[Rerun] Tim Ferriss on Accelerated Learning, Peak Performance and Living the Good Life

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 22, 2019

Three time bestselling author and human guinea pig Tim Ferriss discusses how to become top 5% in the world with a new skill in just 6-12 months. Scott and Tim debunk the 10,000 hour rule, discuss general principles for accelerated skill acquisition, and consider what it means to live the good life.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • How super human results only require the right set of questions and a better toolkit
  • How an intelligent approach can cut skill acquisition down from years to months
  • Determining the right person to emulate when learning new skills
  • Questioning assumptions and practices that are taken for granted as “the best”
  • The importance of considering outliers
  • Using “micro” exercises to teach powerful “macro” principles
  • Some common mindset blocks that keep people from optimal skill development
  • Tim’s exercises to keep things in perspective and improve well-being
  • Tony Robbins’ advice to Tim about noticing the small things
  • Balancing appreciation vs. ambition
  • Tim’s philosophy of what it means to live the good life
  • Tim’s recommendations for getting started with meditation
  • Tim’s thoughts on the education system and how he’s gotten involved

“Timothy Ferriss is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more). Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim’s books — The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef — have been published in 30+ languages. His popular blog http://www.fourhourblog.com has 1M+ monthly readers…” Blurb taken from Amazon.com


2 Responses to “[Rerun] Tim Ferriss on Accelerated Learning, Peak Performance and Living the Good Life”

  1. Virginia Carrillo says:

    I recently started listening to your podcasts and I love them! As an educator in the public school system for the last 23 years, listening to your conversations about the latest research on the mind, brain, behavior, and creativity is absolutely inspiring. For the last few years I have been working on trying to opening a charter school in Orange County, California. Our goal is to open an innovative K-6 school to help support the whole child and where all students will love learning in a community with large numbers of disadvantaged families, many who have not even graduated from high school. We are so excited about new, research-based methods of instruction however, as you know, the educational system is all about politics. Currently, there is an anti-charter movement being heavily bankrolled by the unions and new government regulations that will make opening new charter schools difficult, if not impossible, in California. We are a small, yet passionate organization fighting to make a change in education and the system is doing everything possible to wear us down. I would love to network with like-minded individuals and researchers who could help provide feedback regarding our educational plan and also help to support what we are trying to do.

  2. Hello – My name is Maryellen Dance and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rochester, NY. I own a private practice and recently have hired 1099 contracted therapists to work in the practice. I also have experience with speaking engagements and consultation work. I really enjoy your podcast and insights. I would love to have the opportunity to apply to be a guest on your podcast.
    I look forward to hearing from you!
    Best,
    Maryellen

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