The other night I was listening to a podcast with a neurologist who specializes in psychology.
She was talking about neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself with new neural pathways.
(Stick with me.)
She said that by the age of 25, your brain relies on so many existing connections that it’s hard to break free of them.
Which is why, for example, it’s so much harder to learn a new language after the age of 26.
But the neurologist explained that in some cases, the medical field is starting to see people in their sixties who have more neuroplasticity than people in their late twenties.
Because they’re willing to do hard things.
A wordsmith who practices Sudoku puzzles, a mathematician who writes a novel, a Japanese person who learns Danish, a person with dyslexia who practices crosswords.
She said that the level of challenge should leave you exhausted and completely spent.
As I was listening to her speak, I started thinking about the Factory45 entrepreneurs I’m currently working with to launch their clothing brands.
Right now, they’re in the thick of it.
We are about halfway through the program and most of them are tackling new skills and challenges that they’ve never encountered before.
Tech issues, design challenges, writing, negotiating, creating and organizing…
I hear from many of them about how much this process is pushing their comfort zone.
But as entrepreneurs, that is what we want.
Because we can do hard things.
We should do hard things.
And there’s the science to back it up.
So, here’s my message to you:
Whether you’re pulling your hair out on the first day of virtual learning with your kids —
Or building a website with no clue how to design or code —
Or spending hours on your business idea so you can create another income for your family —
I’m here to tell you, you can do hard things.
We can all do hard things.
And our brains will be better for it.