Think and Grow Rich “The Brain”
A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought: The Twelfth Step toward Riches-Napoleon Hill
Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the continuing weekly series on Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. At this point, a lot of the work of this book is synthesizing other parts of the book into a more coherent whole. Last week, we examined the chapter dealing with the subconscious mind, which bound together thoughts of faith and autosuggestion, and this week, we focus on that marvel of marvels in this great universe: the brain. When this book was originally written in 1937, scientists were only beginning to understand the potential of the brain.
By the 1970′s, research culled together by Tony Buzan in Use Both Sides of Your Brain among other books shows just how limitless the potential of the human mind really is. He points out that, despite the dominance of such supercomputers as Watson which appeared on Jeopardy! and famously defeated its two greatest champions with ease, that the human brain is capable of calculations and thought processes that dwarf that of the greatest supercomputer.
However, how to we access the power of the brain? We know that we can affect the brain through studies of subconscious thought and mind mapping, but these ways still only tap a little bit of the power of the brain. Buzan talks about the famous expression that humans use only about 10% of our brain, and he points out that the actual rate is closer to 1%. This is in part because of ways that we have been taught that use the most arduous ways to learn, namely the rote process and learning to read by only focusing on the words on the page rather than the total experience of learning.
Napoleon Hill saw a world where we were beginning to understand how our brains really worked, and how the neural connections that we make affect our brain patterns for the rest of our lives. Buzan expanded this to point out just how many great thinkers found a way to find a synergy to their thought patterns, so that Einstein was able to solve one of the biggest problems of the universe through the theory of relativity inspired by a daydream about traveling toward the sun on a beam of light. Michelangelo’s rough sketches for paintings and sculptures looked more like architectural blueprints than artists’ renderings. It was only through realizing the great power of the way the different parts of the brain work together that they were able to accomplish great things that have stood the test of time. Now that we know more about how the brain works than we did 75, 40, or even 10 years ago, one can only imagine what can be accomplished if we put these principles to good use.
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