For extremely trivial things, 20 hours may be sufficient. But try learning an entirely new language in 20 hours, or learning to play even a simple piano piece like Beethoven’s Fur Elise in that amount of time. In reality, the amount of time and effort required to acquire a skill depends entirely on the difficulty of the skill in question. There are no clickbait answers for real-life problems.

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