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The Most Invaluable Life Lesson That Taking A Risk Can Teach You

The Most Invaluable Life Lesson That Taking A Risk Can Teach You

Trying new things can be scary. For starters, you don’t know whether you’ll be any good or whether you’ll even enjoy the experience. But then again, how will you ever find that out if you don’t give it a shot? Staying in your comfort zone isn’t going to get you anywhere so you might as well take a chance at something new. You’ve got way more to gain than you’ve got to lose.

Think about something you do well or maybe just simply enjoy doing. Whatever it is, it was once new to you too. You had to show a little courage, even if maybe you felt a little bit vulnerable, to take that first step into unfamiliar territory. Taking risks and gaining new experiences, regardless of whether they turn out good or bad, are all just opportunities to further develop and discover yourself. And in the end, those types of experiences are the most invaluable.

Check out the comic below for some of actress comedian Amy Poehler‘s (Parks and Recreation) thoughts on courage and the importance of taking risks:

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    AMY POEHLER: Great people do things before they’re ready | ZEN PENCILS

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    Last Updated on March 5, 2021

    Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

    Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

    I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

    Research Background

    Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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    “I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

    This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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    It stimulates your memory

    When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

    It helps stay focused

    When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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    It helps you clarify your thoughts

    Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

    “It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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