MarketLife Ep 24 – Using memory pegs to remember anything and everything

This episode picks up where we left off last week, and I share a technique for learning remembering anything you want to learn with nearly perfect recall. One thing is important: I go through an exercise in this episode in which I work through a list of words, associating images with the (French) genders for the (English) words. Yes, this is a contrived exercise, but the point here is that you do the visualization with me–actively. Take the time to do it, and to engage your brain in the exercise, and then spend some time this week applying this concept to anything you need to remember.

This is only a tool, but it is a powerful tool. You have to do the work to hone it and own it. If you do, I can promise you will amaze yourself.

Here are the show notes:


  • The ways we were taught to learn might not be the best. Better ways respect how the brain works.
  • Best ways focus on connections between ideas. “Neurons that fire together wire together”
  • What is most memorable?
    • Stories, drama, humor, sex.
    • Use these!

One of the right tools:

  • Memory pegs:
    • Vivid images or stories that go with each concept
    • All senses, not just “visualization”
    • Exaggerate
    • Create motion and/or life
    • Silly is good.
  • Example: learning genders for words in a foreign language
    • French: masculine & feminine (fire/explosion & freezing/disintegrating)
    • Sample word list (pay attention and stay engaged! Do the exercise with me.)
  • Pegs for other ideas
    • Apply this idea to anything you need to remember.
    • If you want an isolated exercise this link will take you to a random Wikipedia article

Next week:

  • Objections and concerns
  • Spaced repetition system

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Adam Grimes has over two decades of experience in the industry as a trader, analyst and system developer. The author of a best-selling trading book, he has traded for his own account, for a top prop firm, and spent several years at the New York Mercantile Exchange. He focuses on the intersection of quantitative analysis and discretionary trading, and has a talent for teaching and helping traders find their own way in the market.