Monthly Archives: April 2015

Tim Ferriss on accelerated learning, peak performance and living the good life

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Three time bestselling author and human guinea pig Tim Ferriss discusses how to become top 5% in the world with a new skill in just 6-12 months. Scott and Tim debunk the 10,000 hour rule, discuss general principles for accelerated skill acquisition, consider what it means to live the good life and take a sneak peak at Tim’s new show The Tim Ferris Experiment.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • How super human results only require the right set of questions and a better toolkit
  • How an intelligent approach can cut skill acquisition down from years to months
  • Determining the right person to emulate when learning new skills
  • Questioning assumptions and practices that are taken for granted as “the best”
  • The importance of considering outliers
  • Using “micro” exercises to teach powerful “macro” principles
  • Some common mindset blocks that keep people from optimal skill development
  • Tim’s exercises to keep things in perspective and improve well-being
  • Tony Robbins’ advice to Tim about noticing the small things
  • Balancing appreciation vs. ambition
  • Tim’s philosophy of what it means to live the good life
  • Tim’s recommendations for getting started with meditation
  • Tim’s thoughts on the education system and how he’s gotten involved
 

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“Timothy Ferriss is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more). Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim’s books — The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef — have been published in 30+ languages. His popular blog http://www.fourhourblog.com has 1M+ monthly readers…” Blurb taken from Amazon.com

Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, strategy and creativity

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Best selling author Ryan Holiday discusses how Stoicism can help us transform trials into triumph. It’s a pragmatic episode, full of strategies to invert obstacles and wrest opportunity from adversity. The conversation includes invaluable advice for aspiring creatives, research affirming the Stoic approach, how great historical figures have used Stoicism and more…

In this episode you will hear about:

  • The intersections of Stoicism, creativity and positive psychological research
  • Ryan’s alternative track to success and the importance of mentorship
  • How Steve Jobs employed Stoicism
  • The importance of understanding reality objectively
  • How blessings and burdens needn’t be mutually exclusive
  • Passion vs. purpose
  • How modern psychology is affirming the truths of timeless philosophy
  • Psych research that could help creative professionals
  • The effects of meditation on creative output
  • The high ROI habits that help Ryan’s creativity
  • “Contemptuous expressions” and stripping things of the legends that encrust them
  • Scott and Ryan’s views on the importance of living as your authentic self
  • Harmonious passions
  • The importance as a writer of having something valuable to say
 

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“Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company.” –Blurb taken from Ryan’s blog

Examining standardized testing with Anya Kamenetz

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Award-winning education writer Anya Kamenetz provides practical guidance for parents looking to understand standardized testing. She and Scott roll up their sleeves and delve deep into the nature, origins, drawbacks and future of our high-stakes testing culture. The dialogue spans varying topics including broadening our educational priorities, holding schools accountable, implementing better assessments and helping children beat the system.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • How our educational culture’s myopic assessments are limiting student potential
  • Adapting a more holistic view of our students as being more than just an IQ or SAT score
  • The goals of our education and what’s missing from our current system
  • Several alternative assessment methods that present a fuller picture of ability and improvement
  • How to create a culture at home and in your community that helps children tackle these tests
  • How some parents are opting out of standardized testing entirely
  • State and federal mandates on standardized testing
  • What we can learn from Finland’s unique educational system
  • The numerous benefits of preschool
  • A broader conceptualization of intelligence
  • Who is falling through the cracks in our current score obsessed system
  • How 25%-40% of test taker’s scores are depressed by test anxiety
  • Some unique programs and schools that are doing things differently right now
 

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Anya Kamenetz is NPR’s lead digital education reporter. She’s the author of two previous books, Generation Debt and DIY U. She is a former senior writer for Fast Company, has a nationally syndicated column with Tribune Media, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN.com, Slate, Newsweek, O: The Oprah Magazine, and a wide variety of other publications. She has won two national awards from the Education Writers Association and appeared in the documentaries Generation Next, Default, and Ivory Tower. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and can be found online at AnyaKamenetz.net.” –Blurb taken from Amazon.com

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