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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love | [Cal Newport]

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

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.
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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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    Jason From Boston Boston, MA 01-02-13
    Jason From Boston Boston, MA 01-02-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I Was Stuck For 10 Years, And This Book Saved Me!"

    This is exactly the book I needed to listen to. I've felt stuck for more than 10 years because I've been searching for my "calling" or my "life's work", and I've not invested myself into what I WAS doing with my life because I was waiting to discover the passion that lived inside of me before I chose a path in life.

    This book explained that I was doing it all wrong and what to do instead. I now realize that diving fully into what I'm doing and becoming really good at it is what will lead to feeling passionate about my career... not waiting for some innate secret wellspring of inspiration to be discovered and then I'll finally "take off". This book really saved me from another 10 years of wasting my life. Highly recommended!

    The audiobook was performed really well. I listen to mine at double speed using the Audible app, but I kept having to pause it because the lessons in this book were so incredible that I had to write them down for later. I enjoyed listening to it, and I intend to make this one of the books I listen to every year.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Taliho Florida 10-23-12
    Taliho Florida 10-23-12

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    I bought this book despite having read the review cautioning about it if you're over age 30 (Im 40). The book's premise was so compelling that I had to judge it for myself. This book suggests a solution, based on a shift in perspective, to the challenge of finding what path is right for you. Its a discussion between chasing your dreams and what I'll call "working" your dreams. Its a wonderful contrast that attempts to answer the question whether chasing passion or whether dedication to improvement is responsible for career success and fulfillment. This discussion is applicable whether you're just starting out searching for answers or find yourself later in life wanting more out of your choices. Its apparent that a tremendous amount of research, along with examples, had been done by the author and used to articulate his theory, which I appreciated. The premise of this book can be debated endlessly, but for me it was outstanding. The knowledge gained from this book will serve me well. Thanks Cal.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 10-22-12
    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Do not buy this book if you are over 30"

    While it was refreshing to hear someone saying "follow your passion is too general", the 20 something author lacks life experience to back his claims. This book may be good for someone in high school or college, but if you plan to take charge of your life and choose rebirth in a new chosen field, do not get this book. It's a total let down. He tells you stories of successful people who worked at perfecting themselves since they were teenagers in their chosen line of work. He fails to do the same with the "failures". He mentions a woman who lost everything because she opened up a yoga studio. The woman ventured into a brand new path. Everyone is terrible when they first try something. After years of practice, of course, you become better. He failed to follow her for years and then document her subsequent success or failure. There are many people who reinvented themselves and became great in their chosen path. For example: Julia Child, Martha Stuart, Harrison Ford, Andrea Bocelli, etc.. This author still needs many years of practice and I must say that this book was a big disappointment. This is my summary of this book: read Malcolm Gladwell & Derek Sivers (since a lot of his research comes from them) & start something (anything) when you are a teenager, stick to it, and you will grow to love it. Everything else = failure. Also, take a shot for every time he says" in order words" and whatever you do, don't lose your career collateral!!!!!

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    Jeff Bellville, South Africa 02-10-13
    Jeff Bellville, South Africa 02-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely glad I ignored some reviewers."

    I do take note of fellow reviewers' input to make buy decisions. But something made me override their advice this time.

    I've now listened twice, beginning to end. And certain parts three or four times in quick succession. It will be more in the future. I've decided on this re-listening strategy to get the muck out of my mind, planted by passion preachers. I, however, take full responsibility for following that message.

    Cal reminded me of my success method of the past. A method I did not name, or put the required weight on, or thought about, it was just done - deliberately. But it sadly was forgotten, droned out by passion evangelists.

    Thank you for writing this book. It helped me GREATLY!

    Narration never bothers me. I always have a little chuckle when reading reviews on narrators. I'm just glad someone exerted the effort, saving me the time. The background to that statement: I used to buy computer voices to read text for me. Obviously that was before I discovered Audible.

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    Mark Houston, TX, United States 10-05-12
    Mark Houston, TX, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    I took a chance buying this since it is a new book with few reviews. It is a refreshing break from the "passion" based literature that is popular now. It teaches what has become uncommon sense these days - you get out of life what you put into it. Its backed by some research and good anecdotes, and gives needed perspective if you start thinking that you have to "find your calling". Few people find it without investing time, effort, an open mind, and patience, first. Saying that, I still find lots of motivating and helpful ideas in the passion based approach, so its not all black and white to me, but still this book adds a refreshing perspective.

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    Robert United States 11-25-12
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    "Buy this book if you are over 50"
    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-21-12
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This audio delivers on its Title"

    This audio delivers on its title. He argues against following your passion to find the ideal job and instead believes that passion comes after you already become excellent at something.
    Very easy to follow and I like how he ties ideas from many other contemporary authors into his work.
    I was surprised by how young the author is. Highly recommended for anyone who is planning their career.
    A few good summaries of the audio.

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    Kian Ameli California USA 10-21-12
    Kian Ameli California USA 10-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great premise, but lacks substance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would put in fewer stories! The author tries to follow the Malcolm Gladwell approach of presenting research then a real life example of that research in action, but the implementation of this technique is done poorly and too often.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I loved what Mallow had to say about Steve Martin in this book and I wish he would have dug deeper into that aspect.


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    I found the premise wonderful, become so good at what you do that you stand out, but a lot of the practical advise was really depressing and uninspiring.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sergio Belmont, CA, United States 03-22-13
    Sergio Belmont, CA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2012

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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 Provo, UT, United States 02-20-13
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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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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  • Suhair
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    12/26/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. T. Kerwin
    London UK
    4/13/13
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    "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.

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  • Melviba
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    4/3/13
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    "Such a simple but brilliant lesson."

    Ideal for those seeking passion, direction or just a boost. Really enjoyable read with some fascinating theories.

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