The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play
This short book will teach you memory systems to attain a savant-like memory faculty for acquiring new skill sets, learn languages faster, improve your vocabulary, vanquish absentmindedness, study better in less time, memorize speeches to improve your public speaking ability, never again forget appointments or tasks, improve your performance at school, even the AV Association technique for remembering names comes from this book.
Unleash the hidden power of your mind through Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas's simple, fail-safe memory system, and you can become more effective, more imaginative, and more powerful, at work, at school, in sports and play.
A major personal influence & a great place to start learning memory systems
I first read this book about 10 years ago, when I found it on my parent's bookshelves in high school. I was fascinated by the principals in it and it ultimately ended up inspiring this website! It's still sitting next to my desk at this moment. I owe a lot of my success, relationships, life experiences and sharp mind to utilizing memory systems that I first learned from this book.
This book does an excellent job of getting you started using memory systems in your business and personal life. Memory systems are a very overlooked area of personal development that are very useful and will make you much more effective at everything you do. Without a doubt anyone who wants to have a 'Limitless' memory in real life should read this book.
Lots of smart, educated people have never even heard of using memory systems to improve their performance. I suspect this is because memory systems are not very commercially viable. Memory systems are a completely natural method of maximizing your brain's performance, they don't require you to purchase drugs or supplements or expensive coaching programs. Once you learn them and get in the habit of using them, they will benefit you for the rest of your life.
Memory systems take a little persistence to get started with; at first you will feel a little silly and wonder if you are just completely wasting time making up absurd visualizations. After about a week of consciously forcing yourself to use memory systems you will find that they become very easy and fun to use. After a few months of daily practice you will begin to approach a unconscious competence level of skill using memory systems. Memory systems actually do improve your social life since they improve your sense of humor and ability to banter with people along with your ability to remember details about people.
The book was originally published in 1974, so some of the applications of memory systems in it are a little dated(example, in today's culture of smart phones and Google how often does anyone need to memorize phone numbers?), but the principals are completely timeless. The most valuable use of memory systems for me has been being able to mentally file away small details about people and recall them instantly at the most opportune moments, this has made a major positive impact on my social life and career.