What the heck does it mean to feed your brain? As I continue to study the path to success, the theme of feeding your mind keeps reoccurring. I have to admit that I enjoy eating so this idea struck me as something that I could probably do well. However, what exactly does this abstract concept of feeding your brain actually mean.
The idea seems to be out of some hippy revolution but it comes from some of the best business books. These books include Think and Grow Rich, The Magic of Thinking Big, and 48 Days to the Work You Love. The main feed your brain thesis is to enrich oneself through managing your environment and filling your mind with useful knowledge in an effort to gain wisdom. In the words of Tenacious D create some mind bullets.
How to Feed Your Brain
In our lives the people, books, TV, and internet in which we immerse ourselves in greatly affects how we think. I am not just talking about high school cliques. Nor am I talking about becoming a monk. Nevertheless, hang-out with negative people then you will be a negative Nancy. Hang-out with losers then most likely you will be a turd. Read only sad tragic news stories then you will be depressed. Watch brain-dead TV all day then you will soon be a vegetable.
Dave Ramsey uses a quote from Charles “Tremendous” Jones, to effectively illustrate the point. “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.” My wife unknowingly created an ingenious motto, coincidentally to get out of doing something, that says, “we have a finite amount of effort points in life so why waste them on things that don’t make you happy.”
To feed your brain make it a point to seek advice from people who are successful. Accept negative advice only as a challenge to prove that you can do it. It takes time and effort to become successful in business so do not waste “effort points” on meaningless things. Feed your brain. Be intentional.
Seven Steps to Feed Your Brain
Here is a seven step process from The Magic of Thinking Big to create an environment that will make you successful.
- Be environment-conscious. Feed your mind.
- Make your environment work for you, not against you.
- Don’t let small-thinking people hold you back.
- Get your advice from successful people.
- Get plenty of psychological sunshine. Discover new and stimulating things to do.
- Throw thought poison out of your environment. Avoid gossip.
- Go first class in everything you do.
What are some ways that you feed your brain to better your small business?