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The first 20 hours -- how to learn anything | Josh Kaufman | TEDxCSU


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  • James Benton Ticer
    James Benton Ticer 7 жыл бұрын +42078

    I am almost at my 20th hour of watching TEDx talks and I have to say I AM getting pretty good at this.

  • Jose Veiga
    Jose Veiga 5 күн бұрын +503

    A perfect storm is brewing in the United States. Inflation, bank collapse, severe drought in the agricultural belt, recession, food shortages, diesel fuel and heating oil shortages, baby formula shortages, available automobile shortages and prices, the price of living place.

    • Samuel Alexander
      Samuel Alexander 5 күн бұрын

      @Braulio García Leon Greg T. Martin FX

    • Laura Matthew
      Laura Matthew 5 күн бұрын

      it's a good time to buy and basically I've just got cash sitting duck in the bank and I'd really love to put it to good use seeing how inflation is at an all time-high, who is this coach that guides you, mind I look them up

    • ณัฐพนธ์ บุญมีบุตร
      ณัฐพนธ์ บุญมีบุตร 5 күн бұрын +1

      Government policy has thrown the future under the bus for decades. The day of judgment is near. I predict an 80% drop in the stock market. Investors will abandon stocks in favor of real estate. There will be no money in banks... You must devise a strategy for survival.

  • Hoang Huy
    Hoang Huy Ай бұрын +379

    1. Deconstruct the skill:
    - decide exactly what you want to be able to do when you're done, and then look into the skill and break it down into smaller pieces.
    2. Learn enough to self correct:
    - learn just enough that you can actually practice and self correct or self edit as you practice.
    3. Remove barriers to practice:
    - remove the distractions that are keeping you from practicing.
    4. Practice for at least 20 hours:
    - by pre-committing to practicing whatever it is that you want to do for at least 20 hours, you will be able to overcome initial frustration barrier and stick with the practice long enough to actually reap the rewards.
    5. The major barrier's not intellectual, it's emotional.

    • should have not should of
      should have not should of 4 күн бұрын +1

      @Marta Rosevalda
      Watch the video and pay attention Marta.

    • Dil
      Dil 11 күн бұрын


    • Game Play TV
      Game Play TV 12 күн бұрын

      Whot is The Venus Project?

    • Abdulmalik Ololade
      Abdulmalik Ololade 12 күн бұрын

    • Swayam Badhe
      Swayam Badhe 16 күн бұрын +3

      @Marta Rosevalda you give examples of skills which can't be divided and i will politely tell you why you are wrong

  • AgoodNameForMe
    AgoodNameForMe 6 ай бұрын +579

    Im a English and Japanese learner, and I couldn't agree more with this video. The biggest barrier which obstructs you is emotional--'Im afraid of failure, Im afraid that what I've done wont work ect.'
    So just keep doing it, keep practicing, keep learning. And finally, you'll achieve your goals.

    • Game Play TV
      Game Play TV 12 күн бұрын

      Whot is The Venus Project?

    • idiosyncratic
      idiosyncratic Ай бұрын +2

      I am just beginning to learn kanji. And I am glad I found the 20-hour strategy. Can't wait to get there.

    • EmmanuelTech
      EmmanuelTech Ай бұрын

      Totally agree.

    • samurai katana
      samurai katana Ай бұрын

      @raven 頑張ってください

    • raven
      raven Ай бұрын +2

      This video made me want to learn Japanese again , I would start learning Japanese by learning from books designed for schools, they would slowly teach you grammar rules and a couple of business words are how to greet someone .
      I would quickly get bored and after a couple of weeks quit.
      But that's the thing the books I was using were designed to teach business men , they focus on grammar because it's an easy subject to grade on tests.
      But I don't care about any of that.
      What I need is the most important elements, that will make it easy for me to understand general Japanese .
      I'm still going to use those books but I'm not going to make them the central focus of my learning.

  • Shin
    Shin   Жыл бұрын +778

    "The main barrier is not intellectual - it's emotional" was taken to heart. Thanks for the video

    • Game Play TV
      Game Play TV 12 күн бұрын

      Whot is The Venus Project?

    • Pedro Alva
      Pedro Alva 6 ай бұрын

      @cat 000 how

    • cat 000
      cat 000 10 ай бұрын +1

      somebody already said that

  • Mithiii
    Mithiii 11 ай бұрын +847

    10:30 - 11:15 is the life changing quote for me. Trying to be a perfectionist at everything and eventually procrastinating is the thing that I'm doing over these years. Thank you 💖

    • Game Play TV
      Game Play TV 12 күн бұрын

      Whot is The Venus Project?

    • Neha Lalwani
      Neha Lalwani Ай бұрын


      VELLAICHAMY Ай бұрын

      @cat 11.30

    • Nepenthe_
      Nepenthe_ 5 ай бұрын

      It's something I struggle with too. Here's hoping for goodness along our way!

    • The Opinion Guy
      The Opinion Guy 7 ай бұрын +3

      @LIMO yeah i think I understand what you feel. I feel the same, i can play electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drum, bass and keyboard. But the problem is i only learned fundamental part, i can play notes and chords. But yeah, that’s the limit.

  • Adarsh BR
    Adarsh BR 3 жыл бұрын +3959

    1 Deconstruct
    2 Learn enough to Self correct
    3 Remove distraction
    4 Practice 20 hours

    • Game Play TV
      Game Play TV 12 күн бұрын

      Whot is The Venus Project?

      QUBIC GAMER Ай бұрын

      @Sakshi Chauhan yes me also u saved me 20 more thank minutes

    • Brew master
      Brew master 2 жыл бұрын

      Will read this for 20 straight hours starting...now.

    • Jackie Lopez
      Jackie Lopez 2 жыл бұрын

      Thank you!!!

    • Austin Thomas Films
      Austin Thomas Films 2 жыл бұрын +3

      5. Ukulele

  • Eli Schlenker
    Eli Schlenker  Жыл бұрын +728

    This is 110% correct. Looking back on every skill I've learned and accounted my hours for, it is around the 15 - 20 hour range that I feel "I got the hang of this" and that the dream isn't foolish, but by practice and repetition, the perception becomes reality.

    • Jaytopia
      Jaytopia 3 ай бұрын

      @Dan Bolton ur 20 hour rule shouldnt be fluency but understanding some phrases

    • Danielb1405
      Danielb1405 5 ай бұрын

      It's correct to the point at which you learn too long without getting enough result back and you at times lose self-confidence. Gotta agree with @Jar Jar Sphinx

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 5 ай бұрын

      ​@Dan Bolton I am a French Teacher ! writeme

    • Dj Air Alert
      Dj Air Alert 6 ай бұрын

      Well said my friend!

    • Pedro Alva
      Pedro Alva 6 ай бұрын +1

      I want to witj drawing

  • Valeria Chierico
    Valeria Chierico 3 ай бұрын +398

    Finally a decent, fun and engaging tedtalks that truly helps to set a practical goal and gives you a clear prospective on learning. THANK YOU

    • Ceasar Saran
      Ceasar Saran 2 ай бұрын

      @Technolus If you can do it. Many people simply cant get into something on command, and thereby making 30 minutes useful. For myself, wether its reading, or practicing I would need a minimum of an hour. But I get your point. Its a way of looking at your spare time more optimistically.

    • Technolus
      Technolus 2 ай бұрын +5

      @Ceasar Saran he actually did: learn the minimum so you can self correct while practicing, and even if you think you don't have time just allocate something like 30 minutes a day because it doesn't take much to learn something to an acceptable proficiency level.

    • Ceasar Saran
      Ceasar Saran 2 ай бұрын

      I thought it was a huge waste of time. he didnt help tell us how to learn things at all.

    • Noura Salman
      Noura Salman 2 ай бұрын


    • はるぞうはるぞう
      はるぞうはるぞう 3 ай бұрын

      @GARIMA AHUJA lol😅

  • 岡田和久
    岡田和久 9 ай бұрын +452

    1. スキルを分解する 9:47
    2. 自己修正できるだけ学ぶ 10:30
    3. 練習の邪魔になるものを取り除く 11:20
    4. 少なくとも20時間は練習する 11:46

    • Game Play TV
      Game Play TV 12 күн бұрын

      Whot is The Venus Project?

    • 麥斯威爾請喝咖啡
      麥斯威爾請喝咖啡 4 ай бұрын +1


    • daewol
      daewol 4 ай бұрын +1

      Good Summarization Okada sang!

    • CindMa
      CindMa 6 ай бұрын +15

      In 20 hours I learned how to read ひらがなとカタカナ.今、私は日本語をべんきょうします。

    • Zehra Boynueğri
      Zehra Boynueğri 6 ай бұрын +1

      Cok kisisel gelisim kitabi okudum hayal kırıklığı duvarini ilk defa duydum

  • Rompelstaump
    Rompelstaump 3 ай бұрын +270

    This is very helpful. Thank you for the work that went into this presentation. I could relate when he started talking about not starting to practice until he read all the books and understood all the concepts. Read a little, then practice a little, then progress that way.

  • Ned Hesser
    Ned Hesser  Жыл бұрын +134

    The best, most exciting, most practical, most fascinating Ted talk that I continue to come back to you again and again. Read the book multiple times, applied it to everything from learning a new language to fixing up my house, to now developing my skills as a ham radio operator. Thank you so much for this.

  • Your ATTRACTION Coach
    Your ATTRACTION Coach  Жыл бұрын +5148

    "The main barrier is not intellectual -- it's EMOTIONAL." Amen to that.

    • Aisam Zahoor
      Aisam Zahoor 6 ай бұрын

      @Krish Lock i'm also 😂

    • Krish Lock
      Krish Lock 6 ай бұрын

      @Aisam Zahoor no one's know actually 😂😂

    • nishanth g
      nishanth g 7 ай бұрын

      Wise words ,,🥳

    • でこ
      でこ 8 ай бұрын

      @Cooper Blackwell カナキカカかきあか

    • でこ
      でこ 8 ай бұрын

      @Cooper Blackwell くなきにかあきたかあたか…書き聞きけ……

  • David Forest-Hill
    David Forest-Hill 3 ай бұрын +119

    Absolutely brilliant. Everything said was spot on. Anyone can start to achieve any goal with just a little practice and motivation and leaving the fear behind. Use fear as a focus to achieve your goal, not to prevent it.

    • Jesus Madrid
      Jesus Madrid 2 ай бұрын +1

      You're so right! Once I started using my fear for motivation things started to go in the right path.

    • Emmanuel Simond
      Emmanuel Simond 2 ай бұрын +1

      use fear as a focus to achieve...!!!
      how's that even possible???

  • Sean Theiss
    Sean Theiss 8 ай бұрын +50

    Thanks so much! This is so true. When I was 13 I really wanted to learn the guitar, and three months with daily working at it the way they tried to teach it in school got me nowhere. 2 years later I tried again with a totally different approach, basically just having fun with it and not being afraid of making mistakes but learning from them and 6 months later I was in a good band playing the lead guitar. No one expects you to learn anything by doing it right from the beginning anyway so just dive into it, make some mistakes and have fun. Learning rocks!

  • Shiping Wang
    Shiping Wang 10 ай бұрын +41

    Love it! Put 20 hours practice in it and have fun!
    Thinking about my karate journey 2hrs×10weeks here I am feeling much more comfortable compared the stressful emotion at the middle.
    Now the next learning is about C++ programming for a R5 module problem.
    Love the idea of self-correction milestone.
    And the dedication of 20 hours practice.
    My comment about the 20 hours is that it's just the practice time, it doesn't include 3 also very important things, the preparation time, the decomposing time, and the reflection time.

  • Suhail Ansari
    Suhail Ansari 2 ай бұрын +27

    This ted talk is worth 100 books read, and 100 movies watched on self-improvement. It's rare to find such an influential video. Kudos to all of you who ended up watching this!

  • Luís Fernando Garcia
    Luís Fernando Garcia 8 ай бұрын +32

    1 - decida exatamente o que você quer ser capaz de fazer quando você abacar, e então olhe para a habilidade e divida-a em pequenos pedaços. A maior parte das habilidades que queremos aprender, na verdade são grandes pacotes de habilidades que requerem diferentes coisas. Quanto mais dividirmos essa habilidade, mais somos capazes de decidir quais são as partes da habilidade que irão realmente nos ajudar a conseguirmos o que queremos. E dessa forma podemos praticar primeiro as coisas mais importantes, e dessa forma seremos capazes de melhorar a nossa performance no menor tempo possível.
    2 - a segunda é, aprender o suficiente para se auto-corrigir. Então, devemos pegar de três a cinco recursos sobre o que estamos tentando aprender. Pode ser livros, DVDs, cursos, qualquer coisa. Não devemos usar isso como forma de adiar a prática. A prática deve começar imediatamente, e o que queremos é aprender o suficiente para sermos capazes de nos auto-corrigirmos ou auto-editarmos enquanto praticamos. Então o aprendizado se torna uma forma de melhorar e notar quando estamos cometendo um erro, e dessa forma podemos fazer algo diferente.
    3 - remova as barreiras para praticar. Distrações, televisão, internet, todas essas coisas que ficam no caminho entre nós e a cadeira para começarmos a estudar e trabalhar. Dessa forma, quanto mais nos tornamos capazes de usar um pouco da nossa força de vontade para remover as distrações que estão impedindo de praticar mais somos capazes de sentar e praticarmos.
    4 - praticar por pelo menos 20 horas.

  • Stargate
    Stargate 3 жыл бұрын +5292

    I really believe in everything he has just said. It is important to avoid procrastination guys. I am telling you this because of my life experience. I moved to Canada when I was 20 years old and my life has changed completely. I was studying computer engineering in my home country and was about to complete my 3rd year when my mother took the decision to move to Canada. It was really difficult at the beginning because of the language and culture. My knowledge about English was probably between 30% and 45%, so I had to invest part of time studying English. I proposed to myself that I had to learn the language at a university level in 1 year, and it worked. I still need improvements, but I feel really proud of myself because I was able to learn the language. After having learned English, I applied to University of Toronto to study Computer Science, and since the semester was going to start on September of the following year, I took that year to study everything about my career. I took my time to study advanced functions, calculus, physics and programming. What do I mean about all of this? You can learn everything you want if you really want to. The crucial part of all of this is to believe that you can do it. I personally do not believe in what the science says about the "SPECIAL KIDS". We all are smart beings that have the same capacities to learn everything we want. You can do it guys if you are willing to take the effort. I hope you have a great day and I wish you all the best ☺️. NEVER GIVE UP.

    • Game Play TV
      Game Play TV 12 күн бұрын

      Whot is The Venus Project?

    • Reynold sicari
      Reynold sicari Ай бұрын

      @Dilaine Souza Incredible, I hope your still continuing your journey to become fluent in the English language. I must say that it’s a very difficult language to learn. In fact, I still struggle with understanding despite my English background.

    • Nelson Canga
      Nelson Canga Ай бұрын

      I’m from Angola probably many of us don’t know what’s country is but it doesn’t matter I start study English a 3 months ago and I’m very proud for improvement day after day I believe that we can do anything if we love doing this things, God bless

    • behappy2000
      behappy2000 2 ай бұрын

      thank you so much to share your story

    • wasanthi jayasiri gunawardhana
      wasanthi jayasiri gunawardhana 2 ай бұрын


  • The SS Blog
    The SS Blog Ай бұрын +12

    4 simple steps to “Rapid Skill acquisition” are:
    1- Deconstruct the skill and decide exactly what you would be able to do by breaking down the skill into smaller pieces
    2- Learn enough to self correct
    (Learn enough part of the skill which you can practice and self correct)
    3- Remove practice barriers (distractions) by utilising a little will power
    4- Practice at least 20 hours

  • RSS ram sound system
    RSS ram sound system  Жыл бұрын +111

    What I learned is: we need to be able to deconstruct the skill, and learn enough to self assess our progress eliminating diseraction while practice time, and put our 20 hours .This was so excellent.

    • fraxmans
      fraxmans 11 ай бұрын +1

      Maybe search online or a book can help us to deconstruct a skill. But I have no idea how to know that we've already have the ability to do self correct

  • ADHD Doc
    ADHD Doc 3 ай бұрын +92

    I am in the midst of a career change. After 24 years as a doctor, I am training to become an airline pilot. I have accumulated 10 hours of flight so far, and I’m starting to see myself soar.

    • 행복한만두
      행복한만두 Ай бұрын

      진짜 멋있어요!!! 우와...

    • Kay Jeffs
      Kay Jeffs Ай бұрын +3

      Doctor and pilot? You sir, are epic!!!!

    • Marsh Millo
      Marsh Millo Ай бұрын +1

      Well done sir! A real master at Work! More power to ya!

    • Top TV
      Top TV 3 ай бұрын +2

      So beautiful!!!!!!!!❤️

    • Godly Encouragement
      Godly Encouragement 3 ай бұрын +5

      Wow... great for your explosive change.👍 congratulations.

  • Bia gois
    Bia gois 2 ай бұрын +4

    🇧🇷 Amei essa palestra! Gratidão a Deus, por esse ser humano incrível, por ele distribuir tantos aprendizados!🌷🌷🌷

  • Flo
    Flo 3 ай бұрын +9

    About the 10 000 rule (6:15), i find it interesting how it went from achieving a very special expert skill to 10 000 hours to learn anything. I think that reflects a lot on people's mindset, how they usually try something not out of interest and passion, but to immediately become the best at it. It isn't done out of love but out of competition, and that's way seeing a number such as 10 000 hours is discouraging for a lot of people who want to try something new. Because they don't want to fully admit that they are not investing themselves in the hobby for the right reason, and so they find an excuse to flake out the first chance they get out of "but this is just too difficult and i dont have the time for it"

  • Noob Hunter
    Noob Hunter 2 жыл бұрын +5585

    20hour Rules
    - Deconstruct the skill
    - Learn enough to self-correct
    -Remove practice barriers
    -Practice at least 20hours

    • Naresh R
      Naresh R 10 ай бұрын

      Thank you

    • YingChen Hsu
      YingChen Hsu 10 ай бұрын

      Thank yiu

    • Daan
      Daan 10 ай бұрын

      20min explained in 10sec

    • Ginny Stout
      Ginny Stout 10 ай бұрын

      Wow @Patrice Lauverjon that’s quite an exhaustive argument. You must have spent some time practicing that. Say….
      ….. 20 hours?

    • Patrice Lauverjon
      Patrice Lauverjon 11 ай бұрын

      The more widespread a thought becomes the more subjected to scrutiny and opposition, not fully relating to quality or aurhenticity. Amazingly enough, it can be Politics that make a very popular and genuine concept agreeable or unacceptable. Any content or context that has a global positive or negative back up of any kind will reach Political grounds! From that point on it will be manipulated so much that lost of perspectives and origins can be lost in space! This being so common and widespread involves a lot of research to figure out true meanings that may not have been fully uncovered in the first place anyway. This added complexity may cover up the simplicities and availablility of present solutions and the fact that anything complex is based on a cocktail of simple facts and events that are part of acceptance or rejection of natural evolution

  • Miroslawa Marcinkowska
    Miroslawa Marcinkowska 2 ай бұрын +2

    Dziękuję bardzo za polskie napisy , bo to bardzo przekonująca prezentacja, dzięki niej pierwszy raz zrobiłam sama przelewy, nadałam paczkę do paczkomatu i nabrałam pewności siebie- dziękuję bardzo!

  • Laurel's Learning Lab
    Laurel's Learning Lab 5 ай бұрын +7

    I love the medley at the end! I counted 18 snippets of songs with the same chords!! And he is right - I tutor English students and I think 20 hours is a good tipping point :) Great to think about progress in this way, and focus on what you can "do" and not what you CAN'T do. Stick with the skill long enough to see results!! :)

  • vy trần
    vy trần 10 ай бұрын +7

    Amazing inspirational speech 👏👏👏 You're so right that the major barrier to learning new thing is not intellectual, it's about emotional! We all start at zero point but if we keep practising and working hard on it, we will soon get better at it 😊 Enjoy what you're doing and find a way work best for you, hope all of us will achieve our happiness and goals 💟

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      Guaqui Sanchez 10 ай бұрын


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    • Guaqui Sanchez
      Guaqui Sanchez 10 ай бұрын

      i strongly recommend him he's trustworthy he ship to any location man he got all kinds of stuff

  • carasanto
    carasanto 11 күн бұрын

    Pessoas como esse homem, me fazem continuar acreditando na humanidade. Após o evento da internet comecei amar o povo estado-unidense, antes eu achava todos insensíveis e frios: não são. São pessoas como todas as pessoas do mundo. ❤

  • @gilsonfilhodeleao
    @gilsonfilhodeleao 10 күн бұрын

    Nossa, isso é incrível. 🧠👏👏👏

  • sparkle NIGHTS
    sparkle NIGHTS 2 жыл бұрын +2028

    these kind of ted talks always gives me the motivation to actually do something, thank you

    • sparkle NIGHTS
      sparkle NIGHTS 2 ай бұрын

      @Jar Jar Sphinx lmao, do it step by step, give yourself smart awards.

    • Jar Jar Sphinx
      Jar Jar Sphinx 7 ай бұрын +1

      They make me want to do something, but I never do.

    • Saadia sabouri
      Saadia sabouri  Жыл бұрын +1

      Yes.the same

    • Sk1kz-
      Sk1kz-  Жыл бұрын

      @genrubah yes

  • sp00ked s0up
    sp00ked s0up 11 ай бұрын +86

    This makes learning something more digestible instead of getting overwhelmed by the task. So right. Wish I watched this earlier in my life :’-)

  • R
    R 4 ай бұрын +10

    I finally realized that the reason why I couldn't acquire new skills thanks to watching this video. I always quit learning new things within 20 hours because I didn't find any progress about them and got frustration. From now on, I'm gonna keep learning at least 20 hours. And I think that I can automatically keep doing it if I could achieve more than 20 hours because it will become routine of my life. I appreciate the speaker for giving me motivation.

  • Faridoon T.S. Hussainzada
    Faridoon T.S. Hussainzada Ай бұрын +3

    Loved it! Thank you, Josh! I am going to learn something I have had on my mind for quite some time now. And that is because of YOU!

  • Tu lado poderoso
    Tu lado poderoso 17 күн бұрын

    What an amazing talk, I really agree with you sir, I always consider myself a Fast learner but with this tips I´ll be unstoppable!

  • Meri Barseghyan
    Meri Barseghyan  Жыл бұрын +17

    This is a really interesting video. I strongly believe that time is not the main part to learn a new skill. The most important things are the right techniques and patience.

  • Sanyam Sood
    Sanyam Sood 2 жыл бұрын +3854

    1. Deconstruct the skill. Decide what you exactly want to do with skill and break the skill, practice the most important skills.
    2. Learn enough to correct yourself. Practice just enough to notice when you do mistakes and get on the right path.
    3. Remove the distractions. Disable notifications and remove all the distractions.
    4. Practice at least 20 hours. Try to do 20 hours of deliberate practice. Stick with it no matter what.
    Additional:- The major barrier to skill acquisition isn't an intellectual one, but it's emotional.

  • Z
    Z  Жыл бұрын +7

    This is so true. I learn freestyle waacking dance in 2 weeks and I literally committed every single day for an hour or 2. I don't do any dance within that 2 weeks, I just focused on throwing my hands. No music, no heads, no shoulder movements, no footworks, just pure arms (basics of waacking) to train my muscle. Now I've already been dancing (popping) for years, but never tried waacking before. Today I've almost transitioned my style into waacking. This is the same thing with learning other things. You have to commit OUT OF PASSION and you will learn faster, compared to when you're learning things not in your interest.

  • Upekha Gammudali
    Upekha Gammudali 3 ай бұрын +67

    Thank you Josh.. I am getting pretty into this and learn great things of how learn things. Hope to share this knowledge with my students also..

  • Inspiring Anastasia
    Inspiring Anastasia 9 ай бұрын +14

    Yes he is totally right! Ive noticed as well that if you can allocate just up to 1 hour per weekday to do smth that makes you happy or helps you move towards your dream - you accomplish it so much fatser and become so much happier! Thanks for sharing Josh and TED!

  • Lê Khánh Hà
    Lê Khánh Hà 2 ай бұрын +1

    I'm implicitly amazed at the final point that he referred to the barrier is up to emotional. Frankly, I've been that guy who is at the risk of being criticised for ignorance in some subjects. But as i see sense that's no longer a matter, it's just up to my pessimistic emotion, I might have a good deal strength to move forwards. Thanks him for sharing such a sense of perspective ❤️❤️

  • Handsanitiser
    Handsanitiser  2 ай бұрын +2

    I loved this TED Talk!!!! What an excellent presentation and highly applicable topic ☺

  • QuickTalks
    QuickTalks 7 жыл бұрын +2721

    Summary: Just 20 hours is enough to become “reasonably good” at any skill.
    1. Deconstruct the skill - Break the skill down into its most basic parts. Which parts are necessary for hitting the goal you have? (i.e. if your goal is to sing a song in Korean, you can primarily focus on pronunciation, not learning a bunch of vocabulary)
    2. Learn enough to self correct - Learn enough to realize when you're making mistakes.
    3. Remove barriers to practice - Turn off your phone, unplug the TV. Put your guitar, piano, language book in the middle of your room, not behind your stack of dirty laundry.
    4. Practice for at least 20 hours - Commit to 20 hours from the start. You're going to be frustrated at times, so committing beforehand will help you push through the frustration.

    • Gobi
      Gobi 2 жыл бұрын

      I was searching for this after watching the video to take some notes and I got to say, Thank you for your effort

    • hacthorn
      hacthorn 2 жыл бұрын


    • Thức Nguyễn Minh
      Thức Nguyễn Minh 2 жыл бұрын

      excelent Carrier! I will try exotic method. Thanks

    • Comedy and Stimulus Hour
      Comedy and Stimulus Hour 3 жыл бұрын

      @Sir Turd I agree.

    • Comedy and Stimulus Hour
      Comedy and Stimulus Hour 3 жыл бұрын

      The laundry has to be done before I can practice.

  • DashCamVids
    DashCamVids Ай бұрын +1

    The most engaging and inspiring video I have watched today. Thank you so much. I am ready to learn and share my new skills with all my loved ones.

  • Eternal Life in Christ
    Eternal Life in Christ 5 ай бұрын +1

    This awesome! It was literally a question I was asking and you provided the answer. Thank you! And thank you also for the encouragement to be a continuing learner!

  • Amelia
    Amelia 2 ай бұрын +95

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      Amba 2 ай бұрын

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      Fernandez Joe 2 ай бұрын

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      Rodrigo 2 ай бұрын

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  • Izzy Forrester
    Izzy Forrester  Жыл бұрын +11

    This really helps me to move forward on so many levels. Can't thank you enough.🙏

  • Prática Pedagógica
    Prática Pedagógica 3 ай бұрын +1

    Impressionante a necessidade que temos de outras pessoas nos dizerem o que sabemos que precisamos fazer. Deve ser por isso que os pais existem rs rs. Muito bom assistir esse vídeo até o final.

    SERGIO SENGKEY 2 жыл бұрын +2801

    Thanks to you sir. I come back to write this 3 months (- +) after i watched this video. When i was learning english, i've tried to memorize all the words and vocab as much as possible, but after months i still can't speak or even give a comment in youtube or instagram post in english. After watched this video i realize, i don't need all the words in oxford dictionary to start speaking, like that ukelele chords, know some important words is enough for you to speak in foreign language, and that's what i do now.

    • Lusk Bela
      Lusk Bela 10 ай бұрын

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    • MO HM
      MO HM  Жыл бұрын

      @Матвей Aношин Man, I used to think that we are the only ones in the world who don't speak English well and that everyone can speak English besides their mother tongue, but I was wrong about that a lot of people don't know it well and are still learning it.

    • Sumin Shizzles
      Sumin Shizzles  Жыл бұрын

      And look at how well you did. I am fluent in two languages so i know what it takes.

    • I just post memes in the comment section
      I just post memes in the comment section  Жыл бұрын

      Well, your english sounds fantastic now, so good job

  • Brian 295
    Brian 295 3 ай бұрын

    I appreciate your time and your lesson you bring to us ! Thank you.

  • Yuvan
    Yuvan 2 ай бұрын

    How you conveyed to learn new thing in 20 hours is really brilliant. Nicely done!!

  • Kent Larsen
    Kent Larsen 2 ай бұрын

    This is quite simple as Josh put it. Why have I all these years been told by instructors to do this and that, and they kept on putting doubts in my mind day after day. When it isn't intellectual as I thought, but emotional. That was the secret sauce I never new about that prevented my wanting to take on several new challenges, because I thought I was smart enough. This could be the pitfall for many students today, not knowing Josh's simple concept.

  • Akeem Lawrence
    Akeem Lawrence 10 ай бұрын +5

    Amazing info. Yes. Hear 10k hours would more likely dishearten one from pursuing something vs knowing it only takes a month of diligence. Blessings for spreading light. 🙏🏿

  • Victoria's Tea
    Victoria's Tea  4 ай бұрын +1

    This is true! I put in only about that much time over a month and I became a great writer. He is teaching it the right way, I learned it that way.

  • Ashley
    Ashley 2 жыл бұрын +829

    1. Deconstruct the skill
    2. Learn enough to self-correct (looking for too much material or learn too much is a kind of procrastinate)
    3. Remove practice barriers
    4. Practice at least 20 hours

    • Medow
      Medow 2 жыл бұрын +2

      @David Min lol

    • Mynoghra
      Mynoghra 2 жыл бұрын +2


    • menkoro
      menkoro 2 жыл бұрын +5

      @By Any Means Necessary If you are just saying "I'll just get 20 books on how to code" it's a form of proscratination. The point is to begin as soon as possible and learn from self correction. Learn from errors that you are making as you are practising the skill (e.g. coding). Learning should be about learning from actual mistakes.

    • By Any Means Necessary
      By Any Means Necessary 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Could you elaborate on the 2nd point?

    • David Rock
      David Rock 2 жыл бұрын +7

      @David Min Sadly people that have this "Give me results now" are the very ones that plato much quicker than others and mostly give up and/or never achive their goal
      New years res. area great example of this
      If sitting down for a 20 minute video on how to change your life is to much, i do NOT feel the problem is time for you but more on focus and realistic achivements

  • Doris lacerda
    Doris lacerda 2 ай бұрын

    This guy said exactly what I needed to hear. Just brilliant ✨

  • Bhawna Kaur
    Bhawna Kaur  Жыл бұрын +27

    It's riveting!!
    In my opinion learning new things also vary from person to person. And it's so true that we actually scare to take that very first step to learn anything new.
    This Ted talk made my day😊

  • Priscelle Agnes Togonon
    Priscelle Agnes Togonon 6 ай бұрын

    This is more than 20 hours of learning, practicing and having fun. Thank you sir :)

  • Mr. Student
    Mr. Student  Жыл бұрын +3

    Notes - the first 20 hours rules
    1. Deconstruct the skill
    2. Learn enough to self-correct
    3. Remove practice barriers
    4. Actually, practice at least 20 hours
    Advice/Quote: "The main barrier is not INTELLECTUAL, it's EMOTIONAL"
    - Josh Hauman

  • Nena Polap
    Nena Polap  Жыл бұрын +3

    Great talk! Very inspiring! Thanks 🙏🏼

  • Eloisa Severo
    Eloisa Severo 4 жыл бұрын +3524

    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!

    • RyTube
      RyTube 3 жыл бұрын

      This is why I love KZclip.

    • Tamim Husain
      Tamim Husain 3 жыл бұрын

      I preferred your time saving ted talk tbh Eloisa

    • Nirmal Kumar
      Nirmal Kumar 3 жыл бұрын


    • Mark Ong
      Mark Ong 3 жыл бұрын

      What does it mean to remove prescribe barriers?


      with people like you i can always skip the video tnx

  • Loan Nguyễn
    Loan Nguyễn  Жыл бұрын +11

    I have an amazing time watching this video!
    This sounds great to me. Thanks a lot for sharing how to learn something new.
    Believe in myself that I can do everything!

  • Joshua Kim Laure
    Joshua Kim Laure 9 ай бұрын +2

    you know sir, you can save everyone who absorbs this 20 hour rule... mentally and physically... thank you so much for this talk!!

  • Rafaela Nascimento
    Rafaela Nascimento 2 ай бұрын

    I'm learning English and I've watched this video to practice and it was amazing words to motivate people who are learning something new.

  • Jordan Clarke
    Jordan Clarke  Жыл бұрын +4

    Watching this in 2021 along with many more TEDx talks these are fantastic and a brilliant way to develop your mind through knowledge

  • Freedom Fighter 💪💨
    Freedom Fighter 💪💨 Ай бұрын

    19 minutes that give me hope, spirit & education about life, so touching me thank you sir 👏

  • Maxime
    Maxime 6 жыл бұрын +3903

    A lot of comments here are disappointing to read. The man shared with us a golden rule to learn and become decent at a new skill. He even specified you won't become an expert, you will become decent. That's the whole point of the video. He wanted to break the misconception of the 10,000 hour rule and encourage people to learn a subject they have been wanted to address and that it is not impossible, it takes 20 hours and you will have learned the basics and that it is do-able even if your schedule is tight. ''lolz then why isnt erryone a doctor ??? shit ted talk lmao !!1'' you missed the point

    • Metian Nemesis
      Metian Nemesis  Жыл бұрын

      @Елена Каткова and you only have 6 subscribers?

    • Stephan Guitar
      Stephan Guitar 2 жыл бұрын

      It was very, very simplistic at best. Yes Im sure its good if you want to do something so mediocre as fold napkins or make paper airplanes or only play a ukulele as a 2 bit busker (provided you could already sing)

    • hacthorn
      hacthorn 2 жыл бұрын


    • ACharmedEarthling
      ACharmedEarthling 2 жыл бұрын

      @Allison Scott Majure yeah, I was somewhat bemused by that. It didn't exactly lend him a lot of credibility.
      I also disagree with the premise that you can be good enough at something after 20 hours. That might be just enough time to realise you haven't even scratched the surface (depending on the skill). It's good for pop motivation but a bit insulting to people who have actually dedicated a large portion of their time to properly learning and understanding something.

    • ACharmedEarthling
      ACharmedEarthling 2 жыл бұрын

      @R3 But part of the problem is you actually haven't 'learnt to play' at all. Usually learning something for 20 hours just shows you how much more there is to know and how basic your skills really are.
      I agree that having a basic understanding of something is far better than nothing, but the scale of his graph was (IMO) extremely misleading. Those 20 hours might get you a few percent of the way to mastery, not >50% as the chart seemed to imply.
      I'm sure it's different for different skills, but for many things lay people usually don't appreciate just how much is involved in a particular skill or ability, and how far removed an amateur is from an expert.
      I also found his interpretation of the steep learning curve to be strange. I always took that to mean something was very hard to learn even the basics of at first- basically the opposite of what he was claiming (but maybe that's my mistake).
      I'm not knocking what the talk was about by the way. I've always believed anybody can learn something if they put in the time and apply themselves properly; I just think it's a bit specious to suggest that someone can be 'good enough' at something after 20 hours. That's really the tip of the iceberg.

  • Syberyah
    Syberyah  Жыл бұрын +3

    This does sound about right. I did ballroom dance for 2 hours a week, every week for about 2 months, and in that time, I went from knowing nothing to actually being able to remember the different dances and do them fairly well.

  • Tân Lê
    Tân Lê  Жыл бұрын +27

    Four simple steps to rapid skill acquisition:
    1. Deconstruct the skill;
    2. Learn enough to self-correct;
    3. Remove practice barriers;
    4. Practice at least 20 hours.
    Thanks for sharing. It's so useful for everyone.

  • Amalu Chijioke
    Amalu Chijioke 5 ай бұрын

    I love that I came I across this at this point in my life. Not wanting to make mistakes is my biggest barrier in life.

  • Oluwapelumi Ogunmokun
    Oluwapelumi Ogunmokun  Жыл бұрын +4

    Combining the "5 secs rule" of mel robins to tackle procrastination then with this "20hrs rule"... its definitely going to be a blast

  • Motivation Eyes
    Motivation Eyes  Жыл бұрын +5

    It's amazing that some people can listen to this man and call him a bad guy. It's really a shame, because the people who hate him are the people who really need to hear the message he's spreading......

  • Burak Alay
    Burak Alay 2 жыл бұрын +588

    I was always better than my classmates in speaking english, but I wasn't well enough to able to speak properly or understand completely. Then one day one thought came up and I've decided to be as better as I can in speaking english. Now, I've been practicing english for almost 1 year. At least 20 minutes a day. That's 20 minutes made me way better english speaker than I was before. When I saw this video I wanted to share my experience. Guys, I watched this video without any subtitle and understood every single words thanks to my 20 minutes efforts a day. I achieved this level without any partner or course. Although I'm still not that good enough and you can find lots of errors I've made in my comment, I know that I'm gonna be better day by day and eventually achieve my goal. Whatever you wanna learn, just believe in yourself and practice at least 20 minutes a day. Good luck.

    • I don’t deserve A name
      I don’t deserve A name 2 жыл бұрын

      I wouldn’t even be able to tell English is your first language 👍

      PHONG NGUYỄN 2 жыл бұрын

      @Đào Văn Quyết how is the result?

    • Sedanur Ergin
      Sedanur Ergin 2 жыл бұрын

      aa türk buldum selam ddrkgdr

    • Tuğba
      Tuğba 2 жыл бұрын


    • Emir Özoğuz
      Emir Özoğuz 2 жыл бұрын

      @Burak Alay güzel motivasyon üstad, benim biraz daha fazla zamanım olacak senden, bakalım başarılı olacak mıyım?

  • Kinga Gorski
    Kinga Gorski 10 ай бұрын +3

    I've heard a lottt about the 10,000 hours it takes to master something, but this is the first I've heard about it taking 20 hours to generally get a hand on a topic. I geek out over learning too haha so you're far from alone.

    • Guaqui Sanchez
      Guaqui Sanchez 10 ай бұрын


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      Guaqui Sanchez 10 ай бұрын


    • Guaqui Sanchez
      Guaqui Sanchez 10 ай бұрын

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    • David G
      David G 10 ай бұрын

      Kinga….Keep at it and good luck on your channel

  • Miguel Santos
    Miguel Santos Ай бұрын

    Mudou minha forma de pensa, e minha vida, foda demais 🇧🇷🧠

  • Sage Lucas
    Sage Lucas Ай бұрын

    As someone that started piano lessons on 20th January, at the time of writing this comment I have exactly 25 hours of practice put in. 5 hours x 5 lessons with my teacher, and 20 hours practice at home. I don't know what "reasonably good" means to Josh, but if you ask me I'm still absolutely incompetent. And my teacher told me I'm advancing much faster than the big majority of students she had. Based off my estimates it will be at least 6 months of practice before I'm going to be "reasonably good". At the moment I'm practising for 1 hour every day, so in 30 days I have 30 hours. 30 x 6 months is approximately 180 days = 180 hours. Piano is not easy.

  • Srishti Gupta
    Srishti Gupta  Жыл бұрын +2

    Learning is not about perfection. Best thing I heard today 🙌🙌

  • Eduardo Díaz
    Eduardo Díaz 2 жыл бұрын +1503

    I was watching this video just to improve my listening in English but at the end I think this video going to change my life. Thanks.

  • Mohamed Taher
    Mohamed Taher  Жыл бұрын +3

    One of the best TED videos that I have ever seen. Its very interesting and full of inspiration

  • leonard icez
    leonard icez 11 ай бұрын +3

    This is really good Kaufman. I want to learn a bunch of new stuff, I'll use this principle and will share my success or failure on it. Keeping this as a watch word "the barrier to learn is not intellectual but emotional"..
    A question though does it applies to small children below the age of 10?


    Me and my wife learned e-commerce very quickly, but I think because we needed it so bad.
    We quit our jobs and didn't want to get back to any other job to work for anyone. We wanted our own business, so we had to learn new skill asap. But we also wanted to work regardless of our physical location, thus online. We read a lot and started practicing immediately. Eventually, we realised that we are good enough in e-commerce.
    We started with Amazon FBA business, then our own online stores, after that we had students in groups and 1:1 coaching, then we created online courses on how to launch your online business and the last thing was creating an e-commerce agency and creating professional e-commerce stores for clients.
    Considering that e-commerce field is huge (from hosting, domain and website creation to marketing, seo and payment gateway), I would say we did great.

  • Mark Koltko-Rivera
    Mark Koltko-Rivera 10 ай бұрын +5

    One of the most powerful and useful presentations I have ever seen.

  • jerseygirl
    jerseygirl 6 ай бұрын +1

    Absolutely one of the best Ted talks, you, sir, are wonderful and so right!

  • Adam
    Adam 6 жыл бұрын +547

    The brain is a beautiful machine, this guy showed a really good strategy on how to use it but it's still up to you to learn whatever you wanna learn. Good luck everyone, i wish all of your dreams to become true!

    • Ediana Santos
      Ediana Santos 3 жыл бұрын

      Thanks... The same to you

    • XTRA _
      XTRA _ 5 жыл бұрын +1


    • Kyle Mathews
      Kyle Mathews 6 жыл бұрын +3

      Aditya Indoori I feel u, i wish i could just instantly get the knowledge out of a book...but that wouldnt be a challenge now would it lol. That's the future though, when they can install shit in our brains so our brains will be able to access the internet.

  • Nelson Colmenárez López
    Nelson Colmenárez López  Жыл бұрын

    Unos de los videos más interesantes y útiles que he visto en Ted. Muchas gracias Mr.

  • Saadia sabouri
    Saadia sabouri  Жыл бұрын +1

    What a talk show !!!
    Thank you TEDX TALKS ♥️

  • Jodi Ann
    Jodi Ann 10 ай бұрын +1

    Incredibly awesome and encouraging! Thank you so much

  • Jkitz
    Jkitz 11 ай бұрын +2

    What a powerful message. 👏🏻💯

  • ritu shinde
    ritu shinde 6 ай бұрын +1

    That's amazing . it just relived lot of stress . This is going to be the life long learning . Thank you . Josh kaufman ,You are amazing .

  • mint
    mint 2 жыл бұрын +279

    Started watching tedtalks weekly and my life drastically improved from all the things I’ve learned here. I wish teachers in school are like this.

    • Aceu
      Aceu  Жыл бұрын

      more or less health teachers

    • KrazyMeanie
      KrazyMeanie  Жыл бұрын

      Teachers in university are very similar to this actually tbh this reminds me of one the teachers at harvard in the computer science course.

    • Rishim Ranjit
      Rishim Ranjit  Жыл бұрын +3

      @Aline Azevedo Yup. Schools teach students very little to succeed. Students have to deal with unnecessary and uninterested Assignments. As a school graduate myself, I have no idea how to invest money, save money, do taxes, manage expenses, what to do with my first paycheck, know about life, and things like that😕😔. I don't even know why I went to college for.

    • JGsource
      JGsource  Жыл бұрын +4

      @Aline Azevedo thing is, majority of teachers are more concerned about getting passed the curriculum as efficient as possible. I dont blame them that much tho. In america, teachers are just not paid enough. The best teachers tho look outside the box and improve the students foundation with videos like this, and ultimately, become mote efficient at getting through the course.

    • Aline Azevedo
      Aline Azevedo  Жыл бұрын +20

      We needed to learn a little more about life and practical skills at school! The school system is so broken :(

  • Evanilson P.
    Evanilson P.  Жыл бұрын +1

    When standing before an urge audience It is difficult to have a dead on speech. This guy nailed it.

  • elite haxxor
    elite haxxor 2 ай бұрын

    I came across Joshes book at my local library the other day and had to nab it, it's just by coincidence that I found this video. He's absolutely spot on though. Everyone thinks they don't have time to do X, but it's because they're usually spending their time doing things that don't help them grow. Feel free to watch an hour of Netflix or binge a show, but just do something productive for 30-60 minutes and make that a reward you get. Being disciplined doesn't mean you can't enjoy those things, in fact, being disciplined means you can enjoy more of those things because now you've created more time.

  • Real Talk Real Women by Gemma Serenity

    I fully agree: in 20h or less, we can learn a new thing and be reasonably good at it. - Gemma

  • Leituras Motivacionais
    Leituras Motivacionais Ай бұрын

    Amei vou praticar agora mesmo

  • Adam Lopez
    Adam Lopez  Жыл бұрын +216

    Successful people don't become that way overnight. What most people see at a glance-wealth, a great career, purpose-is the result of hard work and hustle over time. I pray that anyone who reads this will be successful in life..

  • João Elias FDC
    João Elias FDC 2 жыл бұрын +748

    This video reminds me of when I was learning Italian language. I got the most spoken verbs of Italian language on Google and I learned them very well so I could have a basic conversation with Italians. That was the start for me and within a month I could speak the language much better than I thought: it was just like the Pareto rule because I chose the 20% that mattered most to keep a basic conversation.

    • Nantesniente
      Nantesniente 10 ай бұрын +1

      @Fabio Pancot i agree and i can tell u german is one of the most complicated languages, the grammar is just overwhelming and it doesnt make sense.
      Woman is feminine and so you need to use an article/genus which is feminine called 'die' but u need the same article for a banana as well, why? I mean have u ever seen a feminine banana? So first big common issue for german language learnes.

    • Jackson 83
      Jackson 83 10 ай бұрын

      I'm learning hieroglyphics. Any tips?

    • yejevica
      yejevica 10 ай бұрын +1


    • Sharat
      Sharat 10 ай бұрын +1

      Johnny Harris has a video about this.

    • A.S
      A.S 11 ай бұрын +3

      I am studying on English Interpreting and translation department and it is my first year . I tried to find a job which is suitable my english level , there was one place which I found but after they had evaluated me they said to me "You are not speech as fast as we want (Fluency Speaking) and there are some problems about creating sentence".Then they gave me time until July to develop my speed of speaking and other things . I wasn't sure that I’d be able to do this but after watched tedx videos now I am much more trusting myself about be able to do what they want .

  • abdulsalam Alrashdi
    abdulsalam Alrashdi 7 ай бұрын

    thank you so much for sharing this great advice .. such an amazing strategy to implement for those who aspire to be successful and rise their life quality standards .. well done

  • Fareed Ullah
    Fareed Ullah 10 ай бұрын

    What a lovely and informative video ♥️ thank you 😊

  • Lee Studio
    Lee Studio Ай бұрын

    Same as the 10,000 hrs rule this rule is applicable for only some skills.
    And it all depends on how steep a learning curve for those 20 hrs
    But he demonstrated in a way that mastering some new knowledge could be very doable since 10k hrs is a daunting effort.

  • simav
    simav  Жыл бұрын +2

    I'm just fascinated about how incredibly he held this ted talk.