Two Frictionless Mastery products:

1. A full-length book describing my original methods, mindsets, and models, with stories, anecdotes, and thought-provoking ideas. expected publication date: March 2017. Sign up for notifications and to get on my mailing list (no spam, I promise).

2. A concise instruction manual telling you exactly how to apply the method. — available in print and electronic form as of December 2016

How should you choose between the book and the instruction manual? Or should you get both? Here's how the products compare:


Expected publication date: March 2017

(both print and e-Book)
TIME TO READ5-6 hours1 hour
SIZERegular-sized, 200+ page bookThin booklet; hardly takes up any space in your suitcase, backpack, or pocket
CONTENT Contains everything that is in the instruction manual, but information is more spread out and arranged differently. The book gradually builds a case for frictionless mastery. It shares stories, general principles, and specific recommendations along the way. There is also discussion of how frictionless learning applies to any type of skill acquisition or lasting personal change. An action and understanding checklist is given at the end.Makes it extremely clear what you need to do, but provides almost no argumentation. Brief explanations are given for only the most important principles. The manual has no stories or entertainment value. Language is direct and concise, i.e. "do this," "don't do that."

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May 1, 2016

I'm still finishing up the text of the instruction manual. I have no idea how many times I've combed through the text changing a phrase here and a phrase there or moving bits of information from one paragraph to another. Every sentence must be eminently concise and understandable. I made the fateful executive decision to divide the first step of the Frictionless Mastery algorithm into two separate steps, which will require me to go through the book and this site carefully changing "Step 4" to "Step 5," "seven-step" to "eight-step," etc. The algorithm is a bit more elegant now with the first step divided into two. It makes it a bit easier to follow. I am currently taking a "working holiday" with the intention to completely finish the text of the instruction manual by May 3. We'll see...

May 16, 2016

The text of the second draft of the instruction manual is finished! Now sending to a few people to review. After that I'll need to get the cover design done. I have an illustration in mind but cannot easily draw it myself.

June 26, 2016

I've been busy in June with interpreting gigs and travel. I have a designer working on my book cover, and I have feedback on the manual that I need to get through. We'll see what I can get done over the next 10 days before another work and travel phase begins.

July 22, 2016

Last-stage proofreading underway. Old cover design scrapped, new one created. Publishing option identified, pricing and other decisions made. Russian version underway. We're getting very close to completion!

August 12, 2016

Post-proofread edits made, large and small. Cover design mostly finished. Text formatting underway. I am determined to get the English manual out by the end of August!

October 3, 2016

Text finalized!! But my designer has disappeared. I'm outsourcing the task at

October 18, 2016

I've now got a cover design that I'm very pleased with, and I've incorporated the logo into this website. I'll be printing 100 copies of the instruction manual this week, and soon thereafter the manual will appear on Amazon as an e-Book and for print.

November 7, 2016

I've sold a bunch of copies of my instruction manual in Tbilisi and at the 2016 Polyglot Conference in Greece and am now working on getting it on Amazon ASAP.

December 1, 2016

Instruction Manual in e-Book form now pending approval on Amazon. I desperately want to get the paper version out in time for Christmas :)

December 14, 2016

Instruction Manual now available for purchase just in time for Christmas and New Year! :)
(c) 2016-2017 Richard DeLong.