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.
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.
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.
Very well written, I appreciate Cal's analytical perspective and approach to research. This is a must read for anyone looking to find fulfillment at work.
I've always felt there was something lacking in the idea that you should follow your passion to find your work, but couldn't put my finger on it until reading this book. Cal Newport has a gift for tearing down fairly complex subjects and then proving them piece by piece so that by the end of the book you can't help but agree. I sent copies of this book to both my adult children and hope that they can glean something from it in their careers.
But the ultimate compliment I can offer Newport is that when reading his books I never am tempted to skip to the next chapter or bypass any of the material. He holds my attention throughout, and that's rare.
Good core idea that only needs about 2 chapters to convey but stretched into 13 chapters somehow.
I recommend listening to the major core principles and 1-2 examples of each. There are simply too many redundant examples, and quite a few examples that are very tailored to support his hypothesis.
MAJOR NOTE: Listen at 1.10 or 1.15 times speed as the speaker is reaaaaaallyy sloooow anddddd exaaaggeeerraatedd.
The first time I heard or read someone make the case against the "follow your passion" mindset was in Ramit Sethi's book "I Will Teach You to be Rich" but didn't really buy into it. This time I am completely won over by Newport's irrefutable development of the topic. This is information that everybody pondering their life course should read, digest and live.
For some people, this is a perfect route. If one is to make blanket statements about what "really works" then those statements ought to apply to at least the majority of readers; this book does not. For me this was a lovely thought for someone else, but not me.
The notion of passion or performance pursuit isn't an either-or for some of us... it's both.The book is somehow typical for left-brain trying to make sense of right brain materials.
Great for those who want to be inspired without an inherent pursuit; but I couldn't get past the halfway point.
Incredible message that I won't forget. Glad I read it.
Parts of the book dragged on. Some topics were overly discussed.
The concept of Career Control is enlightening.