Tim Ferriss, best known as the author of â€œThe 4-Hour Workweek,â€ has built a career around dissecting the techniques of the worldâ€™s elite performers and packaging them in a way anyone can use.
Heâ€™s worked with experts to learn Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu, how to race a rally car, and how to become conversational in a language in just three months.
The skill heâ€™s most proud of learning, however, is long-distance swimming, Ferriss tells Business Insider.
In 2008, at the age of 31, he not onlyÂ overcame a lifelong fear of drowning, but became a practiced swimmer.
With the right teacher, in about a week he went from not being able to swim to swimming 40 laps at a time. A few months later, he could swim a mile in open water.
He says the experience was â€œmind-blowingâ€ and changed his perspective on how skills could be learned. It forced him to ask himself, â€œIf I thought this was impossible, what other things do I think are impossible that are completely achievable?â€
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