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  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cal Newport
    • Narrated By Dave Mallow
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    In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

    Taliho says: "Outstanding!"
    "Buy this book if you are over 50"
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    Would you listen to So Good They Can't Ignore You again? Why?

    Yes. Good advice. Thought-provoking ideas.


    What other book might you compare So Good They Can't Ignore You to and why?

    Some of Peter Drucker's works on knowledge workers and second act careers.


    Any additional comments?

    Cal Newport's work is an important contribution to career-planning books. Unlike the reviewer who recommends not to buy the book if you are over 30, I would heartily recommend it for those new to the world of work as well as those who have many years under their belt. Cal's advice on mission plan and good use of career capital can be put to good use by someone who has been in the knowledge working world for a while. If there is a shortcoming, it might be that Cal's perspective is at times narrowed by his academic career. Some of his advice could use refining or evolution for those of us in business. But it is a very good start and, hopefully, not his last contribution to this important area.

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