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.
I enjoyed listening to this book.
it confirmed many ideas I already had about career heuristics.
I find it validating many of the steps I have taken and a comfort to decisions I entend to make ahead.
I recommend this for anyone lost on where they should invest their time.
I am a member of the college recruiting team at my company, so I go to a college campus once or twice a year for career fairs and interviewing. While there, we usually give one or more presentations on our company and field a lot of questions on how we ended up there, what we like/dislike about the company, and how we use our college majors. Often we'll get the "how did you realize your passion and work toward it" types of questions relating to our careers or college majors. I have always believed the sentiments of this book but this has provided me with much more eloquent arguments to express them. I'm going to get my money's worth out of this one. Prepare thy selves, ye whippersnappers! Highly recommend!
Actionable, clear, and thought provoking advice and discussion worth your time. I enjoyed it. it isn't going to make things easier, at least not in the front end. That seems to find true somehow. I just finished it and am going to revisit the book pronto.
The premise of this book is that the Follow Your Passion hypothesis is wrong. And if you interpret that as meaning following your passion without a plan, then sure the author is correct. The author should have also looked at individuals who espoused that idea AND also were successful. He would have probably seen that those people also had good plans and work ethics along with their passion. But that aside, the advice is generally good. Just not really new. In fact be borrows a lot from other how-to authors and really just repackages them as a theory contra a weak theory. But again, the advice is good so it's hard not to recommend this book.
This is great advice well written. Found at the right time as I write Ph.D. Thesis and stress about my future career.
It's pretty simple to make a plan with confidence after this read.
The principles are simple, yet profound. The argument of the book is presented in such a way that one thinks: "yeah, that actually makes common sense". Yet that 'common' sense is clearly not as common.
People are willing to pay for rare skills.
Easy to follow and listen to.
Invest in depth-of-knowledge.