This book takes some simple ideas and wraps them in numerous irrelevant examples. It promises great results but fails to deliver. It is verbose, boring and never really gets to the point.
I've loved some of Josh's other books, but this was just awful. Very boring. Pretty much covers the same material multiple times in multiple ways
This is the second book that I've listened to from Josh Kaufman. First I read The Personal MBA and was extremely satisfied with what I learned. Now l'm even more satisfied with listening to his experiences on learning how to acquire a rather difficult set of skills. In a short time period, or how ever long it takes you to make time. One of the best repeating themes I love from here is, "You can't find time, you make it." Great audiobook
Maybe normal people need the emotional boost to get out and learn. But the whole book is a paragraph of content on learning strategies. Nothing new, just analyze the skill, build a strategy, execute. That's is. The rest are cool facts about yoga, go, wind surfing, ukulele, and typing.
For the sake of the brevity that this book promotes I will say that " this book is Josh Kaughman's TED Talk except far less charming plus seven hours of material that adds nothing to the message"
The first part of the book where Kaufman talks about the principles of skill acquisition is the core of this book. After that, the chapters on his personal skill acquisition provides good examples of how it can be done, but it is not necessary to listen to them all. Kaufmann does an excellent job in narrating his own book with clear diction and a calm voice which makes it easily possible to listen to this book in double speed.
The theme of this book can be summed up by the title. If you want to learn anything, spend 20 hours doing it. While it does not contain a lot of new information, it is very well presented and a helpful motivator. Now he needs to write a book "How to Get to the Gym".