There are two rules that apply to the process of acquiring almost any new skill.
Rule #1: The first attempt is almost always sloppy and frustrating.
Rule #2: The second attempt is always easier than the first attempt. And it’s usually a lot less sloppy and a lot much more fun.
The problem is that most people quit after their first attempt just because things haven’t gone so well the first time. But we shouldn’t be frustrated. It’s perfectly normal for that to be the case.
The truth is that you will always get a better sense of how a skill works on the second attempt. And you’ll know it even better on the third, and so on.
But 95% of people, if not more, give up after their first try. They decide whether or not they like a new technique based only on that first experience.
Here’s the good news. As a member of the Magnetic Memory family who always gives a new skill at least one more try, this means that it will take you just the slightest amount of effort to walk 100% farther than the masses who give up. And you’ll do this merely by trying this new memorization skill just one more time if you don’t fall into it naturally and easily the first time.
But as I was saying yesterday, it’s been brought to my attention that the goals I set for my readers (i.e. the same goals I set for myself in terms of creating an entire alphabet’s worth of Memory Palaces straight out of the gate), may present some unnecessary hurdles for people just starting up with the Magnetic Memory method.
That’s why I want to remind you again about the video teleconference call I gave last week with Joshua Smith for Hi-Tech English in Brazil. You’ll hear Joshua encourage me to simplify the method and give some great ideas about how you can start simply with just one letter in the place your currently live. And as I was talking about yesterday, you can even start with English words that you’re already deeply familiar with or even a set of facts you’ve always wanted to learn (if you missed yesterday’s message, just let me know and I’ll send it along to you).
The point is to get started, and then try again just one more time if you get lost, frustrated or something in life distracts you from getting deeply enough into the method for it to stick and start becoming a habit for life.
So if you’d like the link to the video teleconference presentation I gave to Joshua’s students at Hi-Tech English School in Brazil, just respond to this email with SEND ME THE LINK in the subject line. I’ve got some things to do today, but I’ll send you the link at some point this evening (Eastern European Time) after I’ve received your confirmation that you’d like access to this valuable presentation.
As I mentioned yesterday, with this link you’ll get to:
- Watch a 1hr+ slideshow-assisted training in real-time and with real students
- Enjoy “in-person” clarification of the Magnetic Memory method
- Hear the story of exactly how and why I developed my own take on mnemonics for learning and memorization
- Learn the one major memorization mistake I made when teaching students about how I memorized their names at the beginning of the school year
- Discover why it’s important to use exaggeration and why it’s critical not to judge your imagination
- Listen in as Joshua’s students challenge me to memorize Portuguese words on the spot and I demonstrate exactly how I do it … and I still have those words today and am totally tempted to start memorizing Portuguese vocabulary and writing a book that documents my memorization adventure!
- … and much, much more.
Again, to get this presentation, just respond to this post with SEND ME THE LINK in the subject line.
Until tomorrow, make sure to teach someone what you have learned about memorization. It’s the best way to deepen your own understanding and to help make the world a better place. The more we remember, the more we can remember, and the more we learn, the more we can learn.
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