Learn any skill in 20 hours

Insights From The first 20 hours by Josh Kaufman

“This book is about my personal quest to test the art and science of rapid skill acquisition,  how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. The purpose of this book is to help you acquire new skills in record time. In my experience, it takes around twenty hours of practice to break through the frustration barrier: to go from knowing absolutely nothing about what you’re trying to do to performing noticeably well.”Josh Kaufman


Several research shows that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. Josh kaufman begs to differ, he belives you can do it in 20 hours, How? Then follow me to find out how.

He said you would be astounded at how good you can get in just any skill in 20 hours.

He laid down a three step blue print to master any skill in 20 hours

  1. Imagine disaster: Attempting a new skill can be overwhelming, so imagine yourself using that skill within the next few weeks., then imagine it been a full disaster. i.e you want to learn a new language let’s say Spanish, so imagine yourself in a small town in Spain where no one speaks English and you don’t have your cell phone. You have to ask the locals for direction, you’d have to stumble on words, use hand gestures etc this imagination helps you know what you’d need to work on.
  2. Know just enough: spend just enough time studying and more time practicing Dr Stephen Krashen said “ learning is only valuable if it allows you to plan, edit and correct yourself while practicing” As you practice you find out your mistakes and where to practice some more. You could use Coaches and mentors.
  3. Struggle and Sleep: Break long practice section into short and intense practice sessions separated by periods of sleep, sleep consolidates and encodes what we learn during the day.

Here is a Systemic way to become Competent in any skill

Deconstruct a skill into the smallest possible sub-skills: this helps you eliminate the irrelevant part of the skill that would just be time consuming.

Learn just enough to practice intelligently and self-correct during practice:

Remove Physical, Mental, and emotional barriers that get in the way of practice: there are many things that can get in the way of practice, which makes it much more difficult to acquire any skill

Practice the most important Sub-skill: I told you this earlier.

Author: Victor Adeyemo

Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest

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