How to Get Smarter & Become “Limitless”

Phil Drolet (@phildrolet) 10 years, 8 months ago

Hey fellow HEThens,

First off I just wanted to take a second to say thank you for all the good & interesting feedback on my piece about Mcdonalds & The Fast Food Temptation. Always great to hear you guys’ perspective and ideas.

3 days before finishing my 16 month Australian journey, I’ve just published an article I’ve been working on for the last 4 months, about Mental Performance- it’s entitled "On Becoming Superhuman: How to Get Smarter, Increase Your IQ, and Become Limitless". I put in a lot of work into it, learning, researching & experimenting, but it was worth- the response has been incredible.

It’s basically 10 proven strategiest to increase your mental performance, unlock your brian’s full potential, and… start living life in the fast-lane.

I’m sharing this here because I know this is the kind of stuff a lot of you guys would be into, and because I’d love to get your feedback. Good & bad, I want to keep getting better at what I do and honest feedback the only way.

A big reason why this piece has been so successful is because recently fellow HEthen Martijn told me that it would increase my credibility by being more rigorous in my referencing. This constructive feedback had a huge positive impact & now I want to scale it up to the whole HE community.

Thanks guys & don’t hesitate to share the article around if you dig it. The more people learn this stuff the better.


November 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm
daveb (119) (@daveb) 10 years, 7 months ago ago

Here’s another free site with a bunch of cool brain games: Full disclosure, one of my best friends (studied neurobiology at Cornell) was the developer. But it’s free so no financial incentive for me.
He’s kind of left that project as-is and moved on to some collaborative community commerce work. It looks like he will be giving a TED talk thru Cornell on that kind of moneyless peer-to-peer commerce early next year, I will post it in the TED thread when it comes together.

Cody (472) (@versai) 10 years, 7 months ago ago

The article was a pretty long, broad read. Gave me some inspiration and got me more interested in Lumosity. I was disappointed in the price, but found that if you go to and use the code GIFTTHANKS08517, you can get 50% off any subscription.

@ Manimal, your advice is almost always of interest to me. After doing the trial and thinking about the cost, ironically, one of the biggest factors in my decision was something you said about teaching, in a discussion on alternate incomes: “The only reason I charge money for what I’m doing now is because it makes people commit. I would gladly do it for free, I love doing it and don’t really need the money, but somehow people are more likely to go through with things if they’ve paid for it. Fear of losing their investment probably.”

I justified the purchase in that I would be more motivated to log-in and push the progress of my investment on Lumosity, and that I would be genuinely learning something along the way. Now after reading the comments and thinking more about it, I’m already happy with my mind’s ability–I just wanted more brainpower after reading Phil’s long, interesting article; so I scrolled back to the top and automatically started at #1…

I think it’s really interesting how marketing works and I saw you also have some interest in online advertising, Manimal. Could you teach us how to discern a lesson worth investing time and money into, from one that’s just pulling strings on your wallet and mind? I feel the same “am I being conned?” hesitation these days when signing up for university classes.

Damasias (21) (@nan0fire) 10 years, 7 months ago ago

@daveb Thank you for the link it looks very promising, and @manimal for the advice.(sounds like a fun game!)

Are there books out there that you guys recommend? Or a (free) course, on how exactly remember random sequences of signs like telephone numbers or dates with their facts attached.? I know I should be searching in the “association of pictures”- area, but I don’t quite know the most efficient way to do it.

For instance, last night I tried to memorize a phone number by attaching to every couple of numbers a certain image. I stacked the image (the russian doll method) Which worked quite well. (I messed up one digit).

The manual i’m reading at the moment is very interesting material, but I’m afraid that in the end it is indeed a marketing trick and that i’ll have to look for other books for more practical ways to memorize random facts easily.

Btw: Using only 20% of our brain ( to get back to the main topic)… isn’t that a myth? Isn’t it so that we use every part of our brain, but just not all the parts at once?

Megan Wilson (5) (@poefan2490) 10 years, 7 months ago ago

Ironically, I stumbled across your article (via stumbleupon) about a month ago, and I had just finished watching Limitless two days before that. It actually prompted me to become a member on here (I had already been frequenting the blog posts for about a year). And, needless to say, I’m now hooked on Lumosity, and I’ve really taken some of the other things you mentioned in your article to heart. Great work! I love how you organized the article, and I found it very useful. Thanks for sharing!

Emily._.Jones (0) (@esajon) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

im really inspired [email protected]

Bryan (104) (@Substratum) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

“Life is pain Princess. Anyone who says otherwise is SELLING something”    Princess Bri

kanbanboard (1) (@kanbanboard) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

This is brilliant Phil. I’ve just skimmed through all 10 points and they seem to make sense. I’ll have to read it properly after work! Thank you :)

kanbanboard (1) (@kanbanboard) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

This is brilliant Phil. I’ve just skimmed through all 10 points and they seem to make sense. I’ll have to read it properly after work! Thank you :)

akorts (5) (@akorts) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Hey, I cant open the site. Says something about an error on line 674

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