If you've ever wanted to become more intelligent... If you've ever wanted to be more creative... If you've ever wanted to increase your IQ... and generally improve your life, wealth, health and happiness...
Then this might just be the most important letter you ever read.
Let me tell you more...
Ask most people what it takes to takes to develop greater intelligence, and they'll respond:
"You're just born that way! You're either smart or not!"
Well, it's time to think again. According to the latest scientific studies, intelligence is not simply a special gift granted to a select few. Instead, research has found that intelligence is like a muscle - something that you can "work out", and build up over time.
And there are dozens of SECRET SHORTCUTS for building those mental muscles too - in the same way that taking protein and creatine are a shortcut to building your physical muscles.
But let's start at the beginning, by asking the question:
There are plenty of definitions of what 'Intelligence' is, but here's a particularly comprehensive one from a 1994 report, by a group of 52 researchers, called Mainstream Science on Intelligence. They defined intelligence as...
"A very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test-taking smarts. Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings -- 'catching on', 'making sense' of things, or 'figuring out' what to do."
Bottom line? Intelligence is much more than just "remembering things."
Yes, that's always part of it. But it's also about using what you learn in a wide range of situations.
As you already know, extra intelligence can help you solve complex problems, understand human relationships on a deeper level, and come up with original and creative ideas.
Science has also shown us that it can help you enjoy a longer, happier, and wealthier life.
Not only that, it has proven that we can all become "geniuses" - and seriously boost our Intelligence Quotient (IQ), by indulging in a few, cutting-edge intelligence techniques.
In a groundbreaking study of Californian children in the 1920s, Lewis Terman (American psychologist and pioneer in educational psychology at Stanford University) intensely profiled those with high IQs - and found that they performed well both socially and academically at school.
Revealingly, in later life, those high IQ individuals became more successful in their careers, and many received awards recognizing their achievements. They also suffered lower divorce rates.
A high IQ also leads to benefits in other aspects of life...
For example, Professor Ian Deary of Edinburgh University in the U.K. found strong evidence that both health and life-expectancy improve along with higher IQ.
In a study reported in the world-famous British Medical Journal in 2001, he found that a single childhood IQ test performed by most 11-year-old children in Scotland one day in 1932 made remarkably accurate statistical predictions about when people would die many decades later.
A similar conclusion was drawn in a 2009 scientific study by Dr David Batty of a million Swedish men who had been conscripted at the age of 18.
Dr Batty and his colleagues found that a higher IQ in these men was strongly linked to a lower risk of death from causes such as accidents, coronary heart disease and suicide.
In fact, it's been proven that increased intelligence leads to higher levels of happiness and lower levels of stress and depression. Plus, unleashing your inner intelligence creates new and exciting opportunities for you to earn more money, connect with your family and friends, enjoy greater ease in social situations, and create lasting, loving intimate relationships.
A 1999 scientific experiment by neurologist Eleanor Maguire conducted MRI scans on London cab drivers, comparing time they'd spent as a taxi driver, to the size of the "posterior hippocampus" - the part of the brain responsible for spatial awareness.
In general, taxi drivers had a greatly enlarged "hippocampi" - and it was progressively more enlarged in those with more experience. The same was found in different brain areas for violinists, Braille readers, meditation practitioners, recovering stroke victims - and more.
This proves that intelligence is very much like a muscle which can be "worked out" and increased.
Scientist and author David Shenk, author of "The Genius In Us All" concluded the research in his book, stating that geniuses are made, and not born.
Shenk says there is a high IQ genius inside us all. (Read more here.)