“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”— Charlie Jones
In a powerful lecture on how our brains change through experience, Neuroscientist Dr. Dafna Shohamy explains that our brains assimilate information for the purpose of prediction.
Being able to predict how our behavior will lead to outcomes is one of the most important goals of our brains. For example, when you mistakenly touch a hot stove as a child, you experience what is known as a “ prediction error” — which according to Dr. Shohamy is a learning signal to update your expectations for the next time.
This is why failure is such a key part of success. Failure is what occurs when you incorrectly predict how things will go based on your limited knowledge. Because you experience failure or prediction error, you can then update your expectations and strategies for the next attempt.
This is what growth and innovation are all about. I have been taught to embrace prediction error. And as I embrace my own mental and experiential boundaries. I have conditioned my mind to expect failure for me to learn. However, I will ensure my best is put into whatever I’m doing to have success. So, it is important to know that failure is all about changing and expanding himself in one capacity. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr said “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
Thomas Edison for example after he failed over and over had to update and refine himself constantly to become the man he became. His failures and experiences transformed to wisdom and understanding. Intelligence is applied understanding. It’s far more powerful than base knowledge. There are lots of people who have information in their heads. But wisdom and intelligence is the proper application of knowledge.
If you’re not proactively seeking new experiences and learning new information, you’re stuck. If you’re stuck, you’re not growing and changing. And if you’re not changing, then you’re not intelligent.
“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
My spiritual father once told me “Sam, pursue wisdom and power will pursue you. For those who pursue power without wisdom are always destroyed by the same power. However, when you pursue wisdom, that same wisdom will help you use power judiciously.”
“Mahatma Gandhi once said, be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Change however is only determined by your teachability index—willingness to learn and willingness to change.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” — Rumi
“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” — Jim Rohn
Therefore, if you’re not changing yourself, then you’re not intelligent. And if you’re seeking external success without changing who you are, then you’re delusional.
Note: If you seek to change the world, you’ll be required to change yourself. And if you’re truly committed to something or someone, you’ll be required to become whatever that commitment entails.
Changed people change the world. They light a fire in others because they are on fire themselves.
Dare to be artificially intelligent as you change to become what you’re meant to be on a daily basis as you get yourself involve in Daily Habit of Learning (DHL) and Insight into Multiple Fields (IMF) which will affect your brain cells and give you a Robust/Retrieve Academic Memory (RAM) a model propounded by Adedayo Ademuyiwa, C.E.O Edubranics
God bless you.