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Informative, Though Short
on January 29, 2014
I've been a Tim Ferriss fan for a long time now. I own all three of his books, and have been a reader of his website for the same duration. Recently I was reading the "Meta-Learning" portion of the Four Hour Chef, taking notes to try and build this style of learning into my own life. That section is incredible, and when I caught glimpse of "The Tim Ferriss Experiment", I thought this could be a great practical learning experience to apply these methods.
The show is cool, for certain. I find Tim to be a very likeable and thoughtful guy. The amount of crap the guy gets for being a hack I think is from people who, from the outset, are looking to be disagreeable anyways. The show is 20 minutes, very fast-paced, and goes right to the point. This, I think, is unfortunately a detriment to the show. Tim spends a week learning drums to play a gig with the band Foreigner (ep 1). And for the amount of compressed work he certainly had to do for the endeavor, I don't think the show highlighted it enough to be reflective of the process. My first suggestion would be to lengthen the show to 40 minutes to give a good, in-depth reveal, to give the audience a chance to connect to the triumphs and tribulations.
A great thing about the show is that Tim is just like the rest of us – he makes mistakes, he has a learning curve like anyone else, and the process isn't this highly precise road map. I think when folks criticize Tim's material, it's because of his achievements that he displays. The written material makes him sound infallible, and the show makes him more personable, human, and relate-able. This I dig.
All in all, I think it's worth splurging on at least one episode. For my purposes – which was to have an actual teacher demonstrate his principles for meta-learning – it really did exactly that. It gave me a human, non-theoretical example of how to put this information to practice.