The first 20 hours — how to learn anything | Josh Kaufman | TEDxCSU

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Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, ‘The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business’, as well as the upcoming book ‘The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.’ Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way.

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48 thoughts on “The first 20 hours — how to learn anything | Josh Kaufman | TEDxCSU”

  1. I stole a care in the street and I smoked crack in 7th class but I have already seen this video and I have understand that I can change my life. Thank you

  2. Video should be titled how to learn any HOBBY. If you want to learn something new just to say you tried it, sure, this works. But if you want to learn something to actually level up in your profession and get a higher paying salary…. for instance, learning how to code, to illustrate, or to a new language you've never spoken before, it takes a bit longer… and to assume you can find the right resources to support your learning style, there's a lot of crap on the internet to filter through before you get to that golden practice stage. You need to have to right motivation to learn for the information to sink in… It's a cute idea, but realistically… 20 hrs doesn't cut it.

  3. That's very true. The barrier is emotional. I have started accent reduction classes and while I know exactly what I need to do I just feel stupid when I do what my teacher asked me to to do. This is a big barrier to me.

  4. An amazing presentation. 20 hours means if you commit 1 hour a day for 20 days, you could nail whatever skill it is that you want to learn. Need to put emotions in check and tell yourself, "I will make this thing happen." Great, I'm excited already.

  5. My friend had 20 hours with a French teacher before going to a family wedding and holiday in France. This gave her enough French to get by well with the French people she meant. It works!

  6. But how should one spend the 20 hours most effectively? Reading more and more information on a subject? Constantly repeating the same material? And were those one grow with their emerging skills continuously without stagnating? Or is it that most learning takes 20 hours whereupon which the learner begins to stagnate themselves?

  7. Very good!! One of the best TED Talks I've seen. Simple, intelligent and a great demonstration of the concept!!! <><

  8. Awesome and encouraging! Studies show that the best way to keep the brain in good working order as we age is to learn [new] complex skills. ( Denise Park, psychological scientist and lead researcher states, "When you are inside your comfort zone you may be outside of the enhancement zone." So let's put aside those word puzzles, and challenge ourselves to learning a new skill! All we need is 20 hours to be proficient. Yay!

  9. How in tf did he find an hour a day to learn ukulele after having a kid? My wife would kill me if I tried this.

  10. Key points (not a substitute for watching the actual video)

    4 simple steps to rapid skill acquisition:

    1. Deconstruct the skill:
    1. decide exactly what you want to be able to do when you're done learning
    2. then look into the skill & break it down into smaller pieces.
    3. you might find that the skill is a big bundle of smaller skills.
    4. decide what are the part/smaller skills you need to get to the level you want
    5. learn/practice those first
    6. by practicing the most important things first you'll improve your skill/performance in the least amount of time possible
    2. Learn enough to self correct:
    1. don't procrastinate by saying I'll start practicing when I've read x number of books
    2. learn just enough to be able to correct yourself as you practice
    3. thereby, the learning becomes about getting better at knowing when you're making a mistake and then you can do something different or change your approach
    3. Remove practice barriers:
    1. remove/avoid distractions (TV, internet, social media).
    2. the more you're able use just a little bit of willpower to remove/overcome distractions the more you're likely to practice
    4. Practice at least 20 hours:
    1. overcome frustration period/barrier (the grossly incompetent/ not knowing anything stage)
    2. by committing 20 hours to practice
    3. encourages stickability – keep on it for long enough to rip the rewards

    "The major barrier to skill acquisition isn't intellectual… it's emotional"
    Feeling stupid doesn't feel good (at the beginning of the process), but given time and persistent practice (at least 20 hours) you can achieve your goal.

  11. welp ima try to learn coding im using gamemaker studio (trial version) ill update u guys after 20 hours i guess.

  12. It's been 4 months since I got promoted to grade nine and that's exactly how I thought my life's gonna be I AM NEVER GOING TO GET FREE TIME for learning German, French, Korean, Chinese, graphology, palmistry, sketching, singing, story-writing etc etc EVER AGAIN. Thankfully, god sent me this video just in the right time

  13. well you need minutes to learn something and you need to breaks ..your brain need to "rebuild " itself to react on that new infromations and skills

  14. My dad was a thinker, my grandfather was a doer. My grandfather said, learn everything you have the chance to, and you'll never be out of work. Those two views made me a quick learner. Thank you gramps and dad.

  15. 12:31 What's an oook-a-lay-lay? Did the two yoots play the oook-a-lay-lay? The more he says it the weirder it sounds. The word has lost all meaning.

  16. How to be a master of none…however, the deconstructing of skills into smaller segments always works.

  17. Skip to 2:30 unless you want to hear about him having a baby.- Skip to 8:30 where begins to talk about the 20 hours to learn something. Skip to 9:45 for start of the method of learning. 1. Deconstruct the skill 2. Learn enough to self correct 3. Remove practice barriers 4. Practice at least 20 hours At 12:45 he gives a personal example of learning to play ukelele and demonstrates his singing at 15:47 after 20 hours of learning (using 4 chords).

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