Friday, 7 December 2012

The Brainstorm Theory

I came across a very interesting article named "When There's A Storm In Your Brain" in a newspaper written by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. What I read is quite informative and the point of sharing the article here is to understand the phenomenon about one more complexity of our brain that can hugely impact the personality within.

The article entails about Maulana's journey and experience when he once visited Kigali (The capital city of Rwanda) in Central Africa. There he met a Gujrati Indian. He was a shopkeeper selling cloths and Maulana was amazed to see his ability to communicate in English. The shopkeeper was fluent in English and could speak at a fair level. Maulana couldn't hold his curiosity. To his rescue, a friend of the shopkeeper told Maulana about the story behind.

"Few years back, he (the shopkeeper) couldn't speak English at all while his customers were good in doing so. As English has been the main communication language in Kigali and to survive with his business over here, he was compelled to learn it. His naive mistakes resulted in mockery by some customers. Like once when one customer threw a sarcasm on his English speaking ability saying why he keeps trying to speak the language that he can't speak correctly to which he modestly replied, "I speak incorrect English so that I may be able to speak correct English" and in the span of two years, the shopkeeper learnt the language fairly well and became able to deal his customers in English language."

This is a straight example of a saying "Where there is will, there is way". The shopkeeper knew nothing about the language English but with a constant will, he achieved a complete sense of it. He mastered the language which was once alien to him.

It also puts forward a theory about when a person is compelled/forced to do something that he hadn't done before, it opens new windows in his mind. Such compulsion or force is termed as The Brainstorm Theory in Psychology. Such brainstorms may result in either positive or negative outcomes. When a person undergoes through a shocking or an overwhelming situation and if it consumes the person completely, it brings a storm in the mind. It shakes up all the inactive/passive brain cells with a rigorous movement and as a result, some new windows open up and the person becomes able to do such things what he wasn't able to do earlier (before the critical situation happened).

One example to explain this theory was given of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar in the article. He was born in a untouchable family and was rejected from the society since the early years of his age. This rejection and discrimination in the society shook him at a large extent and this way, he decided to achieve as much knowledge as he could so that he could remove such blots from the society. After so many hardships, he gained such a vast pool of knowledge that turned him into a great mind hard to compete with. With his constant will and efforts, later he became the part of our Indian Constitution. After the independence, he was elected as the Chairman of the Drafting committee of the Indian Constitution too.

Here I am willing to add some more feathers into this hat. The legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan was profoundly refused by Air India Radio (AIR) in his early career because of his heavy husky voice. But this refusal couldn't seize his fate. Instead, he found a challenge in this. With his constant efforts and will, now his voice is profoundly recognized nationally as well as internationally.

Shahrukh Khan who is better known as 'The King of Romance' and hard to be replaced, he told his mother during his childhood years that he would become an actor in Bollywood. His mother believed his childhood words because she knew, what he says, he fulfills it with his unparalleled determination. Shahrukh did prove her absolutely right.

Bruce Lee doesn't need an introduction here. He, indisputably, has been a super-master of Martial Arts. When he entered into Hollywood, much to your surprise, wrote a letter to himself that you can see below:

The letter he titled as "My Definite Chief Aim" and it says,

"I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in United States. In return, I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capability of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10, 000, 000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness."

Bruce Lee
Jan. 1969

He couldn't get successful in earning such mountainous amount of money. In fact, he earned ridiculously more amount of money and an envious fame than what he had written ten years back. How many of us carry such courage and determination to write this kind of letter to ourselves? Rarest of rares I know.

These all examples are from rags to riches. A success is an immiscible blend of will, hunger, courage, determination, perseverance and passion. Other qualities come along as you take your steps ahead. All you need to do is-- to bring a storm into your head and become a celebrity of your-own-kind.

Read the same article in HINDI here.

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