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 »

About Josh Kaufman

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Official Biography

Josh Kaufman is the author of three bestselling books:

Josh's research focuses on business, entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, productivity, creativity, applied psychology, and practical wisdom. His unique, multidisciplinary approach to business mastery and rapid skill acquisition has helped millions of readers around the world learn essential concepts and skills on their own terms.

Josh has been featured as the #1 bestselling author in Business & Money, as ranked by, and his books have sold over half a million copies worldwide.

Josh's research has been featured by The New York Times, The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes, Time, BusinessWeek, Wired, Fast Company, Financial Times,, The World Economic Forum, Inside Higher Ed, Lifehacker, MarketWatch, The Independent, Bloomberg TV, PBS Next Avenue, CCTV, and CNN's Sanjay Gupta MD.

Josh has been a featured speaker at The Aspen Ideas Festival, Stanford University, World Domination Summit, Pioneer Nation, Microconf, BaconBiz, Google, and IBM. was named one of the "Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs" by Forbes in 2013.

About Josh Kaufman's Books

The Personal MBA

The Personal MBA has been featured as the #1 bestseller in Business Training and Business Management on The widely-acclaimed Personal MBA manifesto and business reading list has been downloaded over 5 million times via

On publication, the international edition of The Personal MBA was the the #1 bestselling nonfiction book in the United Kingdom, and remained #1 for two consecutive months. The Personal MBA has also been used as a textbook for business courses at Stanford University, New York University, Howard University, and Portland State University.

The audiobook edition of The Personal MBA was named "Best of Audible" in the business category by in 2012, and was honored as a finalist in the 2013 Audio Publishers Association's "Audie" awards, the "Grammys" of the audio publishing industry. has been visited over 5 million times by readers all over the world since its founding in 2005. Josh's research has directly saved prospective business students millions of dollars in unnecessary tuition, fees, and interest by providing an effective, affordable, and debt-free method of learning fundamental business principles.

The First 20 Hours

The First 20 Hours has been featured as the #1 bestseller in Business Self-Improvement, Educational Psychology, and Personal Transformation on Josh's TEDx talk on The First 20 Hours has been viewed over 12 million times worldwide, making it one of the top 100 most-viewed TED talks published to date.

The First 20 Hours, details a universal, field-tested method of rapid skill acquisition designed to help readers pick up rewarding new skills in record time. Used by readers to learn everything from piloting airplanes to sumo wrestling, The First 20 Hours helps readers pick up useful and rewarding new skills as fast as humanly possible.

The First 20 Hours was an instant international bestseller, and the book has been translated into six languages.

How to Fight a Hydra

How to Fight a Hydra, a short story about the nature of ambition, risk, uncertainty, and fear of the unknown, has been featured as the #1 bestseller in Modern Philosophy on

Career Highlights

Prior to full-time research and writing, Josh worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble's Home Care division, where he lead multi-million dollar projects that encompassed P&G’s entire value chain, from new product development to delivering in-store marketing campaigns for key customers like Walmart, Target, and Costco. Before leaving P&G, Josh spearheaded the development of P&G’s global online marketing measurement strategy.

Since leaving P&G, Josh has advised business owners in a wide variety of industries, including technology, entertainment, publishing, manufacturing, fitness, academia, healthcare, and government services.

Current Work

Josh's current projects involve online training programs and ongoing research in entrepreneurship, creativity, and problem-solving.

For interviews, speaking, consulting, and inquiries, check Josh's current status.

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.