The first 20 hours: how to learn anything

This is the book I have recently gone through and it is highly suitable for learners who wish to learn  some new skill.

I’m willing to wager there’s something in the back of your mind you’ve always wanted to learn how to do. Maybe you want to learn how to speak a new language.

Maybe you want to draw or paint.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to be able to fly an air plane, execute a spinning karate kick, or scuba dive.

Maybe you’d like to cook a dish or bake a pastry, or maybe taking great photos is your style.

Perhaps the skill you’re interested has a professional use, like learning to code, design, speak in public, or pull off a complex statistical analysis: something that would make your coworkers consider you with awe, and make your employer want to shower you with raises, promotions, and other benefits. I’m also willing to wager you feel you don’t have enough time to learn this particular skill.

You’re overworked already, and time is tight. You have work to do, family to take care of, friends to hang out with, and too many responsibilities as it is. By the time your work and family obligations are satisfied, you’re tired: after you eat dinner and watch a little TV, it’s time to call it a day. So much to do, and so little time.

20 hours enough to learn any skill

I have good news for you: picking up new skills is way easier than you think. Believe it or not, you can pick up the fundamentals of any new skill in about 20 hours. 20 hours of practice is possible with even the most harried of schedules: it’s roughly 40 minutes a day for a month. If you’re willing to postpone watching TV for a few weeks, you can finally pick up that skill you’ve always dreamed of learning. This is really nice book first 20 hours how to learn any thing.

There’s absolutely nothing stopping you, aside from your own fears, doubts, and insecurities. That’s the real barrier to rapid skill acquisition, really: sitting down to learn something new is always scary at first, and the first hours of practice are always frustrating. That’s why it’s important to have a plan—with a bit of preparation and strategy, it’s much easier to persist long enough to reap the rewards of your effort.


Author: Srini

Experienced software developer. Skills in Development, Coding, Testing and Debugging. Good Data analytic skills (Data Warehousing and BI). Also skills in Mainframe.