The Brainpower Summit was an amazing event. I really enjoyed each presenter and learned a lot. I’m posting my notes from each event. Hopefully they’re coherent enough so you can take away the message, but I’d be happy to talk more if they don’t make sense!

I’ll start with Michael Gelb’s presentation. His superpower: Thinking like Di Vinci. Best Selling Author of famed “How to Think Like Leonard Da Vinci” shares the secrets behind one of history’s greatest geniuses and the exact steps to apply genius in your work, home and everywhere else.

  • When you’re feeling stuck…
    • Change your physical location-get up, move, move locations, breathe, talk a walk, dance->get out of physical modality
    • Find a way to help someone else ->frees you from getting caught in your negative thoughts
    • Then, come back to you challenge and start anywhere
  • Quit while you’re ahead-stop when you’re at a good point to create a positive association-give s you a good thought pattern about learning and makes you want to do it more
  • What do you do when someone thinks they know everything, are worried what people think…What if they don’t want to learn something new?
    • 15 min a day of learning something challenging can strengthen brain
      • The worse you are at it and the more embarrassing and awkward you are at it, the better it is for your brain and is the most valuable thing you can do to recruit new parts of your brain
  • 7 principles
    • Curiosity
      • Keep a notebook or journal-record your own ideas, creative doodles, non-linear format ->record your best thinking and pay attention to it
      • Listen to your gut ->do what feels right, take alone time and pay attention to your intuition
    • Demonstration
      • Think for yourself, be an original thinker, develop things based on yourself and your experience, learn to discipline yourself and think critically by considering several perspectives, looks for info and opinions that are different than your own, challenge your own ideas and listen with an open mind, consider the opposite of what you believe
      • Collaborative learning-listen and integrate all points of view when making decisions
      • Consider different perspectives as a discipline
    • Sharpen your senses
      • Be aware of beauty and make it part of your day
      • Surround yourself with whatever you consider to be the highest form of beauty
      • Helps deepen your sense of soul , creativity, sensitivity, and appreciation
      • Tip: Do comparative appreciation exercises. Get 3 bars of chocolate take time to appreciate aroma of each one, describe it and listen to others describe, take a bite, describe…sinks into your soul more when you compare it
        • Ask: What are your impressions? What do you notice?
    • Embrace the unknown
      • If you’re coming up with something new, you’re not going to be in the familiar
      • Confusion endurance-be ok with confusion
      • Helps sensitivity to know what its like not to know something-helps teach
      • Distinguish those that have definite answers, and those that don’t
    • Balance art, science, logic, and imagination
      • Use both sides of cerebral cortex
      • Learn mind mapping
        • Generate more ideas in less time
        • Access other connections you might’ve not been able to make
        • Trains you to think in a big picture way, in systems
    • Balance the body and the mind
      • Balance your life choices to optimize wellness
      • Eat well, exercise
    • Everything connects to everything else
      • Become a systems thinker
      • Sleeping on a problem is important- spend time making decisions, then step away (the incubation phase)
        • Ah-ha moments are often realized when you’re relaxed
  • Greatest superpower: Unconditional love for all creation, including oneself
    • Surrounds us, is it us, remember true nature of ourselves and other human beings
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