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"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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a good demonstration


Personally. I find Josh Kaufman's voice as narrator a tad grating. And because I am interested in what he is saying, I stay alert and push through my irritation. It does however make for slow listening (even though he is speaking rapidly).

In this preview, I have had a couple of 'sacred cows' in relation to learning put out to pasture, and, that surprised me. Will I remember them? Yes.

Josh also demonstrates some excellent teaching skills.

The book is in my wish list and I wjll be putting his directions from thls preview into practice to put his direction and myself to the test. 20 hours is a 'can do', a challenge, could be fun and has an expectation of a real benefit.

Now, what do I want to tackle first?...hmmm

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  • kimberly
  • Fair Oaks, CA, United States
  • 06-07-13

Pre-ordered and cant wiat!!

I am a learning junkie like Kaufman and end up with a list a mile long of things I want to learn or accomplish. He is going to show you how to do one at a time and do it well. He proves that you don’t need to be like a Tiger Woods pro practicing something for mega hours to do it well and enjoy it. In ten steps and 20 hours you will learn the art of quick learning.

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Fast & Fun In Fast Mode

This is a cool way of learning--especially if you listen to the entire audiobook in fast mode! A true good read!

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Amazing first 20 hours book

If you could sum up The First 80 Minutes FREE from The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast! in three words, what would they be?

simple, easy and logical ways of learning any skills in a jiffy<br/>

What was one of the most memorable moments of The First 80 Minutes FREE from The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!?

Apart from world class content, this is the first book i have read on audio, so all these are memorable moments indeed in years to come.

Which scene was your favorite?

Josh has a good way of saying things by giving examples and most of his examples given are outstanding and easy to remember.

Any additional comments?

Hope Josh will get more time to write more books like these which would help people in years to come. Thanks a million... Josh.