Originally Published 05/09/2012
While our middle-aged brains may get distracted (and there is a reason for that), they are actually performing many higher-level brain functions better than our younger selves.
So, I just finished reading a book that I can't stop talking about; it's called The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind by Barbara Strauch, which I came across while wandering around Powell's Books on my recent vacation in Portland, OR.
If you're a bookstore lover and you've never been to Powell's, you may just have to make a special trip to Portland for no other reason than to spend a week roaming the rainbow-coded multi-floor, mega-mecca-emporium's floor-to-ceiling stacks of new and used books. Needless to say, the hour I had was hardly enough to cover a measly corner of the place—but, oh, what a corner it was.
Strauch's book immediately appealed to me on several-levels:
Now, if you frequently find yourself:
But, here's something to cheer you up and get downright excited about (And, for those of you who aren't quite in the middle-aged mindset, yet, this will give you something to look forward to as you contemplate the onset of your own middle-aged brain episodes):
What does all this mean? While our middle-aged brains may get distracted (and there is a reason for that), they are actually performing many higher-level brain functions better than our younger selves. So, as Neil Charness, a psychologist at Florida State University says in the book, "if what you are doing depends on knowledge, then you're going to do very well as you get older."
Who among us, in today's economy, whether a business owner or career professional, isn't trading in knowledge and expertise, in some way or another? There's some comfort in knowing that as we get older our experience actually does count for something—it really does make us better at our jobs, smarter than our younger selves (and competition) and wiser than even we may have expected (really, there have been studies to prove it). Read Strauch’s book if you don't believe me.
Have you read The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain or another book, for that matter, that's recently set your brain on fire with all sorts of insights and ideas? I'd love to hear about it; leave a comment or email me.
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