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The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast – Josh Kaufman

Thoughts: I had been wanting to read The First 20 Hours for a while, as Josh Kaufman’s experiment in learning to touch-type in Colemak was what prompted me to learn the keyboard layout myself. The first three chapters contained all of the main ideas in the book, while the last six chapters (which I skimmed) were Kaufman applying what he learned to six specific skills he wanted to acquire. There were some useful reminders about best practices in skill acquisition, but I experienced no epiphanies while reading it. Not a bad book.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering. I read this as an e-book, so page numbers are as they appear in Libby.)

Kaufman, Josh. 2013. “The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast.” Penguin.

1: A Portrait of the Author as a Learning Junkie

2: Ten Principles of Rapid Skill Acquisition

3: Ten Principles of Effective Learning

4: Yoga

5: Programming

6: Touch Typing

7: Go

8: Ukelele

9: Windsurfing

Posted: Sep 08, 2021. Last updated: Sep 08, 2021.