A lot of you who have been following Tynan for a while probably understand by now that Tynan loves traveling and he's also learning Japanese these days. I'm sure a lot of Tynan's readers share a common passion for travel, and I'm sure a lot of you are either studying or planning to study a foreign language.
This is a post I wrote that originally appeared as a guest post on The Polyglot Dream website. I though it might be useful to many of you, and I'd love to hear what you think about it. Enjoy!
Bob and Jack were two lumberjacks, each given an area of about 10 acres of thick, old growth forest to cut for the year. They were each paid a fixed amount of money for each tree cut, and both had the same equipment and experience in this field of work. Incentives to finish the work faster included a bonus pay for the person that could finish cutting down all 10 acres of forest first.
At the beginning of the year, in early January, Bob was motivated and full of energy, ready to cut down these trees faster than anybody else. His axe was slightly old and rusty, just as Jack’s, but it had served him well for many years. Although Bob was a lazy man, just as the average Joe, he knew his motivation could get him far. And so he began working in earnest, cutting down his first little tree in a matter of minutes. Bob liked to start with easy tasks first, build up his momentum, and keep going strong for long periods of time. It had worked fairly well for him in the past. On the first day, Bob managed to cut 10 trees, and proceeded to earn a fairly decent sum of money. Bob was, for the most part, willing to work hard when he could see immediate results.
Note: this post is primarily around the theme or language learning, but the principles laid out here can be applied to pretty much anything.
A lot of people ask about the “secret” behind learning so-and-so, or the secret behind success. They expect a detailed roadmap, step-by-step instructions, and essentially a recipe that can be copied and reproduced. If this is what you are looking for, please stop reading now.
Still here? OK. When it comes to language learning, just to serve as an example, it’s hard not to notice those outperformers who learn to speak a language from scratch in the space of a few months, or those hyperpolyglots who have learned over 10 languages, while others have been learning a language for over a decade without being able, yet, to have a normal, natural conversation with a native speaker.
I have been inspired and motivated by a lot of successful people in my life, and when it comes to language learning, it’s no exception. And after having observed several successful language learners over the past several years, I can tell with certainty that a common attribute that they share is that they like what they do.
Hello folks! This is a short post that initially appeared on my blog, lingholic. I thought it may come in handy to many of you as most of the people who read Tynan's blog and who hang around here are people who usually like getting stuff done and living a fulfilling life.
As I was writing this post, though, a question popped into my head, especially in regards to Tip #5 (Delegate/outsource whatever your can). Obviously Tynan is a pretty smart guy, but I was wondering why he's using his precious time in the way he does. I mean, he's been working with only one more person to build SETT from scratch, with apparently next to no outside help (I might be wrong on that). I can understand this reduces the (financial) costs of such a start-up, and it must give some serious sense of satisfaction to Tynan, but why not outsource at least part of the process to expert web developers and programmers? That would save Tynan a whole lot of time and allow him to work on other more productive and potentially financially rewarding things. In fact, why doesn't Tynan outsource/delegate many other things in his life (such as cleaning his RV, booking his plane tickets, etc.)? Looking forward to know the answers! In the meantime, enjoy the following 10 tips.
We would all like to get more out of life, to feel fulfilled at the end of each day, and to get more done in less time. If you answered “yes” to any of these statements, then I encourage you to pay careful attention to the 10 following simple, actionable tips. Believe me, the truth is that you are probably less busy than you think, and you are, just like me, probably not making use of your time in the most efficient way; there is always room for improvement!
So, in earnest, let’s look at the 10 tips:
Today I am graciously presenting you with 7 ways through which you can make your life miserable learning languages. The best thing is that you don’t need to follow all 7 pieces of advice to begin hating learning languages, usually only 1 or 2 will suffice.
Look up every single word you don’t know (or are unsure of) in the dictionary, and never try to understand or guess the meaning of words from context. Don’t bother just looking up words that are crucial to the general understanding of a particular text; rather, look for every definition you possibly can and make sure reading one page of a book takes at least half an hour.