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The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast! Hardcover – Jun 13 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (June 13 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591845556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591845553
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A blockbuster in the making, The First 20 Hours breaks down the learning process into simple and effective steps with real-life examples that inspire. After reading this book, you’ll be ready to take on any number of skills and make progress on that big project you’ve been putting off for years.”
—CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, author of The $100 Startup
 
“If you’re like me, you’ll get so inspired that you’ll stop reading to apply this approach to your own procrastinated project. After reading the first five chapters, I tried Josh’s technique to learn a new programming language, and I’m blown away with how fast I became fluent.”
—DEREK SIVERS, founder, CD Baby, sivers.org
 
“Great opportunities are worthless without skills. No more excuses! Kaufman proves that we all have the capacity to become experts.”
—SCOTT BELSKY, founder, Behance, and author of Making Ideas Happen
 
“With the amount of information and change in the world today, the person who can adapt and learn the most quickly will be the most successful. Kaufman breaks down the science of learning in useful, entertaining, and fascinating ways. If you care about keeping your job, your business, or your edge, this book is for you.”
—PAMELA SLIM, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
 
“In this inspiring little book, Josh argues that you can get good enough at anything to enjoy yourself in just 20 hours. In other words, all that’s standing between you and playing the ukulele is your TV time for the next two weeks. If Josh, a busy father and entrepreneur, can make the time, then the rest of us can too.”
—LAURA VANDERKAM, author of 168 Hours and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
 
“Lots of books promise to change your life. This one actually will.”
—SETH GODIN, author of The Icarus Deception

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.
 
Visit first20hours.com and joshkaufman.net; Follow @joshkaufman


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I think this would be a great little book IF I was ready to do the work, and if I knew exactly what it was I wanted to learn. There is a Lot of work to be done even Before you start doing the work of learning. :) Good book, but not for me at this time. (which is probably why it takes me forEVER to learn anything new!)
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The First 20 Hours came along at a perfect time for me as I'm about to retire and have a long list of things I want to learn. Just the idea that it takes only 20 hours to become reasonably competent in a skill is liberating as in a freedom from the restriction of time. It doesn't take a very long time to become reasonably competent in something. from there you can decide if it's worth getting better. There are many things I might otherwise not have considered.

Many self-improvement books I've read introduce ideas within examples. You have to read the entire book to get all of the ideas. The First 20 Hours is different and is actually presented using the method described. The entire approach is described in the first few chapters. The rest of the book comprises specific examples or practice of applying the ideas to a variety of skills as diverse as playing a musical instrument and wind surfing. Each skill acquisition is broken down into the steps taken. If you want to review the approach, it's easy to re-read the first few chapters.

I could go on, but it's time to learn a new skill.
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I purchase the first 20 hours from Josh Kaufman as I had already purchased his first book. I knew it would be helpful, and I would not be disappointed with its content. I used Josh's technic to teach myself piano. I am by no means a virtuoso. However, I can play some of my favorites songs. That is all I really wanted to accomplish. Looking forward to learning more skills. Buy this book if you want to learn a skill rapidly and spread the word.
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I have seen the book's Ted video. It' told us how to get through the first tough period of learning. It's a good book to read!
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