What happens if you do the right things in the wrong order?

In his upcoming book, Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferriss highlights how proper sequencing enables you to be more effective:

I spent weeks testing the order of questions for optimal responses. To me, proper sequencing is the secret sauce, whether you’re trying to learn a new language in 8 to 12 weeks, overcome a lifelong fear of swimming, or pick the brain of a potential mentor over coffee. Good questions in the wrong order get bad responses. Conversely, you can punch well above your weight class by thinking about sequencing, as most people don’t.

Proper sequencing is attained through testing the order in which you do things, then measuring any changes in results. In this example, Ferriss is talking about sequencing interview questions.

To apply this principle in my life, I want to outline steps (the right things) that build toward an ideal future state1, take a best guess at sequencing these steps, then test how the order of these steps affects outcomes.


  1. This does not have to be a specific goal; it can be an intention with a direction.