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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.

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    Elizabeth 02-20-13
    Elizabeth 02-20-13
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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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    Jordan Hudgens LUBBOCK, TX, US 02-24-16
    Jordan Hudgens LUBBOCK, TX, US 02-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Quality work"

    Very well written, I appreciate Cal's analytical perspective and approach to research. This is a must read for anyone looking to find fulfillment at work.

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    N. Maldonado Philadelphia, PA 05-19-17
    N. Maldonado Philadelphia, PA 05-19-17 Member Since 2012

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    "awesome content"

    loved it. get your career capital. patience, craftsmanship, skills required for control and options. highly recommended

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    B. Pavlacka 05-08-17
    B. Pavlacka 05-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Can't believe this book got published"

    This book is redundant. I've never seen such lazy writing before. The author spent a little too much time copying and pasting. It's shocking.

    The ideas aren't presented in a logically convincing way. The thesis of the book might be largely correct but the author does little to really support it. The arguments rely too heavily on anecdote and not enough on published science.

    Like so many self help books it comes across like "I've been thinking about this and talking to people and that's how I KNOW that I'm right about this"

    Mediocre book, should have been stripped down a bit to avoid redundancy.

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    Janne Parri Finland 04-25-17
    Janne Parri Finland 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Most listened book in my library!"

    I come back to this book over and over again. Everytime I find it highly inspirational and motivational. Strong recommendation especially for just graduated.

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    JOSEPH 04-15-17
    JOSEPH 04-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A MUST HAVE FOR RECENT GRADUATION"

    Loved it. Definately opened my eyes to purpose while struggling to master new business concepts.

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    G. Roukas NY, NY 03-29-17
    G. Roukas NY, NY 03-29-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Every high schooler (and above) needs this advice!"

    I've always felt there was something lacking in the idea that you should follow your passion to find your work, but couldn't put my finger on it until reading this book. Cal Newport has a gift for tearing down fairly complex subjects and then proving them piece by piece so that by the end of the book you can't help but agree. I sent copies of this book to both my adult children and hope that they can glean something from it in their careers.

    But the ultimate compliment I can offer Newport is that when reading his books I never am tempted to skip to the next chapter or bypass any of the material. He holds my attention throughout, and that's rare.

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    Manny 03-27-17
    Manny 03-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Some good, mostly bland"

    Good core idea that only needs about 2 chapters to convey but stretched into 13 chapters somehow.
    I recommend listening to the major core principles and 1-2 examples of each. There are simply too many redundant examples, and quite a few examples that are very tailored to support his hypothesis.
    MAJOR NOTE: Listen at 1.10 or 1.15 times speed as the speaker is reaaaaaallyy sloooow anddddd exaaaggeeerraatedd.

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