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

Break down the skill into smaller digestible parts Why do you need to write a book to say something so simple Save your money spend it on something else Very simple DO NOT buy this book Instead watch his FREE video on YouTube Gives you the same ideas of this book and you only spend about 15 min watching that video In this book he goes about describing how he learn 5 or 6 different things he was interested in In the YouTube video he tells you the tools you need to learn anything in 20hrs or less and again in about 15min of watching I love acuiring skills and so I thought this book would be helpful The only good thing about it is that it shows me that I m on the right track with my methods of skill acuisition All the useful information is in the book s two ten principles lists Everything else is just filler After those chapters it s all a bunch of stories about how the author learned six specific skills The one on yoga was useless because I don t care about it the one on computer programming was useless because I already now it and so on I didn t read because I returned it at that point I ve been working the system since I got and read the book Simple easy stuff even I can do Well written in a personal style that persuades you to take an honest assessment of whats holding you back then you are ready to take up the individual steps and voila you begin to learn and gain confidence I read a minimum of 30 non fiction books a year this one started out brilliant the first couple of chapters are great but I had to force myself through most of the rest of the bookI appreciate what the author was trying to do but I don t need to The Matriarchs (The Family know the full history of the origins of yoga to understand how the author chunked his initial learning up Considering the book is about rapid skill acuisition I was left very disappointed feeling that over half the book was wasting my timeSo if you have the same experience as me read the book but be prepared to skim most of the content after the first couple of chapters and before the afterword Bought theindle version because the paperback is printed so small that I could not read it even with spectacles and the paper uality is awfulThe book is a very good read I have taken the principles and instigated them in my work placeI now encourage engineers to get stuck in make sure your safe then go for it stop spending ages what can go wrong is not will go wrong Would encourage reading as it is not yet another self help book The free Web stuff pages do not work for me but that may be me using the wrong browser. Barriers By completing just 20 hours of focused deliberate practice you'll go from nowing 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.

Firstly I m a ind book rater But I m really disappointedOnce I read the first few pages basically few after the Kindle sample I skipped everything It goes too deep about yoga I have the working level I need to enjoy benefits of yoga programming I ve given up this one after finishing my master in IT and few skills that I m not interested in Rather than stretching the book in depth for all the skills not everyone need why not briefly explain his how then how we the readers who bought this book for us surprise can implement or apply in our cases or maybe give a workbook or simply how we can use the principles he mentioned in the first chapterIf you haven t bought this book already I suggest you to download the sample and that s it that s all Josh had to say This is a good book proposing a method for picking up the essential skills of a discipline The author asserts that it would take 20 hours of correctly organised focused effort to learn most things to a competent but not expert levelThe book starts by telling the reader the main steps of the learning method The author then describes his efforts at applying this method at different disciplines learning to play go the game windsurfing playing the ukulele a new type of eyboard a computer programming language and yogaOverall the method seems sound It basically involves doing enough research on the topic to find out the essential core skills and then working out how to learn and practice themThe book gave me an approach to learning that I could use I would still have to think hard about how this method could be adapted todifferent types of learning but I m still better euipped than I was before I read this book I felt the book was a bit light on meat and heavy on padding A few useful things in there but most of the book was taken up with repeating lists and blow by blow account of using laid out learning processes which once done with one activity was not very useful to be repeated with another If you are looking to learn any of the things the author chose as learning actions then it could be a useful guide I did not get as much value from the book as I had hoped for but I did take away a few useful pointersI felt a bit misled by some of the raving reviews I feel 3 is generous The basic idea is good and would have made an interesting blog entry but I guess you can t make much money from one of I ll make it uick Read Chapters 1 3 and you are basically done Teaches you what you needChapter 6 skip through it and read Interference and ConsolidationChapter 7 read the Inversion exam. 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 acuire new skills time you don't have and effort you can't spare Research suggests it takes 10000 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 some.

Ple and portion on behaviour fixingThe rest of the book are just examples If you want to read the examples they will serve as examples of deconstructing but you can just go to the end of the example chapters and read the review portion which clearly lists how he deconstructed the skillFollow this and you will will end up finishing fast and be able to start your next projectI m still on this subject I will re read 4 Hour Chef The book is based on Meta Learning at the 10k rule After that Solomon s book All 3 books have lots of similar patterns This time around I m taking serious notesCool thing about this book is that you realized that all it takes is 20 hrs to be pretty good at something ie Chapter 6 who can type at 60wpm per min with a 2% error rate Not me or anyone I now This book basically teaches you that all you need is 20 hrs on 1 subject to be better at something that the people around you are not good at With 20 hrs you are ahead of the curve 20 hrs could be the difference between you getting a promotion or someone else Who cares about 10k hrs of deliberate practice 20 hrs is all you need to be better than the person next to you The idea of mastery has definitely confused people and Josh Kaufman is here to tell you that you can be happily competent if you work at it It s not long work but it does reuire focus and dedication for 20 hours That s the sort of time commitment the average person could make in a month by cutting down on their TV watchingHaving seen the TED talk first I felt that maybe the book could have been a bit shorter but I m sure that somebody will find the principles click by reading that last real life example so I ll let it slide The variety of skills he developed was interesting and did demonstrate the techniues wellAnybody would do well for themselves by reading this at least once and developing a new skill Most of what the first 20 hours is about can be digested from the first 2 chapters The additional chapter s concepts are elementary when it comes to understanding how to use the strategies for rapid learningCheck it out from your local library before buying it if you can You may get all that you need from doing so The summary of this book is basically that if you study a particular skill for 20 hours or 40 minutes a day you will acuire that skill He goes into unnecessary detail about web design playing the ukulele There is just pages pages of this filler What is in this book could really have been reduced to an online article It is really an over padded essay not worth the price Practice daily. Thing 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 acuisition how to learn any new skill as uickly as possible His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills maximize productive practice and remove common learning.

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