How do you learn a subject or skill in half the time?
Jim Kwik, a world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal brain performance, has a simple method to achieve this.
I want to share this method from Jim that’s perfect for those of you who want to learn fast… Especially if you’re a super busy person.
It’s called the F.A.S.T. Method.
And it’s a simple FOUR step protocol to help you learn anything twice as fast as usual.
I want you to, right now, think of a subject or skill that you just want to learn fast. You want to learn it rapidly at an accelerated rate.
You want to learn faster so you can achieve faster. I want you to remember four letters, F-A-S-T.
F stands for Forget. You're like, “Jim, you're this world-class memory expert. You're this coach to all these celebrities and CEOs. Why are you starting with forgetting?” You want to forget what you already know about the subject so you can learn something brand new.
Often, a lot of people don't learn faster because they feel like their cup is full and they feel like they know it already. So, always remember to start with a beginner’s mind.
I would also say forget about what's going on in the world and anything that’s not urgent.
This is important in your world because if you try to think about things that are going on around you and also be present, you can't do that. You're only using a fraction of your own potential if you're distracted.
Forget About Your Limitations
I would also say to forget about your limitations because you don't know what you don't know.
Often, people see me on stage memorize 100 people's names or 100 words, numbers backwards and forwards, and I always tell you I don't do this to impress you.
I do this to express to you what's really possible because the truth is you could do it too regardless of your age, your background, your education.
You're just not taught how to do it. If anything, you were taught a lie, a lie that somehow, your intelligence, your memory, your learning is somehow fixed like your shoe size.
But we now know that your learning is absolutely limitless, so set your limitations aside and forget about them.
Our Brain Learns Through Creation
The A in F-A-S-T stands for Active. What do I mean by active?
If you feel overloaded with too much to learn and too little time. For example, do you have books on your shelf you haven't read yet? Do you get more than 10 emails a day? Do you listen to podcasts?
There’s so much information out there but if you feel like you're stressed, then you can't keep up.
Here's the thing. It's not your fault.
You know why? It’s because we all grew up with the 20th-century education that prepared us for a 20th-century world, which at the turn of the century, was working in factories and farms.
But now, we live in an age of autonomous electric cars and spaceships that are going to Mars, but our vehicle choice when it comes to learning is like a horse and buggy.
One of the challenges is our schools trained us to be very passive, sit quietly by yourself, be lectured to, just consume information.
But your brain doesn't learn based on consumption. It learns through creation and so learning is not a spectator sport.
You have to get involved. You have to take great notes. You have to ask lots of questions. There are so many things you could do to be more active.
Information + Emotion = Long-Term Memory
The S in F-A-S-T stands for State. What do I mean by state?
I mean the current mood of your mind and your body. Because here's the key to a better memory: information combined with emotion becomes a long-term memory.
Information combined with emotion becomes a long-term memory. What do I mean by that?
Is there a song or fragrance or a food that could take you back to when you're a child?
Of course there is, because information combined with that emotion becomes a long-term memory.
What was the driving emotion you had back in school? For most people, they are bored, right?
If you times anything by zero, what do you get? You get zero, so most people don't remember what they learned back in school because of the state.
Remember this: all learning is state-dependent. If you want to learn more, control your state.
Now, who's in control of your state? You are because you are a thermostat. You're not a thermometer.
What do I mean by that? What does the thermometer do?
A thermometer reacts to the environment. It reflects what the environment is giving it and so, we are all thermometers at some point and that affects our state.
We react to the weather. We react to the economy, react to how people treat us. But in reality, where's the locus of focus? Who has control?
You do because you're a thermostat. A thermostat is different. A thermostat sets a vision. It sets a goal. It sets a standard and what happens to the environment. The environment raises to meet that thermostat.
You want to identify with the thermostat and the most important thing that you want to have control over is how you feel.
With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power
I remember recently, that I got the chance to be introduced to my superheroes. I talk about superheroes because I grew up with learning challenges from a brain injury.
I taught myself how to read. It took me three years longer to learn how to read than most other kids. I taught myself how to read by reading comic books late at night.
Something about the superhero story really brought it to life for me. Recently, I got introduced two of my superheroes together. It was Sir Richard Branson and Stan Lee.
Stan Lee. Not Stanley. Stan Lee is the co-creator of Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. I remember asking Stan, “Stan, who's your favorite superhero?” He says, “Ironman.”
He says to me, “Jim, who's your favorite superhero?” Stan was wearing a Spider-Man tie. I looked at it and said: “Spider-Man.”
Without a pause, Stan said: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
With great power comes great responsibility. You've heard that, right? I said, “Stan, you're right. With great power comes great responsibility, and the opposite is also true. With great responsibility comes great power.”
When we take responsibility for something, we have great power. I think the most important responsibility we have is controlling how we feel.
How do you get at that state of curiosity, of excitement? I mean, who are the fastest learners on the planet? They’re children, right? Children have this wonder.
One of my favorite quotes is from Rumi, a 13-century Persian poet. He says: “Trade your cleverness for bewilderment.”
Finally, the T in F-A-S-T stands for Teach. If you want to learn any subject or skill faster, learn it as if you're going to teach it to somebody else.
Because when you're learning it with the intention to teach it, then you're going to pay attention differently. Then, you're going to make it your own.
You're going to remember it differently because here's the thing: when you teach something, you get to learn it twice.
What I love about this method Jim has detailed above is just how simple it is to do.
In fact, you probably instinctually do at least one of these four steps every time you learn something new.
The real magic happens when you combine them all together. 🙂
When Jim Kwik was growing up he was labeled the boy with the broken brain and had a lot of learning challenges and disabilities. He went on to become the world's leading memory and brain coach for the world's top universities, CEOs, and celebrities.
Over the past 25 years, he has developed all these strategies and techniques to unleash the power of your super brain. He shares these techniques and methods with you in a FREE Mindvalley Masterclass. I hope you can join him. You can LEARN MORE HERE!
Jim Kwik is recognized as one of the foremost experts in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. He's a highly sought-out trainer for top organizations like Virgin, Nike, Zappos, NYU, GE, Fox Studios, Harvard, and Singularity University. For the the last 25+ years, Jim has dedicated his life to helping others unleash their true genius and brainpower to learn anything faster and live a life of greater power, productivity, and purpose. CLICK HERE for an ‘Exclusive Masterclass' where Jim will show you 10 Powerful Hacks To Unlocking Your Superbrain And How To Boost Your Memory In Literally Minutes.