As I was doing a load of reading for grad school this week, I began to feel doubtful about spending so much time trying to absorb so much information. Was it really sticking in my brain somewhere? Would I be able to recall a significant amount of the stuff that I was reading?
I decided that I needed to pause my studies to find some kind of answers to my questions or at least some inspiration. I found plenty of inspiration and amazing facts about the brain.
One thing I found that impacted me the most was a passage in a book written by Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, and recent, former presidential candidate.
In his book, “You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.”, Dr. Carson wrote.
“Do you realize that no super computer on earth can come close to the capacity of the average human brain? The most complex organ system in the entire universe is a tremendous gift from God. There are hundreds more neural connections in our brains than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
I tell audiences of several thousand people that if I could bring one person up on stage, have her look out at the crowd for one second, then lead her away, then fifty years later I could perform an operation to take off the cranial bone and put in some depth electrodes, stimulate the appropriate area of her brain, and she could not only remember where everyone was sitting but also what they were wearing.”
Sometimes you just have to trust yourself a little bit more than normal. The brain is amazing. And when you practice, train, study, read, rehearse and do whatever it is that you do, a lot of information is retained even though you don’t immediately realize it.