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

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The level of detail Kaufman includes is likely to lose the reader along the way...the accounts of Kaufman’s own field-testing are too drawn out and distract from the book’s thesis.
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Forget the "10,000 hour rule"... what if it's possible to learn any new skill in 20 hours or less? 
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?
 

About Josh Kaufman

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Josh Kaufman is an independent business adviser and researcher who specializes in helping people make more money, get more done, and have more fun. Before creating PersonalMBA.com and writing The Personal MBA, he worked as a marketing manager for Procter & Gamble. He lives in Colorado. Visit personalmba.comFollow @joshkaufman
 
Published June 13, 2013 by Portfolio. 289 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 15 2013

The level of detail Kaufman includes is likely to lose the reader along the way...the accounts of Kaufman’s own field-testing are too drawn out and distract from the book’s thesis.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Jonathan Moules on May 29 2013

The First 20 Hours is an easy read, clear and concise, and at 268 pages takes less than 20 hours to read.

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