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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets you over the hump., 24 Nov 2013
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Unlike some of the other reviewers, I quite enjoyed reading the examples, though I wished he had included learning a language as one of them. (There is something on the website). I think they are important in order to give credibility to the idea that 20 hours is enough to do some worthwhile learning, and they are varied enough that many possible projects will have elements in common with one of them.

For me what made it worth spending the money, despite the fact that the 'method' doesn't really amount to anything very different from what I normally do when obsessed with a new project (like the author I'm a serial learner!) was the concept that as little as 20 hours was enough to accomplish something significant. I can't tell you how many times in my life I have tried to learn to play a musical instrument and given up in frustration. This time, I am tracking every bit of practice I do and committed to playing for 20 hours before deciding I can't do it. I've just hit the 10 hour mark, and I feel I have already got further than I ever have before. My aim is to be able to play at least 3 carols competently by Christmas and I am confident that it is going to happen. I would never have got past the 'why am I doing this I clearly have no talent I've failed so many times before' stage if it wasn't for the 20 hours idea. It also really motivates me to practice since I'm clocking up the hours (on an iPhone app) and seeing the 10 and 15 minutes's add up. It takes the pressure off, since just clocking up the time is a 'success' in itself , so even a not very successful practice is rewarding.

Updating this to say I have just reached 20 hours in just under a month and really feel the '20 hour' target helped me to stick with it. I've taken up learning an instrument several times in my life and never got this far before. I shall continue tracking practice time as it is very motivating and minutes soon mount up.
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2013 18:52:33 GMT
S. Briggs says:
Looking quickly through the reviews, you seem to be the only person who has actually tried putting it into practice, and you report that it was successful for you. Interesting.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 00:05:07 GMT
Karen Spray says:
I've bought a lot of books (gardening books especially) in the hope that they would do the work for me but they never have<g>. Forty hours and counting, now - I bought a better instrument after my first 20 and now even my family are quite impressed.
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