Tuesday, May 25, 2010
WHAT IS THE COST OF CONFUSION, & THE VALUE OF CLARITY?
The following is the prologue to the book, 'Building BrainPower: Turning Grey Matter into Gold', by Dilip Mukerjea:
"The Knowledge Economy has transitioned to The Learning Economy.
Brain Force has trumped Brute Force.
The secret to success lies in building your brainpower.
Brainpower transports you from:
- confusion to clarity;
- hostility to harmony;
- self-posioning to self-poise;
- entropy to ecstasy;
Your most valuable asset is your learning ability. It is the architect of your identity. Everything you are was conceived as an idea in your brain.
The primary creative force in your life is the aulity of your imagination.
This has never been more true.
The velocity of life has reached lightspeed. The volatility of evolution has aradicated certainty. The viscosity of prehistoric attitudes has created monuments to incompetence.
What is the cost of confusion, & the value of clarity?
Make a start by building your brainpower.
Read this book!"
Say Keng's personal comments:
For me, building brainpower is more a strategic question of enhancing one's self-mastery ~ understanding our own brain, with all its intricacies & idiosyncrasies, since it is our preeminent information processor & perpetual idea generator.
More importantly, brainpower is a mere function of how we use our own brain on a daily basis ~ the more we use of it, in novel ways of course, the better it is.
Nonetheless, I like to share with readers one pragmatic way to reduce confusion & enhance clarity, especially when reading a book, or listening to a speech or a presentation, or participating in a workshop:
Within the first ten minutes or so, you should quickly ask yourself these questions:
1) How is this relevant to my sphere of work or current job or existing business?
2) What are the immediate Next Steps after this reading/presentation/workshop?
3) What does successful application of this reading/presentation/training look like?
4) What follow-up tools & support do I get after this reading/presentation/workshop?
5) What's in it for me ? or How do I, personally, benefit from this reading/presentation/workshop?
These powerful questions help you to ignite your reticular activating system (RAS) ~ your automatic goal-seeking system, so to speak, just like the servo-mechanism in a Tomahawk missile!
My knowledge has been inspired & fine-tuned by the brilliant work of productivity strategist Bill Jensen, who wrote the classics, 'Simplicity' as well as 'Simplicity Survival Handbook'.