Tim Ferriss has become an expert at learning different things at a rapid rate. He created this framework while traveling abroad and was able to become fluent in a given language in a matter of weeks. He has now expanded this to become an expert in many different skills, trades and subjects. Here are a few of the principles he uses that can help any of us become a more rapid learner:
Start with DSSS
- Deconstruction: What are minimal learnable units?
- Selection: Which 20% should I focus on for 80% of the outcome I want?
- Sequencing: In what order should I learn the blocks?
- Stakes: How do I set up real consequences to ensure I follow the program?
- Compression: Can I collapse the most important 20% into a one pager?
- Frequency: How frequently should I practice, my training schedule.
- Encoding: How do I anchor to material I already know for rapid recall.
Then, create a list of the best people to interview, reach out with a compelling offer and then ask a list of strategic questions such as:
- Who is good at this that shouldn't be?
- Who are the most impressive lesser known or unorthodox teachers?
- What makes you different?
- Who trained you or influenced you?
- Have you trained others and have they replicated your results?
- What are the biggest mistakes and myths that you see?
- What are the biggest wastes of time?
- What are your favorite books or instructional tools if someone had to teach themselves?
- What mistakes do novices make?
- What mistakes do pros make?
- What are your key principles for better more consistent performance?
- What does the progression of training exercises look like?
Tim's final question is the most powerful. "If you were to train me for 4 weeks for a competition and had a million dollars on the line, what would that training look like?" Adopt these principles and approach rapid learning like you have 4 weeks and a million dollars on the line. I bet you will surprise yourself.