Put simply, they learn how to learn… as efficiently as possible. And learning freak Tim Ferriss has a formula for doing exactly that. Just remember DS3: deconstruction, selection, sequencing, stakes. Which looks like this.
Take whatever big, complex business skill you’d like to learn and make it small and simple. How? By identifying the must-know. And the easiest way to do that is to ask an expert. Like, I could teach you blogging best practices – principles that took me years of trial and error to learn – in one short email. There’s no better shortcut for figuring out what matters most.
Now apply the 80/20 rule. Take everything the expert schooled you on and pluck out the 20% that’ll likely produce 80% of the outcome you’re after. All you’re doing is digging for the greatest “learning levers.”
Once you’ve decided on your 20%, determine the smartest plan of attack. What should you learn first, second, third? When in doubt, start with the least overwhelming and then progress from there.
Create consequences to hold yourself accountable. Write out what happens – that would suck – if you don’t follow-through and learn the skill you set out to learn. As one example, Ferriss says you could donate money to an “anti-charity” – a cause that makes your skin crawl. If you’re drawing a blank, here’s a few more, on the house: drink cheap vodka; listen to Taylor Swift songs only while you work out; no Netflix. (A week should be plenty of punishment. You’re welcome.)
Apply DS3 to the following seven figure skills and you’ll be a bad mamma jamma.