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The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast! | [Josh Kaufman]

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

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. What do you want to learn?
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Publisher's Summary

"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?

Listen to The First 80 Minutes FREE from The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!.


©2013 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC (P)2013 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Susana Arenys de Munt, Spain 04-23-14
    Susana Arenys de Munt, Spain 04-23-14
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    "Down to Earth but too detailed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The initial chapters explain the method, and although they are common sense, nothing revolutionary, it is well explained and good to be reminded of. But the following chapters are really boring since it goes too deep into details about what he is learning, and unless you are interested in the same issues....like for instance playing the ukelele, it is just plain tedious. Couldn't keep my attention at all.


    Would you recommend The First 20 Hours to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Only worthwhile the few first chapters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic Moscow, Idaho, United States 01-31-14
    Dominic Moscow, Idaho, United States 01-31-14
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    "If you want to learn anything, this is the book!"
    What did you love best about The First 20 Hours?

    In depth analysis on how to learn any subject, many other things that are good for you and stufff.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FRANZ RIEGER 01-24-14
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    "6 hour of crap"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If He cut 6 hours of his detailed lerning experiences ad leave only the first hour.


    What could Josh Kaufman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    We need how not what.
    Stop be greedy for make bigger book.


    Any additional comments?

    GET A REAL JOB

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ziv Pollak Canada 01-14-14
    Ziv Pollak Canada 01-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dont bother"
    What disappointed you about The First 20 Hours?

    Introduction has nothing new to offer. Other chapters are a lof of "fluff" and very little content.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Kaufman again?

    Nope


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Josh Kaufman?

    Wouldn't make a difference. Content is bad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 01-04-14
    Mike 01-04-14
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    "Dissapointed"

    Josh Kaufman did a good job at the beginning of this book talking about the learning process. The rest of the book he explained very well some history on Yoga which made me skip to the next chapter cause I was not interested in listen to 30 minutes about where yoga comes from and who what where. In another chapter he explained how he built a web site and how a server interacts with a client computer, if you have some knowledge about computers it was interesting but nothing to do or help you learn fast it was all about what he learned. There was little support for the title of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    les JOPLIN, MO, United States 08-14-13
    les JOPLIN, MO, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Should have read the reviews first!"
    What disappointed you about The First 20 Hours?

    All the examples he gave were boring as s#!t. If you are planning on doing any of his examples, then you will love it. If you're not planning on it, then it is a waste of time.


    Has The First 20 Hours turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just turned me off from other books from the author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book has great potential, but in reality it sucks (only the first 45 minutes are worth listening to).


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Josh reads his customers comments and takes their suggestions into account for this next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-08-13
    Michael 08-08-13

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Interesting"

    Worth a listen to if you having trouble trying to commit to learning a new skill. Reduce your expectations, research, be realistic but most of all commit to regular working at it. A high threshold to aggravation is helpful. I was amazed at his ability to learn a musical instrument but would of like to seen his ability to learn a language as memory wasn't really covered besides the repetition put in to make muscle memory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-06-13
    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Jennifer B.

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    "left feeling something promised was missing"

    The narrator, and author is very appealing. The idea is sound - that the 10,000 hours of practice is needed for world-class performance, but not for competence, personal satisfaction, and just good enough.

    The narrator carefully points out those things that are necessary for success in a new venture - a lovable project, a plan, scheduling time for practice etc., but when he comes to give his examples, there is not the same follow-through. I finished this book feeling somehow abandoned by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States 07-11-13
    David CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Let Down"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who needs clear structure on how to learn something new.


    Has The First 20 Hours turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Josh Kaufman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 07-01-13
    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 07-01-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great tips but boring story"
    What disappointed you about The First 20 Hours?

    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.


    Has The First 20 Hours turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No i still like this kind of books.


    Have you listened to any of Josh Kaufman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    He have a great voice and you get access to some extra material on his website.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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