It’s easy to watch Todd Sampson in the truly amazing series, "Redesign My Brain" and "Bodyhack". And it's easy to just want to focus on Todd: fit, vital, brave, intelligent. And yet I wonder if that’s all that attracts us.
What strikes me about Todd Sampson is not only his humility, although that’s impressive, in a no-false-modesty, clear, and good-humoured sort of way. The thing that really catches my attention is his willingness. It occurs to me that willingness is one of the most important qualities when we talk about personal and/or professional development, and certainly when we look at something more specific like improving your voice.
Brain plasticity is the raw material, in a sense, and for that to serve us in any way, we have to interact actively: to form something new through our own decisions. We commit to the unknown - unknown states, abilities - and a new stage of development that we can’t yet see clearly from where we are now.
Brain plasticity is also the reason you can change your voice, your presence, and your impact. Don’t doubt it.
Willingness feeds rigour, and both feed real, established change.
Todd reports that his wife’s response to watching footage of him walking the high wire was to turn to him and say ‘I hope you sorted the f*****g insurance’.