013 The First 20 Hours

013 The First 20 Hours

013 The First 20 Hours

By Josh Kaufman (288 Pages, 7 hrs 17 mins Audiobook) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



“How to Learn Anything Fast.”




 Have you ever dreamed about playing the piano, learning a new language, or acquiring a new skill? Perhaps you want to do it and never find the time, thinking about all the long hours you’ll have to commit to your already filled schedule. So you just don’t start and keep dreaming. But what would you say if I told you that is not as hard as you think?

In “The First 20 Hours,” Josh Kaufman explains the way to do it by just investing one hour during a couple of days. And yes you’re right you’ll not learn to play the piano for a concert, learn a language like a native, or play tennis like Serena Williams. But you will be able to play a couple of tunes, have a basic conversation, or play a regular tennis match. 

And what is most important is that you’ll be motivated and keep improving, by using the time you invest on that TV Show and learn anything fast, and going from nothing to be able to perform reasonably good, by following this tested method. 

So get take out your bucket list and decide what is the first thing you want to learn. 


Ten Lessons Learned

1.- What do I Want to Learn first?

Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill, but thought it would take too long? You can learn the necessary skills in just 20 hours using ten simple rules. You won’t become the best pianist or a world tennis player, but instead of the famous 10,000-hour law to master any skill, you must commit for 20 hours divided 60-90 minutes sessions, and make them count. Using rapid skill acquisition four steps: Deconstructing the task into small pieces; Learning enough to learn, practice, and self-correct; Removing all distractions and barriers; and the most important; Practicing, you’ll become reasonably good.

 2.- The 10 Rules; Pre-game. 

Prepare yourself before the game, by following the three first rules. First, be clear on the skill you want to learn, make a list of the most important ones, let’s say 3 out of ten, and choose the one you want the most, this will keep you focused and motivated. Second, choose only one and leave the rest for later, don’t try to learn multiple skills at the same time. Third, have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, e.g., learn three songs by heart, read the notes on a music sheet, etc. and put all your effort. Fourth, Break the learning task into easily manageable pieces, don’t bite more than you can chew; it’ll be much more comfortable.  

3.- The 10 Rules; In the Game. 

Commit to learning using the Fifth rule. Be sure to have all the tools needed for the job, ready and at hand, if you want to learn to play guitar, have it at hand so you can jump into your training sessions without delays. Sixth, clear all distractions, disconnect the Internet, mute, and put your cell away, stay away, of all the things that distract you only for 60-90 minutes, be sure your world won’t collapse. Ok, so you’ve started. At first, you might be discouraged by how slow you advance. But every day you’ll get better, to do this use rule Seventh, Be sure to have a daily plan specifying the exact time you will be practicing; preferably try to make it just before you go to bed, so while sleeping your brain can easily absorb what you learned.  

4.- The 10 Rules; Set Your Game periods. 

Eight, Get yourself, someone, to give you feedback, and see your progress; if you’re learning a new language, find somebody that speaks it and corrects your pronunciation, if you want to learn to play an instrument, make a recording and show it to a friend.

Like in all sports, the game is divided into periods, i.e., Football 4 quarters, Hockey 3 periods, Soccer 2 periods. Use rule Ninth. Break your session in 20-30-minute periods (Look for the POMODORO technique on the Internet) by setting a kitchen timer so you can measure your 2 or 3 periods. 

5.- The 10 Rules; Be proficient, not an Expert.

By this time, you get the picture, you understand that in 20 hours, you will not become an expert in any skill, but remember that your goal is to learn as fast as you can, so remember rule number Tenth. Like the nursery rhyme, Jack be nimble, Focus on learning a lot and quick, don’t try to achieve perfection, yes; you’ll make mistakes, accept them, and keep moving.

6.- 10 Principles of Effective Learning (1).

But to become effective in your learning, you should use these principles: Research the skill and related topics. Spend some time searching for methods to teach you the essential skill you want. Jump in over your head. Remember that you are learning, so don’t be discouraged, when you’re at an obstacle, find what you need to resolve it. Identify mental models and mental hooks.

Use Mental models to conceptualize and Mental hooks, aka analogies and metaphors, to remember new concepts. Imagine the opposite of what you want. Don’t drown in your thoughts; think outside the box. Talk to practitioners to set expectations. Search for articles about the myths and the skill of people who know.

7.- 10 Principles of Effective Learning (2).

Eliminate distractions in your environment. Either electronics (Cell, TV, Computer), Biological (people, pets), and physical (stress, pain, the weather). Use spaced repetition and reinforcement for memorization. Repeat the vocabulary you’ve learned, or practice and experiment. Create scaffolds and checklists. Make a Checklist or a routine that helps you remember what to do every time you practice. Make and test predictions. This habit will help you acquire skills more rapidly. Honor your biology. Take care of your body, hydrate, exercise, rest, and sleep. 

8.- Some Physical Skills to Learn.

If you want to learn some physical activities like Yoga, for example, the author suggests to make it simple, look for an instructor, discard all misconceptions and simplify the routine you want to learn. On the other hand, if you want to learn how to Windsurf. He advises to get all the gear necessary, learn how to assemble and carry your equipment. Also, protect yourself from the elements, practice to launch in the water from shore, how to turn, and especially not to fall. But if you fall, learn how to get on the board again. 

9.- How about some Mental Skills.

Do you want to learn Programing? Then you should start by breaking the complicated things to make them simple, learn the basic concepts, avoid long tutorials, and jump right into it. Don’t over research, think on how to resolve a real problem, use the try and error approach, build, test, fix, repeat. 

Have you ever want to learn the game of Go, then start by learning the basic rules, get aboard, the stones and some basic books, look for strategy principles on the Internet, and practice by playing either on a computer or with some friend. 

10.- Get to work.

Now you don’t have any excuse to start to learn a new skill; you can squeeze 20 hours into your busy calendar, make time, plan, and learn. But remember that any new skill gets forgotten if you don’t practice it for a long time, so make sure you schedule some sessions now and then to keep improving. And keep a journal to see how are your improving and learning patterns. If you want more detail on how to learn the skills mentioned before or others like Playing a Ukelele or improve your typing skills, you can go to the author’s webpage at www.first20hours.com.


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