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The First 20 Hours Audiobook

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

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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!.

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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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    Linda 07-07-15
    Linda 07-07-15
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    "Very informative"

    I feel very inspired. Very practical and achievable in application. Love the real life examples
    Thanks!

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    Frank Falco 06-30-15
    Frank Falco 06-30-15
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    "Awful"

    This book was awful. The vast majority space filler. Refunds should be offered. Don't waste your time.

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    Niall 06-25-15
    Niall 06-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Filler!"

    For the sake of the brevity that this book promotes I will say that " this book is Josh Kaughman's TED Talk except far less charming plus seven hours of material that adds nothing to the message"

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    Oddar 05-24-15
    Oddar 05-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good reference"

    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.

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    @blacachaco 05-12-15
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    "Excellent book"

    It was an excellent book with very useful tips about how improve or acquire any skill and get a good level on whatever you can imagine.

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    MTR 04-24-15
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    "dribble"

    if you want to know about his relationship with yoga then this is the book for you.

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    Betty A. Andrade 04-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Could've been a pamphlet"

    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.

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    Juil 03-23-15
    Juil 03-23-15
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    "Start today!"

    "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.

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    Stevenson NYACK, NY, United States 03-08-15
    Stevenson NYACK, NY, United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2013

    Self Development Books all the way!

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    "The book is a "how to instructional""

    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.

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    Timothy Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-05-15
    Timothy Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth getting for if you have alot you want to do"
    If you could sum up The First 20 Hours in three words, what would they be?

    Research Plan Practice


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple examples of how he used his method in different ways.


    What three words best describe Josh Kaufman’s performance?

    Good First Try


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but it did make me think and rethink how I go about learning new things.


    Any additional comments?

    If your on the fence about getting the book check youtube for Josh Kaufman.

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