Jim Kwik // Ep 75 // Becoming Limitless by Learning to Learn
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Jim Kwik, his real name, is a leader in brain performance, mental fitness and memory improvement. After a childhood brain injury left him with learning challenges, Kwik created strategies to dramatically enhance his cognitive performance. He has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their true genius and brainpower. He is CEO of Kwik Learning, the premiere online accelerated learning academy with students in 195 countries. His clients include Google, Virgin, Nike, Zappos, WordPress, Cleveland Clinic, Caltech, Harvard and Singularity University. Kwik is the author of the NY Times and #1 WSJ bestseller: “Limitless – Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, Unlock Your Exceptional Life.” He is the host of the acclaimed “Kwik Brain” podcast, which is consistently the top educational training show on iTunes with tens of millions of downloads. His mission: No brain left behind.
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Intro: (00:00:00) Hey guys, welcome to Asian Hustle Network Podcast, My name is Bryan.
And my name is Maggie
And we interview Asian entrepreneurs around the world to amplify their voices and empower Asians to pursue their dreams and goals.
We believe that each person has a message and a unique story from their entrepreneurial journey that they can share with all of us.
Maggie: (00:00:23) Hi everyone. Welcome to the Asian hustle network podcast. Today. We have a very special guest with us. His name is Jim Kwik. Jim is a leader in brain performance, mental fitness and memory improvement. After a childhood brain injury left him with learning challenges. Jim created strategies to dramatically enhance his cognitive performance. He has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their true genius and brain power. He is CEO of quick learning the premier online accelerated learning Academy with students in 195 countries. His clients include Google Virgin, Nike Zappos, WordPress Cleveland clinic, Caltech, Harvard, and singularity university. Jim is the author of the New York times. And number one, wall street, journal bestseller limitless, upgrade your brain, learn anything faster. Unlock your exceptional life. He is the host of the acclaimed quick brain podcast, which has consistently the top educational training show on iTunes with tens of millions of downloads his mission. No brain left behind Jim. Welcome to the show.
Jim: (00:01:24) Thank you both so much. And thank everybody’s taking time to listen to this conversation.
Bryan: (00:01:30) Of course, Jim, we’re so excited to have you here. Like we’ve been following your journey for a while and we started following you on Instagram, nationally, and the most iconic thing about you is that we saw you pointing to your brain, you know, like, Oh, what is this guy all about? You know, having this podcast is absolutely amazing. So you just want to hop into your story and particularly you want to hop into when you’re a fine, and I’m going to have you take that away.
Jim: (00:01:54) Yeah. Um, when people see me on stage, so I’m a brain coach and had, as you mentioned, um, what does that mean? You know, I help people with their brain and help, better focus, improve their memory, have them read faster, um, to do these mental feats so that they can really win, have greater productivity and performance while there are out there hustling and, um, When I onstage, I usually do these demonstrations where an audience will maybe maybe 50 or a hundred people stand up and introduce themselves. And I’ll, I’ll memorize all their names as they share their names or an audience will give me a hundred random words, a hundred digit number, and I’ll recall them forwards and backwards. But I always tell people, I don’t do this to impress you. I really do this to express to you. What’s possible because the truth is everyone listening. You can do that too, regardless of your age and your background and your career educational level, financial situation, your gender history, your IQ, and the reason why I know it is because I, um, I grew up with learning difficulties. And so to answer your question, when I was five, I was in kindergarten class and I, um, I took a really bad fall, uh, had had an injury as rushed to the hospital. Um, And my parents, uh, they, they set ups never the same, you know, the weren’t straight playful, very curious, very energized. I just, it came very, very shut down. And, um, where really showed up was in school. Um, teachers would repeat themselves over and over again, and I would pretend to understand, but I didn’t really understand. Um, and I had, or focus, I couldn’t concentrate. I couldn’t re retain anything. Took me an extra three years just to learn how to read, which was very, it’s embarrassing. Right. You know, they’re passing around the book and, you know, it gets closer and closer. You had to read out loud and you get the book. And I, it could have been another line, which I wouldn’t understand it. I would just pass it on. And, um, I remember when I was nine years old, I was slowing down the class and I was, I was being teased. Uh, you know, you know, childhood wasn’t the most, uh, school, wasn’t the most, you know, most fun time of my life. You know, my, my parents, they, they immigrated here. My dad was only 13 years old and then speak the language and he lost both of his parents. And that’s why he moved here to live with his hand, who I only knew as my, my grandmother and, um, he left two siblings behind and, um, it was, it was difficult. You know, my mom lived in the back of the laundry mat that she worked in, you know, in Chinatown. And there was, um, you know, and they had so many jobs. And so my grandmother was one of those to caring for me when I was having my learning difficulties. Um, She actually started showing early signs of dementia and anyone who’s listening to this who’s had experience with somebody who has Alzheimer’s or something like that. It’s, it’s really, it’s really hard, you know, uh, you know, she would call me by my father’s name. She would repeat something. She just said 30 seconds ago. And, you know, and, and keep in mind, I’m only five or six years old and I’m going through my own challenges and I don’t, and I’m seeing this. And then, so I, I was taking care of her at age, like six, and then she shortly passed right from there. And so those are really kind of difficult times when I was nine, uh, a teacher pointed to me from the whole class and said, that’s the boy with the broken brain. And, um, you know, it’s that, I don’t think she would set it maliciously. I was being, I think she was coming to my defense because I was being teased a lot. And, um, But all I remember was I had the broken brain. So every single time I did badly in school, which was often every time I wasn’t picked for sports, I would always say, Oh, it’s because I had the broken brain. And so I struggled all through school and, um, you know, I was introverted, you know, culturally, you know, I, my parents were pretty, pretty emotionally reserved. Um, and, but I became very shy and that’s different than being introverted. Um, my super power growing up as a kid was really trending down and I’m minimizing. I don’t want to take up any space. Right. I would sit behind the tall kid in class. I said all the way in the back. So I was in called on. I would, I would do the work though because of my, my parents are very disciplined. You know, they encouraged hard work. Um, But I, if a teacher asked me to present on a book report, I would actually be so scared I would lie and sand into it because I was just so scared of being judged or having the spotlight. And he could see the disappointment in their face, the teachers, but when everyone left class, I would take out the book report out of my book bag and just throw it away in the trash, you know, that’s how self-conscious I was. And so that was, that was my journey all through junior high, high school also as well until I was 18 years old, when I discovered some strategies on, on, um, brain-friendly ways to be able to improve my focus and my memory. And I found my passion. Um, and, and as I found my purpose, I think, and passion for everyone who’s listening to this are hustling and passion is, but what lights you up? Right. And learning became my passion was it didn’t start that way at all. But, um, but I think purpose is how you use your passion to light other people up. So my passion is learning. My purpose is teaching other people how to learn, because I want to light other people up that way. And, um, you know, I’ve been doing it, um, three decades later, I’ve been doing it everyday sense. It’s funny because my two biggest challenges were learning and public speaking, and the universe has a sense of humor because all I do is public speak on this thing called learning, you know, growing up with these difficulties. My passion is really my mission in life is building better brighter brains so people could have their best, best future.
Bryan: (00:07:30) Jim, I think your story is so inspirational for me personally, because. I, I sort of had a learning disability growing up as a wall and my teachers couldn’t understand what was wrong with me at first. They’re like, maybe he doesn’t know how to speak English that well. So he put me in ESL classes. Yeah. Longest time. And I was born here. I didn’t speak English, but they’re like, you’re not picking up the language fast enough. You know? And then they put me in speech therapy classes to make sure that I can speak correctly because same, same problem. As you, when the book came to me, I froze. I did not, I did not learn that while he did not speak that well and has always been self-conscious for me, you know, and hearing your story and following you for the last couple of years, I think I follow your Instagram. And you were like 60,000 members, 60,000 followers or something like that. I was like, there’s this guy on social media that. Talks like me and looks like me and makes me so relatable, you know, and to have you in this podcast, a couple of years later to talk to you about this experience is pretty surreal to me.
Jim: (00:08:32) Thank you. I, I just, I just got goosebumps when you said that I call on called truth bumps. You know, I believe that we’re all, we’re all here for a reason. And while we’re out there hustling and we’re working hard and we’re working smart and being kind, I feel like it’s important to surround yourself with a peer group, you know, cause we are the people we spend time with and it’s nice. It’s great to have mentors. It’s great to have people to encourage us, to challenge us, to cheerlead for us. I always tell people if you haven’t found that person yet to be that person for somebody else, you can especially be that person. For for yourself, you know, it was tough in school. So it was, there was only one other Asian in my whole school, my pub Cummins public school in New York. Um, the only one in my whole school and he was one year older. His name is, uh, uh, Roger. Roger Lee is interesting because he, he was on the opposite side of the bell curve. Um, you know, he missed one, one answer on his SATs and he was so upset and, and they’re taken again to get a perfect score. He was in a head of the big debate team, the head of the math team. It was a hospital valedictorian. And I think also with that contrast, you know, with all my teachers and Dennis peers in school, you know, I think they set an expectation expectation, you know, maybe for me. Um, and I was on the other side of that curve that made his possible, but, um, you know, it was, it was challenging times, but I do believe through challenge comes change. I believe that going through struggles give you, it gives you strength that, you know, the things that may be. I don’t know if the word is ashamed, but the things that I was really kind of, you know, maybe, maybe a little bit embarrassed about, you know, um, you know, whether it’s my learning difficulties or, um, you know, my, we didn’t have, you know, we weren’t. My, my, my, my, my parents are extraordinary in that. They’re just good people. You know, they, they give a good role model, but I, um, but the things they’re, those are the things I’m most proud of now. And so, you know, my, my, I love to encourage people that they have. They have genius inside of them. That is not how smart you are. It’s really, how are you smart about how smart you are? It’s really, how are you smart? And when you discover that you discover those, those superpowers, that lie dormant, I think that we’re all born with this. Like what if we were all born with incredible superpowers, but we weren’t told that we were, you know, and then we weren’t shown how to utilize them. And I feel like school is an amazing place to learn. What’s the learn like math and history and science and Spanish, or, you know, anything, but. There’s not a lot of class on how to learn those things, right? There’s no class called concentration. There’s no class called you know, like a speed reading classroom memory. I always thought should have been like maybe the fourth art in school that would have been really helpful. Reading, writing, arithmetic, obviously spelling wise was one of them, but retention, you know, Socrates said, learn. There is no learning without remembering. And so I that’s really, my mission in life is to kind of fill in those gaps. And it’s not a slight against teachers. You know, my mother became a special education teacher, um, because she was so determined to help me, you know, and then Michigan being passionate about helping kids that are struggling like I was, but, um, you know, it’s a system issue. You know, we live in an age, I had, you know, done program for like space X and into places where, you know, we have live in, in that a world where we have a ton of electric cars and spaceships that are going to Mars. But our vehicle of choice often when it comes to our own learning and personal growth is often like a horse and buggy, you know, it hasn’t updated as much as the, the world is updated, you know? And so I love working with students and entrepreneurs, uh, can people at different ages and stages showing them on all of the most important gift that we have, which is the human mind.
Maggie: (00:12:13) Yeah. That’s very powerful. And you know, I also wanted to add that I find your story. Incredibly inspirational, just because, you know, similar to yourself and Brian, I also grew up with a lot of learning difficulties and for some reason I was always the slowest in the class. You know how in elementary school you would always have to go through assignments and actually complete the assignments during class. And I would always be the slowest one and I would have my parents come in for parent teacher conferences. And my, my teachers would say, you know, like Maggie she’s, she was actually like really slow in doing her work. I think that, you know, we have a problem. We have an issue here. Maybe there’s something that you can do at home that can help her, you know, improve her learning capabilities or maybe, you know, just teach her a little bit faster, how to be faster. Right. And I always had that, you know, that kind of insecurity. And I was always wondering like, why was it so easy for other people? Why was it so easy for other people to read faster, to learn faster? And you know, your, your story really touches upon me. And, you know, you mentioned that you went through a time where you started learning these strategies. Right. And really want to know, like, what was that turning point for you? Because I think a lot of people have a lot of difficulties kind of going through that turning point kind of learning and picking up all these strategies. Yeah
Bryan: (00:13:28) And to ADOT and Maggie as well. I, I, I feel like in every bad situation, that’s a good situation, you know, because we recognize our strengths and weaknesses. So young, we, our sense of awareness increases. It’s like, okay, quote, unquote, what can I do to improve myself? Because I work a certain way. You know, every death situation you create is heightened sense of awareness, where it’s like, you think about yourself, you think about how the world war it’s, you look at other people, you study other people. And I was wondering like, was that the beginning of your own passion that you wanted to learn about how people work about how your self-worth, but how your brain works.
Jim: (00:14:02) Yeah. I mean, I feel like when you’re like painfully shy and you’re just there, you’re just observing everybody else. Can you start asking those kinds of questions? Like why, you know, why am I working so much harder than everybody and not getting the same kind of results? You know, why, um, why are some people like smarter than other people that are doing better at school than others? And, um, what’s wrong with me? You know, I go through that spiral. Right. Um, and, but, you know, he started asking those questions. He started getting some answers and, um, I guess like things started to shift when I was 18. I was lucky enough to get into a local, um, you know, university and I, um, I taught freshmen and I could take it, make a fresh start. And, um, I took all these classes and I wanted to show the world and, um, show myself, make my parents proud. I’m the oldest of three siblings. So I want to be a good role model, a younger brother and sister. Um, but I actually did worse because you know, college is so much more difficult than high school because you’re so much more is left on you. You’re spending less time in class and more time, you know, trying to figure out yourself. And I, um, I did worse and I was ready to quit school because we didn’t, we didn’t really have the money to, for me to be in school as it was. And, um, I didn’t want to waste that. And so I, um, When I had that thought about quitting, I was talking to a friend of mine and he said, well, Hey, why don’t you get some perspective on I’m going to go home this weekend? Why don’t you come with me? And, uh, just kind of, you know, it helps to get a new point of view, right? Get, get some distance on something, maybe change the people you’re spending time with, or the place that you’re spending Zana. Sometimes we get stuck and helps to kind of, you know, go somewhere else. And, um, and the family, when we went to visit, um, it was pretty, pretty well off, in a different than, than the way I grew up. And the father’s walking around his property by the water and asked me a very innocent question, which is the worst question you could ask me at the time. He says Jim how’s school, which I just, you know, I, you know, and I’m, I’m keeping out of this boiling point kind of building up. And I just break down in front of this complete stranger. And I started balling, uh, which is very uncharacteristic of me, but I just saw so much pressure. Right. And I I’m telling him my whole story about, you know, Being broken and everything and tell him, I’m, I’m scared of, you know, telling my parents, I am not going to make it through this. And he says, well, he asked me another question says, Jim, why are you in school? And, and honestly, you think it’s kind of an obvious question, but I never thought about it. I just thought this is what we do, right. This is, you know, what you’re supposed to do. And he says, uh, why, what do you want to be? What do you want to do? What do you want to have? Or do you want to share a trivia question? Yeah. And I honestly had no answer because no one’s ever asked me those questions. I just thought it was expected. Um, you know, this was what everyone just supposed to do. And, um, and I go to answer him and he says stop. And he takes out of his pocket, um, a notebook and he tears out a couple of sheets and he asked me to write it down, which is, you know, first of all, the success principles we’re talking about here, and I encourage people to kind of maybe take some notes also. Um, cause I love to turn this into a little master class, you know, those super brain, you know, limitless kind of training, um, You know, first perspective is it’s an important element because every behind every principle there’s a promise. Right? And so point of view, asking new questions, getting new answers. Cause I think that we ask questions, like, why does this happen to me? Or why can’t I do this? It’s not the most useful questions, but questions like, how can I make this better? You know, how can I learn to be able to do this, um, some power questions, but then also writing things down is the first step of taking something in your mind and making it visible. Right? So it’s like the first step of creating something brand new. And I believe the future belongs to the creators where jobs are going to automation. They’re going of artificial intelligence in a way it’s truly not going to be outsourced as the things that are truly limitless, right? There’s no limit to the power. It’s not the sky’s the limit. Our minds are the limits. So I go to answer him and he makes me write it down and I do this exercise and then I fill up the sheet of paper. I fold it up, put it in my pocket and he rips it right out of my hand. And uh, and he starts reading it and. Honestly, I’m like freaking out. I even just talking about it makes me like, it’ll get a little like stressed because you know, you’re afraid of being judged, right? This complete stranger obviously is doing pretty well for himself in life. Um, and I don’t know how much time goes by, but then he looks up and he says things that, something that changed my life forever. He says, Jim, you are this close to everything on this list. And he spreads his index fingers. We like maybe a foot apart and I’m like, no way, give me 10 lifetimes. I’m not going to crack that list. And he takes his fingers and he puts them to the side of my head. Meaning what’s in between is like the bridge or the key to getting those things that I want. And, um, he takes me into his home and he into a room that I’ve never seen before. It’s wall to wall, ceiling to floor covered in books. Like I’ve never seen like a library in somebody’s house before. And keep in mind, I’ve never read a book cover to cover. I’m not a good reader. And it’s like being in a room full of snakes or people like to just really feel uncomfortable. And what makes it worse is he starts going in the shelves and grabbing steaks and handing them to me. And I S and these books start piling up and I look at the titles and there are these biographies of some pretty amazing men and women in history, and also some very early personal growth books, like, um, the magic of thinking big Psycho-Cybernetics, um, uh, thinking we’re over edge, right? Like all these classics and about talking about the power of belief and the human mind and, uh, personal development. And I, he says, Jim, I want you to read one book a week. And I go to them again. I was like, Gabby, you not heard, you know, we tend to fight for our limitations. Right. Uh, people come to me all the time and say like, damn, I don’t have a memory. I’m not smart enough. And I say, stop. If you fight for your limits. You get to keep them, if you fight for your limits, you get to keep them. And, and I’m fighting for my limitations. Why can’t read all these books that I say, um, I have all the schoolwork, I have midterms. And when I said schoolwork, he, he says, Jim, do not let school get in the way of your education. I love that. And, um, and I didn’t realize this was a Mark Twain quote. Um, but it really hit me and I’m like, wow. Yeah, that’s so brilliant. I don’t want school to able to enter with education. So many people associate learning and educating like, um, like when you graduate school or your learning is done, but obviously learning happens all the time, right? Learning is life. And, um, and I was like, honestly, I can’t commit to doing this because if I say, I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it. And I don’t know how to do that. And very smart man. And he reaches into his pocket and he takes out my goal list, right. My bucket list. And he starts reading every single thing on that line by line. And I don’t know, like. Like Maggie and Brian, like, if you can imagine, like I’m the same secure 18 year old kid that has no path, no way. Very, very not sure of themselves. Not none of those. Self-esteem very not confident. And, you know, you share your dreams and goals in another person’s voice, like set out into the world and hearing and say those things really mess with my mind and my spirit, something fears. And honestly, a lot of the things on that list were the things I wanted to do for my parents. You know, things they can never afford or leave. And if they had the money, they wouldn’t do it for themselves. And with that leverage, you know, I, I talk a lot about purpose and motivation and how to overcome procrastination, having a purpose that you feel really motivates all of us. Right? A lot of times people won’t all remember names, so they will remember their studies because they don’t interact connected with the reasons why. And, um, And so I, I agree to read one book a week, fast forward, I’m back at school and I’m sitting at my desk and I have a pile of books. I have to read for school and a pile of books. I promise that I want to read and I already couldn’t get through a pile. A so what do I do? I don’t eat. I don’t sleep. I don’t exercise. I don’t see people. I don’t, I don’t do anything. I just live in the library and it’s not very sustainable because, uh, you know, weeks into it, I ended up passing out out of sheer exhaustion at like two o’clock at night. I fall down a flight of stairs and I hit my head again at the library and I get, um, I woke up in the hospital. It was like two days later and I was down, I lost so much weight. I was hooked up all these IVs. Um, cause I was malnourished. I was dehydrated. I was down to 117 pounds. So I was just like wasting away. And um, I thought I died and it was the darkest time of my life. Cause part of me. If I’m honest, you know, thought I wished I did. Cause I thought it was such a burden. Right. And now we’re a standing thing. And so when I woke up a different part of me woke up also though, um, one that it was hopeful saying there has to be a better way. And when I had that question, the nurse came in with a mug of tea and on it had a picture of a genius. It was Albert Einstein and Albert Einstein would, was the book report I did for extra credit. I also had Maggie the same situation where they call my parents and, um, freshman English because I was failing. And, um, it was very embarrassing that my, my parents take off from work to come to school and have that conversation with my teacher for new year in high school and gave me that chance to do extra credit, to do that report. And the report was actually on Albert Einstein and the one that I ended up throwing away. Um, and so it was really, really sad. And, but, um, the mug also had a quote from Albert Einstein that said the same level of thinking that’s created your problem. Won’t solve your problem kind of made me think, well, what’s my problem while I’m a very slow learner. Well, how do I think differently about it? Well, maybe I can learn how to learn. And so I suddenly studies because I wasn’t making traction there anyway. And I started studying these books and other books on how to learn, because I asked my, the nurse for the course bulletin for next semester’s classes. And I go through page and page and they’re all classes on, on what to learn, but nothing on how to learn. So I started asking questions like, well, what did they do before there were, um, you know, printing presses, how would they remember things? And, you know, before all this technology, and I found these, you know, amazing demonic memory strategies, I learned the art of science of speed reading. I started supplying. I wanted to solve this riddle, how does my brain work? So I can work my brain. Right. How does my memory work so I can work my memory better. Yeah. And about 60 days into it, a light switch booked on. And I swear to you, it’s just like a different world. It’s just, I started to understand things for the first time I started to be able to sustain my focus. I had this mental high tality, um, my grades improved, but also my life improved. And from there I couldn’t help, but help other people because I got really angry. Because I was like, wow, I struggled. I suffered so much because, you know, cause I didn’t know this. And so how can I teach other people how to do it? And one of my very first students, she was a freshman in college. I started to tutor her and she read 30 books in 30 days. Now imagine if you’re a student or you’re an entrepreneur, want to be on that. You want to be an entrepreneur and inspiring to me and you can go online and buy 30 books or go to library at 30 books on negotiation or investing on you know, anything. Right. And uh, and read it, not skim it or scan it, but really read it. And I wanted to find out not how she did it. I went into why going back to purpose and motivation because I know how, because I taught her how I wanted to find out what her Mo our drive was. And I found out her mother was dying of illness. Her mother was dying of terminal cancer. And the books she was on. Doctors gave her only two months to live 60 days and the books, she was reading her books to save her mom’s life. And I wished her luck and prayers six months goes by and I get a call from this young lady and she’s crying and she’s crying and she wants stop. And when she eventually does, I find out they’re tears of joy, that her mother not only survived, but is really getting better. Doctors don’t know how they don’t know why the doctors all call it a miracle, but her mother attributed a hundred percent of the great advice she got from her daughter who learned it from these books. And in that moment, I realized that if knowledge is power and learning is our superpower of knowledge is power. Our ability to learn that’s our super power and it’s a super power we all have. And so my, my goal in life and my mission, so the day I die was should we’ll be showing people how to, how to unlock that power.
Maggie: (00:26:45) Wow. Wow. I think that is incredibly powerful. Um, you know, the, the girl who had 30 days to read 30 books, I think it shows a lot of what we are capable of doing. And I think that we often try to tell ourselves like, Oh, 30 days and 30 books. Like, I don’t know if I can do that. Just like how you mentioned to your friend’s father, you couldn’t read that many dots you had to study for college and you were already struggling in college, right? But if we take that concept and apply it to anything else, I think you mentioned in previous podcasts as well, remembering other people’s names. Right. If we, you know, try to remember other people’s names, I think we have this misconception that, you know, we, we can’t remember everyone’s names because we meet so many people on an everyday basis. But if we’re, you know, if someone had paid us, you know, a thousand dollars to some person’s name, we would remember that person’s name for the rest of our lifetimes. Right. And it’s, it’s not about our capability, but it’s about like, if we want to do it right. And what is that, what is that driving factor for us to want to do something? So
Jim: (00:27:44) I think that’s yeah. Yeah. And I think we can always tap into that, you know, in a sensitize, knowing that, like, for example, with names, and that’s a simple example, because most people have struggles with that. You know, we all had the opportunity to where we meet somebody and the names is disappears out of her mind. Or it’s not a short-term thing. It’s a long-term thing. You’re just out and about. And yeah. You know, as you turn around, somebody be recognized, but for life who you, you don’t remember their name and what makes it worse is when that person has the nerve to remember your name, right. You know, or you have to introduce to people. And then for those people, you know, want to be able to network or business etiquette. I think it’s the number one skill is how are you going to show somebody or any care for them business, their future, their finances, their health, whatever, their family, whatever you, as you have to offer them, if you don’t care enough, just to remember them. But, you know, we don’t remember all names, but we don’t forget all names either. I think some of the names that we remember when we were motivated were maybe they’re, you’re attracted to a person or they can be good for your business or a great opportunity. And what I’m saying is you can get motivated by asking yourself, why do I want to remember this person’s name? Maybe it’s this other person in some respect, maybe it’s the practice, these things we learned in the podcast, maybe, you know, get a referral or. Make a new friend, but without reasons you won’t get results, you know, there’s a great book called star with why by Simon Sinek. I tend to mention a lot of books because I think leaders are readers that people have seen me on social media with, um, you know, Oprah or Elon Musk or bill Gates or Richard Branson or whoever. Like we, we bonded over books, you know, because the best of the best are always learning no matter what their field happens to be. And, um, I see that as a theme with, with most successful people, whether they’re educators, entrepreneurs, or otherwise.
Bryan: (00:29:23) Yeah. Yeah. I do want to point out to you that you know, what the person that helps you in your 18 literally only takes one person shins your life and opened up a new perspective for you.
Jim: (00:29:33) Yeah. And that, that, that’s my, every time I go on stay, you know, like I’m, I’m still kind of a shy guy. Right. I, I, um, you know, it took me like three decades to put this book out and it’s not because I didn’t have the book written. It’s just, I didn’t. I didn’t really, I still don’t really want to be known, which is, I don’t know, that’s weird. It’s not like an imposter syndrome kind of thing. It’s more that, um, you know, I want to help people. And so I feel more in a moral obligation to do what I do, but it’s still not, you know, like the most comfortable thing to be on camera and with the beat on stages, just cause I still, you know, a nine-year-old boy still really doesn’t really. And want that attention.
Bryan: (00:30:17) Yeah. I like that you bring that up too, because you know, we have some pretty influential people on the podcast like yourself. And the funniest thing is like, they always mentioned that I’m doing these things, but deep inside, I’m still have this fear. I still have this doll. And it’s great that you’re mentioning to us right now because we see you, Jim, and we see you as this complete individual with virtually no insecurities, right? The fact that you’re mentioning it to us, it shows us that you’re still human, that, you know, whatever you’re accomplishing, we hope to accomplish one day as well. And as part of new generation to do the same. Yeah. That kind of leads me down. Like the inspiration for your book. You know, we heard you listened to your podcasts. You heard these, these sorts snippets of all these powerful influential people are calling to your podcasts. I want to hear more about like, like your techniques and habits and everything about the writing and limitless.
Jim: (00:31:07) Yeah. I mean to anyone who’s on this path. So I think if you’re listening to this conversation right now, and I really applaud the two of you for making space and creating this platform, you know, to help individuals that are just, you know, they’re willing to work, they just, you know, looking for some guidance. Cause that’s who I was when I was 18. Like it wasn’t, it, it was never a matter of whether I was willing to do the work. Right. I mean, a lot of people can make excuses or they can complain, but we can’t. Be upset by the results we didn’t get North, we didn’t do. Right. So I’m a big person about ownership and this kind of radical ownership of your life. I think it’s very important that we are responsible for our life and I’m not at the effect of things, you know, and that, that means also responsible for our thoughts. We’re responsible for what we feed our mind, feed our body, you know, who we spend time with. And the past it might have created, like our environment experience created us, you know, shaped who we are, but we are responsible for where we are today and who we are tomorrow. And so I think the first place to start is agency. Meaning that all of you, you know, all of us, you know, we’re all thermostats. We’re not thermometers that sometimes we, we, we fall back at default being a thermometer and a thermometer. As a metaphor pose, it’s just reacts the environment. And sometimes we react to things. We do. I react to what’s going on in the world right now, you know? Cause I’m touched by like that. And like, like like many people are, um, and we react to the economy, we react how people treat us, but a thermostat doesn’t react to the environment. It gauges the environment, you know, it knows what’s going on, but then it sets a temperature. And like, um, there were sets a goal or a vision and then the environment reacts to it. And so I would remind everyone who’s listening is that you have more, we’re stronger than, than you think you are, you know, and that you matter, and not because you did or bought or something, it’s just, you always have been and you always will be, you know, that doesn’t mean we can’t improve and get feedback and learn from mentors, but you know, that feeling of wholeness where not separate from something, I think it’s important. Um, that’s why we spend so much time with like concepts of gratitude and how that rewires your brain and, you know, especially with what’s going on in the world, you know, while, um, fear is contagious and viruses are cages. So as positivity, so is kindness, you know, so is, so is compassion, you know, and I think that part of what we’re here to do is like I ask this question every day, because my title night book, as you mentioned, the limit list, how do you become limited less than a limited world? Right. And my answer is we do it together. Right. And I feel like there’s that African proverb that says, if you want to go faster, you go alone. If you want to go further, you go together. And, and we do the best we can. And the limitless is not about being perfect at all. Right. Limitless. Is it just about progress? It’s just about advancing beyond maybe what you believe is possible, uh, you know, for yourself and for other people. And so yeah, all the, all the tips and everything comes, it starts with the mindset that this is possible that I am capable of it, that I deserve it. Right. Because sometimes if we don’t believe that you can learn a great method for how to remember names, but your mindset is all, I’m not smart enough. And you’re still gonna be stuck in that box, you know, and that self-talk, that we all have that critic, you know, that guy, that person has been kind of squelches things that, um, I always tell people your brain is like a supercomputer and your self-talk is a program that will run. So be tell yourself I’m not good enough, or I’m not good at remembering names. You won’t remember the name of the next person you meet because you program your supercomputer. You know, not to. And so I think at the beginning of all changes as self-awareness and personal responsibility. Um, so that way, as an, especially for an entrepreneur, I know many of your, your, your community, they want to start a business, or they started a business. You know, entrepreneurs are people who, you know, they value their freedom. They want to do what they want when they want wherever they want with who they want and so on. Um, and it takes, it’s not always easy. Like non-entrepreneurial, for me, it’s been my experience that it’s the people who like, they don’t work 40 hours a week speak, you know, working for someone else. So they could work like 60 hours a week for themselves, which is kind of an interesting phenomenon.
Bryan: (00:35:26) Yeah. Well, yeah. Um, I, I think we listened to one of your previous podcasts, the term unlimiting. Yeah. Unlimited. Yeah.
Jim: (00:35:38) Yeah. Uh, unlimiting ideal. Like a lot of our limits are learned. It’s not like I was born with this idea that I was broken. You know, you’re most of us, you know, we were a blank slate, right. And then, so it gets imprinted on us from our environment or other people, you know, their expectations, their opinions. And I think that’s really holds us back, you know, that sense of identity, you know? Um, and this is whether it’s in the Asian community or, or other, like, we, we have a perception of how people see us and we try to fit that mold. And sometimes because of it, we become more limited or reserved, or we don’t express ourselves or, or believe in ourselves because of it, you know, through media or marketing. I think the nature of this conversation really is about it’s about transcending. It’s about transcend it’s about ending the trance, you know, ending this massive gnosis gnosis we tell ourselves that this is impossible. And so unlimiting is the active process of relearning and unlearning, you know, things that hold us back, whether it’s in our mindset or in our motivation, you know, some people they’re just not motivated. They could have the limitless ideas and vision and they can have the right methods, but they’re not motivated. So they procrastinate maybe because they haven’t found that purpose. Or maybe because they’re exhausted, you know, energy is a big part of human drive and motivation that, you know, sometimes, especially for your entrepreneurs that are listening, you know, I’ve been an entrepreneur, my whole life I’ve been working since the age of nine or 10. I haven’t gotten a paycheck from, from a job. You know, I’ve always done kind of, um, these kind of side hustles that sometimes you have to feed your business, um, until it feeds you back. Right. And then in the beginning, okay. I can tell you, like, it’s not, it’s not glamorous. At least it wasn’t for me, you know, you have to sacrifice there’s all that stuff underneath that iceberg that people see on social media about how great it is, but all the discipline on sacrifice, all the deep work, you know, all the late nights, you know, sometimes. And it, and it’s tough. But if you’re, if you, if you’re willing to do what other people won’t do, then you can live a life that other people can’t, you know, can the beginning, Herman overall, grossly underpaid when we start a business or anything, any other venture for pursuing your dreams. But if you’re consistent and you’re always learning and you’re kind right, then eventually it’ll switch, you know? And then you can have that incredible life, but it’s not like fake it till you make it for me. It’s really face it to make it. Yeah to go through that challenge, because we’re challenged as like building a muscle, you challenge it and it’ll grow because human beings are the ultimate adaptation machines. Our minds are so capable of stretching, you know, and doing things that we never thought were possible. And we discover more about the human brain more in the past 10 years than the probably the past thousand years combined. And we found as we’re grossly underestimate our own skills and capabilities and potential.
Bryan: (00:38:33) I love that.
Maggie: (00:38:34) Incredibly powerful. And thank you so much for tying it all back to entrepreneurs, because that is mostly our demographic. And I think a lot of, you know, people who want to become entrepreneurs, they tend to think like I’m not capable of doing that. You know, I don’t have the mindset to do that, but like you said, you know, as long as
Bryan: (00:38:57) you put in the consistency and the hard work, and you know, I think anyone is capable of doing these number of ones is accessible.We got in this podcast.
Jim: (00:39:00) Yeah. And then when you have like the amazing people that you yeah. You’ve attracted to the show and I think they would agree that if you’re persistent, you get it, you could achieve it. But if you’re consistent, you could keep it. A lot of times things in our career, it’s attainable, but not sustainable over time. So that’s why the consistency is important because little by little, a little becomes a lot, right. It really adds up. And this is a Testament because it’s a reminder, whoever needs to listen to this, you know, I think one of the powers of social media is they give you role models or inspiration, but it went and I loved your ears. The questions that you have in this conversation, because there’s always that origin story, right. And that not everybody hears those things so they can easily relate. You know, to somebody they think they’re just born and, Oh, I just read more and reading a book a day and just born speaking in front of 250,000 people, you know, every year. But people that weren’t there when I was like scared to death to speak in front of like, you know, group of eight, second, second graders, you know, and like, terrified about what I’m going to say. And, you know, and those things, my first event was like, like that’s small, you know, and would still, you know, be sweaty. And my, my poems are hearts beating out of my chest, but it’s just a reminder to everybody that every expert was once a beginner, that every professional was once an amateur, right. Success is this little small steps that eventually add up to big, bigger things in life. Right?
Bryan: (00:40:21) Yeah. Also want to take a moment to acknowledge how far you’ve grown since you were that eight or five year old kid. Thank you just looking back and looking at the things that you’re able to accomplish. Now, how many people are you held the book there and publishing your platform? Everything you should be extremely proud of what you’ve accomplished so far, Jim.
Maggie: (00:40:38) Yeah. And we thank you for being authentic as well. I think that it’s so important to just see all of the accomplishments that you made, but at the same time during this podcast, you still say that and you know, sometimes you do get shy. Sometimes you still get nervous on the stage. And I think it’s so important. For all of us to know that, because Brian said earlier that, you know, there’s this, you know, aura around you that makes us see Jim as like the perfect person. And you’re always so confident, but we do have our insecurities, you know, that, that five-year old child back in the day that you’re still, you still have that inner child in you. Right. We still all have that inner child and us, and it’s okay to have those awesome times. But, you know, we just wanted to commend you for all the hard work and accomplishments that you have made and have gone so far with.
Jim: (00:41:20) Oh, I, I appreciate you both. And I think that’s what we’re here to do is theater to be able to top lift each other. Right. You know, especially in, in, in trying, you know, difficult times that you can never have too much positivity, you know, now’s not the time to shrink down. Uh, you know, I think, I think one of the biggest mistakes people are making is out of fear. They’re shrinking, what’s possible to fit their mind when they should be expanding their mind and fit all that’s possible. You know, my message for everyone is, do not downgrade. Your dreams to make, meet this current situation. We should be upgrading our mindset, our motivation, our commitment, our consistency, our education, you know, to be able to meet those big audacious dreams. And, uh, and that’s what really what leadership is. And I feel like we need that more than ever, that you don’t want to dim your light because it’s shiny in somebody else’s eyes. If anything, you know, spark, you know, be an example, inspire people around you with your grit and your grace. You know, if anyone is struggling right now and I’ll remind you that part of self-care is it’s falling in love with that person in the mirror. Who’s been through so much, but it’s still standing, right? Like, you know, and I, I would imagine a lot of people who are listening can remember a time when they’ve been think they could survive. But my response to that is he did, you know, cause you’re listening to this right now and you will continue to do that. And I, and so I think we’re all here to, just to do the best we can. And I think there’s a version of ourselves that we haven’t met yet. And the goal is just to show up every single day until we’re introduced to that person.
Bryan: (00:42:55) Yeah. Jim, I know you help a lot of people. How has helping people change your life? Throughout your entire twenties, thirties to now
Jim: (00:43:02) I would say that it’s, it’s core about who we are. I think everybody, you know, especially, um, you know, during, during the pandemic, you know, it’s interesting. I think there’s a wonderful opportunity for clarity. You know, often when you’re going a hundred miles an hour throughout the day before this, we never pause to say like, Hey, am I, am I, you know, I’m so busy. Am I going in the right direction? Cause someone can be very efficient at the things that they’re doing, but you can climb the ladder of success very efficiently and then get to the top and realize that it’s leaning on the wrong wall. And that’s, that’s not the goal. I think a wonderful thing for people to do while they’re cocooning, you know, physically distancing themselves. We feel like we’re alone with our thoughts and our doubts. Maybe we won’t be alone with our fears or maybe, maybe you can feeling alone is Jesus’ time where solitude can be a wonderful time for self-reflection and asking yourself what’s most is the magic question. Everyone should ask themselves. What’s most important to me in life. You know, kind of like what this person mentor asked me, like, why are you in school? What do you want to be? What do you want to do? What do you want to have when you want to contribute and share? You know, what’s most important to me in my career, in my contribution and my relationships, you know, for me. My values have been always clear, you know, because my parents, um, they all, then my mom and dad lost their parents at a very early age. So it instilled in us because they went through those life conditions. Um, but my dad came here from, uh, , he lost stele, two siblings behind and they, they passed, you know, um, you know, at a very young age also, cause there’s a lot of poverty and a lot of, a lot of health challenges. And, but that made, that made family most important when we grew up because of their loss, they prioritize that with us, with their children. So for me, my values, you know, our love growth contribution. Right. Um, I’d make all my decisions based on, you know, the people that I care about. And um, in the mid, secondly, I may, I just make my decision based on how I could grow, but I grow, so I have more to contribute. Right. And, um, and then recently, you know, especially the past year or two, I added a fourth value, which is, um, Adventure or joy because I want to enjoy the process too, you know, because life is very unpredictable and not guaranteed for any of us. And so, um, so contribution to answer your question is right up there, you know, my top three and that impact, I think it’s important because that’s another way I talked about, uh, during, you know, what people could do, whether cocooning one is get clarity on your life and also ask yourself not only what’s most important to me, but the second question you want to ask is are my actions aligned with those values are the actions I’m taking every single day, you know, hitting those targets, the things that I prize and I treasure because a lot of people right now they’re complaining to us about being burnt out, right. They’re exhausted. And, you know, with everything that’s going on and sometimes. We’re not burnt out because we’re doing too much. Sometimes we feel burnt out because we’re doing too little of the things that light us up, right. The things that we value, but how do we know? Unless we sit down and go through some kind of meditation or exercise or therapy or something, or journaling to figure out what those things are, and then are your actions aligned with those things? Because if they’re not, you you’re going to feel unfulfilled, right? You’re going to feel like you’re just going through the motions. And I think it’s very important for, uh, students, aspiring entrepreneurs, you know, are going on that path is it’s not sustainable. It’s attaining those values. Otherwise you’re in a self-sabotage right. You’re going to take one step forward and two steps back because it’s not giving you like the things that make you really light up. Um, but going back to CA um, so we talked about clarity, um, but the other part of it is, is care. Right. I think now is so important. The second C is to, is to care for yourself, especially everything that’s going on with pandemic and, um, divisiveness, you know, hate crimes and everything. Like it’s not just about physical. That’s certainly important. You know, people are doing the right things, then you know, all the things to do there, but also like mental health also, you know, part of mental health is sometimes disconnecting with everything that’s going on because we do not, this is a long game, right? This is, this is a marathon. This is not something, the things that are going on in the world, not going to be fixed overnight. Right. And so remember what’s attainable and sustainable. It’s different. And how can you sustain this? So, you know, I would say take care of yourself because chronic stress shrinks your brain chronic fear, where we’re a lot of people in the world. And certainly this community are feeling right now. Chronic fear actually suppresses your immune system. You know, it’s a whole area of science called psycho neuro immunology. It means that you’re more susceptible to colds, flus the viruses. If you’re always scared you’re in fight or flight and she’ll shut down your immune system and really compromise it. So my point of bringing this up, because make sure you’re getting sleep, you know, and make sure you’re doing years now, more than ever, we should be making good choices in terms of what we eat, but not just beating our body. We’ll refill our mind. And there’s an algorithm in our mind, much like there’s an algorithm to Instagram that whatever you engage with in social media, they give you more, uh, write whatever you like and share and comment and watch cat videos. They show you a lot more cats. Well, our mind has the same algorithm. So for always watching the news, you know, and everything is dark and scary, um, and fearful. Then, then the problem is, and it’s good to be aware, just like a thermostat, engages the environment and knows what’s going on, but then your newsfeed in your mind tends to be everything like that. The challenges. It doesn’t give you enough bandwidth to focus on possibility and solutions, right. Or what you could be grateful for at any moment also as well. I mean, gratitude is a wonderful antidote to fear. You know, when you focus on the things that you have in your life, um, they come from that place. You can build on it because success breeds success. But the other antidote to fear that, that the community and your listeners, or anybody’s going through right now, it’s not only care is contribution because when you focus on, you know, how can you take some, take some of your time, your talent, your treasure, to make a difference. And you put your focus on somebody else. And it’s hard to feel really scared and vulnerable when you, when you’re serving somebody else and you’re putting, you know, your focus on, on them. So contribution to answer your questions, a big part of my life. I believe the success formula is you learn so you can earn, right. We all learn and go through school so we can earn a living. Right. But then you earn, so you can return. Right. And I think everything in nature grows, um, that’s green or grows or Brown and rocks. Right. Um, and everything in nature also has to contribute. Right. Otherwise it’s eliminated. And so I feel like these are natural laws and I think we’re all here to be, to be on. I called grow givers. We can, you know, instead of just, I’ll go get her just, you know, back way. When in the eighties we were just getting, getting, getting. Um, but I think later people are just giving and they become martyrs and they have nothing else to give. Right. And you have to fill your own cup, but I think we become grow givers. We grow. So we have more to contribute and to give to other people. And I think, you know, even with limitless our book, we gave away a hundred percent of the proceeds. Um, and so, you know, too, we built schools around the world from Ghana to Guatemala, um, fully funded. The schools teachers build the schools to the clean water healthcare, and, um, and also Alzheimer’s research for women, women. Um, speaking to the amazing sheroes out there, women are twice as likely to experience Alzheimer’s than men, twice as likely. And most of the research has done on male brains and treatments are, you know, mostly on male brains. And, and so we’ve, we fund research for women in the memory of my grandmother, you know, but I think that’s what we’re all here is to, to make a, not only a dollar, but also a difference.
Maggie: (00:50:58) Oh, well, thank you so much for all that you do, Jim. I think it’s really important for all of us to make space for us to, to give, you know, and in return, you know, that could be knowledge that we can gain from, you know, the outside world. And it’s just so important for us to, you know, continue giving and, you know, um, practicing gratitude. Yeah. So you talk a lot about your love for superheroes. I would love to know why you love superheroes so much and your favorite superhero and how that, um, kinda contributed to unleashing your inner superhero within yourself.
Jim: (00:51:33) Yeah, I think there’s a, I call it the superhero. You it’s, there’s a yoou. I think we, um, you know, it’s interesting. I answered your question. I guess I became a name namerd with superheroes because, um, as I mentioned, when I was five, six, I couldn’t read. So I taught myself how to read by reading comic books. Um, a family member gave me a comic book and I just was like, I read this re-read this comic book so many times, you know, and late at night when my, my parents thought I was sleeping, I’d be underneath the covers with a flashlight and, um, something about the stories. Cause it was just like, um, it’s about hope. It’s about real help. It’s about how one person can make a difference. You know, um, most superheroes are extremely flaw and they have their own challenges. You know, they’re the most Epic, iconic superheroes. There are, they’re all orphaned, Spider-Man Superman, Batman, you know, they all lost their parents, um, in know, early age. Um, and so they had challenges, um, but they’re willing to push past their challenges and their to be able to contribute. Um, I, uh, I got to, um, I mentioned this in the book, but I add some juice to modern day superheroes together. Um, they wanted to meet each other and so I take them out to dinner and it was Richard Branson and Stanley, you know, the co founder of all the superheroes, the creator of all the superheroes and in the car asked Stan, who’s your favorite? I, same thing was your favorite. And he said, it’s, uh, iron. So I have like an iron man case I’m like shooter and everything. And, um, and he says, Jim, who’s your favorite? And I said, Spider-Man because I posted on Instagram at a big Spider-Man tie. Um, and when I said Spider-Man in his iconic voice without a pause, he goes with great power comes great responsibility. Right. And truth be told, I still sometimes switch words around maybe because I’ve had three traumatic brain injuries before age 12. And you know, when I’m reading, I hear something sometimes I’ll switch and I was like standing right with great power comes, great responsibility. And the awe the opposite is also true, but great responsibility comes great power. And that’s where I came up with that idea about personal responsibility. And when we take responsibility for something, we take ownership over it and it gives us great power to make things better. And I want to remind everybody that it’s, it’s hard to take responsibility, but it’s a lot harder life if we don’t could, because if we just do the easy things in life, which is, you know, like, um, we project or we, we procrastinate or we just kind of put whatever and life gets very hard, you know, but if you do the hard things in life, like it’s easy, a lot easier, you know, because if you can’t get yourself to do the difficult things, then, um, the life, you know, it gets very hard. I actually have, for those of you watching on video, I have this, um, picture of Stanley all the way at the top of my office here. Um, and it’s made out of cheese and like, cause he’s a big kid it’s made out of like, um, Like, like gummies and like a gum, like these little gum drops and everything it’s picture of Stan. But I, I put it there as a reminder, the units, I always took to take ownership of our things and, um, you know, stand up. He was, uh, one of my mentors, um, you know, until he passed and you get two passions, he, he would, um, he would still go to work nine to five because he loved telling stories. And, you know, and the other thing is, um, and his wife, he loved, they loved his wife so much, and it was a, this is a good role model, you know, for me, but it just reminded everyone that he was also very playful. And because of it, he just learned all the time. And I just wanna remind everybody to bring joy into whatever you’re doing. That if you, um, if you love, if you love what you do or you are, or you, uh, you bring the love into what you do, then you could, you could add five days a week to your life, you know, just, just by doing that. And, um, and so, yeah, my, my, my favorite, I would say Spiderman is definitely there. Batman was a big, uh, you know, superhero for me crying off. It was Spider-Man because he was bullied in high school. And I really, I can identify with that Batman. I love because, um, you know, he had some trauma early on and, um, and he’s also, you know, supposed to be human, so he didn’t have any super powers. He just used study and discipline and everything modern day superheroes that again, in real life was, was personally in our, and so that was, he was, you know, I have, I dunno, how many pieces of Berkeley art and statues around, um, I got to be with Linda and Shannon. You know, his wife and daughter on, on, on his 70th birthday. On the day we were in San Francisco in Chinatown, they took me to the hospital that, uh, he was born and it was their very first time visiting the hospital. And, uh, we got to sit three of them in the room that he had met. Bruce was actually born in, um, they since, um, tore down the, that, that hospital, but that was for a 70th birthday, but he has this quote and many quotes. Um, but one of them is the key to, and mortality is first living a life worth remembering. And I just think that’s just really Epic. You know, the key term of wherever is just living a life worth remembering. And I think if life is worth living, it’s worth remembering. And that’s why I spent so much time on memory, not just to remember facts, fingers on languages, formulas, but also remember your life remembering your loved ones, you know, remembering those, those kinds of precious moments.
Bryan: (00:57:00) Yeah, thank you, Jim, for that reminder. And you know, I’m so glad that Stanley was her mentor. I actually ran into him at the airport nine years ago. Um, and I said, I was like, is that Stanley? So I just walked towards him immediately. He waved off his security guards so I can come there and give him a handshake. Yeah. Nice guy in person too. So I just remember that moment as well. I, I walked in too quickly. Security guard turned on me, he’s waiting him off. And he’s like, he’s just checking my hands. Like nice to meet you young man. And that was like a great impression of like, wow, like someone, this powerful celebrity that I was just letting me be found immediately idea. And he can
Jim: (00:57:40) me goosebumps, you know, truth bumps. But it’s, it’s, it’s wonderful when you meet, you know, those people that you look up to and they’re the same person that you hope that they are, you know, and like, you know, behind the scenes, like off camera, you know? And so that, that’s, that’s an incredible moment. Yeah. Yeah. I’m kind of grateful.
Maggie: (00:57:57) And thank you so much for sharing that quote, where you kind of switched up that, that proverb popularized by the Spider-Man comics, you know, with great responsibility comes great power. And I think that’s so, you know, relatable to the Asian community right now. And a lot of Asian people are kind of stepping in and speaking up, um, just about anything about Asian community and with that responsibility and ownership, they have the power to actually make changes in the world. So thank you so much for sharing that.
Jim: (00:58:24) Yeah. I mean, you think about the word responsibility, it’s the ability to respond, right. You know, and is it, is, uh, it, it does weigh something, but it weighs more has regret, you know, not doing what we can do while we’re here. And so, you know, I, I do feel that there’s a, there is a sense of urgency in our that, you know, we have Anton speaking to anyone who’s gone on this path for whatever your unique journey is, is that we have like this one life. You know, why aren’t we going towards those important things? Like our dreams and everything else, like we’re on fire, you know? Like, um, and so now is the time to be too optimistic to scare and B be too determined to be defeated, but it’s definitely mindset.
Maggie: (00:59:07) Exactly. And so then we have one last question for you, and that is what, what advice could you give to an aspiring entrepreneur and how can they unleash their inner superhero as well?
Jim: (00:59:18) Yeah. Okay. So superhero for me is just, it’s not somebody that’s like kids leap, tall buildings and shoot lasers out of their eyes. For me, I really focused on like modern day uses of like, what if you can leap tall. Stacks of books, but it didn’t have laser laser focus when been on Bulletproof. But do you have a book memory? I think these are modern day super powers because now everybody who’s listening, nobody is compensated and rewarded for their brute strength today at your brain strength. It’s not your muscle power today to remind power and the faster you can learn, the faster you can earn because knowledge is not only power. Today. Knowledge is profit. And I don’t mean just financial that’s that’s obvious. Right? But I mean all the treasures of your life that like this young lady read 30 books in 30 days, I was able to capture recapture this treasure of health. He has a knowledge and there’s, there’s not only a growing divide of, of wealth, you know, kind of in this country, in the world, there’s a growing divide of those who know, and those who don’t know. And, um, and then when, you know, you can make good decisions because our life is a reflection of all the decisions we made up to this point. There’s a quote in my book, uh, from the French philosopher that says life is the scene between B and D. Life is C between B and D B stands for birth D stands for deaths. What see choice that I believe these difficult times they could define us. These difficult times can diminish us or these difficult times can develop us. Ultimately we decide. And so my advice for everybody here is recognize that a superhero is there’s a superhero in you. A superhero is somebody who is. Discovered and develop their superpowers. And I feel like we all have superpowers a unique talent or unique traits, some kind of strengths. Right. And, um, but just having and discovering and developing those super powers, doesn’t make you a superhero though. Right? Cause we can have power, but does make you’re a superhero. You have to use that power for purpose. Right? You have to use it to make things better for others. And um, and so what I would say, the, one of the greatest gift that you have, the number one wealth building asset you have is found between your ears and more people upgrade their phones and their apps more than they have upgrade the most important technology, you know, which is their brain. And I don’t blame them. You know, your brain doesn’t come with an owner’s manual and it’s not user-friendly we weren’t taught how to access most of its potential in school. And so I would say those aspiring individuals, that there was a gap between where you are, where you want to be, learn how to learn. Like, if you think about this, if there was a genie for grandchildren, you want to wish, but only one wish. You would ask for limitless wishes, right? Millions of wishes. Well, if I was your learning genie and I can help you become a master and expert in any one subject or any one skill, what would the equivalent be of asking for limitless wishes have been learning how to learn, because if you can focus and concentrate and study technical material, to understand it and read faster and retain everything and make better decisions, and you can grant all your own wishes, you could apply that towards money management, marketing, martial arts, Mandarin music, everything, your life gets super easier. And so I would, my recommendation is the number one skill to master in the 21st century entrepreneurs. And otherwise it’s your ability to learn and tramp rapidly is your ability to learn rapidly and translate that learning into action. Right. And that’s why I wrote limitless to be like the owner’s manual for the brain so that you can access and get rid of those negative thoughts. You can be able to tap into your motivation that you can learn the new methods today on how to concentrate and achieve, you know, and, and, and radically change your habits because per she creates your habits and your habits create you. But I would say double down and mastering this topic called metal learning metal learning is learning how to learn some, one subject in school that I think would have helped everyone with all the other subjects. And, you know, it’s become my mission really to build better brighter brains will be able to have their best future, no brain left behind that. That that’s, that’s the mission.
Maggie: (01:03:18) Yeah. Incredible. Thank you so much, Jim. And how can our listeners find out more about you and your book limitless online?
Jim: (01:03:26) Yeah. Thank you. I’m also links on my Instagram. We have a links there for three free memory training videos on how to remember names. I literally pull people right on stage and show you how I do it. There is a link there also for a free speed reading masterclass, where I spend an hour with you online and you bring a book and I show you how to improve your focus and reading speed and comprehension, 50% right there. Um, do a go directly there at Jim kwik.com/reading. Just that spell my name, right? K K. And um, our podcast, um, you know, which is on YouTube and Spotify and iTunes, just search by name and your podcast app, and it’s there, but I would challenge everyone if I could to, uh, to take a screenshot of this conversation wherever they happen to be watching it and, um, and tag the three of us. Uh, so we get to see it and share just one thing in that post that you’re going to do for your better brain, you know, and I would train yourself to ask all the time, the question I get our clients ask all the time, is this good for my brain? Or is this bad for my brain? You know, is this food on me or is this thought or people I’m spending time with is the same as, as good for my brain or is it bad for my brain? But one thing that you’re doing, because one of the best ways to learn anything is by teaching somebody else has to pay it forward, right? Is that, um, they call it the explanation effect. When you learn something to explain it to somebody else, you learn it so much better. And so I would say one of the ways of doing it a quick challenge for all of you take a screenshot of this tag, the three of us. So we see it and share one thing in that post that, um, that you’re going to do for your better brains, that way your fans, your family, your friends, your following, you could see that also as well. So you get to kind of like their flames and, um, I’ll repost some of my favorites, um, you know, whatever platform you have posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, whatever, and I’ll actually give the copy of, of the book. Um, so one person just as a thank you for participating, uh, but I really want to thank the both of you, the amazing work that you do, you know, the platform I was telling you before we started recording, this is it’s more important than ever for people to hear real help and real hope. And especially in can sometimes, um, too dark yeah. Or demo world, you know? And so when I went off and are we having these conversations about potential and my last bit of advice to everybody who’s going through hard times is just knowing that. That, um, that you’re not alone, you know that to seek help if you need it. There’s no, there’s no harm in asking for help. It’s actually a show of strength, you know, that you’re strong enough to ask for help. And, um, and remember this, that that’s, that kindness is a super power also that you, you never know the battles people are facing. Right. You know, during even what’s going on here, you know, I mentioned I live in a major city and, you know, and you know, there’s, there’s these, these remarks, these hateful that, you know, events that happen. My, my, my parents’ home was vandalized. And, you know, in there in that generation that knocked us speak out about it. They’re not going to report it and stuff like that. And now’s the time to kindness, you know, and show strength through kindness and compassion because those spread as equally, um, and are equally contagious in a good way. And, um, and so I would say that, um, my hopes for everybody here is that they just take one small, simple step that for everything that you listen to like this for every hour, you listened to that’s positive, spend an hour in action, then don’t let it just be knowledge for knowledge sake. I feel like we don’t know something unless we’re acting upon it. And I feel like that’s our personal responsibility to do what we can do. And I know that it will be, it will be enough.
Maggie: (01:07:01) Yeah. Well, thank you so much, Jim. That was really insightful. And just wanted to thank you so much for coming on the podcast. It was incredible hearing about your story.
Bryan: (01:07:09) Yeah. Thank you, Jim. And this is just for you guys, listening to the student beginning of the iceberg, please Google Jim and looking at his other videos on YouTube. This is just one part of how much Jim, it impacts the world. So please check out his other stuff and please check out his book, limitless this wall. And thank you, Jim so much for being on today’s podcast.
Jim: (01:07:28) Thank you. I wish everyone’s days. Lots of lights. Lots of love. Lots of laughter. Always lots of us learning. I love the word hustle, hustle, kindness, everyone. Okay.
Bryan: (01:07:32) We will. All right. Thank you Jim.
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