Summary: Cal Newport's Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Narrated by: Doron Alon
Length: 17 mins
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This is a summary of Cal Newport's Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive 21st century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep - spending their days instead in a frantic blur of email and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the listener on a journey through memorable stories - from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air - and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored.

Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

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Just enough to make me want to buy the whole book

I thought this would dive in a tad deeper and help me skip the entire book. It didn't work. Now I want more.

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short,to the point .

didn't like it too much.maybe because I can't see myself getting off of welfare without the rug being pulled from under me..maybe if I read it again parts will pop out at me.

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Feh! Total waste of money and time

I have actually read the book, and bought this as a refresher. A competent second grader could do a better job. Totally misses the concrete suggestions Newport comes up with as a way of furthering deep work.

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pretty high level

maybe a touch less introduction and more time spent on the content of the book.

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  • 01-09-19

Clear speaking + Brief

Easy to listen to . Just the word "idle" used to seem negative before reading this. Its good to be still doing nothing (daydreaming) and only doing one task. Although im not sure if the 2nd thing is correct as he mentions something about managers needing to be multitaskers. Anyways good listen