The Next Big Thing? Neuroplasticity.

I’ve had two per­son­al Eure­ka moments right after anoth­er, just recent­ly. You know these moments: sud­den­ly it’s all crystal-clear — and the main ques­tion is why you just did not real­ize it before. First, for me it’s a fore­gone con­clu­sion that the blockchain is the biggest and most valu­able tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tion. If you’re inter­est­ed in that stuff you can find my argu­ment on Datarel­la

On the pri­vate side, I have invest­ed months of read­ing and learn­ing about what I think is the biggest dis­cov­ery for mankind in a long time: neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis — i.e. the abil­i­ty of human beings to rewire their brains and gen­er­ate new neu­trons in any phase of their lives. For me, words can­not near­ly describe the effects neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty will have: Until 1995, sci­en­tists believed that the brain was hard-wired and there was no new gen­er­a­tion of neu­rons. Wrong. Sim­ply wrong. It’s the other way round: neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis mean that peo­ple with sig­nif­i­cant neu­ronal prob­lems can get rid of them and every­body can enhance his or her men­tal and phys­i­cal abil­i­ties many times more than ini­tial­ly imag­ined.

To start your neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty learn­ing expe­ri­ence you might watch this con­ver­sa­tion with Dr. Nor­man Doidge:

Being an entre­pre­neur by heart, I had to give this con­vic­tion a shape. My read­ings, online cours­es and some vis­its to mee­tups and con­fer­ences address­ing neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty from a more gen­er­al per­spec­tive, I start­ed build­ing a net­work of experts act­ing as neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty — or — neu­ro­plas­tic coach­es — each expert in her prop­er field of exper­tise. Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty is based on four activ­i­ties of your daily liv­ing: sleep, exercise/sports, diet and med­i­ta­tion.

The very first step has been set­ting up the Rewire Your Brain web­site with some ini­tial con­tent and a basic neu­ro­plas­tic coach­ing pro­gramme as a first offer­ing. Since the pro­gram is tar­get­ed to the Ger­man mar­ket, all con­tents are in Ger­man lan­guage, for the time being. Due to the fact that Rewire Your Brain has to be set up among my busi­ness­es it takes its time. But I have had some very promis­ing dis­cus­sions with poten­tial future neu­ro­plas­tic coach­es and will have many more in the last weeks of this year. My plan is to start with the first neu­ro­plas­tic coach­ing pro­gram after some friends and I have run through the pro­gram our­selves in spring, 2017.

If you are inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing in REWIRE I’d be more than happy to hear from you!

If you want to read and learn more about neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, here’s my rec­om­men­da­tions short list:

One Reply to “The Next Big Thing? Neuroplasticity.”

  1. […] tremen­dous­ly pos­i­tive effects on the human brain that is able to rewire its neu­rons which is called neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, and on our men­tal abil­i­ties in gen­er­al. How­ev­er, human beings don‘t like chang­ing their […]

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