At 17 years of age I had absolutely no idea as to what I wanted to do with my life, I had no special interests and was barely holding onto a part-time job I had secured during the summer holidays.
I needed some help, some guidance as to my next step, and although I wasn’t sure what I wanted I knew I didn’t want a career in stacking shelves in a supermarket.
This led me to start checking out some of the local bookstores in my area one Saturday afternoon; just prior to that I had been reading a very interesting book about hypnosis and became fascinated about how the human mind worked and how it could be trained by using the power of suggestion.
Like many books about the mind, hypnosis titles occupied the “popular psychology" section, which today is mostly known as self help and personal growth.
As I browsed through the books on positive thinking and mind power a little title stood out: “How to Develop a Superpower Memory" by Harry Lorayne. Instinctively I picked it up and became absolutely absorbed in it.
After I had read a good 10 to 15 pages (much to the annoyance of the bookshop owner) I purchased it and devoured all of it in a few days; and that’s when I started to become a little annoyed and eventually quite angry.
For much of my school life I found learning immensely difficult, this impacted my self-esteem in a big way and added to my feelings of low self worth and inadequacy and after reading about Harry’s methods I realised not only were they quite easy to learn but they were based on memory principles that went back as far as ancient Greece!
Had I been exposed to this information in school I could have chosen a whole new direction for my life and not the one I just fell into. To this day I often wonder why even now, accelerated learning and mnemonic techniques are not an integral part of the education system.
Since that time I’ve made the decision not to dwell on what could have been and instead focus on what I can do now in this moment to create the life I desire.
After reading that book I decided I was going to learn everything I could about other mental training techniques and use them to better my life; this kick-started an intense reading program where I literally went through a new book each week.
It’s a habit that has totally transformed my life as it taught me that the solution to any problem or issue I was facing was contained in a book somewhere and all I had to do to solve it was simply find that information and then apply it.
If you are currently facing challenges or problems and feel that you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this; you haven’t!
T. D. McKenzie
T. D. McKenzie is the creator of The Instant Speed Learning accelerated learning program: Discover How You Can Easily Multiply Your Learning Ability by 1000 Times and Have Incredibly Powerful Recall of Anything You Read or Listen to Within the Next 72 Hours. . . Without Learning a Complicated Memory System! http://www.instantspeedlearning.com/