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May 03, 2019 20:52:30

Feeling Dumber As I Get Older?

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Jack Lyons

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Over the past year or so I have started noticing a weird shift in how I learn and absorb information.

It's getting harder.

It's a fact of life that as we age our brains become less malleable, making it difficult to learn or rewire our brain. They call this synaptic plasticity in fancy talk. Despite ageing, memory loss and reduced plasticity being a known fact, I still believe that there's something else at play.

In today's world we are faced with an eternal struggle to maintain attention. I blame it on TV, computers, phones, digital billboards and advertisements over air. Modern-day marketing has become so scientific and technological, to the point where our consciousness can easily be plugged into an algorithm. From a simple program out surges a river of data, enough to make your eyes bleed.

The thing is, our attention is ripped away from us because these "experts" are so damn good at digging into our psyche. They know what we want which means we easily forfeit our attention and forget anything that we are doing. This is big, big business.

Did you know that in 2016-17 US publishers lost an estimated $15.8B Annual Revenue to Ad Blocking tools. What the F!&@.

So yeah, no wonder I feel dumber. My attention is literally being ripped to shreds every single day. So, what are we to do to remedy this craziness?

I just started reading a book called The 5am Club. As the title suggests, it's about getting up early 😅. But it's more than just that. It's protecting the quietest hours of daybreak so you have time for exercise, self-renewal and personal growth - without distraction.

So yeah, I hope this book can help me reduce my "dumbness" and start learning again, lol. I want to have a productive life full of exciting adventures and most of all I love learning new things. But if I'm going to do that I need to fiercly protect my time and attention. If rising at 5am is the key to success then, heck, I'm willing to give it a try!

Has anyone out there read The 5am Club or something similar? If so, have it helped you? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

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    @jacklyons Distraction free and deep work becomes increasingly difficult in our interconnected world. To get up at 5 sounds like a great but ambitious plan. I recently founded a self-improvement slack group where we share our experiments. Let me know if you would like to share your progress there :)

    Adrian Krebs avatar Adrian Krebs | May 04, 2019 15:29:08
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    @jacklyons Hmmm. And here I am feeling like I'm getting older and smarter...or is it wiser? I get the distraction thing, but I agree with @abecent, avoiding distraction is a mindset because you can't remove it, just tune it out for a while. And remember, sometimes distraction is also a good thing.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 04, 2019 08:04:45
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      @Rawhead Yeah distractions are everywhere, and that's a fact. And I do want to learn more strategies to avoid falling into traps. I think if I can sneak in some time in the morning for my own personal pursuits, self reflection, yoga, and so forth, that would hopefully make me a bit more resilient and able to handle "distraction" better. Thanks for the reply

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 04, 2019 06:29:23
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    I haven't read that book, but I've seen the guy being interviewed by Tom Bilyeu on Impact Theory.

    I think one very important thing you'll get from joining the 5AM club however that it is not the fault of the distractions you listed off. It is you and your mentality and your mindset and your systems.

    The distractions have been variable and transforming throughout all of history. It is not just media and TV or clickbait or whatever today. At any point in time there have been distractions that one could've pointed to and blamed. Whether it was the invention of agriculture, the ubiquity of bread, the colosseum, the pub, books, etc.

    Distractions have been variable, but the lust for distraction by the majority has been static. Also, the fact that admirable people have been the ones to foster mindsets that made them impervious to distraction -- whatever its shape and form -- has also been static throughout time.

    Abe avatar Abe | May 04, 2019 11:04:45
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      @abrahamKim Thanks for the thoughtful reply, I really can agree with you as well - and putting blame on things isn't the answer. I should be flipping it and seek to own my life, my time, my distractions and not let blame get in the way. Thank you for pointing this out.

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 04, 2019 06:27:23
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      @jacklyons @abrahamKim I listened to that same interview on Impact Theory. Robin Sharma sounds legit. I have this book on my procurement list. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts about it and how it's helped you with minimizing disruption from distractions and improving your routines.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 04, 2019 11:39:55
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      @abrahamKim @brandonwilson Awesome! His writing style is not what I was expecting. It is more a fable than a a self help book, which is kind of refreshing. Although it is hard to follow and know where to take down notes and where to just sit and ponder. There are a lot of wise quotes and great passages of prose. Still, I hope there is a chance to take away some sort of action plan and not just piece it together through the cryptic storyline.... I'll keep you posted 😀

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 04, 2019 17:54:14
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    @jacklyons - let us know how it goes

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 03, 2019 20:30:12
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