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This Is Why Some People Always Seem To Know A Lot

This Is Why Some People Always Seem To Know A Lot

Who doesn’t like to be around someone who seemingly has an answer to our many questions? People who always seem to know a lot will always be on demand as knowledge drives progress and discovery. To know a lot though means you have to commit yourself to certain things. Here are some of the things that people who know a lot tend to do.

1. They read

It is not about reading junks or materials with little or no facts. To know a lot means you have to be willing to commit yourself to learning from the masters. And what better way to garner such knowledge than through books, journals or other printed materials that contain information that needs to be read.

2. They are friends with other people who know a lot

It is hard to be knowledgeable and be amongst people who do not share your penchant for knowledge. Being around people who are not devoted to knowledge could becomes a burden on them. People who know a lot are friends with other experts or knowledgeable persons. Doing this provides them with a greater wealth of knowledge and keeps them sharp.

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3. They discover

Being curious won’t kill the cat. It will only make it smarter. People who know a lot don’t just sit down in a place and wait for knowledge to meet them. They go out there to discover and find more answers to their many questions.

4. They ask questions

People who know a lot ask questions. They want to know. They will look for the right person that can provide answers and information and ask them questions. By asking questions, the right questions, they are able to get answers. And answers are solutions to problems.

5. They travel

They do not limit their world to a particular geographic location. They explore and want to discover newer channels and gain newer experiences. They don’t just want to read it but also want to experience it.

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6. They stay away from distractions

There are things that distract people from attaining more knowledge. People who know a lot stay away from distractions like TV, social media and gossips. They focus on worthy pursuits and on things that will challenge their mental abilities.

7. They educate themselves

Whether it is in pursuing a higher degree or doing well to acquire a new skill, people who know a lot try new things and educate themselves. They don’t make any excuses about it, but know that pushing themselves to a new challenge will educate and make them more valuable to their society.

8. They are adaptable

They are not rigid. They know that things will not always remain the same. People who know a lot are flexible and are able to change with the trend and demands. They don’t want to be victims of change but masters of change.

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9. They are attentive

Whether you like it or not, you can only learn more if you observe and listen. People who know a lot know that they are not perfect and have limitations. They are attentive and observe what goes on around them.

10. They strive

There is a standard before us all. Some meet those expectations, others don’t. People who know a lot strive to be better and more efficient. Such a test could lead to mistakes, but they are willing to strive and push on beyond the obstacles and challenges.

Experiences can teach a person so much. People who know a lot strive and mature with experiences.

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Who is not fascinated by someone who knows a lot? But not everyone will know so much. It boils down to how much we are willing to learn and focus on becoming that person others either envy or want to listen to.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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