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Thriving Under Pressure & Memory Techniques W/ John Graham, U.S. Memory Champion

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In this episode with John Graham, we learn how he became a US memory champion, and we discover his amazing technique for training to perform under pressure.
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“If you want to be good at something, if you want to achieve something, have success in anything, you have to do it consistently.”
— John Graham

Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by John Graham. John is the most recent US memory champion, having won in 2018, he is an international Grand Master of Memory, and he also is the international coach for the entire Vietnamese memory team.

Amazing, right?

As if those are not already enough, John has appeared on international TV shows in Russia, Indonesia, and the US – all showcasing his incredible trained memory. He has actually been able to memorize 181 names and faces in 15 minutes, a 282 digit number in 5 minutes, over 22 decks of cards in 1 hour, and many more things.

You probably understand how crazy all that is!

In this episode, we talked not just about memory techniques, because we've done a lot of episodes on them – instead, I wanted to go deeper with John and find out how he uses all this in his own life, how he makes it into a better quality of life, more success, more happiness, more joy, more connection to other people.

I think we did a really good job covering that! Sometimes, you may think why would you ever need to memorize 181 names and faces in 15 minutes, and in this episode, we discover that it is about so much more than that. John and I share the opinion that memory is the gateway to all learning, which then is the gateway to self-improvement.

Apart from all that, we also talked about a methodology that he developed for learning how to perform well under pressure, whether that is appearing on stage, competing in athletic events, or anything else.

I really enjoyed this episode, and I'm sure you will do as well!

– Jonathan Levi

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is John Graham and what does he do? [3:40]
  • How did John get interested in memory? [4:40]
  • What did John do before he started training his memory? [6:00]
  • The experience of attending his first memory competition [7:50]
  • What are the latest updates on memory techniques [10:45]
  • How is John's life different thanks to learning memory techniques? [13:30]
  • The power of remembering names [15:50]
  • John Graham's technique for remembering names [19:45]
  • Stop looking for the perfect way [23:40]
  • What differentiates John from his competition? [26:50]
  • How to train so you can perform under pressure [28:40]
  • What is the no.1 thing John did to feel SuperHuman today? [35:45]
  • What are some other SuperHuman hacks John utilizes? [36:45]
  • What is one service John can't live without? [39:25]
  • Some homework for you from John Graham [41:35]
  • Where can you find more about John Graham? [42:45]
  • John Graham's final takeaway message [44:00]

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Favorite Quotes from John Graham:

“Memory techniques are more about being able to perform them in real-world situations and under pressure, than anything else.”
“We can give you all the information on how to get [to memory champion level], but you have to put in the work.”
“If you can remember someone else's name and actively use it, that's so powerful.”
“If you are sitting there looking for the perfect way to do something, you are doing it wrong.”
“For me the biggest thing is consistency.”



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    Thanks, I learned a lot of interesting things in past episodes.

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