"Learn anything... fast!"
Take a moment to consider how many things you want to learn to do. What's on your list? What's holding you back from getting started? Are you worried about the time and effort it takes to acquire new skills - time you don't have and effort you can't spare?
Research suggests it takes 10,000 hours to develop a new skill. In this nonstop world when will you ever find that much time and energy?
To make matters worse, the early hours of practicing something new are always the most frustrating. That's why it's difficult to learn how to speak a new language, play an instrument, hit a golf ball, or shoot great photos. It's so much easier to watch TV or surf the web...
In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well.
This method isn't theoretical: it's field-tested. Kaufman invites readers to join him as he field tests his approach by learning to program a Web application, play the ukulele, practice yoga, re-learn to touch type, get the hang of windsurfing, and study the world's oldest and most complex board game.
What do you want to learn?
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"As a father of three, practicing neurosurgeon, and global journalist, I don't have a lot of free time on my hands. The First 20 Hours is a practical guide to learning beyond our mid-20s, when our brains are fully developed. Josh's book will inspire you to pick up forgotten hobbies and chase elusive dreams." (Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent)
If He cut 6 hours of his detailed lerning experiences ad leave only the first hour.
We need how not what.
Stop be greedy for make bigger book.
GET A REAL JOB
Read the book, listened to the audio book and set out to practice using the methods Josh described.
Less then 20 hours later I was making acceptable hand cut dovetails.
Just over 20 hours later I was coding to the just over basic level I needed to accomplish a specific task..
Practical explanations of practical methodologies that worked. Since reading the book I have learned a new skill I wanted, Learned one I needed and learned one i Promptly abandoned.
If you want to save yourself some time and learn more about skills and yourself this book is a must read.
I do have to agree with some of the folks that gave this book poor reviews. You can save even more time by only reading the first few chapters that explain the method and thought processes. Over half the content is filler that without the hard copy will only make some sense.
The book is informative, instructive, and true to the author's intent. In the first 6 chapters, which is only 20% of the way through the book, you will learn everything you need. The remainder of the book reinforces these teachings with real examples, one which I'm sure will enlighten you, as it has enlightened and validated me.
The 6 stories which reinforce the key teaching of the book.
To be pleased to know something about lots of my interests, rather than nothing about things I am interested in.
Josh takes you through a comprehensive plan for learning anything quickly. That first 20 hours is crucial in your ability to learn (whatever it is you want to learn) and eventually master.
In addition, he walks you through different examples of how he learned to program, play an instrument and learn a new touch typing method. I listened to the examples I wanted to and moved on (as he gave us permission to).
All in all, I think it is a book I would go back to again and again to refresh my skills and challenge myself to learn something new.
focus on the art of learning, or rapid skill acquisition. I understand using something like yoga as an example of how you do RSA, but for about the last hour I've been listening to how to actually DO yoga, which doesn't interest me. I didn't want to hear about what you learned about yoga.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
It pains me to write a negative review of any book considering how hard the author must have worked to get published. I would have written a positive review if I had stopped reading/listening after completing chapter 3. In 20-HRS the theory, philosophy, research, and approach to how to tackle a new subject is very strong. The application, as exhibited in the second half of the book, is actually very boring. Mr. Kaufman knows his learning theory and communicates an well organized plan on how to attack any new subject. However, it was very difficult to listen to the nuance of yoga or the manusha of how to play GO for 2 hours. At times I failed to relate his primary learning tenants established in the early chapters to the later application chapters. This book cannot sustain your interest past 3 hours.
A Book Nerd - But Still Think that a Book Means Hard Cover and Pages
I have read so many books on self development and training, to name a few (quantum learning, Buzan's Genius Formula and other books, Paul Schelee's genius Code & Photo Reading, Einstein Factor for Win Wenger) and so many others.
In my point of view , this one of the very exceptional. Josh is abridging so many native ideas and theories, and creating his own model that fits professionals to achieve their immediate targets, with their busy schedules. Josh's unique approach is suitable for the fast growing in the market of knowledge, which is also changing rapidly.
Some of the example skills which have been described in details by the author will be skipped by me. the reason is that "i am not interested" but these skills can be substituted with your own lovable skills, after reading the original skill of course. For example, Yoga, i do not like it and cant love it, but i heard the whole method and will apply it on my favorite sport, Boxing.
Networking is my profession, and Ruby programming can become my lovable, so i will learn Ruby without substituting it with other skill, after Ruby i will go for DOT NET programming language with the same method for Ruby, and so on.
But there is a problem, the book says that you do not need to spend 10000 hours to learn a skill, I agree, but if you want to become a surgeon or read and understand Goethe's work, then you will definitely spend much more than 20 hours.
Josh's work is great, i am in love with his book and probably buy other books for him. Specially the books he narrates himself, because he is not only reading good but also he is delivering his message with maximum potential, obviously because he believes in what he wrote himself.
Great book because it will change your view of learning.
The first chapter is great!
The deliberate action strategy.
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.
Everything of value (not much IMHO) can be had with the free 80-minute preview also available here on Audible. If you think this is a self-help book that will teach you "How To Learn Anything ... Fast!" I'm afraid you will be disappointed.
The author is not a skill acquisition expert. That in itself isn't a problem if he did some good synthesis of skill acquisition research and then explained meaningfully how he applied the research to his own learning. Unfortunately the book is little more than a collection of long-winded descriptions of his skills rather than a clear exposition of how he learned them. So for example before you hear anything about how he "learned" Yoga he goes into a lot of detail (Wikipedia grade summary) of Yoga, its history, etc. Maybe you will find these passages fascinating, i.e. descriptions of background material from someone who admits to being a total amateur at them. I found these long stretches incredibly dull and pointless given the true purpose of the book. I wanted to LEARN HOW TO LEARN, not to learn what the author learned from the internet about some of his hobbies. Even the parts where he talks about the skills themselves do not bear a very clear relation to the little bit of general advice he provides in the beginning.
Especially as an audiobook (where it's hard to skip to the few places that might be of interest) this book just does not work.
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