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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  • Phương Nguyễn
    Phương Nguyễn Day ago +2

    April 18th
    Im from Vietnam. Im learning English and I really want to have new friends 🙂

  • David Deters
    David Deters Day ago

    This video is so sad... he really never learned how to pronounce ukulele.

  • Bharath Simha Reddy

    one of the best TED talks I have ever watched : )

  • D W
    D W Day ago

    Song breakdown. Anybody? I don't know some of them!

  • Duyên Hoàng
    Duyên Hoàng 2 days ago

    That's amazing .

  • Samuel Alder
    Samuel Alder 4 days ago

    Fantastic performance, thanks so much for this!

  • Kikon Sketches
    Kikon Sketches 7 days ago

    my cats name is lela...

    MOMBOU HONORE 7 days ago

    I like youTube

  • richlawton1995
    richlawton1995 7 days ago

    This guy should try this with CSGO and then he'll realise how wrong he is

  • WonTaek Lim
    WonTaek Lim 7 days ago

    Awsome video. Thanks for precious lessons.

  • Amir Niaraki
    Amir Niaraki 8 days ago

    He is hardcore on the trend of 'eat that frog!', this time Josh Kaufman with his Ukulele.

  • Hilal Şarkışla
    Hilal Şarkışla 8 days ago

    Altyazı sorunu var.

  • landaftian
    landaftian 10 days ago +3

    Yes I know, u can't help it either. But let's finish watching the whole thing before scrolling down here😁😁

  • Bhupendra Patel
    Bhupendra Patel 11 days ago

    The most attractive point was segregate the things into the small pieces after that see the magic that how much you have improved.

  • Thiyagu
    Thiyagu 11 days ago


  • Tanja  Olivier
    Tanja Olivier 12 days ago

    Thanks 😀 I now know how to go forward and achieve my dreams 😀

  • منوعات جزائرية

    that is one of 2 best ted video i watched

    the other video is about scma emails hhh

  • Ultimate Probot
    Ultimate Probot 14 days ago

    I don’t require anyone to agree. Humans have too many options. This is the real and only problem.

  • patrick bangura
    patrick bangura 15 days ago +33

    Who is watching in April 2019

  • Nathan Melo
    Nathan Melo 15 days ago

    Aprendi a tocar ukulele em uns 10 min kkkk obs: já sabia toca violão. Mas vou testar as 20 hrs em inglês.... Já tenho um certo conhecimento ! Agr só por em prática a teoria das 20 hrs

  • Magical Dream
    Magical Dream 16 days ago

    Now she's probably goes a school thats really what life is

  • Maer Brinkman
    Maer Brinkman 16 days ago

    try getting reasonably good at Dota 2 in 20 hours lmfao

  • Faisol Jeksea
    Faisol Jeksea 18 days ago

    luar biasa

  • tigros360
    tigros360 20 days ago

    the most interesting one

  • Hi7man663
    Hi7man663 20 days ago +2

    Has anyone tried this method and did you had positive or negative result? thank you

  • pranish shrestha
    pranish shrestha 21 day ago

    I would like to learn how to do heart surgery.

  • Jolie Huynh
    Jolie Huynh 22 days ago

    The great performance that I ever seen! He is so hilarious!

  • guipai jj
    guipai jj 22 days ago

    this is absolutely gibberish
    mastering is different from knowing hes claiming a false ridiculous statement to attract attention
    y cant he learn everything from all fields within ten years and be a predator

  • Dinie Dinie
    Dinie Dinie 22 days ago

    thank you

  • Air Force
    Air Force 22 days ago

    I didn't prepare any thing for my exam It will be in 20hrs ...

    If I fail then your fault

  • Monkey Brain
    Monkey Brain 23 days ago

    I like this guy :)

  • Michael Kao
    Michael Kao 24 days ago

    Focus 9:32 - 12;30 & 18:30

  • Andy - The ESL Guy
    Andy - The ESL Guy 24 days ago +1

    Loved the dressing your child part, whenever my wife asks me to dress my youngest son I take it as a monumental challenge to 'pass the clothing test', winter is definitely the hardest!! Great talk, love the presenting skills!

  • Jerry Guillaume
    Jerry Guillaume 25 days ago

    One of the best Ted Talk.

  • Pietro F
    Pietro F 25 days ago +1

    Thank you Mr Josh, you are a genius.👍🔝🔝👏

  • Ali Gamal
    Ali Gamal 26 days ago

    So, How can I master English in 20 hours ?

  • Alexander Immanuel
    Alexander Immanuel 26 days ago

    8:42 to 9:27 👌🏾

  • So Happy
    So Happy 27 days ago +1

    i like your song🎸🎺🎷🎻

  • Redeema08
    Redeema08 27 days ago

    Balls of steel, kudos to you sir

  • Creszyl Joy Arellano

    It makes me wanna learn to play ukelele. 😂

  • Sakura Linh
    Sakura Linh Month ago +1

    ai là người VN

  • Krystal Marie Amon
    Krystal Marie Amon Month ago

    love your song love it

  • Jyu Ikuta
    Jyu Ikuta Month ago

    Pas mal

  • WeaselOnAStick
    WeaselOnAStick Month ago

    I'm stuck at 1st step... I don't know what I want from myself...

  • 원지
    원지 Month ago


  • Travel with Amaan
    Travel with Amaan Month ago

    10,000 hours?

  • RaJu Clean
    RaJu Clean Month ago

    High from 10.00

  • yellooh
    yellooh Month ago

    Could we ever know all we could?

  • bluegrass bug
    bluegrass bug Month ago

    8:47 I cried

  • moe set
    moe set Month ago +2

    he sounds like Barney from how i met your mother

  • Uttam Chandra
    Uttam Chandra Month ago

    Wow..this is amazing

  • podyness
    podyness Month ago +6

    By far the most interesting and easy to apply concept i have seen on ted

  • yossinta rd
    yossinta rd Month ago

    Best TED Talk!!!

  • Hrithikh raikwar
    Hrithikh raikwar Month ago +8

    Video also of 20 minutes. The amazing "20".

  • toghzhan shakur
    toghzhan shakur Month ago

    He's so cool

  • Tracy Vautherot
    Tracy Vautherot Month ago

    I just read a book called Making it Real and Relevant and the 10,000 hour thing was talked about there too. It was saying, why do we have so many standards for students if it takes this long to become proficient at anything?

  • Phi Buu Nguyen
    Phi Buu Nguyen Month ago +6

    This is actually the best ted talk ever

    • Khalid Hassan
      Khalid Hassan Month ago

      Phi Buu Nguyen Not true the procrastination Ted talk was classic.
      20 hour one is great

    DANIEL A BARRERA E Month ago +1

    Better than I thought. In tune with scrum methodology. Thank you

  • Kevin Ong
    Kevin Ong Month ago +9

    LOL, It's true, we only need 20hours to good at something
    Just remember how you pass your highschool, studying a subject the night before

    • Dan Mickelson
      Dan Mickelson Month ago +2

      Are you implying you have to be good at something to graduate high school? Lol. Good one.

  • grokiz
    grokiz Month ago +2

    20 hours for learning new thing. I never ever think 🤔 about it.
    But after watching the video - I maybe re-thinking. So thank you 🙏 for new methods. Amazing

  • Subas Budhathoki
    Subas Budhathoki Month ago +1

    2019 anyone??

  • tram nguyen
    tram nguyen Month ago

    I love French, but I'm so busy in work and my own family. But I know if I don't start to spend 20000 hrs to learn it, I will never speak French well or even sing any love songs in that language.

  • wilkmathiu
    wilkmathiu Month ago +1

    Sounds well, 20 hours, one saturday

  • Robert Gentle
    Robert Gentle Month ago +6

    You can learn a lot of things in 20 hours, but not everything - some things just require a lot more learning and practice. Like a new language, or even golf.

  • becky0710
    becky0710 Month ago +2

    This is brilliant, I am so glad i watched it. I feel the universe is trying to tell me something as I was looking for something to inspire me into learning how to play my ukulele. Then the guy picks up a ukulele! I am going to do 45 mins most days and see how i get on after a month. Cant wait to try.

  • Avid Inspiration
    Avid Inspiration Month ago

    LOOOOL I love this

  • Zahid H Khan
    Zahid H Khan Month ago


  • Caliber
    Caliber Month ago +3

    16:45 lmfao my boi in the suit wondering why white people like this

  • Дав Мурманск

    My face, when I heard about 20 hours 9:16

  • Vishnu Prasad
    Vishnu Prasad Month ago

    Any mallus ?

  • Đạt Nguyễn
    Đạt Nguyễn Month ago

    I don't scare to learn something new. That I don't want . ( @@ )

  • chopin2712
    chopin2712 Month ago

    I have something to add also : If you don't want to procrastinate and finish (and continue) your 20 hours : Like what you do. That's look obvious but in fact : no.
    When I started music, I wanted results and it what I loved, results. But you need to like making music and not wanting results ! It is very important. It is my advice. Have a nice day !

  • Steven Hall
    Steven Hall Month ago

    Key Dodd

  • Michael Yuan
    Michael Yuan Month ago

    Well, it depends on how you define what is good. If you want to talk about something with your friends in some field, or just play a simple song, 20 hours may be enough, maybe. But if you want to do something really good, and it's not an easy one? Please do it step by step hardly. I'm not saying there is not a way to do it efficiently, I'm saying there are no tricks to achieve something really hard, really good. I hope people who have big dreams can do real efforts, there are no shortcuts to achieve the real thing. This is my opinion.

  • Oscar
    Oscar Month ago

    I spent more than 20hours on RU-clip can I be a RU-clipr ?!

  • Nae Childs
    Nae Childs Month ago +4

    This video was great, informative. I'm actually motivated to do the first thing on my bucket list. 🌱🐞...Designing small veggie gardens....Emotional barriers...I

  • Adam Jad
    Adam Jad Month ago +165

    I have spent more than 10,000 hours on RU-clip!!

    • Samuel Alder
      Samuel Alder 4 days ago +1

      me too!

    • Krishna Kumar
      Krishna Kumar 10 days ago +1

      Me to

    • John Smith
      John Smith 18 days ago +2

      Its not the information, but the quality of the information and how you can recall it and reuse it to make something

    • yun wang
      yun wang Month ago +1

      me too hhhhh

  • nobi nobita
    nobi nobita Month ago


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    nobi nobita Month ago


  • Viakat
    Viakat Month ago

    Wow. SO damn true.

  • Rwaggy Rwuper Rwinstincts

    I have been doing Nofap for 20 hours and now I can fly

  • Lucciano 614
    Lucciano 614 Month ago +1

    Feels like it takes more then 20hrs to even understand Anatomy or Chemistry, More like 100K hours 😂

  • Mido 1996
    Mido 1996 Month ago

    I think the best way to learn something is by repetition and criticism. The problem of criticism is setting the perfect criteria, which would always push you forward. The best way to do that is by asking the experts for the most important criteria to consider. Then iteratively your performance will get better, the more critical you are with yourself.

  • Mido 1996
    Mido 1996 Month ago

    I think the best way to study subjects like math, physics and mechanics is by treating their textbook like a recipe. It is to be used, not to be read, you bring tons of questions and try to solve them using definitions, instructions and methods introduced in the textbook. Don’t try to read the book alone, because it will just give you a headache.
    I studied a whole semester material in one week using that technique. One time I prepared for a mechanics exam (Which I never attended its lecture too) for three days and I got a really good grade considering that I studied that for three days. I remember before that when I was just reading textbook then solving, I would barely get pass one capital.

  • Marcelo Ávila
    Marcelo Ávila Month ago

    I have already come back to this video more than 10 times now, for sure. It always inspires me and makes me reinforce the knoledge it contains. And I am trying to apply the 20 hours lesson since then. The results I am getting are becoming better every time I try this learning strategie.

  • Fatima Mus
    Fatima Mus Month ago

    0:58 It's not just Leela !, this guy ''s reaction though! . take it easy on the gum ! .lol

  • Mnooll 20
    Mnooll 20 Month ago

    Waaw so nise goood 🤩👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • tonberrykinged
    tonberrykinged Month ago

    I think this tip could also be useful if you've plateaued in what you're learning. Use it like a 20-hour booster to improve your current skillset. Whether you're a writer, guitarist or whatever. Think how much you could improve with 20 hours of further deliberate practice.

  • Noah Lewis
    Noah Lewis Month ago

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ya yea

  • Harvey Spector
    Harvey Spector Month ago

    Thanks Man!!! Last few lines touched me!

  • Way Milky
    Way Milky Month ago

    amazingly it's first time i watch video spoken only english perfectly. i was so surprised at myself. I could not stop concentrating on his speech.
    Thank U, Kaufuman:-)

  • Hubert Parchomiuk
    Hubert Parchomiuk Month ago +1

    1. Deconstruct the skill
    2. Learn enough to self - correct
    3. Remove distractions/barriers
    4. Practice atleast 20 hours

  • P centreTechnique Official

    what is main? who is understand ?

  • lee
    lee 2 months ago

    Gonna put 20 hours into learning this 20 hour learning skill

  • 麦麦庆达
    麦麦庆达 2 months ago

    it should be a music show ,and he should be a singer

  • Katarzyna Tęcza
    Katarzyna Tęcza 2 months ago

    Phenomenal and very inspirational!

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    Maks Saprykin 2 months ago


  • Eloisa Severo
    Eloisa Severo 2 months ago +126

    1. Deconstruct the skill.
    2. Learn enough to self-correct.
    3. Remove practice barriers.
    4. Practice at least 20 hours.
    Man, you are great!!!!!! Loved your ted talk!

  • Justin Feng
    Justin Feng 2 months ago

    I love that song

  • Shova Singh
    Shova Singh 2 months ago