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 →

Notes by Josh Kaufman

My notes are different from many of the book summaries you’ll find on the web. Instead of following the structure of the book in question, we’ll isolate and examine the key ideas and themes that make the book useful. Along the way, I’ll tell you how I actually apply the ideas.


Every quest you undertake will change your life in unique, valuable ways. »


It pays to consciously adopt a sane, secure, long-term investing strategy. »


How human beings get into trouble… and how they survive the worst. »


Human beings have four fundamental, biological drives: acquiring, bonding, learning, defending. »


People aren’t behavioristic stimulus-response machines: our behavior is far more complex because desires and perceptions constantly shape our behavior. »


If you don’t know how the human brain works, you’re at a major disadvantage when it comes to business. »


True effectiveness is about managing and investing your energy, and that starts by paying close attention to your body. »


Information overload is stressful and exhausting: you need to learn how to use technology in a healthy, productive way. »


How to get more done with less effort, eliminate wasteful activities, and sell more to your best customers. »


Focus on the essential. Eliminate the unnecessary. »


How to create a simple, effective personal productivity system. »


Focus on your strengths, not on shoring up your weaknesses. »


Absorb the information you need from printed material in a quick, efficient way. »


You can create a profitable business all by yourself – without employees, loans, or venture capital funding. »


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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.