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

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

by Josh Kaufman


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

What if it’s possible to learn the basics of any new skill in 20 hours or less?
Research suggests it takes 10,000 hours to master a new skill, and the earliest hours are always the most frustrating. That’s why it’s so difficult to learn a new language, play an instrument, hit a golf ball, or shoot great photos.

Josh Kaufman offers a better way. His systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition 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 can pick up the basics in record time… and

have more fun along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591846949
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 192,955
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

JOSH KAUFMAN helps people make more money, get more done, and have more fun. His first book, The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, is an international bestseller. He lives in Colorado.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader ix

1 A Portrait of the Author as a Learning Junkie 1

2 Ten Principles of Rapid Skill Acquisition 14

3 Ten Principles of Effective Learning 28

4 Yoga 40

5 Programming 70

6 Touch Typing 131

7 Go 157

8 Ukulele 212

9 Windsurfing 232

Afterword 257

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

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From the Publisher

“Lots of books promise to change your life. This one actually will.”
Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

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The First 20 Hours : How to Learn Anything ... Fast 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
carlwg More than 1 year ago
I love to learn things. I spend lots of time reading books, etc. about various things I want to learn. Some time ago I realized I did not have enough time to learn everything I wanted to learn. So the title of this book sounded like a God-send--to learn how to learn anything in 20 hours! My bad. Of course I knew there was no way you could learn most things in 20 hours. But I thought the author had perhaps found some gimmick, or insight or something to justify the book's title. There wasn't. In the first few chapters he listed several times the most obvious banal things one should do to learn something. And then after that there were six chapters telling us six things that he had learned purportedly spending 20 hours each. Admittedly some of those chapters were interesting because they dealt with areas that I was interested in learning something about--Ruby programming, for example. But to learn that, one wouldn't read this book--one would buy the materials necessary to learn Ruby programming. So that was the whole book. Anyway I was quite disappointed. At least one thing this book did teach me--that appearances can be deceptive.
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