Unlimited Memory (Mental Mastery Book 1)
Kevin Horsley Broke a World Memory Record in 2013... And You're About to Learn How to Use His Memory Strategies to Learn Faster, Be More Productive and Achieve More Success Most people never tap into 10% of their potential for memory. In this book, you're about to learn: How the World's Top Memory Experts Concentrate and Remember Any Information at Will, and How You Can Too Do you ever feel like you're too busy, too stressed or just too distracted to concentrate and get work done? In Unlimited Memory, you'll learn how the world's best memory masters get themselves to concentrate at will, anytime they want. When you can easily focus and concentrate on the task at hand, and store and recall useful information, you can easily double your productivity and eliminate wasted time, stress and mistakes at work. In this book, you'll find all the tools, strategies and techniques you need to improve your memory. About the Author For over 20 years, KEVIN HORSLEY has been analyzing the mind and memory and its capacity for brilliance. He is one of only a few people in the world to have received the title International Grandmaster of Memory. He is a World Memory Championship medalist, and a two-time World Record holder for The Everest of memory tests. Kevin is also an author of four books, and the designer of a times table game with the Serious Games Institute at North-West University Vaal Campus. Kevin is a professional speaker, and assists organizations in improving their learning, motivation, creativity, and thinking.

Unlimited Memory (Mental Mastery Book 1) Details

TitleUnlimited Memory (Mental Mastery Book 1)
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ReleaseJan 26th, 2014
PublisherTCK Publishing
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GenreSelf Help, Nonfiction, Psychology, Personal Development

Unlimited Memory (Mental Mastery Book 1) Review

  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    I have a month of Kindle Unlimited that I'm frantically trying to use up. After I read The Miracle Morning, I inadvertently convinced some Kindle algorithm that I am now seeking self-help books by the cubic ton (or e-book equivalent). This was the most appealing of all of the ones that were thrust at me.I started becoming more interested in improving my memory last year when I decided I needed to 1) get more serious about maintaining languages and 2) generally retain more of what I read. I had h I have a month of Kindle Unlimited that I'm frantically trying to use up. After I read The Miracle Morning, I inadvertently convinced some Kindle algorithm that I am now seeking self-help books by the cubic ton (or e-book equivalent). This was the most appealing of all of the ones that were thrust at me.I started becoming more interested in improving my memory last year when I decided I needed to 1) get more serious about maintaining languages and 2) generally retain more of what I read. I had heard of the memory palace but hadn't really attempted to use it. This book was quite helpful in laying out several techniques for memorizing. I found myself feeling very skeptical about some of them: wouldn't you prefer to remember something because you understand the underlying principle or meaning, and not because of some silly mnemonic image you've devised? But I can't deny that the methods are really effective. I memorized some of the examples in the book with no real exertion of effort whatsoever. My other gripe – if we can even call it a real gripe – was that I can't imagine what I would need to memorize at this stage of my career. I'm more interested in reading something and remembering the salient points, not memorizing verbatim. But I imagine the author would chastise me for my "limiting beliefs."On the whole, I will say that the moment I find something worthy of memorizing I will definitely use the methods in the book to do so. As a matter of fact, I had better commit the methods themselves to memory before my Kindle Unlimited subscription runs out... Wish me luck.
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  • Taha Jassim
    January 1, 1970
    “Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” - The Wonder YearsI have always asked me self why is that I am able to remember some memories and lose the others, or that I am able to recall some paragraphs that I studied in middle school and not able to remember some thing I read recently. Having read multiple books about memory improvement, I must say it was not a straight forward to understand specially on the application side, how “Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” - The Wonder YearsI have always asked me self why is that I am able to remember some memories and lose the others, or that I am able to recall some paragraphs that I studied in middle school and not able to remember some thing I read recently. Having read multiple books about memory improvement, I must say it was not a straight forward to understand specially on the application side, however I truly believe this book did a good job and presented some good examples. The majority of the ground work has already been laid down by the memory guru Tony Buzan which the author refers to in his book. I recommend this book for those who are new to the subject.
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  • Gilgamesha
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why I bother with these books. The author compared us to a lioness in hunting in order to demonstrate we should not multitask....ummmm really??? It did have some good points hence the 2stars.
  • Doug Taber
    January 1, 1970
    I was looking for a book on memory training after reading Moonwalking With Einstein. This book covered many of the principles I was looking for. A good starter kit for memory training.
  • Alana
    January 1, 1970
    A Diamond in the RoughAs it turns out, I don't actually have a bad memory. We were just never shown how powerful our memories really are. Going from being dyslexic barely making it through high school to having one of the best memories in the world, Kevin Horsley is living proof. This book is low on fluff filled to the brim with practical application. I had modest expectations, but i'm giving it 5 stars because Horsley showed me that my memory was a LOT better than I thought it was once I used t A Diamond in the RoughAs it turns out, I don't actually have a bad memory. We were just never shown how powerful our memories really are. Going from being dyslexic barely making it through high school to having one of the best memories in the world, Kevin Horsley is living proof. This book is low on fluff filled to the brim with practical application. I had modest expectations, but i'm giving it 5 stars because Horsley showed me that my memory was a LOT better than I thought it was once I used the right strategies, and it was shocking. Why didn't anyone teach me this before?!We've all wasted time on books with big, empty promises, but this us the real deal, folks.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    What a pleasant find! I'm glad that I read this. I now have some new and very pleasant techniques on how to increase my memory. Highly recommended to those who have a large interest in the subject. It does take some work but there are ways to make it fun.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I bought this on a whim, because it was $1.49 on a Kindle daily deal. I have always had a good memory. I have never kept a calendar. If the dentist tells me what date and time to come back in 6 months, I remember. I remember things people say to me word for word. I remember names. I am a good test taker, because I can recall information or picture how it looked on the page of the text book. I can not recite a huge chunk of Pi or the Declaration of Independence or anything over the top, but I do I bought this on a whim, because it was $1.49 on a Kindle daily deal. I have always had a good memory. I have never kept a calendar. If the dentist tells me what date and time to come back in 6 months, I remember. I remember things people say to me word for word. I remember names. I am a good test taker, because I can recall information or picture how it looked on the page of the text book. I can not recite a huge chunk of Pi or the Declaration of Independence or anything over the top, but I do have a decent memory. I have never consciously put any work into my memory, so I was curious to see what this book said about how memory works. I definitely do make word associations to help remember stuff. I make up funny sentences or songs to help my kids remember how to spell a word or retain information for a test. I do relate things I don't know to things I do know to some degree, so I thought Horsley's methods were valid. I could not, however, see myself ever putting things on my body or on car parts to remember them. That just confused me. He created long stories that were too loose-jointed and cluttered my brain. I was interested to hear how someone else works to improve his memory, but I don't think it will change my own habits.
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  • Jaide
    January 1, 1970
    “May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten.” –Irish Blessing and quote from the bookGrandmaster Kevin Horsley's extremely informative book Unlimited Memory should be required reading and implemented in every freshman high school classroom. The various methods he teaches the reader are intended to aid in memory enhancement, and with practice are tools that can be used effectively over the course of one's lifetime. He presents the ideas in a fun and c “May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten.” –Irish Blessing and quote from the bookGrandmaster Kevin Horsley's extremely informative book Unlimited Memory should be required reading and implemented in every freshman high school classroom. The various methods he teaches the reader are intended to aid in memory enhancement, and with practice are tools that can be used effectively over the course of one's lifetime. He presents the ideas in a fun and creative way, and encourages the reader to approach and associate learning with the same attitude. Some of the techniques are not new, and have been around as long as 2500 years. However, his excitement in sharing the material and encouragement makes even this older reader feel she has the ability and tools to learn and retain anything, from numbers, lists, to paragraphs. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has something to remember!“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” The Wonder Years (I love the quotes from the book!)
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  • Belal Al Droubi
    January 1, 1970
    amazing.i am a medical student and this helped me a ton, especially in studying anatomy just a note:1-this book is short ,nevertheless don't be fooled. this definitely is an amazing and helpful book2-don't expect to see any improvement without applying what u learn in the book3-don't expect to see any improvement if u just forget the techniques after passing over them with ur eyes...remember to stop and understand them4-practice the techniques as often as u could and challenge your memory...this amazing.i am a medical student and this helped me a ton, especially in studying anatomy just a note:1-this book is short ,nevertheless don't be fooled. this definitely is an amazing and helpful book2-don't expect to see any improvement without applying what u learn in the book3-don't expect to see any improvement if u just forget the techniques after passing over them with ur eyes...remember to stop and understand them4-practice the techniques as often as u could and challenge your memory...this will be difficult at first but soon enough it will become a habitthis is a must for any human/student or human who happens to be a student (student spiders not included!)amazing book..i wish i read it earlier in my med school studies
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  • Vagabond of Letters
    January 1, 1970
    ** to **1/2.Good introduction to method of loci, peg method, etc. but thoroughly contaminated with reprobate new-age power-of-positive-thinking self-help trash, and thinly-veiled advertisements for books, methods, and ideas of these unscientific and worldly self-help gurus. Unfortunately lists of these 'laws' and 'emotional, social, and sexual intelligences' and 'attitudes' form the contents of the exercises used to introduce each method of memory - contents that I had to - along with any other ** to **1/2.Good introduction to method of loci, peg method, etc. but thoroughly contaminated with reprobate new-age power-of-positive-thinking self-help trash, and thinly-veiled advertisements for books, methods, and ideas of these unscientific and worldly self-help gurus. Unfortunately lists of these 'laws' and 'emotional, social, and sexual intelligences' and 'attitudes' form the contents of the exercises used to introduce each method of memory - contents that I had to - along with any other thinking, Christian, or thinking Christian man - replace with my own content thought up (remembered) while reading. For this alone at least two stars must be deducted, if not more owing to the fact that replacing vast swathes of content as one goes is not likely to make for efficient learning of the new forms. Between an additional half and one star must be deducted because the methods and their applications are not explained in exhaustive detail.
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  • Wes
    January 1, 1970
    More of a tutorial than a book. An impulse buy in the category. Great tutorial on memory structure and how to implement, but as a book he doesn't have a single original thought written which was pretty annoying not to mention the overdose of self-help rhetoric. Stick the books on the matter written by modern day people who taught yahoos like this one in turn are just trying to score easy bucks off other people's expertise and break throughs.
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  • Yesenia Gonzalez
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing book that I am currently using to create my system of memorizing as it explains. Read it twice on e-book then purchased the actual book in January 2017. A MUST have especially if you have said to yourself and others "I have a horrible memory" FALSE!! You have a phenomenal memory!!!!
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    A clear, concise and very practical book. It brushes briefly through the most commonly used memory techniques and gives some very good examples on how they are used.I will definitely start trying to put them into practice.
  • Ana Paula Gonzalez Toledo
    January 1, 1970
    muchas técnicas de aprendizaje por asociación y motivación para la autodisciplina! nada nuevo bajo el sol.
  • Mifrah
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent! Must read for students.
  • José Luis
    January 1, 1970
    Ao contrário do que eu imaginava, não é um livro chato ou cansativo, cheio das regras. Curto e direto ao ponto, mostra as principais técnicas de memorização. São simples, poucas e funcionam. Tendo paciência para vencer a barreira inicial da curva de aprendizagem, o domínio da técnica vem rápido. E os benefícios aparecem junto. Gostei do livro, recomendo.
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  • Jon Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting, and has some helpful tools. Like most self-help books I totally disagree the humanistic "you can do anything you believe" worldview. I would say worth reading for the tools, but sift through the worldview present. It is also a very engaging and quick read.
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  • Prakriti
    January 1, 1970
    When I first came across this book, I was sceptical it will be of any help in remembering medical knowledge, since the kind of information we are supposed to remember as doctors is very different and can often be non-conforming. But the foreword, which was written by a doctor, urged me not to rebuke it right away. And I can safely say, I do not regret that decision.The author describes numerous strategies to help one retain vast amounts of information. Something that I found instantly useful was When I first came across this book, I was sceptical it will be of any help in remembering medical knowledge, since the kind of information we are supposed to remember as doctors is very different and can often be non-conforming. But the foreword, which was written by a doctor, urged me not to rebuke it right away. And I can safely say, I do not regret that decision.The author describes numerous strategies to help one retain vast amounts of information. Something that I found instantly useful was building memory palaces and the technique of remembering numbers. Though various examples are given at each stage, one will need constant practice and an unbridled imagination to follow through.
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  • Kevin Groosalugg
    January 1, 1970
    Much of the information included here is pretty well known but it was nice to review it all in one place. A very short read (few hours including activities), I think it was worth the investment. As there was little "new" information, and occasionally it read like an advertisement for other self help books, it can't get past the 3 star "I liked it" for me.
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  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    Unlimited Memory is the first book I've read dedicated to the topic of strategies to improve one's memory and while I suspect very little content of the book and the principles are new, they were new to me and as a result, I was captivated. I've already begun to implement the simple techniques like the car technique for memorizing short lists such as my grocery list by visualizing the items in places in my car. The linking technique is also easy to implement and useful. I'll need to set aside ti Unlimited Memory is the first book I've read dedicated to the topic of strategies to improve one's memory and while I suspect very little content of the book and the principles are new, they were new to me and as a result, I was captivated. I've already begun to implement the simple techniques like the car technique for memorizing short lists such as my grocery list by visualizing the items in places in my car. The linking technique is also easy to implement and useful. I'll need to set aside time for the more advanced techniques like the number code system which I can see being very useful for phone numbers and addresses etc. Note: I read this as an audiobook which is likely the worst format for the book since visuals are required. The companion PDF is critical for listeners.
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  • Brendan
    January 1, 1970
    A concise introduction to the use of mnemonics to more effectively remember information. Overall, a good book with two annoying quirks. First, the author is really into self-help books apparently and a lot of his memorization examples involve memorizing things like ______'s list of "traits that you need to be the best person you can be!" This can be a bit annoying. Second, the author is not a great writer. This doesn't impede understanding usually, but can make some passages a bit more confusing A concise introduction to the use of mnemonics to more effectively remember information. Overall, a good book with two annoying quirks. First, the author is really into self-help books apparently and a lot of his memorization examples involve memorizing things like ______'s list of "traits that you need to be the best person you can be!" This can be a bit annoying. Second, the author is not a great writer. This doesn't impede understanding usually, but can make some passages a bit more confusing than they need to be.That said, if you're interested in using mnemonics to memorize information, it's a pretty good introduction.
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  • Jordan Stivers
    January 1, 1970
    An amazingly useful book. I can already see its influence on my daily life and I can remember much more than ever before. Be sure to actually DO the exercises if you want the full impact! Just one chapter a day can truly expand your mind and set you up for success. My one regret is not finding this book sooner because it would have been great to have while I was in college.
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  • Jess Defrees
    January 1, 1970
    Great bookWonderful ideas references and quotes. Well organized and applies to many paths of life one may chose. Highly recommended. Well written and easy to understand
  • Nikola
    January 1, 1970
    a lot of technical stuff about memory and about using it. most of it requires cognitive involvement.
  • Ulio
    January 1, 1970
    I got this on Kindle Unlimited. I normally don't expect much from those but this was a great surprise. Do you feel like you forget information too quickly? Ever read a non fiction book with amazing information and after a week you forget most of it? I was the same but since I started and finished this book I really feel like my memory's strength has increased thanks to the techniques found in this book. The best part is that you don't need to pay for anything to learn the techniques. You don't e I got this on Kindle Unlimited. I normally don't expect much from those but this was a great surprise. Do you feel like you forget information too quickly? Ever read a non fiction book with amazing information and after a week you forget most of it? I was the same but since I started and finished this book I really feel like my memory's strength has increased thanks to the techniques found in this book. The best part is that you don't need to pay for anything to learn the techniques. You don't even have to go anywhere. I just practiced the memorization techniques sitting on my bed while reading the book. In brief, great for anyone who reads a lot of nonfiction or has a job which requires lots of information to be remembered. In general good memory is a great thing to have for anyone, so I would recommend to everyone. For more read the rest of the review.Non-fiction has quickly become my most read genre as of late. This book continues that trend. I just read the introduction of the book and it addressed something I've struggled with all my life. I read so much fiction and non fiction that I often completely forget what I read or things I learned in these books after a while. Kevin Horsley's Unlimited Memory is about memorizing whatever you are reading whether it is a grocery list, a school book for an exam, nonfiction book about history/science/self, whatever it is. The techniques Kevin teaches in this book are applicable to pretty much any sort of data. Names, numbers, information, locations and much more. You can memorize all these things with his techniques.I am not going to go into the techniques he teaches but there is 4 that stood out to be as really easy and useful. PIC, SEE, Room and Car techniques. If you read the book, look out for those chapters as they are the easiest techniques and most useful in my opinion. A few of the techniques require lots of practice especially for remembering long/random numbers but I reckon for most people that will be useless anyway.Another thing I appreciated about this book is that it is right to the point. Many non fiction books or self help type books spend too much time on the authors history or how he got where he got. Kevin gives you a very very brief intro about him being a dyslexic child and going on to become world champion of memory tournaments. He never delves more into his history than that. Which I appreciate a lot. He knows the reader will trust him after he has given his credentials and starts TEACHING us right away about memorization. I can't count how many non fiction books have super interesting information but most of it is sandwiched in between life stories or personal opinions. This book is really brief, around 165 pages I believe but it isn't necessarily a fast read. Not because the writing is hard to comprehend, actually it is quite easy to understand. A lot of the techniques he teaches you are like games and you have to practice them in your head. I spent many hours just practicing some of the memorization techniques instead of reading on.I really enjoyed this book a lot and I will keep practicing the techniques I learned in it for a long time. Thanks Kevin for a very useful book for a very useful topic that we often ignore. Would be 5/5 but I do believe 1 star less because some of the latter techniques are unnecessary unless you need to remember random numbers or very abstract information.
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  • Kev Willoughby
    January 1, 1970
    When I first saw this book, I was very skeptical. There is a very bold insinuation made in the title. But because it was on sale on Kindle for $1.49 the day I bought it, I decided it was worth the purchase. A few days later, after finishing the book, I am ready to call this one of the best and certainly most useful non-fiction books I have ever read, and I am a very avid reader. If you allow this book to change the way you learn, then this book is easily worth 20x the cover price for the keys an When I first saw this book, I was very skeptical. There is a very bold insinuation made in the title. But because it was on sale on Kindle for $1.49 the day I bought it, I decided it was worth the purchase. A few days later, after finishing the book, I am ready to call this one of the best and certainly most useful non-fiction books I have ever read, and I am a very avid reader. If you allow this book to change the way you learn, then this book is easily worth 20x the cover price for the keys and tools Horsley provides you with because you'll finally be able to overcome that old adage that claims that we only use about 10% of our brains. Like most of us, I've always just accepted the limitations that seem inherent with owning a brain, and I've become satisfied that I'll never be able to use more than "10%" as if it is not even realistic to tap into significantly more than that. However, this book invites you to throw away those limitations and strive for more. And Horsley's methods are not difficult to put into practice. They only require commitment, practice, and review. He compares it to taking your mind to the gym for a regular workout. Some of the strategies that he teaches near the beginning of the book may sound familiar to you, but read on. All the way through to the end. Have fun with the book. Practice what he is teaching you at each and every step along the way. You'll find some of the methods more useful to you than others, but you will find all of them legitimately helpful. Use any information that you want to learn as your training material, and you will see for yourself that these methods work. I'm not even going to give you any examples in this review because you really need to experience it for yourself. I will say this... usually, after I read a book, I never read it again. Not so with this one. This book is worth my reading every week because I want to practice, learn, and remember all of these methods. Horsley says, "Your mind is the only computer in the world with this characteristic: the more you put into it, the more it holds." His methods illustrate this truth very clearly.I only wish I could have discovered this book when I was in high school or college. The great thing about learning though is that you always have opportunities to learn more, and all of us could use these methods to be more successful in any area of our lives, personal or professional. This book is going to open up an unlimited world to you, if you are willing to make some changes in the way you think.
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  • Jeremy Gallen
    January 1, 1970
    Author Kevin Horsley dedicates this self-help book to Eloise Cooper, whom he acknowledges made several contributions to the book and encouraged the writer all his life. In the introduction, Horsley further acknowledges Dr. Marius A. Welgemoed, whose learning technique says changed his life. Horsley notes that people tend to give away their power due to helplessness, believing someone else is blamable for subsequent stress, and that those that believe their limits will have limited lives. Beliefs Author Kevin Horsley dedicates this self-help book to Eloise Cooper, whom he acknowledges made several contributions to the book and encouraged the writer all his life. In the introduction, Horsley further acknowledges Dr. Marius A. Welgemoed, whose learning technique says changed his life. Horsley notes that people tend to give away their power due to helplessness, believing someone else is blamable for subsequent stress, and that those that believe their limits will have limited lives. Beliefs, he says, aren’t necessarily about truth, but rather about believing, and are guides to our behavior; anyone is born with exceptional concentration and memory. An early bit of advice is not to multitask, which can be effective in eliminating worry.Horsley notes that people who learn quickly or have so-called photographic memories tend to apply their creativity to everything they learn, and that complex information can be turned into meaningful images. He gives several mental exercises throughout the book, such as using a “mental car” to hold more information, and that the secret to accelerated learning is superior organization. The Greeks invented another method to use your body to remember information, with another skill being rhyming pegs with numbers. Then he details a two-to-three-millennia-old method consistent of four steps, including creating an organized place in the mind, creating place markers, making clear images of what you want to remember, and to put information at these markers.The writer further focuses on remembering numbers, noting his own ability to remember ten thousand places of the number pi, and suggests assigning lists of words to numbers. He adds that a common test in school is to memorize years of specific events, and that focusing on the last three digits of four-digit years can be helpful. One can apply these techniques to things such as element on the periodic table and spelling of words, and pretty much any kind of knowledge can be “sticky.” He concludes by stating that the only way to become good at anything is through self-discipline, and that one should space apart reviews of material with increasing interventions. Overall, this is a somewhat-enlightening book about memory, although this reviewer somewhat has his own system or remembering things.
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  • Simon Eskildsen
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up as a refresher on memory techniques since I've accumulated a few frequently used checklists I'd like to build memory structures for. This is a quick read, but fairly mediocre writing with a lack of focus. Instead of focusing exclusively on memory techniques, the author periodically indulges in his personal philosophy on productivity, habits, and life. Given that he's managed to compress a series of topics and that I (somewhat) got out of it what I came for, I forgive him—but thi I picked this up as a refresher on memory techniques since I've accumulated a few frequently used checklists I'd like to build memory structures for. This is a quick read, but fairly mediocre writing with a lack of focus. Instead of focusing exclusively on memory techniques, the author periodically indulges in his personal philosophy on productivity, habits, and life. Given that he's managed to compress a series of topics and that I (somewhat) got out of it what I came for, I forgive him—but this would be better if focused entirely on memory. There are several topics I wish he would've dived into, e.g. tools to help build these techniques into a consistent habit, such as exercises (or an app). I'd like to have known more about how this is useful day-to-day, e.g. if I'm using the same memory palace today as yesterday, it's still cluttered. Do I clean it, or do I have a few for every day of the weak? What about permanent structures? I'd like to see a success story of someone who's not a World Memory Champion (for which I have no interest), but who uses these techniques daily (checklists, grocery lists, names, numbers). There must be a point where you hit diminishing returns, e.g. I'm interested in being able to remember my passport number, credit card number, and phone numbers easily, but I'm OK to do that in 30 seconds, not a second (like a champion) or many minutes (where I am now). The book, as a result, feels like a braindump of personal philosophy and memory techniques. If he'd sat down and thought about his audience, this could've been a fantastic 100-page book for anyone.The first chapter is about how memory is underrated and that it should be at our fingertips to readily make complex connections across topics. However, the author doesn't do this defense justice by losing focus on the pragmatic in favour of other digressions.That said, a good takeaway is that 'memory is a habit'. How we incorporate a new piece of information in with everything else is a habit, and if we can strengthen that habit, we'll compound knowledge faster. This is a great insight. Or, as the author repeatedly brings up, if we keep doing what we're doing, why would we expect new results (relating to memory)?
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  • Barnabas
    January 1, 1970
    Another short, but solid how-to book on Memory Improvement techniques. Thank you Grandmaster Horsley!Not five stars, because I felt some more exercises could have been included. The ones included in the book were "4 on a scale of 5". I'm sure more examples would have made the "story" more interesting.Memory is a curious thing - most people never really effectively improve it because these techniques (which are truly easy to follow based on this book) are not taught in school. However, teaching t Another short, but solid how-to book on Memory Improvement techniques. Thank you Grandmaster Horsley!Not five stars, because I felt some more exercises could have been included. The ones included in the book were "4 on a scale of 5". I'm sure more examples would have made the "story" more interesting.Memory is a curious thing - most people never really effectively improve it because these techniques (which are truly easy to follow based on this book) are not taught in school. However, teaching these methods wouldn't be enough. Practice is THE key. And we know well that people don't practice either. Even if their life depends on it.It took me many years to learn that real memorization (therefore learning) happens on the second and third reading of a book. So, I'm not an exception to this rule. I was pursuing the "reading more without reflection" vs the "Reading less, but review and memorize key take-aways".We would be much better off knowing less, but doing it with higher certainty and accuracy. Unfortunately today's information overload works directly against this strategy. We find ourselves not memorizing, because "it's on the web". However our minds don't have access to the Net when we are thinking creatively. Ideas mainly come from our own thoughts (our gray matter) which uses the things we stored in it.The Internet is especially preventing Concentration and Vivid Imaging which helps to memorize things faster and deeper. For that we need solitude and focus.
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  • Oliver Niebuhr
    January 1, 1970
    I was somewhat reluctact to begin reading this book. Mostly because there are a plethora of these self-help books and the methods rarely sticks with you in your everyday life. This is of course more the fault of the reader than it is the authors. However, Horsley takes a different approach which includes the reader in a more active manner, making the subject matter stick. Where self-help books usually teach you how to better yourself in the future, this book has a different approach to it. Horsl I was somewhat reluctact to begin reading this book. Mostly because there are a plethora of these self-help books and the methods rarely sticks with you in your everyday life. This is of course more the fault of the reader than it is the authors. However, Horsley takes a different approach which includes the reader in a more active manner, making the subject matter stick. Where self-help books usually teach you how to better yourself in the future, this book has a different approach to it. Horsley implements small game-like memory methods that one can try out immediately as one reads. This is such a great feature, because the "self" in "self-help" really stands out in the sense that the readers can enjoy the fruits of their labor almost immediately. You actually stop reading, try out the method, see it succeed, feel great, and then continue reading. I will give it 4 stars for now, seeing as I just finished the book and haven't actually applied the methods to my everyday life yet. Thus not knowing if they will work in the long run. If it does increase my memory substantially, I will probably return and give it that extra star.I can definitely recommend this nicely written short (or long, if you really indulge yourself in the methods) read.
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