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The CAN DO Attitude! A Sneak Preview to AKLT Leadership Foundation Course Module 3 (Part #2)

April 26th, 2008 by Wai Loong (Add Your Comment)
A sketch of the human brain, imposed upon the profile of Michelangelo's David - sketch by artist Priyan Weerappuli.Image via Wikipedia

I’m back again picking off from where I left off for you to figure out the challenge I threw in my previous post, “The ‘CAN DO’ Attitude”.

Before I start showing you the techniques, I just want you to know I’ve upgraded my blog software and added a few fantastic tools to my writing toolbox.

Anyway, here’s trick (you’ll be totally confused if you haven’t read my earlier post) as I’ve promised.

Just to prove my point here, I’m going to list down the 30 items in real-time, exactly as I’ve written it down last week- and of course, without referring to any notes. Here’s the list:

oak tree

That’s it! Isn’t that amazing?!

How the heck do you think I can remember a list like that after exactly 9 days after the course and still going strong now?! I swear I did not do any practice before this writeup.

Guess what? You can do this too and I’m going to show you exactly how this is done!

How To Improve Your Memory:

If you happen to watch a lot of Chinese dramas, it’s hard not to notice how scholars in the past prepare for the imperial examinations.

In case you’re not familiar, scholars were known to memorize elaborated poems with amazing accuracies on hundreds of poems and literatures. What these scholars do is to lift their manuals at an angle and recite on whatever they were trying to study or memorize. On and on as they see the words, they ratter out repeatedly while walking up and down.

Noticed what happened?

The human brain is lazy by nature, and that’s a fact. What scholars learned in the past (probably over 4,000 years ago) is exactly what we want really to learn from.

You see, the brain learn best by:

  1. Visual
  2. Audio
  3. Repetition

Unfortunately, adults grown up to find repeating something by mouth and reciting, silly. Most adults figured that merely looking at words or pictures are sufficient in the learning process.

Now that you know the secret of memory, it pays to utilize all 3 techniques to boost your memory!

So how do you go about applying this knowledge?

Remember what I shared in my previous post? That practice DOES NOT make perfect!

Practice makes permanent!


Only diligent practice using the correct methods makes perfect.

And that my friend, applies to almost everything you do in your passion! Just remember that!

The Scholastic Method:

Remember the 30 words I’ve listed? And now we’re going to apply the techniques we’ve discussed.

Alright, the key is to use all the 3 techniques: visual, audio and repetition on the series of worlds. Then you’ll link them all out using the most absurd pictorial and audio associations you can ever imagine and recite them out.

It’s a bit like mind mapping if you’re familiar with this technique.

Let’s take the first word: statue. You’ll imagine a statue of a sexy woman… next is encyclopedia. You’ll imagine the status holding an encyclopedia on the left hand, pointing at it.

Looking up, you’ll imagine yourself as a status with a crown on your head. Imagine above your head (you as a statue), a circle of hyperbola. Now, in case you’re not familiar with the word hyperbola, it’s really a mathematical curve characterized by its unique scalar properties.

Now imagine hyperbola sounds like “humptum bola”, a game of throwing a wacky ball we might used to play when we’re a lot younger. You imagine yourself throw it hard and it hit a poor janitor. The janitor sees the bola coming and he isn’t stupid. With a whoosh sound, he pulled out an umbrella from behind like a swordsman, opened it and and blocked the bola in the nick of time!

The bola hit the umbrella and whoosh! The bola exploded into a flood of fluorine!

The fluorine melted onto the floor beneath and out from the ground, springs out an oak tree! Within the oak tree, there appears a rectangular frame, like a photo frame. Instead, it’s a photosynthesis frame!

Within the photosynthesis frame, there is a yellow banana. The banana splits from its skin and it looks pretty much like a fan! The banana fan starts to spin around, faster and it starts to blow off your hair! Your fair starts to blow into some glucose and it sticks around like a ghost! The ghost glucose starts to looks weird and a policeman comes around and arrest it!

With one arm, the policeman hauls the ghost/glucose into the air and it landed it in a zoo! Worried, it attempt to call for help by stretching out from its cells and stole a handphone from the pockt of a japaness (japan), who happens to be in management.

Upon discovery of the theft, the manager screamed out of his lungs in desperation! His lungs jumped out from his throat and exploded into the air. The mess falls down like a parachute… and it looks like mee sua.

Sorry, if you’re confused… mee sua is s a hokkien word for special Chinese favorite dish here in Singapore and you can learn more about this delicious Asian mee sua dish here!

So this mee sua that looks like parachutes turned into what is parameswara. Parameswara was a hindu prince and you can read more about him on wikipeda (parameswara).

So far so good?! The remaining ones are really easy. If you’ve read carefully, the remaining words are in a running sequence. It goes from 1 to 10.

1 as to Bun (imagine eating a bun)
2 as to Shoe
3 as to tree
4 as to door (sounds like)
5 as to hive (bee hive)
6 as to stick (break a stick)
7 as to heaven (pray to sky – its sounds like seven)
8 as to gate (eight)
9 as to wine
10 as to hen

Simple enough?!

The next step is to keep reciting with as much expression put in as possible. This way you’ll utilize all 3 techniques plus memory association to assist you in long term memory.

Do you want to expand the capacity of your brain?

It might looks difficult to remember the 30 words I’ve shown, but with proper memory stretching, you can do it.

Step #1: Heavily Challenge Your Brain
First of all, you’ve got to force your brain to do some hard work. And I mean real hard work such as learning something foreign that force you to memorize things in the process. I’m sure your brain wouldn’t like it. Mine didn’t.

Brains are funny creatures. When you force them to work hard, they’ll rebel and make you sleepy.

Sounds familiar? Yeap! And it’s a natural way your brain reacts when you force synapses to connect up. It’ll retaliate by releasing certain chemicals to make you sleepy and let it off while you go to take a nap.

When you ignore its plead and force it to work, your “recently used” synapse connections will grow stronger and stronger. It’s like a thin narrow road that grows wider and wider into a multi-lane super highway! Your brain is the same. It’ll respond faster and faster as you keep it actively challenged!

So if you’re thinking about your retirement and plans to sit at home all day watching television, I’m almost certain that you’ll develop some form of dementia. And that’s not good for your mental health too. Most folks who work very hard in their younger days and when they reach retirement and suddenly stop all their hectic activities, will find themselves too much time idling away. These are the exact group of victims who will quickly deteriorate in mental strength and die rather quickly in a matter of few years.

In short, keep your brain healthy by giving it sufficient mental exercise!

Step #2: Feed it With Sufficient Nutrients and Water

Interestingly, most folks forgotten that their brains are a form of living organ.

It will need nutrients and most important of all, good quality water! No amount of nutrients will save your brain unless oxygen are adequately carried by a healthy supply of blood, and blood is obviously made up mostly of water.

Of course, there are certain brain food you can supplement in your diet, but surprisingly not many people are fully aware of them.

If you can afford, grab some fresh salmon or deep sea fish from the cold Norwegian sea that’s rich in Omega-3 EPA and DPA. Otherwise, you’ll have to resort to food or health supplements.

Now, there’s a secret not many people have known and our ancestors have long discovered it hundreds of years ago. And it’s readily available to us all now but we don’t take advantage of.

Yes, in fact there’s a cheaper alternative to deep sea fishes… and that’s a special category of rice we all don’t commonly eat, but still available in the supermarkets.

It’s called unpolished or brown rice.

So if you’re a vegetarian, you’re in for something valuable from our ancestors!

Step #3: Rest Your Brain

Your brain is an amazing organ, but it will require sufficient rest to keep it going.

Experiments have proven that if a person is forced to stay awake for more than 48 hours, the IQ of the person will dropped to near retardness! These test subjects have been tested to struggle even with simple mathematical problems.

If you’ve ever tried staying up late for a few days, sleep for a few hours and rush off to work in the morning, you’ll get what I mean. Pretty soon, you’ll find that your reactions will start to retard. Even putting in a few more hours of sleep extra over the weekends will not help. Lost hours in sleep is difficult to catch up.

As a little secret for you here, researchers suggest that the most optimal time to get to bed is between 10pm and 12am. The body’s biological clock is somewhat optimized for maximum efficiencies where the brain goes from beta state (conscious) into alpha and other deeper states (theta, delta). So if you’ve no business to stay awake, put yourself to bed latest by 11pm.


Yes, The “CAN DO” Spirit is alive.

All of us have this amazing thing called the brain that we don’t normally push it beyond its current limits. Very often, we self-sabotage ourselves and give in to pain or unpleasantness.

I can understand your concern. Learning anything new is difficult.

But as you slowly overcome and find meaning in the thing that you care to learn about for the passion you are convicted to pursue, nothing else matters. It’s all about discipline and perseverance.

Finally, I’ve included a little gift; a little inspirational for you. It’s a YouTube video clip from the laws of persistency. The next time when you hit the wall, remember the Chinese Bamboo Trees.

Secrets About Persistence & Success – The Bamboo Tree


Do keep them rolling and remember, live a life with passion!

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Wai Loong is an electronics engineer by profession. He currently resides in Singapore, a thriving hub at the heart of South-East Asia. When he is not so stress out on the computers or laboratory, he enjoys value reading, jogging at his own pace and blogging in his spare time. Other times, he likes to catch up with some close friends over a cup of latte or teh tarik. As a gift from this friend, you are invited to interact freely with him on his personal blog.

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