Twenty Hours

I was going through various TED talks and then I landed up on The first 20 hours — how to learn anything | Josh Kaufman | TEDxCSU

Source: xkcd/1530

this is really interesting as he talks about how much time it takes to learn a skill. We all have been living under the impression that it requires 10000 hours to learn a skill. Which is wrong , 10000 hours is required to be the expert in that field something like getting Olympic gold medal for swimming. But to be fairly good at something or atleast learn that skill you need 20 hours that’s it.


I had exams from the 8th December and so I had a lot of time, I decided to conduct a social experiment and see if 20 hours is really what you need. The skill I chose was Touch Typing.

Touch Typing is basically typing without looking on the keyboard and effectively utilizing all the ten fingers ,  I started using this site ,

Twenty hours is basically 45 mins a day  for a month , and you can have  some days off too. First few days might be frustrating you may feel like giving up , but once you cross that barrier there is no looking back.

The result of  my experiment was I learnt touch typing and I wrote this blog as the 20th hour of my touch typing. My speed is some where around 35WPM and accuracy is 90%, which is not very awesome but descent enough.

You all should give it a try and 20 hours for a skill is not bad a deal.