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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  • Salman Shoaib


    I appreciate it (y) a simply nice piece of advice

  • Lê Thương Lê Thương


    TED stands for..????

  • Paulo Nideck - Inglês direto ao ponto


    What a great talk!

  • Andrea Winchester


    Thank you Josh Kaufman! Your talk has rekindled not just my love of learning but I feel braver to try to get past that awkward part of resistance. Again, thank you.

  • Valentin Murashko


    I totally agree! I’ve learned to be alpine ski instructor (no way even a little close to be the best instructor))) one week of practice 4 hours every day! And I can train anybody to be decent skier if have 20 hours of practice with that person))

  • Min Kio


    Hey! Hope u are doing well.
    I love that song, love the way u talk. Wow… It’s so amazing! U teach me how to enjoy my life. Many thanks!

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  • 0oDIAMONDo0 Gaming


    10,000 hours of League later.. still hard stuck bronze 5

  • Leigh A


    First 20 seconds, „Oh, I hope he doesn’t play that guitar“

  • Binu Nair


    thanks! now I will test it and comment after my 20hrs

  • Teresa D'Alessio


    I really really liked this! I was clapping at the end… one of my favorite ted talks ever

  • Abdulrahman Mohammed Yousef


    That guy is inspirational.



    Nice song sir

  • ZAROUAL Abdessamad


    thank you very much

  • Mary Hildreth


    Here is a little tip that might help in relation to the skill he talks about. It takes 16 repetitions to memorize something.

  • Mishaal Khan


    I wasn’t gonna comment, but,….beautiful !!!!!! u practice what you preach!

  • Matt Cox


    Yes! I have always believed contrary to popular belief that we are always as absorbent to new information and skills as infants as we are as adults. I learned AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language) in 2 weeks! I was interpreting with accuracy shortly after. I taught myself piano without any tutor at 17. I understood etymology in linguistics in 2 languages when I was 10. I’ve always thought I am not intelligent, I’ve just wanted to learn.

  • MeMe MyselfI'mnotsureeither


    Sounds like Ned from The Try Guys

  • Salaam Farhan


    The title should have been, How to learn anything „for showoff“

  • Teresa White


    Awesome. I’m going to learn a bunch of new things now. Thanks!

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