Keep Knowledge Coming into Your Life
Ben Franklin said: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Investing in Knowledge, some things to do
Naps: Naps can dramatically increase learning, memory, awareness, creativity, and productivity.
Pulling from the results of more than 10 years of experiments, nap researcher Sara Mednick of the University of California, San Diego, states: “With naps of an hour to an hour and a half… you get close to the same benefits in learning consolidation that you would from a full eight hour night’s sleep.”
People who study in the morning do about 30% better on an evening test if they have had an hour-long nap than if they have not.
Albert Einstein broke up his day by returning home from his Princeton office at 1:30p, having lunch, taking a nap, and then waking with a cup of tea to start the afternoon.
Thomas Edison napped for up to 3 hours per day.
Winston Churchill considered his late afternoon nap non-negotiable.
John F. Kennedy ate his lunch in bed before drawing the curtains for a 1 – 2-hour nap.
Some others who swore by daily naps include Leonardo Da Vinci (up to a dozen 10-min naps a day), Napoleon Bonaparte (before battles), Ronald Reagan (every afternoon), Lyndon B. Johnson (30 mins a day), John D. Rockefeller (every day after lunch), Margaret Thatcher (1 hour a day), Arnold Schwarzenegger (every afternoon), and Bill Clinton (15–60 mins a day).
Modern science confirms that napping makes us not only more productive, but also more creative. Maybe that’s why greats such as Salvador Dali, chess grandmaster Josh Waitzkin, and Edgar Allen Poe used naps to induce hypnagogia, a state of awareness between sleep and wakefulness that helped them access a deeper level of creativity.
Walking: Walking 15 mins per day can work wonders.
Top performers also build exercise into their daily routine. The most common form is walking.
Charles Darwin went on 2 walks daily: one at noon and one at 4:00p.
After a midday meal, Beethoven embarked on a long, vigorous walk, carrying a pencil and sheets of music paper to record chance musical thoughts.
Charles Dickens walked 12 miles a day and found writing so mentally agitating that he once wrote, “If I couldn’t walk fast and far, I should just explode and perish.”
Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche concluded, “It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.”
Some others who made a habit of walking include Gandhi (took a long walk every day), Jack Dorsey (takes a 5-mile walk each morning), Steve Jobs (took a long walk when he had a serious talk), Tory Burch (45 mins a day), Howard Schultz (walks every morning), Aristotle (gave lectures while walking), and Winston Churchill (walked every morning upon waking).
Now, we have scientific data proving what these geniuses intuited. Taking a walk refreshes the mind and body, and increases creativity. It can even extend your life. In one 12-year study of adults over 65, walking for 15 mins a day reduced mortality by 22%.
Reading: Reading is 1 of the most beneficial activities one can invest in
No matter our circumstances, we all have equal access to the favorite learning medium of Bill Gates, the richest person in the world: Books.
Top performers in all areas take advantage of this high-powered, low-cost way to learn.
Winston Churchill spent several hours a day reading biographies, history, philosophy, and economics.
The list of US Presidents who loved books is long: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and JFK were all voracious readers.
Theodore Roosevelt read one book a day when busy, and 2 – 3 a day when he had a free evening.
Some other heavy readers include billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban (3-plus hours a day), billionaire entrepreneur Dan Gilbert (1 – 2 hours a day), Oprah Winfrey (credits reading for much of her success), Elon Musk (read 2 books a day when he was younger), Mark Zuckerberg (a book every 2 weeks), Jeff Bezos (read hundreds of science fiction novels by the time he was 13), and CEO of Disney Bob Iger (gets up every morning at 4:30a to read).
Reading books improves memory, increases empathy, and de-stresses us, all of which can help us achieve our goals.
Books compress a lifetime’s worth of someone’s most impactful knowledge into a format that demands just a few hours of our time. They provide the ultimate ROI (return on investment).
So, take some time and step away from your urgent work, slow down, and invest in activities that have a long-term payoff in greater Knowledge, as Knowledge is Power.
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