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What disappointed you about The First 20 Hours?
Kaufman is clearly passionate about his topic but its more of an essay than a full book.
What could Josh Kaufman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Less lists more substance when describing how he learnt each subject.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
lists lists and more lists
Any additional comments?
the first 20 pages are very good and they have made me get off my couch and pick up my ukulele. His TED talk on the topic is worth a visit
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Would you try another book written by Josh Kaufman or narrated by Josh Kaufman?
Yes, I like his writing and his narration is very good
What was most disappointing about Josh Kaufman’s story?
Got to say I am a little disappointed with it. Essentially 2/3 of the book are the case study examples of the new skills that the author decided to learn. Unless you are really interested in learning how to do yoga, web programming, touch-typing, play the Ukulele, the board game GO or windsurfing for yourself then the majority of the book can be pretty boring and somewhat tedious.
All the actually useful information and takeaways from the book (unless you are interested in the above skills) are in the first 3 chapters (40 pages) & the final 2 pages of the Afterword at the end.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Maybe someone in their early 20s with little experience in their life might like it.
Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Kaufman again?
Would you listen to another book narrated by Josh Kaufman?
Not sure. Really not going to.
What character would you cut from The First 20 Hours?
I'd kill all the stories about things he learned in his past.
Any additional comments?
Seriously, he finishes his thesis early in the book. The rest is just fill. He talks about how he learned yoga and computer programming (that's all in the past). This was all about 20/20 foresight. How about talking about his thesis and then actually applying it to something he knows nothing about. Write about that. Write about how it's something he wants to learn, but is fighting with all the self doubts, frustration and aggravation of finding the motivation to do what he intellectually wants, but has trouble finding the discipline to actually learn. Prove that thesis. Don't just introduce the thesis and then look back into the past about how it worked for things he already learned. Don't talk about things he had to learn for his business. I have to do that all the time. I have to learn about things I could care less about because I have to do it for my business.
All in all, this book talks about a thesis that could be stated in 3 lines. Only focus on learning one thing at a time. Devote the time to do it and don't let any other learning distractions stop you from this goal. And finally, think before you do. Plan how you're going to learn and do it intelligently. I have a problem with that idea because it all falls back to 20/20 foresight. You can't learn what's important and what isn't until you learn something about it.
In the end, this was a brief thesis that didn't need the full space of a book. It makes money for the author because it's not a brief article that he can put on his website--it's a book. And this book is a waste of time and money.
188 of 207 people found this review helpful
The book has a great start and fullfilled my expectations. The you get 30min of yoga history and you just stop listening.
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