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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Comments • 80

  • Hao Do
    Hao Do 18 hours ago

    very good

  • Lina Benkirane
    Lina Benkirane 19 hours ago

    This is the best TED talk i've seen during 10000 hours of watchind TED talks

  • Denijel Jarak
    Denijel Jarak 20 hours ago

    Pure BS

  • cross over
    cross over 23 hours ago +1

    So this is how u guys can master or learn any skill u want .
    Just practicing isn't enough practicing smartly is the real Win Win
    1.DECONSTRUCT THE SKILL:- what this means is to just break the particular skill into many small parts and to focus on that , learning from micross and therefore we should always start it in a beginner's mind . This helps us in understanding each and every aspect required for that skill .
    Learn Enough To Self Correct :- This means we should always see that what's the thing we can correct it in that skill no matter what it takes because repeating the mistakes twice is a foolish act .
    3.Avoid Barriers To That Skill:- This means that if u are investing 20hrs in that particular skill u only have to be particular and fosuced on that skill rather than spending half of the time in Ur phone, TV ,etc
    4.Actually Practicing for 20hrs:- Sincere practice is the main role hero over here and u have to invest Ur time in it . If we can practice it to this period we are sufficient enough to gain the skill

  • Quỳnh Văn
    Quỳnh Văn Day ago

    Josh: one of the things that I've wanted to learn how to do for a long time is playing Ukulele
    me: o.m.g that was an idea surrounding my mind while he talked about "20 hour ..."

  • Karishma Khan
    Karishma Khan Day ago

    Amazing sir..

  • Asif Ahmed
    Asif Ahmed Day ago

    Funny how these people come up with funny concepts to be a "TEDXSPEAKER"

  • sri fatimah
    sri fatimah Day ago

    can u send email to me ?

  • sri fatimah
    sri fatimah Day ago

    u know or not why she can online 10,000 hours ? this not funny same u look now...have asomething story make sad she heart


    He’s amazing inspiring I think we should start thinking broad minded.

  • Linda Veronica Solis Jauregui

    Thank you! Just what I needed to hear!

  • Reem ahmad
    Reem ahmad Day ago

    what is the name song?

  • Tara Harrison
    Tara Harrison Day ago

    Stringed instruments are not the same as normal learning they are complex.... And 'commendably challenging'🤔😊😌🎶

  • Tara Harrison
    Tara Harrison Day ago

    What game of telephone.
    As soon as you first made the quote I said no it isn't, it's to master something great/ be an expert.

  • Alex Saa
    Alex Saa Day ago

    Ta hablando huevada este pelado, a ver aprende chino en 20 horas

  • sky work
    sky work Day ago

    This change my life.

  • Radi Ghazal
    Radi Ghazal Day ago

    That’s what we needed for the coronavirus

  • la biche la biche

    I realy like your way to explain thank you sir 💓

  • Sameer Kumar
    Sameer Kumar Day ago

    Tanks dude! I'm gonna try for real

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  • 이종훈
    이종훈 Day ago

    Its gannam style zzz

  • reza naseri
    reza naseri 2 days ago

    It's write in 20 hour u just learn how to do it not master

  • E Navero
    E Navero 2 days ago

    My teacher says you have to practice 48hours/day.

  • n el
    n el 2 days ago

    this guy was great

  • Nikolay Borodin
    Nikolay Borodin 2 days ago

    As an elearning specialist (~7000 hours) I can say, t's unpractical tip. These "4 steps to acquire a skill" won't work for you from step 1 - deconstruct a skill. If you are not an expert, it's impossible for you to that. You simply don't understand, of how many parts this skill consists, all the more you don't understand, which of these parts are essential and should be learned first. To deconstuct a skill you have to be an expert :) If you want to learn, why so, you can google "SOLO taxonomy" (or Bloom, or any other etc).
    Exception - something popular - for example, playing ukulele - which is already deconstucted for you in videos and courses of all sorts.
    So if you really want to learn something, step 1 - find an expert, so she/he deconstructs a skill for you.

  • Triều Nguyễn Mạnh

    thank you for this video. It helps me so much.

  • amna amna
    amna amna 2 days ago

    Now I wanna learn English ... because I need it

  • Shoron Sarkar
    Shoron Sarkar 2 days ago

    You said practicing about 20 hour.. should i practicing for 20 hour row or today 10 and next day 10 hour please ans it....

  • Mỹ Duyên Võ
    Mỹ Duyên Võ 2 days ago +15

    I spent 20 hours on learning Chinese and then I realized that Chinese is not hard like I have ever thought about. And know, it is about 4 months since I started to study this language, I got HSK2. Thank u very much!

    • Tâm :3
      Tâm :3 22 hours ago

      Cảm ơn chia sẻ của cậu, mình sẽ bắt đầu học tiếng Trung!

  • S p e e d
    S p e e d 2 days ago

    The question now is how to overcome that emotional barrier?

  • 音乐 美妙
    音乐 美妙 3 days ago


  • Audio Maths
    Audio Maths 3 days ago

    Most interesting person ,great

  • Anupam Roongta
    Anupam Roongta 3 days ago

    Amazing.. thank you Josh for sharing this.

  • Jay Em
    Jay Em 3 days ago

    30 minutes. I learned how to skateboard at least the basics. Far from being an expert. Imagine 20 hours. Things I also used are associating experiences of equivalent skillls like bicycling, taking risks, and safety practices. Thanks.

  • Shivam Nagle
    Shivam Nagle 3 days ago +1

    15:05 can anyone tell me what this lady is writing ?

  • Rabin Adhikari
    Rabin Adhikari 3 days ago +1

    18:33 "The major barrier isn`t intellectual. It`s emotional." Loved it!!

  • Eridania Gomes
    Eridania Gomes 3 days ago

    1. Desconstrua a habilidade.
    2. Aprenda o suficiente para se corrigir.
    3. Remova as barreiras da prática.
    4. Pratique pelo menos 20 horas.

  • mai Hồng
    mai Hồng 3 days ago


  • Hải Nguyễn
    Hải Nguyễn 3 days ago

    Does anyone here know how to watch or search for this video on the TED website? Please show me! I tried typing the title of this video but I got no result.🤔🤔

  • Mỹ Anh Nguyễn
    Mỹ Anh Nguyễn 3 days ago

    I have just finished 20 hours studying a merchandiser online course. 😎😎😎

  • Yais Yias
    Yais Yias 4 days ago

    I need a friend from Britain or America to teach me English please

  • Hưng Nguyễn
    Hưng Nguyễn 4 days ago

    everyone test learns programming in 20 hours after going back to my comment. Java, C#, C++

  • Binh Yen Quach Tran
    Binh Yen Quach Tran 4 days ago

    It's worth watching this, truly.

  • UC
    UC 4 days ago

    5:55 excited

  • Palash Kuche
    Palash Kuche 4 days ago +1

    I certainly wished i would have been there to clap for him there. Really amazing talk I've ever heard until now.👏👏👏👏👏👏

    45 GORILLAS 4 days ago

    Wait I wanna learn that beautiful song too

  • Suman Kattel
    Suman Kattel 4 days ago

    what a great talks loves it

  • Narinj
    Narinj 4 days ago

    Was amazing 🤩

  • Med Cheknane
    Med Cheknane 5 days ago

    Thenk you

  • Aljon Dimalanta
    Aljon Dimalanta 5 days ago

    I have to disagree with the Outlier summary.. it was not just about the 10,000 hour rule lol

  • CAT M
    CAT M 5 days ago

    Great and very interesting, I will do it. You made a great contribution to my life to credit you

  • Saniya Goyal
    Saniya Goyal 5 days ago

    Wow !!! I wanted to hear him forever loved it . I am gonna definitely try this and tell if it worked for me 👍🏻👍🏻

  • Yash Burge
    Yash Burge 5 days ago +1


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    Patrick Lillis 5 days ago


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    João Vitor Santos 5 days ago


  • shubham chaturvedi
    shubham chaturvedi 5 days ago +12

    Read outliers last year. Gifted to my professor it's still with him. Didn't surprise me one bit that it stayed as bestseller for 3 months

  • Abu Hureira
    Abu Hureira 5 days ago

    Thank you man..I have great respect for you🔥🔥

  • Anjali Jaswal
    Anjali Jaswal 5 days ago

    Wooow just woow how wonderfully he explains it

  • Anne Garcia
    Anne Garcia 5 days ago

    I want to learn how to drive. After this. 😂

  • Delay
    Delay 5 days ago

    8:50 for lazy man

  • Celina Mocanu
    Celina Mocanu 6 days ago

    He is amazing:)

    JUSTYNA PODL 6 days ago


  • Osama Al-Saadi
    Osama Al-Saadi 6 days ago +2

    wow im impressed one of the best talks i've heard

  • Mitesh Prajapati
    Mitesh Prajapati 6 days ago

    Great. Awesome theory of 20 hours.

  • Shourya Arya
    Shourya Arya 6 days ago

    I liked that video. Especially the song. I was wondering if it was availaible seperately so that I can play it on loop.
    Endline the video was💯

  • Jeronimo Tamayo
    Jeronimo Tamayo 6 days ago


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    אביב לוי 6 days ago


  • らんkd
    らんkd 6 days ago

    Amazing... amazing talk! 'The barrier is emotinal, not intellectual.'

  • karunakaran p
    karunakaran p 6 days ago

    Nice speech

  • Thë smãrt
    Thë smãrt 6 days ago

    Thnk u very much ,,I'll try it inchlllh

  • day every
    day every 7 days ago

    Thanks for a good lecture👍
    I will go to learn anything!

  • Thảo Mai
    Thảo Mai 7 days ago

    I hope it will surely apply for my studying new skills, also Math subject lol :))

  • Đàm Tài Cap Official

    Thanks for share - *Josh Kaufman* !

  • Hoàng Anh
    Hoàng Anh 7 days ago

    From hana lexis ❤

  • Dung Lê
    Dung Lê 7 days ago

    Đi từ kênh của c Hana qua đây ❤️

  • Ngọc Bích
    Ngọc Bích 7 days ago +1

    Có ai đến đây sau khi xem video của hana's lexis

  • Hoàng Trung
    Hoàng Trung 7 days ago

    That's so nice, wow !!!!

  • Đỗ Khánh Huyền anh 13

    This is so amazing. It's such a shame that I haven't seen this sooner :((

  • Amit Kumar Jha
    Amit Kumar Jha 8 days ago

    Best Tedx Talk...

  • Truc Vo
    Truc Vo 8 days ago

    staying at home for pandamic, I am here . ^^