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5 Proven Tips for Keeping Your Brain Active, Engaged and Improving

An entrepreneur's greatest weapon is their mind. Sharpen yours by all means available


Famous English writer Samuel Johnson once observed, “Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.” His point still stands in today’s ever-changing business environment; it’s more important than ever to never stop learning. You have to keep your brain active, engaged and always improving. Here are five ways to get started.

1. Deliberately foster curiosity

One study on curiosity took a cross-section of 200 employees working in a variety of industries and split them into two groups. The first group received text messages twice a week for a period of four weeks, reminding them to be curious, to ask “why” questions and to figure out how they would make that part of the day. The control group received messages simply asking them to reflect on the work they had to do.

At the conclusion of the assessment, the first group scored higher on measures of creativity, including innovative questions and solutions to problems. They had deliberately fostered curiosity.

When you start your day, do the same thing that study group did. Don’t just begin with coffee, news and meetings. Take a minute to remind yourself to ask “why” questions. For most entrepreneurs, this should come as second nature — it’s part of the way many are wired. But it can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget.

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