Train Your Brain to Retain: A Quick & Simple Trick to Improve Your Memory

Train Your Brain to Retain: A Quick & Simple Trick to Improve Your Memory

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Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and podcaster. He is a nationally recognized leader in the real estate education space and has taught millions of people how to find, finance, and manage real estate investments.

Brandon began buying rental properties and flipping houses at the age of 21. He started with a single family home, where he rented out the bedrooms, but quickly moved on to a duplex, where he lived in half and rented out the other half.

From there, Brandon began buying both single family and multifamily rental properties, as well as fix and flipping single family homes in Washington state. Later, he expanded to larger apartments and mobile home parks across the country.

Today, Brandon is the managing member at Open Door Capital, where he raises money to purchase and turn around large mobile home parks and apartment complexes. He owns nearly 300 units across four states.

In addition to real estate investing experience, Brandon is also a best-selling author, having published four full-length non-fiction books, two e-books, and two personal development daily success journals. He has sold more than 400,000 books worldwide. His top-selling title, The Book on Rental Property Investing, is consistently ranked in the top 50 of all business books in the world on, having also garnered nearly 700 five-star reviews on the Amazon platform.

In addition to books, Brandon also publishes regular audio and video content that reaches millions each year. His videos on YouTube have been watched cumulatively more than 10,000,000 times, and the podcast he hosts weekly, the BiggerPockets Podcast, is the top-ranked real estate podcast in the world, with more than 75,000,000 downloads over 350 unique episodes. The show also has over 10,000 five-star reviews in iTunes and is consistently in the top 10 of all business podcasts on iTunes.

A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with Heather and daughter Rosie and son Wilder) spends his time surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and swimming in the ocean near his home in Maui, Hawaii.

Brandon’s writing has been featured on,,, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media.

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Want to improve your memory? Here’s an easy, effective, and somewhat unlikely tip that really works: Read—a lot.

Read a lot, but don’t just read for getting the information in your head. If you don’t like reading, then listen to an audiobook or listen to a podcast.

But in other words, consume media.

Media, I believe, changes identity more than anything else. Media changes how you think. If you want to become vegan, just go watch a couple of vegan documentaries. You’ll probably become vegan because you’ll be like, “Well, yeah.”

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It changes your mind when you consume media. That’s why there’s a lot of talk about parents letting their kids watch R-rated movies. It changes their mindset, like the way our minds operate.

So, consume a massive amount of media about whatever it is you’re trying to do. Do this if you want to be a real estate investor, especially if you’re new.

And quick tip for you guys: I read this study once that talked about the best way to remember something that you read. You’ve probably heard the story before, we remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we blah, blah, blah… and we remember most of what we teach. That’s often what is said.

But there’s actually one higher than that. There’s one thing that helps you retain information better than almost anything else while you read, so here’s a tip: Read as if you are going to teach. 

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As you’re reading, assume you have to communicate this knowledge on a podcast later on that day. And if you have that mindset, like the study that was done, that was the number one best way to retain information—assume that later on, you’re going to have to teach it.

This is one of the reasons I think that I read a lot and I remember almost everything I read. It’s because I just subconsciously believe every single thing I read, I’m going to have to tell somebody later on a podcast or on a webinar or in an interview.

What media have you consumed that changed the way you think?

Share your recommendations in the comments.