"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Friday, June 18, 2010


It never ceased to amaze me that each time I just pick out any of Dilip Mukerjea's books - at pure random: is it so? or is it synchronicity at work? - from my personal library, my mind starts to wonder about what fresh angle I can approach - & then present - his many musings & insights.

To me, the sense of wonder is always a curious as well as beautiful phenomenon.

Undoubtedly, coupled with ingenuity & imagination, it's the driving force of human progress as manifested in the many facets of our scientific & technological evolution.

All kids have this amazing sense of wonder. That's why they are so creative & innovative. By the way, all of us have been kids before. So, why is the sense of wonder so elusive for many of us adults?

How can we arrest the decline or loss for many of us?

Well, I like Dilip to help you in your search of a better understanding.

As typical of his eloquence & succinctness, he pens under 'Preliminary Thoughts' in his wonderful book, 'Building BrainPower: Turning Grey Matter into Gold':

"We enter this world, seemingly unarmed, unique amongst all living creatures on the planet. Our mind is our only weapon; a metaphysical instrument crafted by a physical brain that pulsates with the elements of infinite genius.

We were born with the tools, but lost sight of the skills.

Goethe said: "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being."

We are capable of being so much, yet most of us accept mediocrity as the norm. This timid acceptance is a denial of our inherent potential, born out of an infinite capacity for genius.

The human brain is not an inert mass of protoplasm. We must revolt against the passive acceptance of pedestrian attitudes that utter "Well, I'm only human" to situations we perceive as too challenging. The human brain equates directly with infinity, not with limitation.

Your brain succumbs to limitations only when you grant it permission to do so. But it rises and soars beyond ordinary expectations when you release it from its bonds.

It is not possible to build a reputation on what you were going to do. You must do. It is not good enough merely knowing about something and claiming that you know "it". Go claim "it", and do. Only then you will know "it".

This book was written with the intellectual momentum generated by an evolving global consciousness about the immense value of human intelligence. It addresses the need to build brainpower as your path towards the pinnacle of human accomplishment. It explains the rudiments and intricacies of Mind Mapping, brainchild of Tony Buzan, protagonist extraordinaire in generating global cortical enlightenment.

We also go deeper into the diverse applications of Mind Mapping, Communication Skills, and Mental Gymnastics. My aim is to provoke your neurons into participating actively and interactively with one another... a dance of the intellect where learning becomes fun.

We are integrated units of matter and consciousness. The synergy created by mind and body soars exponentially when we use our brain in harmony with the way nature ordained it.

All of us have an infinite capacity for excellence. Genius is our birthright. May it light a beacon in your mind, for there is no light more dazzling than the luminescence generated within the working human brain!

I wish the reader of this book a life of infinite wonder.

Dilip Mukerjea"

That's it. Dilip has hit the nail once again.

It's our "timid acceptance of mediocrity as the norm & passive acceptance of pedestrian attitudes that utter "Well, I'm only human" to situations we perceive as too challenging".

Oftentimes, it is the lull in complacency that leads to the lassitude in mediocrity, which in turn & ultimately messes up our lives, personally & professionally. This is my personal belief.

As a matter of fact, consultant Judith Bardwick has often asserted: There is DANGER IN THE COMFORT ZONE! [By the way, that's also the title of her now classic work.]

This week's heavy flooding in the Orchard Road area - causing millions in losses to the really unlucky retailers & the handful of unfortunate but rich car-owners - & also, the recent unprecedented break-in at the MRT depot in Changi - where two foreign graffiti geeks had a gala time with their artistic prowess - are valuable lessons in complacency on the part of the respective government agencies.

As Dilip puts it, "All of us have an infinite capacity for excellence. Genius is our birthright...", but the harsh reality is that we still got to work at it.

On top of that, we also need to stay curious about our habitual shortcomings, as well as stay alert - by playing with new scenarios & anticipating alternate outcomes - to plausible, possible & probable contingencies from the far horizon.

For additional musings & insights from Dilip Mukerjea, go & read his wonderful book:

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