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8 Facts May Not Know About The Brain: A Guide to Neuroplasticity

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1.     Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and adapt continuously during a lifetime.

The brain isn’t fixed, but more like a muscle that strengthens and weakens over time, responding to what we do with it.

 

2.     The more we challenge the brain, the more its long-term cognitive functioning is enhanced.

When we learn something new or challenge the brain in a new way, it creates new neural pathways. If this is done regularly enough over time, neural networks in the brain are enhanced, thus improving its overall performance. 

 

3.     Unlike the heart and lungs that are mechanical organs that flex, retract, inhale, exhale in accordance with conditions imposed on them, the brain is a dynamic organ.

It moulds and adapts its performance in response to stimuli. How optimal the brain performs depends on the regularity of stimuli imposed on it, which either restricts or harnesses its potential.

 

4.     Brain training is just the mainstream translation of brain plasticity.

 

5.     The behavioural explanation of neuroplasticity is the ability to learn and memorise new things.

The brain’s level of plasticity peaks as babies, when the demand to learn new things is at its highest. As we get older, brain plasticity can be associated with the likes of reaching one’s potential over time, setting new challenges, overcoming challenges, immersion in exciting new experiences, and deciding, learning or developing. These are all continuous states of change and mental dispositions innate to human existence. 

 

6.     Striving, adapting and becoming stronger, are all offspring traits of the same survival of the fittest model that sparked our beginnings, and will determine our future.

 

7.     How able a species is at adapting to change, is the sole most important measure of its persistence into the future.

This can be determined by how malleable, dynamic and spontaneous a species’ most prominent organ or muscle is at adapting to changes in surroundings. 

 

8.     The ability for the brain to create new neural pathways that didn’t exist prior (thus changing its structure) to adapt to new experiences and acquire new habits, reveals a potential packed with promising evolutionary implications. 

 

The brain can create new neural pathways until the day we die, and the more neural pathways we create, means the more responsive we can be to change, and the more conducive we are to a life of wellness, happiness and vigorous longevity that will ensue.

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The Definitive Guide to Networking Part I: Top 6 Biggest Misconceptions

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Up to 85% of jobs are filled throughnetworking

The top 6 biggest misconceptions of its value therefore, lie in people’s perception of it

Networking for many, serves as a productive means to grow work opportunities and cement business relationships, but for a big portion it’s less an opportunity than an idea; straddled somewhere between a to-do list chore and a benefit with no tangible return.

This ambiguous area of modern business -similar to flexible work environmentsand digital workspaces- can ignite a sense of community in an industry known (and loved) for its independent freedom; or further solidify misled opinion.

So with clarity being key to realising the value of areas like these, here are the 6 biggest misconceptions about networking. 

1.     Networking is self-serving or selfish 

A networking event isn’t about milking a professional’s resources on a one-man goal to get work, it’s instead a mutually beneficial opportunity for two professionals with skills of comparable value, to meet and open a dialogue in pursuit of a long-term relationship resulting in work prospects.  

2.    Successful networking means immediate work 

Some networking can lead to a quick turn around, but much of it can often be long-term with relationships developing organically over time.

Often these types of relationships are the ones that yield the most pivotal and rewarding work; so remember to trust the process, keep the dialogue open and shift your focus from achieving quick results, to nurturing relationships that can open doors in the future.

3.    Networking events are large and daunting

There are many ways to make connections and strengthen your skills in ways that are productive for you. The variety of events include industry-specific talks watched by like-minded professionals, Linkedin group forums, happy hour meet-ups and creative Round Table events aimed at help creatives with queries and direction.

4.     To make networking a success you have to be an outgoing person

Networking is often seen as a by-product of an intrinsic outgoing character trait, but in reality, it's a skill that can be developed with practice and experience.

Once you’ve targeted your desired sector and found the type of event within that industry (as outlined in 3) that works for you, be clear on what you want to get out of it.

Are you looking to grow your clients or get a job? Form relationships or air some skill-specific questions? Having a clear agenda that you’re armed with when attending events, will enable you to target and hone your networking skills.  

5.    Focusing on your strongest, most apparent relationships is key to networking success

Focusing onyour strongest, most obvious relationships, such as professionals within your wider circles, leaves a mass of untapped potential work elsewhere.

Broaden your perception to extend to industries that are less apparent of needing your skillset, and you may be surprised at how much demand there is for your line of work.

Many unassuming sectors have a huge demand for skills but not the resource to accurately find them.

6.     Networking is purpose-built and targeted

Not only are 85% of jobs filled through networking, but a portion of this comes from no specific event in particular, instead, a disposition of being open-minded to opportunities.

Although one opportunity may not be exactly what you’re looking for, it will introduce you instantly to a wider circle of people, all with connections, contacts and fellow professionals working across multiple sectors.

Being open-minded to less apparently useful opportunities is crucial to growing a healthy diverse circle of contacts. 

The value of networking lies in the work, experience and relationships it can yield, proving it as indispensable