The First 20 Hours

The First 20 Hours

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Kaufman, Josh Penguin Group, 2013
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Research has shown that it takes a person 10,000 hours to master a new skill. In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman presents a process for learning and sufficiently executing new skills by engaging in as little as 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice. This rapid skill acquisition process involves deconstructing complex skills into manageable components, maximizing productive practice, and removing barriers to learning. Kaufman demonstrates his approach by pursing six skills that are unfamiliar to him: yoga, programming, touch typing on a nonstandard keyboard, playing the board game “Go,” playing the ukulele, and windsurfing. The rapid skill acquisition process can help people learn any new skill in a minimal amount of time.