So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

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Book Name : So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
Author : Cal Newport
Language : English
Genre : Self-Help, Business, Productivity, Self-Development, Leadership, Psychology
Publication : Business Plus
Pages : 288
Book Size : 1 Mb
Book Format : PDF

About the Book:

By the summer of 2010, Cal Newport had become obsessed with answering a simple question: Why do some people end up loving what they do, while so many others fail at this goal? It was this obsession that led me to people like Thomas, whose stories helped cement an insight Cal Newport had long suspected to be true: When it comes to creating work you love, following your passion is not particularly useful advice.

The explanation for what started me down this path goes something like this: During the summer of 2010, when this preoccupation first picked up steam, The author was a postdoctoral associate at MIT, where author had earned my PhD in computer science the year before. Cal Newport was on track to become a professor, which, at a graduate program like MIT’s, is considered to be the only respectable path. If done right, a professorship is a job for life. In other words, in 2010 I was planning what might well be my first and last job hunt. If there was ever a time to figure out what generates a passion for one’s livelihood, this was it.

Tugging more insistently at author attention during this period was the very real possibility that Cal Newport wouldn’t end up with a professorship at all. Not long after meeting Thomas, Cal Newport had set up a meeting with my advisor to discuss my academic job search. “How bad of a school are you willing to go to?” was his opening question. The academic job market is always brutal, but in 2010, with an economy still in recession, it was especially tough.

To complicate matters, my research specialty hadn’t proven to be all that popular in recent years. The last two students to graduate from the group where Cal Newport wrote dissertation both ended up with professorships in Asia, while the last two postdocs to pass through the group ended up in Lugano, Switzerland, and Winnipeg, Canada, respectively. “The author have to say, Cal Newport found the whole process to be pretty hard, stressful, and depressing,” one of these former students told me. Given that my wife and I wanted to stay in the United States, and preferably on the East Coast, a choice that drastically narrowed our options, Cal Newport had to face the very real possibility that my academic job search would be a bust, forcing me to essentially start from scratch in figuring out what to do with my life.

This was the backdrop against which the author launched what Cal Newport eventually began to refer to as “my quest.”
My question was clear: How do people end up loving what they do? And Author needed an answer.

This So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love documents what Cal Newport discovered in the search.

Further Reading:

  1. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion By Gary Vaynerchuk
  2. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco
  3. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur By Mike Michalowicz

Contents:

Rule # 1. Don’t Follow Your Passion
Rule #2. Be So Good, They Can’t Ignore You (Or, The Importance of Skill)
Rule #3. Turn Down a Promotion (Or, The Importance of Control)
Rule #4. Think Small, Act Big (Or, The Importance of Mission)

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