Tim Ferriss: 2 methods to learn new skills fast and become ultra-productive

How Mark learned SEO quickly and efficiently by using Tim Ferriss’ method

Mark had been appointed as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of a new startup company. His role was to oversee the development of the company’s website and mobile app. However, he realized that the company also needed to focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to gain more visibility online.

Knowing that he needed to learn SEO quickly, Mark decided to use the DISSS method. He started by breaking down SEO into its component parts, which included keyword research, on-page optimization, link building, and analytics. He then identified the most important sub-skills that would give him the 80% of the desired results, such as keyword research and on-page optimization.

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Next, Mark sequenced his learning by determining the most effective order for learning each sub-skill. He realized that he needed to master keyword research before moving on to on-page optimization. So he started by researching the most relevant keywords for the company’s niche and industry.

To create stakes for himself, Mark set a goal to increase the company’s website traffic by 50% within the next three months. He created consequences for himself by rewarding himself with a weekend getaway if he achieved his goal and punishing himself by donating money to charity if he failed to meet it.

Finally, to speed up his learning, Mark found an expert SEO coach who could guide him through the process. He also used online resources and tools to enhance his learning, such as online courses, forums, and SEO plugins for his browser.

Within three months, Mark had achieved his goal of increasing website traffic by 50%. The company was now ranking higher on search engines, and they were receiving more leads and conversions. Mark’s use of the DISSS method helped him learn SEO quickly and efficiently, which resulted in tangible results for the company.

Tim Ferriss’ method for learning fast: the DiSSS method

The DISSS method is a learning framework created by Tim Ferriss. It stands for “Deconstruction, Selection, Sequencing, Stakes, and Speed.”

Here is a brief overview of each step in the DISSS method:

  • Deconstruction: Break down the skill you want to learn into its component parts. Identify the most important sub-skills that make up the overall skill.
  • Selection: Identify the 20% of sub-skills that will give you 80% of the desired results. Focus your learning efforts on these sub-skills.
  • Sequencing: Determine the most effective order for learning each sub-skill. Some sub-skills may need to be learned before others.
  • Stakes: Create consequences for yourself if you fail to learn the skill. This can include rewards for achieving milestones or punishments for failing to meet them.
  • Speed: Use a variety of methods to accelerate your learning. This can include finding expert coaches, using technology to enhance learning, and immersing yourself in the skill.

Tim Ferriss’ DISSS method is designed to help you learn quickly and efficiently. By breaking down the skill into its component parts, focusing on the most important sub-skills, and creating consequences for yourself, you can accelerate your learning and achieve your goals faster.

How Sarah wrote a pitch deck for a potential investor in 3 hours instead of 3 days by following Tim’s unique method of increased productivity

As the marketing manager of a growing startup, Sarah always had a million things to do. Between brainstorming new campaigns, managing social media, and analyzing data, it often felt like she was juggling too many tasks at once.

But one day, while reading Tim Ferriss’ blog, she came across the CaFE Method and decided to give it a try.

The next morning, Sarah arrived at her favourite coffee place with her laptop and a to-do list. She chose the most pressing task on her list – creating a pitch deck for a potential investor – and set her timer for 30 minutes.

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For the next half-hour, Sarah worked diligently on her pitch deck, ignoring her phone and email notifications. She was amazed at how much she accomplished in just 30 minutes without any distractions.

When her timer went off, Sarah took a 10-minute break to grab a cup of coffee and stretch her legs. She reflected on her progress and was pleased with what she had accomplished in such a short amount of time.

Feeling recharged, Sarah set her timer for another 30-minute block and continued to work on her pitch deck. She repeated this process several times throughout the morning, taking breaks to recharge and refocus between each block.

By the end of the morning, Sarah had completed her pitch deck and even had time to start on another task. She felt productive, focused, and energized, ready to take on the rest of the day.

Over the next few weeks, Sarah continued to use the CaFE Method to tackle her to-do list. She found that breaking her work into manageable chunks helped her to stay focused and avoid distractions. And taking frequent breaks enabled her to avoid burnout and stay motivated throughout the day.

Thanks to the CaFE Method, Sarah could accomplish more in less time, while also reducing her stress and increasing her job satisfaction. She couldn’t believe she hadn’t tried it sooner!

Tim Ferriss’ method for high productivity: the CaFE method

The CaFE Method is a productivity technique created by Tim Ferriss. It is designed to help professionals become more productive and focused by breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces.

The method is based on the idea that most people waste a lot of time and energy trying to do everything at once, which can lead to overwhelm and burnout. Instead, the CaFE Method encourages people to focus on one task at a time, using a timer to break the work into 30-minute blocks.

The basic steps of the CaFE Method are as follows:

  1. Choose a task that you need to complete.
  2. Find a quiet place to work, like a café or library.
  3. Set a timer for 30 minutes.
  4. Work on the task for 30 minutes without any distractions or interruptions.
  5. Take a 10-minute break after each 30-minute block.
  6. Repeat the process until you have completed the task.

The CaFE Method is designed to help people stay focused and avoid distractions, while also giving them frequent breaks to rest and recharge. This can help people be more productive and efficient in their work, while also reducing stress and burnout.

BRAND MINDS 2023 participants had the wonderful opportunity to see Tim Ferriss live, on stage, sharing his most actionable insights and recommendations on top performance.

Tim Ferriss, host of the #1 business podcast has joined BRAND MINDS

We are overjoyed to announce that Tim Ferriss, Bestselling Business Author and podcast host extraordinaire of The Tim Ferriss Show is speaking at BRAND MINDS 2023!

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Tim’s podcast deconstructs world-class performers by interviewing famous expert guests. 

He interviewed +500 top performers on daily disciplines and performance frameworks, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arianna Huffington, Mark Zuckerberg, Tony Robbins, Ray Dalio, Peter Thiel, James Clear and Brené Brown.


  • #1 in the ‘BEST OF’ Apple Podcast list for the past 3 years 
  • +10,000 5-star reviews
  • +900 million downloads


Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers is a treasure trove of information and insights from some of the most successful people and high-profile celebrities in the world. 

It is also an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve their performance and achieve their goals.

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Tim’s blog is one of Inc. Magazine’s “19 Blogs You Should Bookmark Right Now“, and it has been ranked #1 on the Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs list, based on Google PageRank, Alexa traffic ranking, Bing results, PostRank, and more.


The valuable insights he shares on business, personal & professional development provide inspiration to millions of people that follow him on social media.

Tim’s Twitter account was selected by Mashable as one of the “5 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Entrepreneurs,” a list including Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Marissa Mayer, and Jack Dorsey.


Tim has been invited to speak at Google, MIT, Harvard Business School, Nike, Facebook, and Microsoft sharing the stage with top-tier leaders like Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board of Google, and Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of Amazon.


An early-stage technology investor and advisor, Tim Ferriss has an impressive portfolio that includes companies such as Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, and over 50 others. 

His achievements have been recognized by Fast Company, who named him one of their ‘Most Innovative Business People,’ and Fortune, who included him in their ’40 under 40 list.


Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets—including The New York Times, The Economist, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and CBS. 

Between 2003-2013 he was a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University where he discussed entrepreneurship as a tool for world change and ideal lifestyle design.


  • Finance and Entrepreneurship advisor at Singularity University at NASA Ames, co-founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil
  • First American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in tango
  • Speaker of 5 languages
  • National Chinese kickboxing champion
  • Horseback archer (yabusame) in Nikko, Japan


Your team will learn:

  • 5 key strategies on how to develop a growth mindset;
  • What successful people do in the first 60 minutes of each morning;
  • Actionable strategies and unique insights for professional & personal development;
  • The best tools and tactics on how to increase performance & productivity.


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Every year BRAND MINDS is uniting outstanding business thinkers & world-class bestselling authors with +7000 attendees from over 80 countries in an amazing 2-DAY business conference.

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20 Must Read Books For Entrepreneurs in 2018 – Part II

11. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

12. Start Your Own Business, Sixth Edition: The Only Startup Book You’ll Ever Need by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media

Tapping into more than 33 years of small business expertise, the staff at Entrepreneur Media takes today’s entrepreneurs beyond opening their doors and through the first three years of ownership. This revised edition features amended chapters on choosing a business, adding partners, getting funded, and managing the business structure and employees, and also includes help understanding the latest tax and healthcare reform information and legalities.

13. The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth about Starting and Building Your Own Business by Ed ”Skip” McLaughlin

The book eliminates the mystery of becoming an entrepreneur. You will learn: why distinctive competence trumps passion,where and when to get funding without losing control, how to build an entrepreneurial brand that lasts, why profit should be factored into every business decision, how ethical behavior breeds trust and unlocks profit. As a bonus, The Purpose Is Profit includes two manuals: The Startup Roadmap details the 21 steps you should take to build a profitable business. The Startup Funding Guide delivers the tools you need to fund your business.  

14. $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies.  In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.
In the book he wrote are the most valuable lessons from those who’ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment.  It’s all about finding the intersection between your “expertise” – even if you don’t consider it such — and what other people will pay for.

15. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

The book presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

16. The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman

17. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

18. Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

This new book chronicles brand new lessons, strategies, tactics, advice and inspiration pulled straight from both his own amplified business experience and that of dozens of other influencers and entrepreneurs from around the world. Vaynerchuk offers fresh tactical advice on how to become a household brand on social channels like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat; podcast platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, and iTunes; and other emerging platforms like Musical.ly.

If you’re looking to build a brand that can grow your business, this is a must-read business book for the year. And though it’s a guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, remember that it’s not about getting rich. It’s about living life on your own terms, wrote ryrob.com.

19. The Startup Hero’s Pledge by Tim Draper


Startup Heroes are the ones that drive progress, and whether you bring us to another planet or make your neighborhood a nicer, happier place, you can become a Startup Hero. This book is the first step. It helps you take that first step. The step will be different for everyone. It might be to call that customer. It might be to draw up a design concept. It might be to talk to your boss. With this book, I hope to guide people to think big, drive change and go full speed ahead. I am giving them a pledge to do their work for good, and I am giving them some of the tools they need to accomplish their goals. – Tim Draper

20. Rework by Jason Fried

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, etc. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses.

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