It is often widely perpetuated that humans use less than 10 percent of their brain power. I have attended a lot of seminars, talk shows, and even heard sermons where people make this physiological blunder. It is however an age long cliché, and the motive for the ‘’10 percent myth’’ is quite understandable. Most speakers and writers use this to buttress the fact that humans have an enormous reserve of untapped potential. The truth however is, we will always have untapped potentials because you never really know what you are capable of until you try.
The first time I heard this as a 14yr old I got totally confused, so you mean Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, even our own Wole Soyinka only use less than 10 percent of their brain power? I started wondering how many percent of the brain power market women, bus conductors, and corrupt politicians use. I was so misled that I concluded within myself that the boy that took last in my class only use 0.1 percent of his brain power. Ironically that boy was the best chess player in my school. There also exist several books, films, and short stories on this subject. And these have in one way or the other led people to believe in the 10 percent myth. Popular among such include the novel The Dark Fields, and its film adaptation Limitless, and also the movie Lucy, which is my personal best, starring Morgan Freeman and Scarlet Johansson. The central character (Scarlet Johannsson) was able to access full 100 percent of her brain through the help of a drug. She literally disappeared and became a god.
Physiologically speaking, we use virtually every part of the brain. The brain has distinct regions for different kinds of information processing. Brain imaging Technologies reveal that even during sleep, all parts of the brain show some level of activity. Damage to any part of the brain could impair one performance or the other. For example, damage to the prefrontal cortex commonly leads to an inability to plan or to behave in ways that are socially acceptable. If 90 percent of the brain is normally unused, then damage to these areas should not impair performance. The brain makes up about 2 percent of our body weight, takes up 16 percent of the cardiac output and 20 percent oxygen and nutrient consumption. It is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected. If 90 percent of it were unnecessary it would be of an immense survival advantage to humans if we had smaller and efficient brains.
Conclusively, we were all born with amazing brains. I feel it is unfair to assume that Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates or Aliko Dangote use their brains better than the most of us. No man in island, we can’t know it all, so no matter how we try, we will always be a novice at something. The goal is to be the best at what we do, the danger is to stop getting better or not to try at all. The truth about success most times is that, the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. According to Eric Roth, “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” We all have the mental capacity to be whoever we want to be, if only we can just reach out or in the words of the Game of thrones character, Theon Greyjoy ‘’Pay the iron price’’. There is no easy road to success, it’s all down to the basics- HARDWORK!!! Put your amazing brain to good use.