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THE SCIENCE OF WILLPOWER

People are successful for different reasons. But there is one trait that runs through all high achievers: willpower. The simple definition of willpower is “the ability to control one’s own actions, emotions, or urges” and “strong determination that allows one to do something difficult”.

No matter what your goal is, how hard you train, how detailed your plans, they will all hit roadblocks and obstacles. You’ll have days that feel overwhelming. Your emotions get the better of you. A you’ll frequently question if success is even possible. But if you want to achieve your goals, no matter how hard, audacious, and ambitious they may be, you have to develop the ability to persevere and overcome these difficulties. That’s where willpower comes in.

Decades of research on the science of willpower have created some interesting insights. And understanding them will help you learn how to increase willpower in your daily life. We’re going to explore the fascinating science of willpower. Once you understand the mechanisms behind willpower, you can learn to build your resistance and unlock your limitless goals.

Small instances of exercising willpower can help build perseverance for bigger ones

Walter Mitchel’s famous “Stanford Marshmallow Test” had children choose between eating some marshmallows now, or waiting 15 minutes and having a double-helping. He then tracked those children till they were roughly 32 years old. The children who were able to delay gratification for 15 minutes were more successful in their adult life. They achieved more and were able to reach their self-imposed goals more frequently than the children who ate the marshmallows first. The ability to delay gratification of a simple thing like a marshmallow prepared them for resisting bigger vulnerabilities and distractions later in life.

This can be exercised in your daily life. There’s always a marshmallow, so to speak. Instead of watching that Netflix show, spend thirty minutes cleaning, organizing, exercising, or reading before you allow yourself to sit down and zone out. You can work towards intermittent fasting, take more control of where you’re spending your time and focus, and so much more. Start noticing the marshmallow moments in your life and work towards delaying that instant gratification.

Willpower is a muscle

We all get muscle fatigue sometimes, right? Well, willpower gets fatigued too. And it can be just as debilitating. A study by scientist Roy Baumeister found that willpower acts just like your muscles. It tends to get fatigued when a lot of your tasks require self-control. If your willpower is exhausted, your performance will actually decrease when it comes to those specific tasks, which can lead to trying to exert more control and staying in that cycle.

This study led to two principles, that can help in training your mind to increase willpower:

  • To strengthen muscles, you need to exercise. That means you need to exercise your willpower frequently. As we mentioned above, find your marshmallow moments and practice delaying gratification.
  • But too much exercise leads to muscle fatigue. You need rest. Every moment of your day can’t be a battle of the internal wills, otherwise you deplete your ability to effectively delay gratification. In other words, sometimes it’s a good idea to put off Netflix, and sometimes you need to let yourself relax.

Make sure you find the balance between exercising and resting your self-control.

To increase willpower, you first have to believe that it is possible to change

2010 study by Veronica Job found that your beliefs about willpower can affect how much willpower you display while pursuing your real-life goals. The Stanford University team ran a series of experiments looking at individual beliefs when it comes to willpower. They found that if an individual believes that they a limited amount of willpower that decreases every time they use it, those same individuals displayed lower levels of willpower in their daily lives.

On the other hand, the people who believed willpower is not fixed and cannot be depleted, had much greater control over their selves. They displayed more willpower and were able to push through distractions and difficulties in order to achieve their goals.

Why willpower is crucial for learning

One thing will always encounter when learning something new is an obstacle. Usually, more than one. For every step forward, it’s common to experience one, two, sometimes five steps back. And that’s where building your willpower comes in. It doesn’t matter if you want to break a habit, build a new habit, learn a new skill, or manage your time more efficiently. There will always be a marshmallow waiting to derail you.

The one thing you need is strong willpower. It’s an essential quality to move forward in life. Learning a new skill or building a new habit requires the ability to know when to push forward, when to take a break, and how to analyze obstacles from different perspectives. Training your willpower will help you understand how to do exactly that.

Habits take anywhere from 28 to 66 days to truly solidify. And not every one of those days will be good. Willpower helps you stick to your new routine—even when you don’t want to. But the stronger your willpower gets, the easier it is to exert. And the same goes with learning. As you get better at sticking to your schedule, minimizing distractions, and doing the hard thing first, the more these behaviors will seep into your daily life. You’ll be able to learn more efficiently, which opens the door to learning more. And soon, you’ll be living the life you both desire and deserve.

Conclusion

Willpower is a complex subject. While researchers have worked hard to identify and measure it, it can still feel elusive in your daily life. But it is the key to unlocking your momentum so you can achieve your goals in life. Pay attention to your marshmallow moments, learn to listen to your body when you need to rest, and challenge yourself daily and you’ll be on your way to building this very important skill.

For more on how to develop willpower and self-discipline, watch this video:

Want to Master Your Memory? Use Your Brain Animal

Knowing your brain animal can become your biggest secret weapon in unlocking your limitless mind. Each animal has unique strengths and cognitive preferences in how they learn, read, interact with others, and yes, even actively recall information. If you’re curious how each animal can develop memory techniques that work best for them, we’ve compiled some suggestions below.

Remember to take the quiz and unlock the C.O.D.E. to your unique brain type. Once you do, you’ll have taken the first step towards understanding how to leverage your strengths and develop strategies to overcome your biggest challenges.

Owl (Logical Thinker):

Owls love organization and structure. That’s why mnemonic devices are perfect when it comes to remembering complex information. No matter how complicated the material, connecting it to a well-known pattern or rhythm will help you recall the information quickly and easily.

You can also use your organizational strengths to categorize information into logical groups or hierarchies. Maybe you have the grocery store laid out in your head, which makes remembering your list by aisle and food groups easier. You might learn the names of different people in your company based on the management structure. If you learn the information based on a structure that makes sense, you’ll have a much easier time recalling it when necessary.

Because Owls prefer a more methodical approach to learning, spaced repetition can be incredibly helpful to cement information into your memory. Practice reviewing flashcards at set intervals, taking breaks, and then repeating the process. Increase the intervals so that you have to remember the information for longer and longer, and watch how much you start to retain.

Cheetah (Instinctive Doer):

Cheetahs prefer a hands-on learning style, which means you want to use this same approach for memory. Use the body list to attach information to your physical self and come up with motions to help trigger the memory when you need it. If possible, use movement and activities to help give yourself experiences to tie information to.

While you’re using your physicality, you want to try to create mental images or visualize scenarios related to the information you want to remember. Your hair might have the movement of running your hands through it on your body list, but maybe it’s spaghetti so you don’t forget it at the store.

Another way you can solidify your understanding and memory is by teaching it to someone else. It might not seem like explaining it to another person is action-oriented, but it helps ground you in the moment. And having someone ask questions helps keep you focused and engaged, two traits perfect for a Cheetah.

Dolphin (Creative Visionary):

The Dolphins creative brain can use mind maps with stunning accuracy. You can create detailed and dynamic visual representations of information and connect them easily to different concepts. The more outrageous the visualization, the more likely you are to remember it.

You also have strength in storytelling. For each location in your mind map, you can create a story that ties it to the next piece and the next, and so on for quite a long list of information. These narratives can be used to remember anything from the periodic table to a vocabulary list to a speech.

The creative experience is essential to a Dolphins learning process, but it’s also important to memory. Listen to music, tie certain smells to different study sessions, use drawings in your notes, or create a vision board representing what you want to learn.

Elephant (Collaborative Connector):

Elephants do best when you study with others. The process of discussing and sharing information can be a game-changer in reinforcing your memory. You can extend this by asking people to study with you and quiz each other. The collaborative process will help embed the information into your long-term memory easier and faster than on your own.

You can work with others to create vivid “memory palaces”. Associate specific locations or objects in a familiar environment with key pieces of information. Using places like your home or office, where you have an emotional connection can reinforce the memory and make recall effortless.

When you have someone to practice with, or even in a group setting, practice active recall exercises. Summarize information to another person or have them summarize to you. Teach each other key elements and then test each other. You’ll strengthen your memory connections through the interactive process. And because you’ll also have an emotional memory thanks to your interactions, you’re even more likely to remember what you’re learning.

Conclusion

Each animal brain type has unique strengths and preferences. By adopting the techniques tailored for you, you can enhance not just how you learn, but your ability to retain and recall information faster and more effectively.

If you want to learn more about what habits can help improve your memory, watch this video:

The Neurology of Kindness

You already know kindness is good for your soul. But did you know it’s good for your brain? It turns out, being kind can actually reshape your brain.

Kindness Rewires Your Brain for Positivity

When you practice kindness, chances are you are familiar with the warm feeling that goes along with those acts. You might notice that your mood is elevated, your confidence is bolstered, or you’re motivated to do more. These effects go beyond just feeling nice.

It turns out, when you’re kind, you brain releases a plethora of neurochemicals afterwards. These include dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, all the so-called “feel good” chemicals. Combined, they elevate your mood, increase your overall sense of well-being, and activate your empathy. Being kind not just makes you feel good, it makes you want to continue being kind.

Researchers have discovered that engaging in acts of kindness can also form new neural connections by activating multiple parts of the brain. These new connections can enhance your brain’s ability to process positive emotions and regulate stress.

Kindness Creates a Ripple Effect of Happiness

Have you ever engaged in a random act of kindness? Maybe you decided to pay for the coffee of the person behind you, or showed up at a friend’s house to help with a massive chore as a surprise. Not only do you receive the brain benefits of all those feel-good neurochemicals, you also activate the same response in the recipients brain. This phenomenon is known as the “ripple effect of kindness”.

Research shows that when you’re performing kind acts, the ripple effect casts an incredibly wide net. The more you practice kindness, the more likely the people around you will do the same. And the effect continues to spread from there. It becomes a self-perpetuating cycle that can build a momentum of its own. The best part is, that kindness will eventually come back to you, and you can start the cycle all over again.

Kindness Boosts Your Emotional Intelligence

It should come as no surprise that practicing kindness can actually boost your emotional intelligence, or your EQ. EQ is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions while empathizing with the feelings of others.

There are five elements to emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. And kindness helps improve them all. You have to be self-aware and have the ability to self-regulate. You’re not always going to be in a good mood, but self-aware people who can regulate themselves know that yelling at the barrista isn’t going to make them feel better. 

Kindness triggers your empathy. You start to understand how people work, which gives you insight into yourself. This helps you become in tune with unspoken cues signaling emotional needs and the corresponding feelings. This heightened emotional awareness strengthens your relationships, which motivates you and builds your confidence.

And because you have to engage with others to be kind, it improves your social skills by giving you the ability to navigate complex social situations with grace and understanding.

Putting Kindness into Action

Now that we’ve unraveled the science behind the magic of kindness, it’s time to put this superpower to work in your everyday life. Here are a few simple ways you can incorporate kindness into your routine.

Start Your Day Right: Begin your morning by sending a heartfelt message to a friend or family member. It could be a simple “Good morning!” or a genuine compliment. Watch as your day – and theirs – lights up!

Random Acts of Kindness: Challenge yourself to perform at least one random act of kindness each day. Whether it’s holding the elevator, offering a genuine smile, or leaving a positive note for a coworker, these little gestures go a long way.

Listen with Intent: When engaging in conversations, practice active listening. Put away distractions and genuinely tune in to what the other person is saying. Your undivided attention is a gift. Learn to give it abundantly and watch how you receive it in return.

Volunteer Your Time: Find a cause you’re passionate about and dedicate some time to volunteer work. Not only will you make a difference in the community, but you’ll also experience the positive effects of giving back.

Practice Self-Kindness: Remember, kindness starts with you. Treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding that you extend to others. Practice self-care, set healthy boundaries, and celebrate your achievements.

Conclusion

Kindness can rewire your brain leading to a happier, more confident you. It spreads positivity, improves the lives of those around you, and builds your emotional intelligence. It costs you nothing, but it can give you everything. The world can always use more kindness. And your brain will thank you.

For more on how kindness and gratitude rewires your brain, watch this video:

HOW YOUR BRAIN CHANGES AS A NEW PARENT

It’s no secret that becoming a parent changes your life. But did you know it also changes your brain? Parenthood is a remarkable journey that rewires your brain in fascinating ways. Understanding these changes can help provide a map for new parents, but it can also help friends and family provide the support parents need. Whether this is your first baby, you’ve been a parent for a while, or simply want to be there for a parent in your life, we have the latest brain science to help harness you with the information you need to make parenting as stress-free as possible. 

Neuroplasticity Overdrive

Your brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. And when you become a parent, neuroplasticity goes into overdrive. 

Researchers found that parts of the brain responsible for caregiving and nurturing, areas like the prefrontal cortex, literally grow in size when you become a parent. It’s like your brain puts on a superhero cape to gear up to handle both the challenges and joys of parenting. 

And the best part? These changes are not only about keeping your little one safe. They’re also about tuning into their needs, emotions, and understanding the meaning behind every cry and baby babble.

Developing Your Empathy Superpower

One of the most incredible changes in your parent brain is the boost in your empathetic abilities. It’s like you suddenly gain the ability to understand your baby’s needs, both physical and emotional, from gurgles and cries. And it doesn’t stop there. After you become a parent, this empathetic shift happens in all areas of your life.

Research shows that the brain’s mirror neuron system—the one responsible for recognizing and then mirroring emotions in others—gets a major upgrade when you become a parent. This means you might find yourself tearing up during heartwarming commercials or feel a stab of understanding when you see a fellow parent struggle at the grocery store. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and the empathetic response supports this by helping you establish support and compassion.

Upgrade Your Multitasking Skills

Some days, multitasking feels like juggling flaming swords while riding a unicycle. Part of that is because there is no such thing as multitasking, only task-switching. But the part of your brain that handles complex tasks, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex,  becomes more active and efficient as a parent.

This rewiring of your brain means you become far more adept at juggling tasks, priorities, and all that baby gear without breaking a sweat (okay, maybe just a little bit of sweat). Your brain knows life gets a little harder with a newborn, and you have to be able to respond to their needs quickly and effectively. You can use this bump in flexibility to effortlessly switch between comforting a crying baby, whipping up dinner, and replying to that work email you almost forgot about. 

Turning Stress into Success: 3 Kwik Tips for New Parents

Now that you know how your brain adapts to handle this incredible journey of parenthood, let’s talk about how you can use these changes to your advantage and keep your stress minimized.

1. Embrace Mindfulness: Your enhanced empathy and neuroplasticity can make you more in tune with your own emotions. Take advantage of this by practicing mindfulness. When things get chaotic, take a few deep breaths and ground yourself in the present moment. This can help you stay calm and centered amidst the whirlwind of parenting.

2. Delegate and Connect: Your multitasking capable brain might make you think you can do it all, but remember that asking for help is a strength, not a weakness. Delegate tasks to your partner, family, or friends. Building a support network not only eases your load but also your body and brain the time and space it needs to rest and recover in the between the hectic moments of parenthood.

3. Prioritize Self-Care: Your newfound superpowers shouldn’t come at the expense of your well-being. Make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. Whether it’s a quick workout, a chapter of a book, or a soothing cup of tea, these moments recharge your brain and help you navigate the parenting adventure with grace.

Supporting the Superparents in Your Life

If you’re not the one in the baby booties but you’re cheering on a friend or family member who is, here are some ways you can be the ultimate sidekick:

Offer a Listening Ear – Sometimes, the most powerful support is simply being there to listen. Let the new parent share their experiences, frustrations, and triumphs. Your empathetic presence can do wonders.

Be a Helper – Offer concrete help. Everything from babysitting for an hour to bringing over a warm meal can be a lifesaver. Every little bit counts in the whirlwind of parenting.

Celebrate Small Wins – Parenting is a rollercoaster, and celebrating even the tiniest victory can make a huge difference. A congratulatory text or a small treat will help not just boost their spirits, but let them know they’re not alone.

If you want to learn more about these incredible changes, be sure to watch this episode:

THREE REASONS TO BECOME A REAL LIFE HERO

In 2009, the UN designated International Humanitarian Day as a way to embody the idea that anyone can be a hero. Celebrated every year on August 19, the day is both a way to honor those who have lost their lives working on humanitarian causes and encourages everyone to recognize ways they can give back in their daily life.

It’s easy to look at a police officer, firefighter, doctor, or nurse and recognize their heroic deeds. But what about the person who helps a stranger in a store? Or shares their umbrella at a bus stop? Being a hero is more than volunteering time or engaging in a specific career, it’s helping others everyday in situations big and small.

You’ve heard us say, reasons reap rewards. And there’s a reason helping others feels so good. It’s hard-wired into our neurology. So let’s dive into three reasons why you should become a real life hero.

Embrace Kindness

When you are kind to others, your brain releases three neurochemicals in response. The first chemical is oxytocin, the brain’s love chemical. This is the hormone that bonds you to others through love. Oxytocin elevates your trust levels, encourages you to be generous, and helps you become friendlier. When you engage in random acts of kindness, your brain releases oxytocin, which then triggers the rest of your reward centers.

The second chemical released is dopamine, the feel-good neurochemical. This hormone induces a pleasant state of short-term euphoria, which helps your brain reinforce the activity you just engaged in. Dopamine is strongly tied to your reward center. That’s what helps you develop habits. The more you engage in kind acts, the better you feel, which encourages those actions to become things you do frequently.

Your brain then releases a third hormone, serotonin. This hormone stabilizes mood and is generally attributed to your sense of happiness. Normal levels of serotonin helps you stay calm and focused in stressful situations, which leads to better outcomes.

This powerful combination helps sustain overall levels of happiness and life satisfaction. Both are incredibly motivating. When you live a life filled with acts of kindness and purposeful service, your brain chemistry works to encourage you to continue. You feel happier, fulfilled, and satisfied, triggering you to want to engage in kindness more. It’s a wonderful cycle. And one that’s easily introduced into your daily life.

One of the easiest ways to embrace kindness is simply working on how you see the world. We all get frustrated with our spouses, kids, co-workers, and even strangers. The next time you find yourself cursing the slow driver in front of you, or the co-worker who dropped the ball on a project, take a moment and reframe their behavior in a positive light. Instead of driving slow to irritate you, maybe they have a sick baby in the car or at home. When you change your frustration and outlook, you’ll be kinder to the person in response. And those small acts will not only make you feel better, they’ll make a world of difference to those around you.

Practice Gratitude

Gratitude also releases dopamine and serotonin. However, unlike with kindness, you only need to focus on your internal gratitude or express external gratitude to trigger these releases. That makes gratitude a powerful source of happiness and mental well-being that you can do anytime.

Every time you practice gratitude, you reinforce the neural pathways that release these neurotransmitters. And the more they’re released, the more entrenched these pathways become. And because these neurochemicals also work to reduce stress, improve memory, and stabilize your emotions, gratitude can be an effective tool to help redirect your mind and recenter your focus.

The beauty of gratitude is the multitude of ways in which you can express it. Every time you say thank you when someone opens a door or smile at a stranger, you release these feel-good neurochemicals. You can use gratitude when you’re stressed or frustrated by simply pausing and finding something to be grateful for. It disrupts the negative thought patterns and can help shift your mindset and outlook in that moment.

Gratitude not only reduces stress and anxiety, it also activates the part of your brain associated with altruism. The more you express gratitude, the more you want to give to those around you, which then gives you more to be grateful for. It’s a cycle that sustains itself and leads to a happier, more fulfilled life.

Other ways you can express gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. Every night end the day with three things you’re grateful for, and on tough days, review your previous entries. You can keep a gratitude jar, where you add to the jar daily and pull a piece of paper when you need a reminder. Write thank you notes to friends and families, or send random gratitude letters to those who mean the most to you.

When you take the time to reflect what you’re grateful for, you start to notice more of the abundance around you. It helps change your perspective and your mindset. Expressing gratitude not only increases your happiness and satisfaction, it also helps you find focus and clarity. And that helps you discover your purpose.

Unlock Purpose

It’s common to mistake passion for purpose. And while passion is vital in finding your purpose, it isn’t the sole ingredient. On one of our podcast episodes, Jim interviewed Jay Shetty, author of Think Like A Monk. Shetty also hosts his own podcast, On Purpose, and often discusses the purpose recipe. Passion + Service = Purpose.

Before you can plug in the formula, you have to start by embracing the sparks of curiosity. Curiosity can lead to finding things we’re passionate about. But as we all know, passion does not always lead to purpose. You can find your interest waning for a variety of reasons, but stomping out creativity by adhering too stringently to rules or waiting for the perfect moment will likely end in your passion fizzling out.

Researchers believe that the primary function of curiosity is to stimulate learning. And learning stimulates growth. When you allow the sparks of creativity to lead you down a path of learning, you can discover not just your passion, but also your purpose. And when you include kindness, generosity, and gratitude in your daily life, they can become the fuel that drives your passion and purpose forward.

When you find your purpose, you become an inspiration for others. Even if you aren’t saving lives, you never know who is watching and how you’re motivating or encouraging them to follow their curiosity and passion to discover their purpose. Your overall well-being improves, which improves everything from your productivity at work to forming deeper, more intimate relationships at home. In short, unlocking your purpose helps you become an everyday real life hero to everyone in your life.

Conclusion

Becoming a real life hero doesn’t require traveling the globe or engaging in monumental feats. By embracing kindness, practicing gratitude, and discovering your purpose, you improve the lives of everyone around you. This ranges from immediate family and friends, but also to those you work with, people you live around, and anyone else whose lives you unknowingly touch.

If you want to hear more about Jim’s real-life hero story, watch this video:

Using Your Brain Animal to Learn Faster 

Now that you’ve taken the quiz and unlocked the C.O.D.E. to your unique brain type, you’ve taken the first step towards understanding how to leverage your strengths and develop strategies to overcome your biggest challenges.

Once you understand your unique brain type, you can utilize this knowledge to learn any skill faster. Read on for more tips and tricks too unlock your limitless learning.

Owl (Logical Thinker):

The Owl learns best by breaking skills down into its individual components. Use your strong analytical skills to understand exactly what learning something new is going to require and then chunk it down into more manageable parts. 

You can also use your analytical abilities to understand the underlying and concepts of a skill. This enables you to see the whole through its underlying parts. As each piece becomes clear, your overall ability to grasp the skill you’re trying to learn solidifies faster. In the end, you’ll grasp the skill more effectively.

One of your strengths is piecing puzzles together. Look at learning a new skill as putting together a puzzle, but you have to create the puzzle pieces first. Once you master each component, you can easily reconstruct the elements to build a solid foundation until you master the entire skill.

Be aware that it can be easy for you to get lost in the process. Set clear learning objectives and stick with your timeline. You want to establish specific and measurable goals for your learning, and make sure you check in with these goals frequently throughout the learning process.

Cheetah (Instinctive Doer):

Cheetahs are known for being quick thinkers and fast on their feet. You learn best by the hands-on doing. If it’s possible to experiment or dive right into the project, you’ll want to start doing that as soon as possible. The more you can practice, the faster you’ll pick up the skill.

You’ll want to facilitate this by actively seeking out learning experiences that allow you to gain hands-on, practical experience as part of the process. If interactive activities aren’t necessarily part of the learning curriculum, get creative in how you can bring this element into your studies. The more you do this, the faster you’ll reinforce your learning and master the skill.

Because you like to dive right in, be aware that you might make more mistakes in the beginning. That’s okay. Failure and mistakes are part of the learning process, particularly if you want to get started on the new skill right away. Look at each error as a learning opportunity and keep track of the adjustments you need to make so that every new attempt takes you further.

It can be easy for the Cheetah to go too fast. You’ll want to establish achievable short-term goals to maintain momentum and stay motivated. This might mean daily goals, or even hourly, depending on what skill you’re trying to learn. Set clear objectives and use them to help propel your momentum forward.

Dolphin (Creative Visionary):

For the creative visionary, Dolphins need to explore and experiment with different approaches. You like to try various techniques before settling on one that works. Embrace this need to try new things and use it to enhance whatever new skill you’re trying to learn.

You are open-minded and adaptable. This can sometimes make learning feel like it’s progressing at a slow rate. But you’re learning with every new approach you take, and once you land on the method that works best for that particular skill, you’ll find that all the previous attempts have taught you pieces of the skill and enable you to master it faster.

This unique approach also gives you the chance to practice your creativity. As you think about new approaches to your new learning problem, you’re also thinking about the skill itself. This helps you understand not just what you want to learn, but how, and that enables you to create exercises and practices to best develop your new learning.

All of this means you have a lot of tools and resources when it comes to learning, but you want to be aware that you can get caught up in the creative process more than the learning. Ask others for help and use their expertise to make your experimental learning faster. Their expertise and insights can unlock new ideas to help cement your new learnings.

Elephant (Collaborative Connector):

Elephants learn new skills the most effectively when you work with others. Sharing knowledge and receiving feedback is what helps solidify new learning and skills the fastest. That means you’ll want to join in group activities whenever possible. Study groups, study buddies, and after-class meetings will be key elements in your learning process.

Another way you can engage in collaboration is through a mentor or internship. You’ll want to focus more on programs that allow one-on-one time so you can have time to ask questions and get individual guidance on your learning progress.

Even if you can’t get one-on-one focused attention, your communication skills mean that you know how to ask for help. You’ll focus on knowing what questions to ask to hone in on the key areas needed to clarify any confusion you may have. In group interactions, your collaborative skills will help lead quality discussions with others, leading to overall deeper learning for everyone involved.

As an elephant, you’re deeply empathetic. You can tap into this innate skill to better understand the challenges and nuances that goes into new learning. Your ability to ask for feedback, learn from others, and tap into deeper insights all enable you to approach new learning with profound insight.

Take The Quiz Today

If you haven’t taken our quiz yet, be sure to head over to mybrainanimal.com to discover your unique brain type. This quiz is designed to give you another set of tools to unlock your full potential for learning and personal growth.

Even the morning hosts at Today Show Australia took the quiz! Check out their results below:

And if you want to dive deeper into the brain animals, be sure to watch this episode: