School may suck, but easily learning what you want is awesome!
Say you want learn to become a great freestyle skier, a band-ready guitar player, or an accomplished chess player. You could take the traditional route and spend years progressing from novice to expert. Or, you could try the Tim Ferriss approach which uses a framework designed to speed your progress by concentrating on the 20% of effort that produces 80% of the desired results.
Learning languages, sports, music, almost any endeavor can accelerated with this framework.
Here are the five steps: Deconstruction, Selection, Sequencing, Stakes and Simplify
Deconstruction to find what’s essential
- Start with clear outcome in mind, then discover what specific skills are required to succeed.
- Ask a lot of hypothetical questions about the skill you’re seeking.
- What are the essential components or building blocks?
- Find the failure points: people stop at various tripping points—discover them and find work arounds.
- Identify commonalities to success.
Selection to choose only the most productive methods
- Consider only the highest return materials. The critical 20% that produces 80% of results.
- Choose your material carefully. Spend time only on most productive techniques. Good material beats novel methods.
- Use very few tools and be good them.
- Pick hard numbers to measure your progress.
The axis of Awesome learned they could play an amazing number of pop songs with only 4 chords–selecting the most essential components to learn.
Sequencing steps to optimize uptake
- Putting the essential 20% of learning components in the optimal order
- Consider the opposite of best practices. How about in reverse order? Alternate approaches.
- The worst time to learn is against a deadline (when you absolutely need the skill).
- Use small pilots to test effectiveness, and build knowledge quickly.
- Add element of accountability to motivate.
- Create clear deadlines with goals and a negative consequence to failure to inspire follow through.
- Consider a donation to an anti-charity if you don’t follow through.
- Stickk is a website designed help you create accountability.
Simplify (bonus section)
- Focus on one subject at a time.
- Have a margin of safety. Have a good measurable outcome so even if you mess up you’ll have something to show for the effort you invest.
Timm Ferriss shows you how to accelerate learning something important to you–fast!