The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything…Fast

The First 20 Hours

Authors: Josh Kaufman,

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Most people don’t get past the first few hours of learning a new skill. In this book, Kaufman gives you a cheat-sheet that will help you acquire faster. He trains you to use the first 20 hours to focus and pick up a habit. His step-by-step techniques will help you learn even the most complex tasks and simplifies learning for everybody.

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Quotes & Tips from The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything…Fast

The Need to Make Time

Make dedicated time for practice. The time you spend acquiring a new skill must come from somewhere. Unfortunately, we tend to want to acquire new skills and keep doing many of the other activities we enjoy, like watching TV, playing video games, et cetera. I’ll get around to it, when I find the time, we say to ourselves. Here’s the truth: “finding” time is a myth. No one ever “finds” time for anything, in the sense of miraculously discovering some bank of extra time, like finding a twenty-dollar bill you accidentally left in your coat pocket. If you rely on finding time to do something, it will never be done. If you want to find time, you must make time.

Fall in love with solving a problem

The best thing that can happen to a human being is to find a problem, to fall in love with that problem, and to live trying to solve that problem, unless another problem even more lovable appears.

The importance of practice

The trouble comes when we confuse learning with skill acquisition. If you want to acquire a new skill, you must practice it in context. Learning enhances practice, but it doesn’t replace it. If performance matters, learning alone is never enough.

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