The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything ... Fast

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything ... Fast

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By (author) Josh Kaufman

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  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 18mm | 202g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0670921920
  • ISBN 13: 9780670921928
  • Sales rank: 73,601

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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! "Lots of books promise to change your life. This one actually will". (Seth Godin). Pick up any new skill in just 20 hours...Want to learn to paint, play the piano, launch a business, fly a plane? Then pick up this book and set aside twenty hours to go from knowing nothing to performing like a pro. That's it. Josh Kaufman, author of international bestseller The Personal MBA, has developed this brilliant approach to mastering anything fast. You'll learn how to: focus energy on acquiring key skill sets; eliminate obstacles and discover critical tools; create rapid feedback loops; and work against the clock to get better fast. With examples ranging from writing a web program to learning an instrument to picking up windsurfing, Kaufman shows how to break complexity into simple tasks, make the very best of your limited time and solve unexpected problems. In The First 20 Hours you'll learn how to acquire any skill in record time - and have a lot of fun along the way. "After reading this, 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).

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Josh Kaufman helps people make more money, get more done, and have more fun. His first book, The Personal MBA, is an international bestseller. He lives in Colorado. www.personalmba.com

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A blockbuster in the making. 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 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 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 his 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 In this inspiring little book, Josh Kaufman argues that you can get good enough at anything to enjoy yourself in just 20 hours. All that's standing between you and playing the ukulele is your TV time for the next two weeks -- Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast 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 As a father of three, practicing neurosurgeon, and global journalist, I don't have a lot of free time on my hands. The First 20 Hours is a practical guide to learning beyond our mid-20s, when our brains are fully developed. Josh's book will inspire you to pick up forgotten hobbies and chase elusive dreams. -- Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent