Anyone who needs clear structure on how to learn something new.
I loved Josh Kaufman's the Personal MBA and was really excited for this book. After the first chapter I listened to Josh drone on about how he learned things. Big waste of time.
Say something about yourself!
I was disappointed by hearing the storys about how he used the technique to learn new skills.The book started great with tips and techniques. After that he tell about how he used it to learn new skills. But after listning to 15 different yoga position and a lot of command i will never use i got bored and didn't listen to the rest of the book.
No i still like this kind of books.
He have a great voice and you get access to some extra material on his website.
This book codifies how to obtain skills quickly and I am thrilled to have it in my hands. So many people are wasting money trying to get an up-to-date skillset for this job market. Josh breaks this task down to easy-to-follow sub-tasks, allowing the learner a clear path to obtain tasks needed to make that person competitive in the job market.
This book is a game-changer and puts a path for skill acquisition within the reach of everyone. We have already given copies of this book to many friends and family members and will continue to do so.
in the top 10
Your Brain At Work because of the logic to discern the patterns of knowledge transfer
concise and thorough
the 1st 20 practices
enthusiastic author/narrator. concepts presented appear logical and sound.
the author has a great deal of enthusiasm and sounds authoritative
acquiring skills without necessarily needing to become an expert.... deciding how much I want to learn about a subject and not becoming overwhelmed and intimidated by it
I look forward to putting the concepts into practice
I think this book is a great personal experiment: To learn something valuable with 20 hours of dedicated practice after you learn the theory of the project.
I believe this kind of thinking if part of the new way to learn. It is new and in the the tradition recently started by Tim Ferriss in the Four Hour Cookbook and the Four Hour Body.
Both of these authors present a recipe for applying quick learning to any number of subjects.
Doubtful - the material was largely homogenous in learning new skills, but then it became so myopic in its ridiculous specificity and narrow focus on three random skills that it was nearly useless by the 3rd chapter.
No - excellent writers exist, see John Acuff for example.
Didn't matter - it's the material, not the delivery.
A shame really, there was the making of a good subject here (efficiently acquiring new skills). Unfortunately instead of building out individual principles in the book with real data and additional insight from masters in various fields... We read how the author learned yoga - in excruciating detail.
I wasn't really impressed by the book. Read the title, listen to the first few chapters, and that's all one would need. The rest of the book is about the author learning new activities but without passing any real lessons on to the readers.
I thought the way he talked about not dying and not getting hurt while pursuing a new hobby was pretty funny.
The vocal performance is fine, but the content is garbage. The first hour he spends talking about how it is a waste of time to listen to theory and that you should learn by practicing, and then proceeds to go on for what seems like hours about the history of Yoga. He has several other "case studies" but frankly I'm done. This is only a magazine article worth of content stretched out into a very boring dry book.
That he betrayed his core message roughly a 1/4 of the way through the book by wasting time with history and theory, which were things he said to avoid in the previous chapter.
regular, normal, plain
The core message, while basic, was admirable. Practice. Focus on application and not theory. Use your time wisely. But after that the whole thing implodes. He didn't even really talk about how he was applying his methods during his case study portions. It was just history and theory, which again were things he had previously told us to avoid.
I'm upset with myself for having purchased this.
silence. it would have been better to have listened to nothing rather than the 7 hours of babble from josh kaufman.