Book Summary: Train Your Brain for Success by Roger Seip

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I jotted down a few key insights from Roger Seip’s book after reading it.

You do not have to read the entire book if you don’t have time. This book summary provides an overview of everything you can learn from it.

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In this Train Your Brain for Success: Read Smarter, Remember More, and Break Your Own Records book summary, I’m going to cover the following topics:

What is Train Your Brain for Success About?

Train Your Brain For Success provides the perspective to analyze how you got where you are and, more importantly, learn the skills to get where you truly desire to be.

Look around you at the lumpenproletariat. Mediocre, fat, underpaid, single losers everywhere. Do you want to be like them? You say you don’t, but you do really, don’t you? If you really don’t, then in order to be successful, thin, rich and happily married, get out of your comfort zone, go where the magic happens, and learn the thinking habits that can help you on the way.

Who is The Author of Train Your Brain for Success?

Roger Seip is the cofounder of Freedom Personal Development, one of the world’s premier training and personal development firms. Roger has delivered training, coaching, and keynote programs for more than 2,000 organizations, ranging from small mom-and-pops to Fortune 500s. 

Through these experiences, he has learned what gets results (and what doesn’t) from people from all walks of life. Learn more at

Train Your Brain for Success Book Summary

Seip starts his book with an anecdote about how, when he was nineteen, he went to see the motivational speaker Mort Utley, who began his talk by pointing out that most people don’t get what they want in life. 

Seip’s initial response was to think that this was the most un-motivational, depressing thing he had ever heard. But then he had an about-turn, realising that what Utley had said not only made sense but that that was the precise reason why Seip was there in the first place.

This kind of gung-ho anecdote immediately raises the hackles, suggesting this is going to be a motivational, happy-clappy sort of reading. And it doesn’t help that Seip goes on to suggest that the reason most people aren’t successful (which he seems to equate with being slim and having a relationship and a high income) is that ‘a big part of you wants just to be average’. He suggests our desire to ‘fit in’ is at fault here: fitting in with the ordinary, inadequate majority is in fact a path to ‘failure’.

There is a tendency in this area of writing to blur the boundary between smart thinking and success and this book certainly falls into that category. Seip gives the reader a pep talk about how easy it is to be successful. 

You just need to learn the fundamental elements and make them into habits if you want to rise above the unwashed herd. He recommends the reader should seek out people who have succeeded in the same area they would like to succeed in and learn to think the way that they do. 

Trying to acquire the same thought patterns and habits can help your own quest. So far, so ‘positive thinking’: we have a reticular activating system (RAS) in our brain, which allows us to focus while filtering out the things we want to ignore. Visualisations can help with this, as the ‘more clearly you can picture the results you want, the more likely you are to deliver the performance that produces those results.’

The book also has some very practical advice on ways of improving your memory using filing systems and mental tricks. The key here is organising your memories. The organising system of the brain is referred to as the ‘mental file folder system’, or ‘file image glue’ (FIG for short). The glue is the element that makes a memory file stick and the best way to do this is by using images that carry an emotional charge or a cue for an activity.

In essence, if you want to remember a shopping list of oranges, pilchards, and cupcakes, then remember a time when cupcakes made you happy while imagining squeezing an orange under your armpit while bathing in pilchards. OK, it doesn’t have to be that vile, but you get the idea.

There’s an interesting chapter on why you ‘read like a sixth-grader’ and how to improve your reading. He points out that an inability to focus on what you are reading means your brain isn’t being stimulated enough and you should read faster to combat this, absorbing more information in less time. He provides some useful tools for warming up the brain (supplemented by further exercises that are accessible online).

It’s not all happy-clappy. And there are also some images which are at times quite funny: for instance, who couldn’t love a Venn diagram with two circles, a large one labelled ‘where the magic happens’ and a much smaller, entirely separate one – ‘your comfort zone’. 

However, there are better books out there on the most important areas, such as memory and information absorption, and the gee-whizz tone of the book may be enough to put many readers off.

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