Tim Ferriss on accelerated learning, peak performance and living the good life

April 27, 2015

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, consider what it means to live the good life and take a sneak peak at Tim’s new show The Tim Ferris Experiment.

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

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“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

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