The Shocking Secret Behind Your Math Blocks
By Kenneth Williams
You're smart, witty and intelligent.
You've overcome many challenges in your life.
And yet, you can't do simple math sums in your
Ever wonder why not?
In this short article, you're going to discover
the ONE reason you struggle with mental math.
And I promise you, it's NOT the reason you think
You see, it's NOT your natural math ability, or
the way you were born, or any of the other lame
explanations you've been conditioned to believe.
The real reason you're not a calculating whiz kid
is startlingly simple.
In fact it's right in front of your eyes as you
read these words now. And yet it's been hidden
from you all your life.
To understand it, you need to take a moment and
cast your mind back to your schooldays...
Imagine yourself in the math class, writing an
addition sum into your little notebook. Something
Doing what you were taught, you take your pencil
and first add up the units... (5 plus 1)
Then you add up the tens... (4 plus 3)
You do the same with the hundreds... (2 plus 6)
And finally you have your complete answer.
That's what you were taught. And that's how you do
Units... Tens... Hundreds... Thousands... etc...
Except... now there's a problem.
Because the way you were taught to do math on
paper was suicidal to your ability to do math in
Do you know why?
Because you were taught how to do math...
You were taught math back-to-front: from right-to-
Think about it. When you read a number, how do you
Take a look at this number and read it out:
What did you say to yourself when you saw it?
You probably said "One Hundred and Twenty Three".
Or "One Two Three".
Whatever you said, I'll bet you didn't say...
"Uhm, 3 units, and then 2 tens that makes twenty,
and then 1 hundreds..."
The fact is, your mind processes numbers from left
to right. (The same way you're reading these words
now.) But the "school" part of your brain is
trying to process them in the opposite direction.
Are you beginning to see why you struggle to do
calculations in your head? Quite simply...
YOUR BRAIN IS STUCK IN REVERSE GEAR!
What would happen if you were taught to drive a
car the same way you were taught to do math?
- Your neck would ache from the strain of
constantly looking over your shoulder.
- You'd never go anywhere fast. And...
- You'd be a danger to everyone else on the road!
Pretty soon you'd give up driving completely, and
settle for public transport.
Just like the day you gave up trying to calculate
in your head... and settled for a lifetime of
Want to know another shocking secret?
If you have kids in school or college, you can
guarantee their brains are stuck in reverse gear
Because the education establishment doesn't like
rapid change. It prefers the traditional "Tried &
Unfortunately, as you know, the traditional
approach doesn't always work.
(If it did, why are there an estimated two million
people suffering from 'math phobia' in the United
And that's not including the millions more who
could dramatically improve their math ability just
by changing their approach.)
Let's look at that little addition sum again:
This is easy to do from left to right:
You add 2 and 6 to get 8.
You add 4 and 3 to get 7.
And you add 5 and 1 to get 6.
The answer is 876.
Simple, isn't it?
Look, if you learn nothing else about math...
start calculating from left to right.
With just a little practice you'll "read off" the
correct answer every time.
And you'll wonder why you missed the secret of
mental math for so long.
About The Author
Kenneth Williams is creator of the popular Fun With Figures math course, responsible for helping thousands of perfectly normal kids and adults eliminate their math blocks. Find out more at: http://FunWithFigures.com.
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