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.
Most of us don't or didn't have a passion, now this book make it clear; don't waste time searching for your passion, instead become good at something the things that are the easiest for you. Your passion will become " to be good and to do good". I lived this way and I had a great life, full of adventure and accomplishment that give me a great satisfaction.
Very well documented with many life experiences. I had in mind the content of this book, before I read it, the elaborate approach of Cal Newport make it clear.
I will apply it with anybody for the young generation that is 'searching for a passion".
I rarely listen to this kind of self-improvement books, bet this was really worth it.
The main ideas were presented logically and well explained, and I totally agree with the author.
I subtracted a star from Story because this information isn't anything entirely new and the ideas explained in this book have been around for centuries. Most people just don't want to remember.
I'm on a Biz lit binge and this book is not yet on the big time radar but it will be soon. Very compelling and resonant observations, case studies, and theories. Very well written to boot. I will giving this book a strong recommendation.
This book is incredibly well researched and written. It has expanded my view and shifted my paradigm regarding how I approach my career. highly recommend.
This exploration into the key elements of a "dream career" is invaluable. A must read for high achievers. Thank you Cal!
I had a hard time latching onto this book. Had some good information, but not the most captivating / I want to take all the notes type of book.