing is more effective than practice at helping you learn. The bottom line is you have to do the work.
  • Increased struggle and difficulty in practice, actually leads to more learning and greater structural change in the brain.
  • Your brain is changing structurally and functionally by everything you do but also by everything you don't do.
  • There is no one size fits all for learning... there is no recipe to learning.
  • The shaping of our plastic brains is far too unique for there to be any single intervention that's going to work for all of us.
  • Practice. Learning is about doing the work your brain requires.

Study how and what you learn best. Repeat those behaviours that are healthy for your brain and break those habits that are not.

Your brain is magnificent. You and your plastic brain are constantly being shaped by the world around you.

Everything you do, everything you encounter and everything you experience is changing your brain. That can be for better, but it can also be for worse. Go out and build a brain you want.

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