We and our plastic brain are constantly being shaped by the world around us. Understand that everything you do, everything you encounter, and everything you experience is changing our brain. And that can be for better, but it can also be for worse. So… build the brain you want.

Study how and what you learn best. Repeat those behaviors that are healthy for your brain. Practice. Learning is about doing the work that your brain requires. So the best strategies are going to vary between individuals. You know what, they’re even going to vary within individuals. So for you, learning music or math may come very easily, but learning to snowboard, much harder.

When it comes to mastering a skill, time is the magic ingredient. Assuming your practice proceeds at a steady level, over days and weeks certain elements of the skill become hardwired. Slowly, the entire skill becomes internalized, part of your nervous system. The mind is no longer mired in the details, but can see the larger picture. It is a miraculous sensation and practice will lead you to that point, no matter the talent level you are born with.

Robert Greene