How much brainpower do people use?
Estimates vary from 20% to 1%. In the case of some politicians, the number
may even be negative! All kidding aside, let's clarify this and then look
at some ways to tap into the unused portion.
When people talk about the amount of brainpower
being used, they are referring to the higher functions--the thinking,
conscious part rather than the automatic part. That is, they are referring
to the frontal lobes.
You can begin to estimate the percentage of use by
simply looking at your daily activities. If you sleep one-third of your
day, that leaves you with 16 hours. If you engaged in brainpower use for
the full duration, you would top out at 66%. Yes, there are ways to tap
into brainpower during sleep but most people do not even consider such
things. So, start with 16 hours.
How many mindless activities do we engage in, during
a typical day? Here are some--you add up the minutes and hours in your day
and see how much you come up with:
- Driving to work while listening to a talk show or
music, day dreaming while riding the subway, and so on. Commuting is
generally not a brain-active time.
- Reading the same nonsense in the newspaper each
- Bathroom duties, eating, dressing, and so on.
- Doing the same tasks at work each day. You simply
follow the program. If you take a close look, you will see most people
simply engage in activity and put in their time. They master most of
what they need for their jobs pretty quickly and go on autopilot.
- Making chit chat with friends and others--talking
about sports, weather, politics, and other topics that you have no
control over. E-mail
- Shopping, seeing movies, standing in line,
When you are not doing all of these things and
others like them, how much time is left? An hour? Half an hour? For most
people, the answer is "a few minutes." That's all the time we
spend thinking in any given day. The rest is filled with activity. That's
the reason we keep electing politicians who give us tax increases.
think about it, a tax increase is simply a wage cut. We cry foul when our
employers come out with a wage cut, and we begin a job search. But, when
politicians do it we tell them to keep doing it. This is an example of how
people don't think. Another example: Most people drink "osteoporosis
in a can," put out by companies such as Pepsi. Folks don't think
about what they put into their bodies, but you have just the one. Amazing.
Let's assume a person does actually have half an
hour for thinking. That is 2% of the whole day, in which that person is
using brainpower. Do you ever just sit and think? Most people do not. So,
is the 5% figure way too high? No. In addition to time set aside for
thinking, people occasionally add thinking into their activities. For
example, Fred is overwhelmed at work because of all the layoffs and task
reassignments. So, instead of putting his nose to the grindstone, Fred
stops to think about the job. "Hmm. Here is a wasted step. There is
another. I can save time here and save time there...."
This kind of thinking does go on. But, not very
often. Why? Because we are status quo creatures. We like things just the
way they are, thank you. Change unsettles us. If it works (or appears to
work, actually), don't fix it.
On top of everything else, we fear failure. We don't
have the knowledge to feel comfortable implementing a change, so we stay
in our comfort zone. Even when they want to spend time using brainpower,
this fear factor stops most people cold.
Mindconnection has developed short
courses to fill in that knowledge gap, so you can engage in that
thinking. You can go well beyond 5% brainpower engagement, because you
will have the knowledge and confidence to do so.
In fact, if you begin to apply these courses, the
rewards of doing so will move you toward a mindset in which you are
increasingly using brainpower in your daily activities. You will solve a
minor problem while brushing your teeth, and solve a major one while you
are sleeping. You'll figure out how to do a task better while you are
commuting to work to do it.
Can you engage more brainpower without these
courses? Probably. Will you? Probably not. Why? Because you probably don't
have the knowledge to do so successfully enough that you will make doing
so a part of the way you do things. Nor will you take the time to find this
information on your own.
We save you hours of research by providing the
information in tidy, well-written packages that allow you to quickly
master the concepts and start using them. Thus, we strongly encourage you
to at least try the Mindconnection
Brainpower Builders. A mind is a terrible thing to waste--what are you
doing with yours?