Brain Building: Exercising Yourself Smarter by Marilyn Vos Savant

By Marilyn Vos Savant

The "smartest individual on the planet" has written the last word illustrated how-to booklet, a application designed to enhance our strongest traditional tool--the mind. Illustrated with drawings, charts, and graphs.

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But for more than thirty years, Jim came to work each day and focused his group on the task at hand. ” For thirty years, he kept repeating that motto to himself and to his employees. He knew what he could change: very little. He also knew, however, that the most positive thing he could do each day was to keep his crew focused on positive contributions and a positive outlook. He was there to support his staff. At his retirement dinner, people inside and outside the organization spoke about how he kept everyone positive.

He felt bored and viewed his job as mundane when he thought of himself as just another purchasing employee. He saw himself as a guppy in the sea of work, surrounded by massive amounts of paper and perhaps a couple of sharks. Given that vision, his energy level and commitment reflected the hopelessness he felt. However, as he changed his perspective about his gifts and how he could use his workplace as a setting for living his purpose of teaching and helping others, he gained a renewed energy toward work.

Rational Brain As our evolutionary development continued, the cortex and neocortex developed as the center for cognitive responses. The cortex is responsible for higher order rational thought. It is the seat of problem-solving and decision-making. It is here that data and information are stored and analyzed. For example, early in our educational experience, we learned that two plus two equals four. We’ve stored that fact, and each time we add a column of numbers, we recall that fact and incorporate it into our calculations.

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