Do you remember that Bradley Cooper movie from like 10 years ago?
You know, the one where he plays a struggling writer who takes a magic pill and is instantly able to do anything and everything—from writing a book to running for Senate, and everything in between?
It’s called Limitless.
Ever since that movie, I’ve always wondered…if there was a “limitless pill,” what would it be or what would it look like?
Well, I think I found something close to it (and no, it’s not AI…yet)!
I recently read a book by Jim Kwik with the same name…”Limitless,” and it is changing a lot about how I operate, how I think, and how I interact with the world.
Take a look:
Now, for most people, the act of reading a book is one of the most difficult pills to swallow.
And nowadays, more and more people are skipping the books (or anything that requires time, effort, and thinking!) in favor of ChatGPT and other AI platforms.
Sure, AI (the 2023 version) can disguise itself as your “limitless” pill…
But it doesn’t make YOU more effective.
Try using AI exclusively for a year, then take it away. I guarantee you’ll be worse off—your creativity will have whittled down to nothing. Your problem-solving skills will disappear. Your critical thinking will evaporate.
You can look at the book Limitless as the opposite of AI. While both can dramatically improve your outputs (if used effectively), only one will make your mind stronger.
Here are a few quick lessons I took from the book:
- You can improve focus by listening to Baroque music, incorporating specific scents around your office or workspace that put you into a state of flow, and applying the Pomodoro Technique (25 minutes on, 5 minutes off) to manage your time.
- You can improve memory through visualization techniques like focusing on a glowing ball of light (just read the book), and using the loci method (or memory palace) to associate information with objects in a familiar space.
- You can learn more from reading by eliminating subvocalization, and by using your finger to guide your eyes across the page, freeing up critical mental resources used for retaining information.
These are great lessons, don’t get me wrong.
But my biggest takeaway is that being “Limitless” is a mindset more than anything.
For any tool or strategy to work well, we have to overcome our own mental barriers and insecurities. Instead of just throwing our hands up and saying “I’ll never be good at remembering names,” or “I need a script to get in front of the camera,”open your mind to the possibility that you actually can be limitless–even as you get older…and Jim’s book helps us do just that.
So, if you truly want a limitless pill (or something close to it), I highly recommend this book by Jim Kwik.
Read it this weekend and (or if you’ve already read it) respond to this email and tell me what you think.
Here’s to your limitless success
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