Tim Ferris on Deconstructing Goals with "Optimal Minimalism"

Tim Ferris is a self-titled "human lab rat."

He puts himself and his mind to the test by mastering many skills, ranging from the Tango to knife skills.

Tim has developed a framework for mastering any skill that he outlines in the video.

The goal of the framework is to simplify the process of developing mastery. He uses the acronym DiSSS to name his framework for the four steps involved.

Step 1: Deconstruct the skill you're trying to learn.

Figure out what could make you fail. Then make a point of avoiding those potential failures in your first 5 learning sessions. This ensures you create habits of not doing those things.

Step 2: Select “the 20” from the 80/20 rule

Select the 20% of activities that will produce 80% of the results you need. Find the most meaningful set of information among everything that's available. Focus only on that information. This eliminates extra information that can complicate your learning process.

Step 3: Sequence

Sequence your learning. Instead of focusing on accepted best practices, immerse yourself in the skill within in a low stakes environment.

Step 4: Stakes

Add stakes. We become much more driven when there is an incentive/disincentive in place.

Tim believes the DiSSS framework allows anyone to master any skill within 6 to 12 months. The name of the game, is to focus on "removal."