The First 20 Hours

How to Learn Anything ... Fast

Author: Josh Kaufman

  • Portfolio Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: 06 Jun 2013
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Synopsis

Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of The Personal MBA, is back with his new book, The First Twenty Hours, to teach readers how to learn anything... fast!


Whatever you want to do with your life -speak a language, change career, master yoga- you must master new skills. But where can you find the time? You are already busy, much too busy to spend the 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell claims you'll need to master a new skill. Moreover, the early hours of practicing something new are always the most frustrating: if you can't make it through the first 10-20 hours, you'll never get to 10,000.

Josh Kaufman's The First 20 Hours is a systematic approach for acquiring new skills quickly with a small amount of practice each day. Kaufman outlines a practical process to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers, creating a realistic and achievable approach.

Kaufman invites the reader to join him as he field tests his approach by learning to program a web application, play the ukulele, get the hang of windsurfing, touch type, and study the oldest and most complex board game in history.


Josh Kaufman is an independent business advisor 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.

Product details

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780670921911
  • Size: 153 x 234mm
  • Pages: 288
  • Published: 06 Jun 2013
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin
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