Josh Kaufman

Josh Kaufman

Josh Kaufman is the bestselling author of books on business, entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, productivity, creativity, applied psychology, and practical wisdom. About Josh »

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What do I do, and what's in it for you?

My goal is to help you make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your day-to-day life. If you want to be healthy, wealthy, wise, and happy, you'll find my research quite useful.

Every day, I conduct research in the following areas:

Business Fundamentals

Understanding how successful businesses really work, and how you can use that knowledge to improve your career. Once you understand business at a deep level, starting a new venture or leveling up your career is simple. If you want to become a respected, top-performing, highly-compensated expert in your field, you're in the right place.

Solo Entrepreneurship

How to start your own successful business under very specific conditions: limited resources, no outside funding, no employees, and no shareholders, while maintaining personal interests and healthy relationships with family and friends. Sound difficult? It's easier (and more rewarding) than you might expect.

Rapid Skill Acquisition

How to learn new skills as quickly as possible. Skill acquisition is a universal human activity, and it's extremely rewarding, but it usually takes a long time, and can often be frustrating. My research is focused on helping you move through the early phases of skill acquisition as quickly as possible, allowing you to learn anything with less effort and frustration.

Optimal Decision-Making

How to form accurate beliefs, and how to act in ways that produce beneficial results under conditions of uncertainty, ambiguity, and incomplete information. Applied rationality and decision-making skills help you make better decisions, maximize outcomes, minimize unproductive effort, and avoid preventable mistakes.

Boring Advice

People tend to overlook the most valuable advice and perspective because the stuff that works isn't very sexy or attention-grabbing. Useful advice often sounds boring, but acting on that advice can produce amazing results. I focus on sifting through vast amounts of information to find high-value, systematically-underrated actions, decisions, and perspectives in every area of life.

Core Human Skills

What you need to know to succeed in any field of endeavor. My research suggests that there are 12 core human skills that people use to understand and improve the world around them. I believe that you can get better results in every area of human existence if you focus on developing these skills.

Personal Science

How to conduct high impact, low risk experiments to improve every aspect of your life and work. In contrast to slow and expensive large-scale studies, quick and inexpensive personal experiments can help you discover new ways to solve major problems and get better results.

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Books by Josh Kaufman

The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

The First 20 Hours

How to Learn Anything… Fast!

A practitioner’s guide to rapid skill acquisition. Accelerate your learning by deconstructing complex skills, practicing the most important elements first, and removing barriers to deliberate practice. What do you want to learn?

How to Fight a Hydra

Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be

A story about summoning the courage to face the beast, fight the good fight, & persist long enough in your efforts to secure a lasting victory.