Smash Fear, Learn Anything


TED Talk by Tim Ferriss

Pre-Listening Questions


first principles (noun phrase)
deconstruct s/th (regular verb)
false construct (noun phrase)
demoralized (ed / ing adj.)
hieroglyphics (note the difference in meaning between English and Russian)
determining factor (noun phrase)
effective vs. efficient
implicit vs. explicit
Parkinson’s Law

Main Activity

Watch the TED Talk to get the gist of the three main points that Ferriss makes about learning a new skill.

What is meant by these concepts?


  1. How can these ideas be applied to education, learning a new skill or work-related training?
  2. In what domains would these principles not apply?