Paying Attention is Power.
One of the things I am most guilty of is not paying 100% attention to my conversations. It's a mix of me thinking of a response, or how I can relate, or a million other work related things etc. As I was listening to Jordan Harbinger interview Jim Kwik on the art of memory, it reminded me why I need to improve the muscle of memory.
Attention is power, or as Jim Kiwk said it, "The art of memory is the art of attention" and LISTEN mixed around spells "SILENT". My own dad is the master of listening, and it's because he is silent. He genuinely listens and pays attention and makes you feel like you're the only person there. Which is a superpower. Gary Vaynerchuck is also someone whom I've personally met and watched use this superpower.
Just by trying to be a little bit better at paying attention to names and conversations, I feel like my own work has gotten slightly better, because I'm paying that much more attention to detail.
Do you have a technique you use for memory? I had a mentor Michael McHenry who taught me that me a trick he used/uses. After a conversation he has, he will write down on his phone notes the main bullet points of the conversation, that way when he reviews his day, or whatever, the notes are there, the context of the conversation comes back, and it sharpens his memory. I've tried this, and it does help me a lot.
With that, here is week 38 of my #HighFiveFriday blog-podcast-whatever this is.
- Quote: The art of memory is the art of attention: Jim Kwik
- Podcast Jim Kwik on How to Unlock Genius and Uncover Your Superpower | Impact Theory
- Music I'm Listening to: Kanye West: Black Skinhead
- Something I am pondering: How am I showing up?
- What I'm working on: Paying closer attention to conversations I am having. When people pay attention to me, it makes me feel validated and important. Not only that, but some of the most successful people I know have some of the sharpest memories. I am working on this because I not only want to improve my memory muscle, but I want to improve my relationships with people.
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