When I was in High School, I loved reading the Far Side.
It was still published every day, and it was before those books became popular.
If you aren’t familiar, it was usually one goofy picture with a small caption.
Like a scientist who invented a device to understand what dogs were really saying.
And it had a picture with a dog, saying, “Hey! Hey! Hey!…”
Or one where a guy standing in front of an elevator that just opened. And in the elevator was a mama bear, and her cub. Only the only spot the guy could walk into was between them.
There was another one of two scientists in this laboratory, looking at another scientist, who was writing all kinds of complicated equations on the board. One scientist says to the other,
“I wish I could be more like him, he uses 50% of his brain!”
Of course, the idea that we only use 10% of our brain is not really true.
Sure, we never use all it at the same time. But that’s like our body. Sometimes we’re walking. Sometimes we’re sitting. Sometimes we’re using only our fingers. But we don’t say “humans only use 10% of our bodies” because that’s clearly ridiculous.
In fact, if you want to get a REAL workout, try doing some four-count-burpies. This is an exercise that uses a LOT of your muscles, and chances are you won’t last more than a couple minutes.
But here’s the thing. You CAN strengthen different parts of your bodies. You CAN become a world class juggler for example, and still ONLY USE 10 percent of your body at any given time.
You CAN train to do 1000 pushups in a few months. But you’ll still ONLY be using 10% of your body at any given time.
But so will some super lazy potato chip eater. If they NEVER exercise, they are also using 10% of their body at any given time.
So the question isn’t really, “how can I use more of my brain?” The question is, “How can I identify the parts of my brain that I want to use better, and how can I exercise them so I WILL use them better?”
The first question is, what do you want to do?
Become more creative?
Improve your memory?
Be able to solve problems more quickly?
Boost your general IQ?
You can do all of these, simply by doing the appropriate exercises.
Just like Jack Lalanne became super famous by doing a kajillion pushups, you can become famous by becoming a super genius.
Just start training, and never stop.