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

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Read The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast Online Free - Forget the 10,000 hour rule— what if it’s possible to learn the basics of 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.
 
Kaufman personally field-tested the meth­ods in this book. You’ll have a front row seat as he develops a personal yoga practice, writes his own web-based computer programs, teaches himself to touch type on a nonstandard key­board, explores the oldest and most complex board game in history, picks up the ukulele, and learns how to windsurf. Here are a few of the sim­ple techniques he teaches:
Define your target performance level: Fig­ure out what your desired level of skill looks like, what you’re trying to achieve, and what you’ll be able to do when you’re done. The more specific, the better.
Deconstruct the skill: Most of the things we think of as skills are actually bundles of smaller subskills. If you break down the subcompo­nents, it’s easier to figure out which ones are most important and practice those first.
Eliminate barriers to practice: Removing common distractions and unnecessary effort makes it much easier to sit down and focus on deliberate practice.
Create fast feedback loops: Getting accu­rate, real-time information about how well you’re performing during practice makes it much easier to improve.
Whether you want to paint a portrait, launch a start-up, fly an airplane, or juggle flaming chain­saws, The First 20 Hours will help you pick up the basics of any skill in record time . . . and have more fun along the way.



Title : The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast
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ISBN : 1591845556
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Reviews


Josh rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2013

I wrote this book, so I may be biased...


Zack rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 25, 2013

The problem with "The First 20 Hours" is that the author spends a majority of the book explaining what he learned (Yoga, Programming, touch typing, Go, Ukelele, Windsurfing) rather than how he learned it. Just look at his chapter on Yoga. He spends twenty pages explaining where yoga originated an...


Liam rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 24, 2013

The First Twenty Hours has an interesting idea and something useful for most of us in this time short attention wandering world getting to a degree of general competence in a topic rapidly. I dislike several things about this book. The misuse of the 10,000 hours idea to become an expert. I've neve...


Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

July 18, 2013

For the past 10 years or so, I've described myself as a dabbler. I am a Jill of many trades, an expert of none. I own a guitar and a ukulele, but I can only play 3 songs on each. I own language learning tools for Spanish, French, Arabic and Czech, and can barely speak anything other than English....


Edwin rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 12, 2013

Very disappointing. There's an worthwhile idea here: it may take 10,000 hours, as others have suggested, to master something at the world-class level, but what about those areas where you just want to be competent enough to enjoy it and not humiliate yourself? Unfortunately, this isn't really the...


Ben rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2013

It's difficult to imagine a better book on skill building than The First 20 Hours. If you've ever found yourself thinking "I wish I knew how to ____" or "I wish I didn't quit ____ lessons as a kid," then this is the best book you can read. There are many other books on learning that I love, such...


Zainab rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 29, 2016

*أول 20 ساعة كيف تتعلم أي شئ بسرعة* *الكاتب: جوش كاوفمان* في الاربعين صفحة الأولى فقط!!! يشرح الكاتب مبادئ تعلم المهارات الجديدة بأسرع وقت ومع إهدار أقل طاقة، باستخدام استراتيجيات معينة ومركزة تؤدي إلى اكتسابك لتلك المهارة بشكل سريع وبمهارة عالية. بعدها، (اكثر من ثلاثة ارباع الكتاب)!!! يركز الكاتب ب...


Perry rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 01, 2016

The First 2 Hours: Pathway to Putrefication Effortlessly it seems, the author has created a book that is simply unreadable. This defect, without exception, putrefies a book for me. Should you, a reasonably intelligent person, decide to read this, I'll wager good money on the proposition that you...


Chung Chin rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 28, 2013

The First 20 Hours is a book about rapid skill acquisition. In this book, based on his research, Josh Kaufman lists down the four major steps of rapid skill acquisition: a. Deconstruct b. Learn c. Remove barrier d. Practice Next, the author goes on to explain ten principles of rapid skill acquisition...


Jamie rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 20, 2013

Josh Kaufman did a great job creating a lot of hype for the book, that's for sure. But I for one was a little disappointed upon actually reading 20 Hours. There are two chapters tops that detail his "method", two ten point lists, and the remaining 280 some odd pages are case studies. Kaufman stre...





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