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The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast! Paperback – May 27, 2014
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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.
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On a side note: I set up a new wiki so that we can collectively make the research part of the learning process easier by listing the set of sub-skills that are needed to learn something new: skilldeconstruction.wikia.com. Check it out and please contribute.
Check it out from your local library before buying it if you can; You may get all that you need from doing so.
Josh opens the scene with challenges many of us face. Time is a precious commodity that flits away when we are not paying attention. Josh shares the crucial points on how to improve life by improving self. None of it is esoteric! You don't need a neuro-chemistry lexicon or a bunch of alembics to learn a new skill. Unless, of course, your new skill is chemistry! What you do need is a drive to make your life, and the lives of those close to you, better.
Often, we see the basics but get bogged down in figuring out how those principles apply to our particular situation or task. That's why Josh spends most of the book giving practical demonstrations of how the basic tools apply to a very wide range of topics. There's a semi-experiential bonus in watching the applications of fundamentals to diverse issues.
Almost twenty years ago I took a C programming class in college. I passed the class but have forgotten most of it. Even worse, I never really did get pointers. Actually, a lot of programmers don't get C pointers; it is a common problem. Since my goal is to become an OS Systems Programmer I really need to understand pointers. Passing a class does not define understanding! Being able to use a skill easily, without having to refer to a book or a web page, is more a mark of an acquired skills.
Definitely recommend this if you want to make your life better.