How To Be Mentally Strong by Martins Udogie

A friend, Anie Udoh, shared an interesting article titled above with me. It has to do with life and learning. Here are a few Take Aways from it.


“You are the average of the five people you spend your time with”.

“I asked Freeway Rick Ross, the largest drug dealer ever, what books he read in prison that turned around his life…. He told me instantly: “As A Man Thinketh”, “The Richest Man in Babylon”, and “Think and Grow Rich”.

“I have never met a mentally strong person who wasn’t a voracious reader.”

“Sometimes I’m afraid to ask questions because I don’t want to seem stupid or I don’t want someone to be annoyed at me or I’m feeling shy.”

“The only way to learn new things is to ask questions and be curious. Find the people who inspire your curiosity because those are the ones you will most learn from. Then ask them questions. The more stupid you feel asking a question, the more you HAVE to ask the question. If you feel shy asking one question, then ask TWO questions.”

“We think we learn in school. We take a class and a brilliant professor gives a lecture and we supposedly leave the class smarter. But here is the science:

“Within 45 minutes of leaving a class, college students have already forgotten 80% of what was said in the class. By the next day, they have forgotten just about 100%.

“Here’s how to remember: First you hear something. If it interests you, write it down as a note…. Then use it in a conversation within an hour. Then use it in a conversation the next day and then the next.

“NOW there is a decent chance you have learned it. Because you build various connections in your brain that have now been programmed with that nugget of information. That’s how learning takes place. Mentally strong people learn how to learn.

Written by James Altucher, the author of “The Choose Yourself Guide to  Wealth” which USA Today has called “One of the 12 Best Business Books of  All Time” and also the author of WSJ and USA Today bestseller “Choose  Yourself” which Forbes recently called one of the “Top Five Books Every  Entrepreneur Must Read.”

Author of How To READ MORE
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On sale at Laterna Bookstore Lagos, Amazon, Jumia and Indigo/Chapters in Canada


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