20 May 2014

The first 20 hours -- how to learn anything: Josh Kaufman

Traditional research tells us that it takes about 10,000 hours to become an expert at something (that is 40 hours a week for about 5 years). Kaufman suggests instead of trying to become an "expert," we should focus simply on being reasonably good which only takes about 20 hours. To do this:

  1. Deconstruct the skill into smaller components. This will give you manageable pieces to practice on a daily basis.
  2. Learn enough to self-correct. Kaufman suggests getting three to five sources that will give you enough information to able to know when you are making a mistake.
  3. Remove distraction.
  4. Practice at least 20 hours. The commitment will help you overcome the frustration barrier.


The first 20 hours -- how to learn anything: Josh Kaufman

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