After many years that I deal with memory and personal growth, I still wonder how the best lessons and ideas often come from simple things, in which you come across almost casually while you read an article, walk the streets, or chat with a friend.
Of course, books and manuals are important. But do not forget to pay attention to the little things that everyday life puts you on the road! The other day I read a comic by my nephew and here is the dialogue between Linus and Charlie Brown that I found. A real little gem for every memory enthusiast.
Charlie Brown and his precious teaching
Linus: I do not know how you remember the combination of your locker, Charlie Brown!
Charlie Brown: It’s easy, see? 3-24-7
Linus: But how do you remember it?
Charlie Brown: Babe Ruth had the shirt number 3, Willie Mans the 24 and Mickey Mantle the 7 ….
As a child I loved Charlie Brown.
In fact I felt a bit like him, because there is a bit of Charlie Brown in every child.
Or at least, in every awkward child, a dreamer and a “loser” like me.
In baseball, unlike my comic book alter ego, I did not know anything; in those days, in fact, baseball did not exist in our latitudes.
But I really liked football … and I was very scarce.
You know the child that, when you make the squares with friends, is always chosen last? That child was me.
However, just as Charlie Brown knew everything about baseball, I knew everything about football: names, formations, shirt numbers and statistics.
I was 7-8 years old and I remembered all these things even though I had never studied them, not even for a minute.
And this brings us to the first point of this article on memory techniques and Charlie Brown …
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Interest in a topic is essential to remember!
For at least 3 reasons …
- Stimulates concentration (when I watched a game nothing could distract me!)
- It takes you hours and hours on the same subject without making you feel tired or boredom (“mum, I want to stay up until 11 to see the goal of Baggio Sunday Sports” “darling, but it’s the third time you see it!”)
- It makes you find links, references and comparisons between the various information (then, we see the characteristics of the big numbers 10 of Juventus history …)
Now, the problem of many, even yours and mine, is that we must study and remember things that do not interest us.
And this brings us to the second point of this article:
We do not care much of what we have to do or learn
And how do you solve the question?
If I think back to Charlie Brown’s dialogue, at least two ways come to my mind …
- Dedicating yourself to what you like. I know it is not always possible in life, but it is a duty to at least try it with all your strength. Are you trying with all your strength? Mind you: who has read my book The Kata Della Volontà knows that the motivation should not be overestimated , it is only a component, and not the most important. But life should not be pure masochism, and then try to do, trivially, things that interest you. At least 60% of your time.
- Finding, in what you do not care about, something that makes it look a little like what you’re interested in. The Charlie Brown of the vignette of this post has no interest (in the sense of passion) to remember the code of his cabinet; and so he does it by remembering the shirt numbers of his three favorite baseball players.
Now, I do not do the guru, I just talk about memory techniques, fast reading and study methods .
But after reading the cartoon I like to think of something and share it with you: remembering the code of his locker Charlie Brown not only applies a memory technique, coding abstract and unknown things, representing them with concrete and known things, but also a simple simple technique to feel good: transform at least a little the things that do not interest us and we do not like things that interest us and we like them.
What then is also a memory technique, and to do that, you need to be a bit of a dream too.