Use It Or Lose It!

business-20.jpgAtrophy, as described by Wikipedia, “is the partial or complete wasting away of a part of the body. Causes of atrophy include poor nourishment, poor circulation, loss of hormonal support, loss of nerve supply to the target organ, disuse or lack of exercise.”

Whenever you stop using a part of your body, it starts to atrophy. Personally, I am all too familiar with the concept of atrophy because when I was 16, I sustained a severe head injury. My left side was paralysed for multiple weeks, and though the hospital and rehab staffs – in addition to my family – I temporarily lost some use of my limbs. Because of the Grace of God, I was able to recover enough to function in the “normal” world, but every single day, I’m reminded that I did receive a Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. 

Atrophy can affect not only limbs and organs, but also it can affect the mind. When we read books and magazines which push the limits of our minds, we are making our brains work better. When we sit in front of the television all day watching cartoons, our brains forget what it means to be stretched.

Just like with exercise, the more we do it, the healthier and stronger we become. The mind is like our biceps; if the only thing we “lift” with it is a two-pound weight – assuming we are able to do so easily – it will lose the “tone,” and therefore its strength to grasp unfamiliar concepts and ideas will become less – essentially, the mind’s ability to learn is a result of what has already been learned. We have to use it, or we’ll lose it.

The more we do something, the better we become at it. Personally, I’m an English-major in college. Therefore, I know and understand concepts which are completely foreign to, say, an statistics major. The reverse is true: a statistics major, ten years out of college, is more likely to grasp concepts about the growth rate of a certain disease – even if he/she has never studied that disease – than I am. The whole concept is not new to him – even if he’s been asking if you want fries with that for the past ten years.

Does that mean he’s smarter than I am? Does the fact that I can see symbolism and extended metaphors in books and movies mean I’m smarter than someone who does not? Not at all!

With The Emergence of The Relationship Economy,we should all be devouring whatever we can find that talks about it. 2007 was a year of rapid growth in the realms of social networks and online applications. What have you read to prepare yourself for the eminent explosion of “The Relationship Economy?”

My point is that the more we use our minds to learn new things and the more often we “think outside the box,” the smarter we will feel and will soon become.

How ’bout it?

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