Use Tim Ferriss's Four-Step Process To Master New Skills

You're probably familiar with Tim Ferriss by now -- the best-selling author and human guinea pig who will do just about anything to make life more efficient and achieve his goals. Ferriss has spoken with Business Insider about how he learns new skills.

Let's say Tim wants to learn a martial art. He would first deconstruct the art down into the minimum learnable units, the building blocks that make up the overall discipline he wishes to learn. Next he will utilise the 80/20 rule to select which blocks make up the 20 per cent of subject matter that will take him 80 per cent of the way to competency.

He must then sequence in which order to learn those blocks and finally setup stakes to create consequences, make sure he follows the program, and tests his growing facility. Perhaps in this case it would be entering a martial arts tournament.

Ferriss also points out that it is important to track your data so you can figure out points of failure and measure your progress. This broad overview of skill acquisition can apply to nearly any subject.

The 4-Step Process for Mastering Any Skill [Business Insider]


    As someone who's done martial arts for about the last 15 years, you would have to be a master before you could even begin breaking it down into it's component parts.

    Because to break something down like that, you need to understand it 100%, a process in itself that takes years.

    A better way would be just to get 1on 1 lessons from someone who's mastered the art AND is a good teacher.

    I know you were just trying to make a general example, sorry for jumping on you.

    I'd suggest to you that it didn't take Tim 15 years to break down the skill to's all about the method and trying to reduce or find the Minimum Effective Dose (MED) of a skill which allows you to learn on steroids.

    Is he cooking with a lightsaber???

    It's not a formuila for "Mastering" anything, it's a formula for half-arseing things. i.e. quickly getting to a basic pass. Mastery of anything is about moving from that basic level to the top and takes dedication and practice.

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