Twenty-five years ago, I started a simple website to promote and teach accelerated learning techniques to help usher in a ‘mental revolution’. I was young, idealistic, and had no idea that I was about to run into a brick wall (several, actually).
It took two decades to figure out what was really happening. While many have realized that lifelong learning is no longer optional, adult learning still needs to be destigmatized, embraced, and re-engineered. And all of those techniques for improved memory, reading speed, creativity and general intelligence…well, they need to be reframed before humanity can finally tap their enormous potential.
Ultimately, this site is about the Fourth Skills Gap, which is at the core of nearly every socioeconomic crisis we face. It is also the greatest opportunity of the 21st century. Welcome to Genius By Design.
Millions of jobs available, and yet millions are unemployed. And billions of fingers are pointing in the wrong directions. What's really going on? We've been through this before. But this time, it is different. The world is accelerating…hang on!
This sets up the remainder of this website and works backwards from the eventual shift to lifelong learning. Rest assured, this doesn't mean endless school. In fact, it is liberating. Genius isn't a birthright, it is a practice. Here is your primer.
The first step in almost every learning endeavor is too often overlooked or dismissed entirely. Continual expression is the easiest to learn, the hardest to master, and the most powerful learning technique in the world.
Learning is like multi-tasking (or driving a car). Most people falsely believe that they are much better at it than they are. Learning is a practice and a craft in itself. And the basic underlying principles are easily implementable.
If we are truly engaged in lifelong learning, we will all reach points where further progress requires us to rebuild from below before piling more on top. This is about addressing your foundation while still deliberately practicing your craft.
Only now are we ready to explore the fascinating world of hypnosis, NLP, memory techniques, speed reading skills, creativity methodologies, and more. They are over-hyped, over-sold, but powerful if approached correctly.
For years, I overlooked the simple fact that solitary genius is shallow at best, and empty at worst. We are a social species and greatness requires us to connect in meaningful, deliberate ways in order for our deliberately practiced brilliance to be fully realized.
No amount of individual genius can ever reach its full potential without learning and embracing how organizations work. This is how anyone can have multiple, measurable impacts on any operation (and why this is essential in closing the skills gap).
Ironically, we now must unlearn nearly everything what we've learned and challenge just about every universally accepted beliefs about our place in the universe. This journey has no end. Do not start here, otherwise you'll miss the whole point of GBD.