Brain Bulletin #31 - Autobiography in Five Short Chaptersin Brain Bulletin
I spoke to 189 audiences about the brain in this year. My sessions are filled with science, strategies, stories, and lots of real learning. With all that... this is my most requested piece from people who have heard me speak. I think I know why.
Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters
by Portia Nelson
Chapter 1: I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter 2: I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again. I can't believe I am in the same place, but it isn't my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It's a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
Chapter 4: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
Chapter 5: I walk down a different street.
You are never stuck. Your brain is capable of great change!
Neuroscientist, George Edelman, notes that your cortex alone has 30 billion neurons which can make 1 million billion connections. Edelman states, "If we considered the number of possible neural circuits, we would be dealing with hyper-astronomical numbers: 10 followed by at least a million zeros. There are 10 followed by 79 zeros of particles in the known universe."
These staggering numbers explain why your brain is the most complex, 3 pound lump in the universe.
Your brain can change itself, and a brain changed is a life changed.
In the next Brain Bulletin you will learn the # 1 drink for your brain.