TED talk by Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything. This seems like a great way to start a new year. He notes the 10,000-hours idea made popular by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers (it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert); but point out that it has been misused and misunderstood.
According to Josh, the 10,000 hours is about true world-class expertise. It takes about 20 hours to get good enough to do something well enough to get through the “frustration barrier.” He uses playing the Ukulele as an example.
I’m not sure I buy it. Particularly not the “anything” in learn anything. But it’s an interesting idea, and he uses an easy example.