A How-To Guide: Accelerated Learning for Accelerated Times

A How-To Guide: Accelerated Learning for Accelerated Times

Tim Ferriss, one of my favorite authors and speakers, shares how to master any skill by deconstructing it.

Tim FerrissFor those how haven´t read “4-Hour-Workweek”: Give it a shot! This book definitely overdoes some things, but there are absolutely great (!) advices, stories and best practises to be more efficient and effective with some simple rules and tools.

His recent book is “4-Hour-Chef” which is not only about cooking. It´s about deconstructing complexe procedures and learning them way faster than with traditional methods and ways of learning.

There is a clip on youtube: Ferriss shares his ideas in a 24 minutes talk and gives examples about: Efficient ways of training, swimming, cooking, learning a language and so on …

Ferriss says when he was doing research for his recent book, he traveled the world, talked to the best in their branches and figured out which are the best ways to learn a special skill.

24 minutes worth watching:

In his clip he talks about DiSSS:

DiSSS is an acronym. The recipe for learning any skill is encapsulated in it.

Ferriss´ advice to remember it regarding to his book:

How to remember it: Ah, the 1980s cultural contribution to modern English: diss. Just remember diss with an extra s: DiSSS. If you’re a gamer and know PS3 (PlayStation 3), just think of DS3.

Here’s the sequence:


  • What are the minimal learnable units, the Lego blocks, I should be starting with?


  • Which 20% of the blocks should I focus on for 80% or more of the outcomes i want? Ferriss´ points out in each of his books and his speech above that for example in language you only need 1200-2000 words and a basis in grammer to be fluent in a specific language. He selected only 12 different sentences and a selection of words and was able to be fluent in several languages.


  • In what order should I learn the blocks?


  • How do I set up stakes, creat real consequences, and guarantee I follow the program?


I think the language method and idea is the easiest to get his point. And it´s above all a great method to learn a new language. Using his 12 basic sentences combined with a set of basic vocabulary accelerates learning a new language a lot.

He describes in his book how to use DiSSS in great details and a lot of examples. I´ve got some more information about this topic. Just send me a message if you are interested – I´ll post an article about his language learning method soon.

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