The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster (#191)

“If effectiveness is doing the right things, efficiency is doing things right.” This is a special episode because it doesn’t focus on the lessons of one particular person. Instead, I explore the tips, tricks, and framework I’ve used to learn just about any skill. This is the meta-skill of meta-learning, or learning how to learn. …

How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s …

The Art of Learning: The Tool of Choice for Top Athletes, Traders, and Creatives

This post is about the third book in the Tim Ferriss Book Club, which is limited to books that have dramatically impacted my life. Enjoy! “I strongly recommend [The Art of Learning] for anyone who lives in a world of competition, whether it’s sports or business or anywhere else.” – Mark Messier, 6-Time Stanley Cup …

A How-To Guide: Accelerated Learning for Accelerated Times

The above video is a short presentation I gave at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. It covers a basic framework for mastering any skill quickly, including languages, music, dance, and more. What skill have you put off learning for longest… and why? Let me know in the comments. Perhaps I (or other readers) can …

Filling the Void: Thoughts on Learning and Karma

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. -Viktor E. Frankl, Holocaust survivor, author of Man’s Search for Meaning I believe that life exists to be enjoyed, and …

How to Ski Powder – 15 Tips for Learning in 24 Hours

Last-minute packing is an art form, and most of my trips allow me to pack less than 10 pounds for a world tour. This time, 10 pounds was just the starting point. My packing list was straight out of a James Bond movie: “Shovel?” “Helmet?!” “Avalanche kit?!?” “Tracking beacon?!?!” I was seeing it for the …

How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months

The Okano Isao judo textbook I used to learn Japanese grammar. Post reading time: 15 minutes. Language learning need not be complicated. Principles of cognitive neuroscience and time management can be applied to attain conversational fluency (here defined as 95%+ comprehension and 100% expressive abilities) in 1-3 months. Some background on my language obsession, from …

The Multitasking Virus and the End of Learning? Part 2

In this continuation from Part 1, Josh Waitzkin further explores the “multi-tasking virus” and learning. At the end of this post, he also responds to readers’ comments and elaborates on his own experience. Bio: Josh was the subject of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer and an eight-time National Chess Champion in his …

How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor)

Deconstructing Arabic in 45 Minutes Conversational Russian in 60 minutes? This post is by request. How long does it take to learn Chinese or Japanese vs. Spanish or Irish Gaelic? I would argue less than an hour. Here’s the reasoning… Before you invest (or waste) hundreds and thousands of hours on a language, you should …

The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: Tyler Cowen on Rationality, COVID-19, Talismans, and Life on the Margins (#413)

Please enjoy this transcript of my interview with Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen), a professor of economics at George Mason University with a personal moonshot to teach economics to more people than anyone else in the history of the world. In addition to his regular teaching, Tyler has blogged every day at Marginal Revolution for almost 17 …