How to Become a Lifelong Learner

Today’s Video: The Principles of Neuroplasticity

Rich Simon

It’s a little unnerving when we hear that our ability to absorb information steadily declines as we grow older. But what if our capacity to learn wasn’t limited by age? What if it all boiled down to our attitude?



According to Michael Gelb, a world-renowned speaker on innovative approaches to enhanced learning and author of How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, the key to being a lifelong learner is harnessing the power of neuroplasticity—the ability to make our minds adaptable—by seeking change and exercising the brain. The first step, Michael says, is understanding the relationship between attitude and outcome.


“Our attitude toward what happens to our mind as we grow older will dramatically affect our ability to either improve or squander our creativity as the years go by,” says Michael in this brief video clip. Deciding to take 15 minutes a day to challenge your brain—be it through a chess game, crossword puzzle, or playing an instrument—has been shown to help ward off dementia and increase life expectancy. “This isn’t mysticism or magic,” Michael says, going on to cite a Harvard study led by Becca Levy in which she found that people with a positive attitude toward aging outlived those with negative ones by almost eight years.


In the Networker Webcast series Why Brain Science Matters, Michael talks about how you can apply the principles of neuroplasticity in everyday life. “You can overcome being crushed by adversity,” he says. “Most of us haven’t even begun to explore our potential for change and growth.”


Why Brain Science Matters:
Concrete Strategies for Your Practice

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Topic: Aging

Tags: brain science | learning | neuroplasticity | plasticity | science

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