How would Tim Ferris deconstruct Japanese

Meconomy: Deconstructed knowledge

Learn Japanese in just a few weeks? Are you a beginner dancing tango and winning prizes? Tim Ferriss, author of the bestseller "The 4-Hour Week", has been practicing a technique for some time that he calls "Effortless Skill Acquisition" - the effortless acquisition of new skills. He picks up areas where he is bad or which he wants to dominate. He deconstructs the current teaching methods, looks for implicit rules that do not appear in the explicit instructions, and thus apparently manages to learn things within a very short time that others would need years to learn.

Sure Ferriss likes it to be given properly. But his claims have a rational, pragmatic, and analytical core. He wants to be able to do things, many and difficult things at that. So he finds unconventional ways in which to achieve these goals. And he shares the practical tips and systematic insights he comes across with the whole world via blog, internet videos and Twitter. His readers add their own tips and comments to the techniques. This creates a worldwide network of tips that is constantly being developed by many users.

Does he suffer from overconfidence? Clear. But this hubris arises from an assumption that plays a central role in meconomy: Specialists will have an increasingly difficult time in a world in which knowledge is becoming obsolete faster and faster. Perfection is not necessary, and striving for it is sometimes a hindrance.

In a world full of dogmatic specialists, it is the generalists who set the tone. Is the CEO a better accountant than the CFO? Was Apple CEO Steve Jobs a better programmer than the head of development? No, but both have many different skills and see the hidden connections between the departments. The generalists, who see the big picture, innovate and make the decisions. Ferriss: "There is a reason why 'generals' are called that in the military."

He himself is natural the best example of this setting. With his first book he presented himself as an expert in new working methods. With the money from the enormous sales figures, he has made a name for himself as an investor in technology start-ups. In between he discovered a passion for expensive teas. His new book does not deal with any of these topics: It is about how you can catapult your body to new levels of performance with innovative training methods and unconventional nutrition tips.

Markus Albers is a publicist. Most recently his book "Meconomy" was published.