Say something about yourself!
Yes!!! Every breathing being needs to read/listen to this book; it will make/save you thousands of dollars.
The entire book is filled with disruptive concepts; I would recommend reading/listening to the entire book.
Not one in particular
It made me realize I have been approaching entrepreneurship the wrong way all along.
If I could, I would donate a copy of this book to every single high school graduate.
I love books that make me think differently about things I've heard my whole life. like you have to find your passion and then find a job that matches your passion. this book shows how that is not true.
the most important thing you can do is gain career capital. work on skills that make your current job more fulfilling. I like this concept, I have some goals to work on now.
Interesting take on the "craftsman mindset" versus the flawed "passion mindset," an idea supported by work from Daniel Pink, Malcolm Gladwell, and many others. It is absolutely true that business (and some consultants) often go in the exact-opposite direction shown by decades of strong research.
I recommend this book for entrepreneurs and lifestyle designers.
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
The book title is a little misleading. It should have been called "Triangulate" or "You're not there yet".
The book isn't really about becoming really good at something. It's about finding work in life that is satisfying and remarkable, and that is done by working at things that interest you until you land that dream job. Cal claims he debunks the idea to 'follow your passion', but in my mind he fails to because all of the people mentioned in the book followed their interests and passions and tried various things to get to their life's work or calling in life.
The perfect voice for this book and his reading was flawless.
Not for me. After listening to it I felt I didn't learn a single thing. But then again, I'm 42 and likely not his target audience.
The advice to 'follow your passion' has not been debunked by Cal's book, rather, he just injected more realism and substance to it.
The book reads more like a thesis paper than Newport's succinct and punchy promise, but it is full of anecdotal support, insights, and "rules" for cultivating a fulfilling work life experience. While I wish the overall "story" had been more engaging (or at least succinct), I did glean value from the content and advice. Newport argues that enthusiasm for the work people do does not arise from following their passions. Instead, people derive the most enjoyment from their work through the pursuit of mastery. He did leave me with the desire to "be so good they can't ignore" me.
A huge opportunity was squandered here. Listen, entrepreneurs want to know strategies, psychological shifts, relationships we must make, etc... to be successful. We want to know HOW. Don't just tell us the "what" and then give us some stories. We need to know how to be so good. What must we do? What is someone's routine? Perhaps a wider breath of different vocations and how the entrepreneurs became great in their fields?
- Good, interesting, fulfilling type of work is rare and requires skills/experiences (Career Capital) which is equally rare.
- Control is the elixir of job satisfaction
- Leverage your Career Capital to gain more control
"what should I do with my life?"
"why do some people keep progressing in their careers while others stagnate?"
"which characteristics make certain jobs more enjoyable than others?"
This book gives you a framework for answering these type of questions.
I love this book because it changed my understanding about how to define a meaningful career. Having read "Do what you love and money will follow" I have to say that this is a more concrete and practical book.