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Archive for March, 2012
So I was giving a speech in Mexico City and a few weeks before the Wall Street Journal calls me and asks if they can come watch me give a memory speech somewhere for a story. I tell them sure, why not Mexico City! Sure enough Shirley Wang with the WSJ met me in the city of 24 million Mexicans. I was giving a speech for 2,000 plus people at a Xango convention.
Below is the Wall Street Journal video of me speaking and then an interview at the hotel room afterwards
If you would like to read the article you can read it here
I may offend some with my candid answer here but I hope it is seen more as a positive answer.
A few years ago I was speaking at a conference and a woman came up to me so full of energy and excitement and asked,’ I just have to know….why did you chose speaking and memory as your career.’ Without a seconds hesitation and completely serious I replied, ‘money.’ In an instant the excitement left her face as if I was a mortician draining all the blood from here. In a shocked tone she shook her head in disbelief as if there should be a more pure or altruistic motive for me career. Nope. Not at all. Money.
Now does that mean I don’t like helping people or see the smile on their face when they really ‘get’ what I am saying and how it will reduce stress and improve grades or help to remember names. Of course I enjoy seeing those things but I could still accomplish those things if I gave my CDs away for free or sold all my worldly possessions and traveled the world as a bar foor hippie teaching memory training. I charge because I am a business man.
If tomorrow I invented a new widget that folded your clothes for you and EVERYONE had to have it. I would stop memory training seminars TOMORROW and get into the widget business. Why? More money.
This should be a positive for those reading this. I am not teaching memory seminars because I am a super gifted brain genius. NO!!! Instead, I am your average everyday BUSINESS MAN who is using memory training as the vehicle to make my income.
If you go into business and your top motivation isn’t to make a profit then I hope you have a nice back up plan.
Today, tomorrow and the next day you will find me busting my butt to MARKET, SELL and PROMOTE my memory improvement products. Do I love it?! Sure I do. And one reason is I am good at it. Do I do it because I get paid? You bet!
So, yes, I got into this business for income reasons but that doesn’t mean I don’t thoroughly enjoy what I do not does it mean I also don’t really enjoy teaching people and seeing them ‘get’ how powerful the human mind can be!
About the author – Ron White is a 2 Time USA Memory Champion. He recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show giving memory tips and has been on the Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, CBS Early Show, History Channel and National Geographic Channel as well. He will be the first to tell you that anyone can improve their memory
Twice in the last few years I have declined requests by publishers to write a book about my time in Afghanistan and the few years after that as I trained and eventually won the USA Memory Championship twice. I declined for several reasons:
2. I have 4 journals of my time in Afghanistan as I wrote in it every day. But I struggled with the idea of ‘exploiting’ my time over there for any type of personal gain.
3. Writing takes a LOT of time
4. Is there is some measure of egotism thinking, ‘Gee, my life is so interesting I am going to put it in a book so others can read it!’? Hmmmm….
5. My #1 mission is to build my memory training business and I shy away from anything that distracts from that. Would an autobiographical type book add or distract? hmmm….
Yet, with all this said. I have found myself the last week or so dusting off the journals and writing the book. For me it will be a cathartic experience. Putting some of the most intense times of my life on paper. Depending on how private the writing gets I may never publish it for public consumptions and may just be to pass down in my family. On the other hand, if it has value to publish and print I promise to make it a best seller with my marketing
Here is an excerpt from the first chapter……..
The early morning sun was breaking over the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan in mid July. The high altitude of the mountains created a brutal climate of winters so harsh that all life came to a halt. On other hand, this wasn’t winter. It was warm and crisp and in this part of the world that means the ‘killing season’. I looked out across a runway where America’s most massive and impressive weapons of war took flight with literally, military precision. Just feet from where I stood was a sign that read, ‘Pat Tillman USO’. It was a place of rest and recreation for military personnel in a country were rest and recreation were scarcer than seeing the Pittsburgh Pirates in the post season. The Pat Tillman USO was an ever-present reminder that no matter who you are, a NFL athlete, a doctor or a memory guy a bullet will stop your heart.
I was wrapped in 50lbs of body armor, desert camo from head to toe with the rank of E6 on my collar. In my grip was an M16 that had become an extension of my body in the short 3 weeks prior. I was only a month removed from my civilian career. The image of 4 weeks prior standing in a suit in front of 200 seminar participants who had each paid $199 to attend my memory training seminar in Wilmington, North Carolina was fresh in my mind.
Yet, here the Taliban didn’t care one ounce about my special memory techniques or the gift many said I had as a speaker to communicate with an audience. They didn’t care about the line of people who had recently stood in line to purchase my memory improvement book and have me sign it. Just as they didn’t care that Pat Tillman was an NFL millionaire. All they cared about is that they preferred me dead over alive and would see to it that this happens if given the chance. On this day I was on their turf. This wasn’t watching the war on CNN and it certainly wasn’t playing war in the backyard dressed in my dad’s army uniform. Back then my greatest danger was missing dinner and facing the discipline of my parents. Now, on Taliban ground my greatest danger was still not making it home for dinner, ever. What was I doing here? Oh God, what was I doing here?
The road that took me here and eventually led me to becoming a two time USA Memory Champion is a road that had forked 25 years prior and unknowingly changed the very course of my life.
It is a road that began when I was 11 years old…
(To be continued)
You shake someone’s hand and two seconds later you can’t remember their name. What a terrible memory you must have! Actually….no.
Think about it. It is impossible for a normal healthy brain to hear a name and two seconds later not be able to remember it. It is not a memory problem it is a FOCUS problem. In order to remember a name you have to be FOCUSED!
I always tell people before you attempt to memorize anything make sure you focus yourself. A great way to do this for names and faces is as you are walking towards the person ask yourself this question, ‘What is their name? What is their name? What is their name?’ Do this over and over to yourself as you are walking towards them. Do not say this out loud!
This focuses your brain. Brain Tracy says that well worded questions are one of the best ways to focus your brain and memory. This is a well worded question.
There are things that you can take that will have a negative impact on your brain and hurt your focus. One of those things is sleep medication. This is a tough one for me because I often have trouble sleeping but I do notice an impact when I have been taking sleep medications and poor performance of my memory.
There are foods that have a negative effect on your brain and are bad brain foods and you want to avoid those as well to keep a good focus. Examples are: refined sugar, white flour, salt and artificial sweeteners.
Let’s face it, if you aren’t focused you aren’t going to be able to recall anything! Focus impacts your memory!
Finally, exercise is a great tool to use to clear your head and focus your brain.
Next time you meet someone, practices these tips and remember their name 2 seconds later!
My name is Ron White and I am a two time USA Memory Champion