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ML124: Josh Kaufman on Mastering Complex Projects and The Differences between Fiction and Non-Fiction for Promoting Behaviour Change

Discover the principles of mastering complex projects, the differences between fiction and non-fiction for promoting behaviour change and the importance of dealing with practical concerns when pursuing your dreams.
Nasos Papadopoulos

Josh Kaufman is an entrepreneur and the author of three bestselling books – The Personal MBA, the First 20 Hours and How to Fight a Hydra.

I first came across Josh’s work when I was getting interested in learning and skill acquisition a few years ago and his book The First 20 Hours is still one of the resources I recommend most to people looking to pick up a new skill.

In a previous life Josh worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble where he led multi-million dollar projects but he left that role to focus full time on research and writing.

Since doing that he’s produced bestseller after bestseller – starting with The Personal MBA, which teaches the key mental models needed for business success and following up with The First 20 Hours, a manual on rapid skill acquisition.  

His most recent work, How To Fight a Hydra, is a fictional story documenting a hero’s journey to fight a monster that explores the uncertainty inherent in any ambitious challenge, from starting a new business to completing a work of art.

In this episode we discuss:

- The differences between fiction and non- fiction for promoting behaviour change
- The importance of dealing with practical concerns when pursuing your dreams
- The skills that Josh stuck with after writing The First 20 Hours

This was a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary conversation with lots of great insights on a range of topics, whether you want to start your own business or learn a new skill.

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