Generalization and Analysis Paralysis: How They Stop You From Learning Valuable Skills Quickly and Efficiently

Generalization and Analysis Paralysis: How They Stop You From Learning Valuable Skills Quickly and Efficiently

Business and “learning” expert, Josh Kaufman (no not the winner from season 6 of “The Voice”) has a lot to brag about:

  1. His website Joshkaufman.net was ranked as  on of the “Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs” by Forbes last year.
  2. Author of the best-seller “The Personal MBA” which is used as a classroom textbook in top business schools — Stanford, Howard, and NYU all being on the list.
  3. Also author of another NYT bestseller “The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast.”

That last point is what’s being discussed in this video. While your Fluff Alert might be going up at the prospect of learning an entire skill in 20 hours; the video actually makes some interesting points to help you accelerate the learning process:

We all know by now how Paralysis by Analysis can wreak havoc on our ability to learn and get things done.

Nothing really new there….

I liked what he was saying about not lumping a skill like “learn to speak French” into a single categorical goal, but rather to segment it into several different “sub skills” to make the learning process less over-burdening.

What do you guys think?

Here’s a more in-depth Ted Talks presentation Kaufman did last year if you’re interested:

 

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