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So Good They Can't Ignore You Audiobook

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

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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 - 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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    Sergio M. Perez 03-22-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I wish I read this book 10 years ago."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!!! Every breathing being needs to read/listen to this book; it will make/save you thousands of dollars.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of So Good They Can't Ignore You?

    The entire book is filled with disruptive concepts; I would recommend reading/listening to the entire book.


    Which character – as performed by Dave Mallow – was your favorite?

    Not one in particular


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me realize I have been approaching entrepreneurship the wrong way all along.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could, I would donate a copy of this book to every single high school graduate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 02-20-13
    Elizabeth 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Something to think about"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-23-12
    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Too Busy to Find Your Passion?"

    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.

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    Jason Comely 12-24-12

    ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book title is a little misleading. It should have been called "Triangulate" or "You're not there yet".


    What was most disappointing about Cal Newport’s story?

    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.


    What about Dave Mallow’s performance did you like?

    The perfect voice for this book and his reading was flawless.


    Was So Good They Can't Ignore You worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The advice to 'follow your passion' has not been debunked by Cal's book, rather, he just injected more realism and substance to it.

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    Jalal J. Dallo 09-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The title was good enough"

    A huge opportunity was squandered here. Listen, entrepreneurs want to know strategies, psychological shifts, relationships we must make, etc... to be successful. We want to know HOW. Don't just tell us the "what" and then give us some stories. We need to know how to be so good. What must we do? What is someone's routine? Perhaps a wider breath of different vocations and how the entrepreneurs became great in their fields?

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    Jake 09-09-16
    Jake 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lives up to high expectations"

    This book contains wise strategic advice on how to improve your own life. It's also concise.

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    Marc 08-30-16
    Marc 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Useful advice, memorable stories, well presented"
    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    - Good, interesting, fulfilling type of work is rare and requires skills/experiences (Career Capital) which is equally rare.
    - Control is the elixir of job satisfaction
    - Leverage your Career Capital to gain more control


    Any additional comments?

    "what should I do with my life?"
    "why do some people keep progressing in their careers while others stagnate?"
    "which characteristics make certain jobs more enjoyable than others?"

    This book gives you a framework for answering these type of questions.

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    PREMIUM-USA 07-28-16
    PREMIUM-USA 07-28-16
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    "it's good to have passion but skills are key"

    it's good to have passion but skills then Blended together create the tool kit to carry you to success

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    Steven Truong San Jose, CA United States 06-16-16
    Steven Truong San Jose, CA United States 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So good you have to read or listen to this book"

    I love this book because it changed my understanding about how to define a meaningful career. Having read "Do what you love and money will follow" I have to say that this is a more concrete and practical book.

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    S. C. Miller 06-13-16
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    "This book will not help you there are way better books."

    The authors first example with the monasteries of what not to do is actually what he spends the rest of the book telling you how he did it.

    I don't think the author really understands what he is trying to tell.

    I suggest anything else.

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