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 - pre-existing 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. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers.
Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter, he reveals. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before.
In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.
With a title taken from the comedian Steve Martin, who once said his advice for aspiring entertainers was to "be so good they can't ignore you", Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto is mandatory listening for anyone fretting about what to do with their life, or frustrated by their current job situation and eager to find a fresh new way to take control of their livelihood. He provides an evidence-based blueprint for creating work you love.
So Good They Can't Ignore You will change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life.
©2012 Cal Newport (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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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.
you owe it to yourself to read this. life changing. how to get better, what to get better at, and how it works
The book is excellent. The only downside of it is that, in true ivy league fashion, the guy creases/defines a bunch of terms and then uses them immediately, not realizing that most people don't have the practice it takes to so quickly add new terms to their language mind map. As an educator who actually applies delivered practice to the field of teaching, I can't help but be bothered by this.
The books provides a lot of data and evidence for why passion does not support thriving career success. The same cannot be said for the case made for skill - the authors falls back to personal anecdote here. Not convincing.
The concept of 'following your passion ' has been repeated so many times that it's accepted by many as an expected path. This book presents a strong case that this just isn't the case. Going deep into a field of work is more likely to enable you to pivot into something that attracts you vs. aimlessly looking for something you love but lack the depth to deserve a shot at.
The narratives of the characters used as examples.
How the characters used mastery to discover an extraordinary life that they would not have previously chosen had they followed their passion.
Very easy to listen to.
What stands out most is the process of flow in a career path. Having been a journeyman craftsman in the field of masonry, the concept of mastery of career capital resonates strongly. To grow into your dream job, several
Be good at something - be the best at it. Master a skill that is both rare (unique) and valuable (people are willing to pay for it). This creates "Career Capital."
When you master a marketable skill, you find enjoyment, autonomy, and can develop a mission where that skill can make a difference. It is during the mastery and autonomy that unexpected opportunities for growth and value created materialize.
The ability to influence the level of autonomy and control comes with mastery. Spend the time - intentionally - to become The Master of your future.
"the best career advice i got!"
hands down the best career advice book I've read the last 8years. if your like me, educated but totally confused abt your next step;afraid of missing out on life and are tired of finding your career passion, this is the book. i swear it has made me work harder and less depressed abt my job. mr.newport; thank you for shearing this with us.
"A real must-read"
This is hands-down the best book I've ever read about how to develop your talents and find/create work you love. I only wish I'd come across this earlier in my life!
There's so much in here that it's difficult to summarise. The best thing you could do right now is to stop reading reviews and just buy it. Seriously.
"Best "life advice" book I've come across so far"
Unlike most "self-help" type books, this one doesn't keep hammering home the same point that could have been summarized in one chapter. The points are valid and the examples feel real!
"Such a simple but brilliant lesson."
Ideal for those seeking passion, direction or just a boost. Really enjoyable read with some fascinating theories.
Having listened to Deep Work by the same author I was very happy learning about the stories and ideas set out in this audio book.
Call Newport is awesome!
"A phenomenal piece of art."
This book has change my view and perception about a passion and it's role in our lives. Thanks this excellent book I learnt to think and act differently. A huge thank you to the author. A life changing material.
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