Fix your beliefs + Grow your abilities = Limitless

3 Points:

  • The more you learn, the more you can learn.
  • Labels often become limitations. (E.g. He’s bad at math. ← becomes someone who avoids math forever.)
  • Memorisation = Visualisation + Association x Emotion


Favourite Quotes:

Once you put a label on someone or something, you create a limit - the label becomes the limitation. //Pg 6
[Describes his experience being miserable in the hospital after falling down a flight of stairs] that moment, a nurse came into my room, carrying a mug of tea with a picture of Einstein on it...The quote next to his image said...[Goes on to describe his lightbulb 💡moment.] //Pg 11, this had me thinking a lot about the power of our external daily environment. If just a mug changed Jim's life, what else can have an impact?
If knowledge is power, then learning is our superpower. //Pg 13
We now consume as much data in a single day as an average person from the 1400's would have absorbed in an entire lifetime. //Pg 22
If we never let our mind wander or be bored for a moment, we pay a price - poor memory, mental fog, and fatigue. //Pg 23, this was an important reminder to me to embrace screen free boredom.
Give a person an idea, and you enrich their day. Teach a person how to learn, and they can enrich their entire life. //Pg 41
But by taking breaks, you create more beginnings and endings, and you retain far more of what you're learning. //Pg 49, also applies to experiences, as referenced in
The Power of Moments
Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. -Oliver Wendell Holmes //Pg 50
The reason we prefer to believe that we're either a genius or we're not, or that we're either talented or not, is because it relieves us from the responsibility of taking control of our own life.
The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. -Deepak Chopra
Memorisation helps train the mind to focus and be industrious. //Pg 215
If anyone tells you they don't read, they're essentially saying, "I've stopped trying to learn." //Pg 239

Would I re-read this?

Not entirely, but I have skimmed through it since I originally read it. The part about limiting beliefs below is well worth a reminder on occasion.

I also liked his formulas throughout the book, like:

Motivation = Purpose x Energy x Small Simple Steps

He breaks these down into a chapter each. I enjoy having these on hand to understand in myself why I'm struggling with certain aspects of life. If I'm not motivated, is it due to lack of purpose? Or could it be my steps aren't small enough?

What did I implement?

It’s less about any tactics I implemented. (Though I did enjoy the reenforcement of free recall after learning.) But more about a continuous thought in the back of my head. When I was reading the book, I skimmed through the ‘rah rah, you are limitless!’ parts. I thought I was good to go, and was aware of my limiting beliefs. In the 3 weeks that have followed since I finished this book, I have becoming almost supernaturally attuned to my own limiting labels and frames. Something in the way Jim wrote must have turned a switch beneath my conscious mind — I started asking why a project would take an hour, or a paper was hard to write. What if it was all easy? What if I truly was limitless?

(Another factor that greatly helped was, of all things, an Anime Music Video(AMV) — Watch it here: )

In Summary...worth a casual read, even if you don't struggle with learning, it's worth having the language to solidify and explain your tactics.