What follows is the one pager 0f the Meta-Learning chapter of Tim Ferriss Four Hour Chef (the first part of CaFE is one-paging whatever you’re learning).
It’s forming the foundation of my Mindset & Skill Acquisition Method, and I’ll be putting it to the test in the next few months with an experiment to learn surfing (which I'll be updating about on eddyazar.com).
You can get the full chapter and method notes here.
“It is possible to become worldclass in just about anything in six months or less. Armed with the right framework, you can seemingly perform miracles” – Tim Ferriss
“Students are subordinate to materials…Material beats method.” – Tim Ferriss
“When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.” – Alice Waters, founder of Chef Panissee
Break the skill down into bite-sized pieces & identify all failure points and all fundamental principles.
Find and interview the pros (especially the unconventional pros) in the field, and find out what they do in common, what trips beginners up, how they would teach you, their fav learning resources, other unconventional pros, etc.
“Do as little as possible, not as much as possible” – Henk Kraaijenhof
“Simple works. Complex fails.” – Tim Ferriss
Find the MED (Minimum Effective Dose) you need to learn this skill. What teaches overall principles well? What micro-skills are used throughout the skill?
MED = “The lowest volume, the lowest frequency, the fewest changes that get us to our desired result is what I label the minimal effective dose (MED)”
“How do you cut time without cutting corners?” – Tim Ferriss
What is the best order in which to learn? How can you avoid all the tripping points and learn all the fundamental principles and micro-skills? How can you make sure you’ll stick with it?
What rewards or punishments can you put in place that will ensure you will follow through? People counting on you? Money on the line?
“The word decision, closely related to incision, derives from the meaning ‘a cutting off’. Making effective decisions – and learning effectively – requires massive elimination and the removal of options.” – Tim Ferriss
Fit the entire skill on one page.
When & how often should you practice? What is the ideal schedule that you’ll stick to?
Use Mnemonics and memory techniques to remember things.
You can get all 5 pages of my notes on this chapter, and on DiSSS and CaFE, here. (’tis free)
Good luck with the surfing!
It's something I've always wanted to get better at myself.