If an alien had a special advanced technology, us humans are too primitive to understand — where he could look at the ratio of sensory receptors to brain synapses inside you, and then determine how you experience life based on it — he might conclude that you have no idea what’s going on at all.
And he might be right, too… You and I are somewhat ill-equipped to experience a material world. I mean, don’t get me wrong… We have 100 million sensory receptors that allow us to see, hear, feel, taste, and smell the real world.
And that’s a lot, but it’s nothing compared to what else we have. We have 10,000 billion brain synapses (that’s 10,000 x 1,000,000,000 … or 10,000,000,000,000 brain synapses) that allow us to relate new data to stored memories and ideas — to experience things that have never happened. Yep.
Reality Really Is
A Fragile Thing…
It turns out, we’re far better equipped to have experiences entirely in our minds than out in the “real world”. Which is why you really have lived with Tarzan in the jungle. You’ve gone on adventures with Harry Potter. You’ve traveled to Mordor with Frodo to return the Ring. You’ve Hitchhiked the Galaxy with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect. And whatever you did with Christian Grey… well… keep that to yourself.
If these experiences were the only evidence of our amazing abilities… that would surely be enough.
SO Much More:
There was once a teenage musical prodigy named Ludwig van Beethoven. As a teenager he met the late great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — just a few short years before Mozart passed away.
At the time, Beethoven was already swimming in prestige, celebrity, and glory. Publishers forked over the cash for the compositions he wrote — often before they were even finished.
But less than a decade later? Beethoven, still young, was contemplating suicide. Because he had started to go deaf.
As you might know, Beethoven chose to live. He continued his work as a composer, even though he was losing his hearing more and more with every passing year…
And something very strange happened as he got older. As he grew more and more deaf, his works became more difficult to understand by his contemporaries. People of Beethoven’s time had no clue what to make of his later symphonies. During his older years of total deafness, he gained a lot of haters. He actually stood up to one critic of his work saying:
“They are not for you, but for a later age.”
Had Beethoven JUST kept up the quality of his compositions from his younger years during his years of total deafness most people would have considered it an amazing feat. Yet Beethoven did not only equal his earlier compositions…
He Greatly Surpassed Them.
So much so, that nobody in his time even understood what he was doing. The complex, magical, intricate things he wrote while living in a world of complete silence — are considered now to be some of the greatest masterpieces ever written.
Beethoven was capable of hearing music in a world of no sound. But his ability to hear symphonies in his head was actually nothing special. Beethoven’s brain was just like the brains of people you meet and deal with every day.
Physiologically, each of us is his equal. In fact, you can hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in your mind right now, if you’d like. Go ahead. Hear it. DundundunDUNNNNNN…
Just like you and me and Ludwig, everyone you deal with every day has the amazing ability to see with their eyes closed and to hear when there is no sound. They can touch what isn’t there and taste what they haven’t yet eaten. Not to mention, feel what they haven’t felt before. And if you’d like to live the life you dream of…
That’s A Vital
Thing To Remember.
It will help you become a leader. It’s how you impact people. It’s how you influence, connect with people, and bring all kinds of value to their lives, even change the world, if that’s what you so desire.
Martin Luther King used it when he described his Dream.
Steve Jobs used it when he spoke to “the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers…”
JK Rowling used it to become the first billionaire author - and create some of the most famous stories ever written.
Charles Darwin used it when he revealed the marvels of the natural world to wider society through his theory of natural selection.
Oprah used it to become the “Queen of Media” and impact millions of people.
Winston Churchill used it to inspire the British nation and allied forces to be impervious in the face of danger — before winning World War II.
So take a lesson from their books. When you’re speaking to people, don’t speak to the world outside them. Speak instead to the world inside their minds. Give people a taste of the experience you have waiting for them in this place we call Reality.
It’s so simple. Just imagine just how powerful, important, and influential you can be when you do that.