The Unforgettable Story of Jim Kwik
In the last few weeks, we have been talked about every technique and method on how to learn faster and so on from the book Limitless, author; Jim Kwik, maybe some of you don't know who Jim is, why he’s all over the internet, magazines like Forbes? That is totally fine because I used to think the same way.
Before I tell you who this is and why I am so obsessed with his work, I’m going to tell you a funny story about how I found this awesome person. Once I was scrolling down my Facebook page like every other millennial does, because where else do we spend time most of our time besides social media? Y’all know what I mean. So, while scrolling down my eyes catch on an advertisement and it was Jim Kwik spinning a book and he was talking; this is what he says “do you want to learn how to read faster? Do you want to be able to learn anything faster?” and I was like “yes, but we have google already” even though I said that I kept listening to the full advertisement, as it brought the curiosity out of me!
So I decided to listen to his podcasts and watch his videos on youtube, and somehow I felt like I wanted to try something different. I tried to read one sentence in a book, as Jim suggested in his podcast, so I did and ended up reading 21 pages, I was so surprised because I’m not the type of person who likes to spend time on reading, for me it is the most boring thing ever. But now, reading is part of my morning routine, nothing really excites me every morning than having a cup of coffee, listening to Kenny G’s saxophone on Spotify while reading a book, its like I’m having a romantic breakfast with a book and that is weird but I don’t care.
So let’s go back to the topic “who is Jim Kwik?” Jim Kwik (his real name) is a widely recognized world expert in memory improvement, brain optimization, and accelerated learning. After a childhood brain injury it left him with learning challenges, Kwik created strategies to dramatically enhance his mental performance. He has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their true genius and brainpower. For more than two decades, he has served as the brain coach to students, seniors, entrepreneurs, and educators. His work has touched a who’s who of Hollywood elite, professional athletes, political leaders, and business magnates, with corporate clients that include Google, Virgin, Nike, Zappos, SpaceX, GE, Twentieth Century Fox, Cleveland Clinic, WordPress, and such institutions as the United Nations, Caltech, Harvard University, and Singularity University.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Jim, “I’m not special, I didn’t naturally have these superpowers. They were learned. And if I can learn them, anyone can learn them regardless of age, background, or education.” it’s just proof that he wasn’t born genius or special or whatever you call it. In fact that he was struggling with learning challenges, even worst, he was labeled as “A Boy with a Broken Brain” at the age of 5, he accidentally fell on the ground hit his head, which caused him a brain injury. His parents say that he was never the same after that accident, and it took three years for him to learn how to read by himself; every night when he was put to bed, he would hide under the blanket and read comic books with a flashlight.
Fast forward to high school, when he graduated, he went on vacation with his friend to visit his friends’ family, where he got to meet and talk with his friend’s father (let’s call him Mr.X), the first question Mr.X asked was “How was school?” Jim couldn’t help but burst out crying, it was the worst question to be asked for someone who had been suffering from learning challenges. In fact, school was a nightmare for Jim. One of the superpowers that he had was being invisible, he would do everything to avoid the crowds or be active at school that required him to do presentations in front of the class or things like that.
Can you imagine, how bad it was? So he told everything to Mr.X, and this gentleman asked Jim to write down his dreams on paper so he did and without asking a question, Mr.X grabbed the paper from Jim’s hand and started to read it loudly, Jim was freaked out, and as I read this story on Jim’s book, Limitless my heart was racing, and I thought “how could someone do that to a poor kid?” but the next thing the gentleman said to Jim was mindblowing. He said “Jim, you’re this close to your dreams” but the younger Jim said to Mr.X “that is impossible, didn’t you just listen that I am a boy with a broken brain?” but Mr.X pulled out both of his index fingers and point it straightly to Jim’s head and said, “you are this close”. It turns out that Mr.X was talking about his brain, the most gifted part of the human's body.
Since then, he was taught by Mr.X to focus on reading books, when the vacation was over, Jim started to spend days in the library without food, sleep, and exercise, once this was till he fainted, hit his head again, and later when he woke up, he was in the hospital, he thought his life was over but then the nurse came to him and gave him a mug of tea, in the mug, there is a quote by a genius, Albert Einstein, it says “we cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Once he realized that people learned in different ways, he was able to teach himself and others by figuring out what worked for each learner. He started teaching other students, those students’ parents, who then recommended him to their friends and colleagues. Jim eventually turned his memory improvement and speed reading training into a profitable business (Kwik Learning) that now helps individuals and Fortune 500 corporate clients worldwide. The story was published on his podcast, youtube (interviewed by Lewis Howes), and several articles online like Forbes & https://www.entrepreneur.com/magazine
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