"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)
This would have made for an excellent (free) blog post. But it’s not worth your credit.
The first chapter discusses meta learning/skill acquisition generally. While the best chapter, plenty of free discussions are out there as good as what Kaufman offers here.
The marketing for the book might make you think you’ll learn how to become expert extremely quickly. But Kaufman’s real message is a truth that doesn’t sell books: there are no shortcuts; you have to put in the time to get good at anything.
In brief. Yoga chapter. Kaufman takes one private lesson of yoga. That’s it.
Programming chapter. Brutally boring and not helpful if you don’t program.
Touch typing. My favorite of the chapters. Kaufman switches from the standard QWERTY keyboard to a non-standard keyboard. After initial frustration, he achieves QWERTY speed and accuracy on the new layout within 20 hours of deliberate practice.
Go chapter. After getting crushed online by real humans, Kaufman plays against his computer. After 20 hours, he decides that getting good would actually take a real time commitment and gives it up.
Ukulele. He learns three chords and sings a song.
Windsurfing. Due to bad weather, he only gets in 9 hours of practice. Seriously.
My negativity aside, Kaufman seems like a genuinely good guy and I agree with his core message. If you make the time and give it 20 hours, that’s usually enough time to scale the learning curve and achieve an enjoyable level of proficiency.
How do you turn 15 minutes of good advice into a 7 hour book. Buy this book and you will find out. The good advice is simple and simply explained. The author then goes on to give a number of examples at length. One or at most 2 examples, told a bit more tersely would have been fine, but, alas, the author thinks that you must delve into things like the philosophy of the yoga position (a real example) to get the point of the book. This could and should have been a 1 hour audio book.
My favorite performer was the guy who says "This is Audible ..."
The advice was good and I am practicing it today, but there were too many words without content.
I was looking for more technique and motivation. I was not interested in what Josh learned only in the process. This book could have been reduced to three chapters.
The rise of Theodore Roosevelt. I like more bio's, I learn more others accomplishments, than I did from this book.
No, I think he needs to find someone else to narrate his books.
I only learned about two web sites and one wind meter.
I already knew that I needed to research and practice and the information that Josh provided was not new.
Although the book starts off with what looks to be good advice, it just doesn't follow through when it gets to the implementation chapters. I listened to a couple chapters about things I knew nothing about and didn't feel I learned much about the topic or about the process of learning. For comparison, I listened to a chapter about something I knew a LOT about I got even less on both sides of that
I'm cutting my losses here. The next time I need to learn something new, I'll revisit the first 30 minutes, but that's really all there is to this one...
Not at all what I thought I would get; there was nothing that I didn't already know.
I guess; I was so disappointed that it really mattered little in the scheme of things
The concepts are ok and very intuitive (albeit common sense), but the author spends far too much time discussing hobbies that he wanted to learn than getting to the point. There is too much information on learning about Yoga, learning to play GO, etc.
This audio version could have been abridged to 2 hours and the same message would of come through....
Go buy a hardcopy of 4 Hour Chef. That'll cover this material in 20 pages AND it's an interesting cookbook. I think this was about an hour of rehash you could pick up from Lifehacker followed by 6 hours of "How I did something that might be of relevance to you."
The author just wants you to learn yoga. Book is a waste of time
The book should focus on learning, not focus upon yoga.
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