Magazine article Success

Memory Champ: Ron White Takes the Title

Magazine article Success

Memory Champ: Ron White Takes the Title

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One thing you will never hear Ron White ask is, "What did you say your name was again?" Recounting names of rooms full of people is all in a day's work for White, who teaches others how to master memory skills, too.

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Recently, after a year of preparation, White won the 2009 USA Memory Championship in New York, capturing the title by memorizing a 167-digit number in five minutes, recalling random details about strangers, and memorizing the order of a deck of cards in less than one minute, 30 seconds.

HE MADE A COMMITMENT.

After coming in fourth place in the competition last year, he decided to raise his game. "I set out on the most intense and most focused training schedule of my entire life. These goals were huge for me," White says.

HE WROTE DOWN HIS GOALS.

1. Memorize a deck of cards in less than one minute, 30 seconds. 2. Memorize a 167-digit number in five minutes. 3. Win the national championship.

HE ENLISTED THE HELP OF A MENTOR.

A reservist who served in Afghanistan in 2007, White found a mentor in U.S. Navy Seal T.C, Cummings. "I asked him to coach me for one hour a week via telephone in the 10 weeks prior to the tournament. I wanted to have the confidence, discipline and winning attitude of a Navy Seal," White says. One of the best strategies he learned was to make his training tougher than the actual competition, so when the tournament arrived, it would be easier.

"In 2008, I saw many people were distracted by the media or people moving in the room. …

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