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.
It's a good system it's just that most of the book is about how he applied it to his own purposes so unless your desire to learn the exact same things he taught himself you're only going to find the first 2 chapters useful.
"You don't find time, you make it"
The emotional barrier is what you need to break in order to acquire any skill you want to proficiency, all it takes is motivation and practice. This book will provide the motivation, you provide the practice.
Self Development Books all the way!
Completely fluff. It fails at giving ideas and/or strategies of practice. The book is storytelling of how much the author understands a new learned skill. Then pads the storyline with information the reader can care less about.
Research Plan Practice
The multiple examples of how he used his method in different ways.
Good First Try
No but it did make me think and rethink how I go about learning new things.
If your on the fence about getting the book check youtube for Josh Kaufman.
It's not about yoga. The book is solid, enjoyed it and if you don't like the yoga walkthough of the technic, skip that chapter, the remaining examples run through his technique.
Really enjoyed this audio book. Feel like I now have an actual way to approach skill acquisition instead of just floundering and giving up when it feels like I am not improving. Worth the listen/read!
I have followed Kaufman's blog for a while and been a fan of the Personal MBA since he wrote a controversial article about whether an MBA is a good investment. I've always appreciated his honesty and straight forward style. He is a nerd in the best sense of that term and he's put together a manuscript that provides a generalized template for rapid skill acquisition with several blueprints for skills he learned himself -- he is his own guinea pig! These blueprints could actually be useful for copying what he did and the template is sufficient for putting together your own unique plan to learn anything else. He delivers exactly what he promised and makes a potentially dry topic fascinating in the process. Well done!