Thoughts on: “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport

Could it be that more we focus on finding and following our passions the more discontent we become with our work? Cal Newport makes an argument that you should throw passion aside and get really good first, then passion will follow!

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So what makes for an rewarding career? Room for creativity, Impact and Control are some important factors – and how do you attain that? You GIIIT GUUUUD at something rare and valuable!

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📝 on Deliberate practice: “If you’re not uncomfortable, then you’re probably stuck at an “acceptable level”.

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📝 on Craftsman mindset: Focuses relentlessly on what value you can offer the world.

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📝 on Passion mindset: Focus on what the world can offer you.

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⭐️ TAKEAWAYS:

Make small bets. In the wake of Tim Farris “The 4-hour work week” tons of people quit their job to become bloggers with passive income streams from internet sites. Lifestyle design is cool and all, but many became disillusioned quickly and realize how hard it is to make money online. Make many small bets when you are transitioning into a new area of work instead of only one really big one.. Ask yourself what are people really willing to pay you for? And prove it. Some things will have to remain just a hobby.

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🔸VERDICT

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This is the perfect book for someone who just starting his/her career. But for the ones of us that have 15-30 years of work experience have probably already learned these things (maybe even the hard way), and have less to gain from this book. If that’s the case, then then study these books and concepts instead:

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📖 “Bhagavad Gita” about freedom from outcome.

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📖 “Mastery” by Robert Greene about being persistent.

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📖 “Outliers“ by Gladwell about deliberate practice.

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3/5

 

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Thoughts on: ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport

A friend mentioned that this book might be of interest to me in a discussion we had about one of my favorite books this year; “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr.

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While Carrs book is centered around why distractions are bad for us and the science behind it, Cal Newport focuses more on the importance of deep, focused work and on providing practical advice on how to achieve as much of it as humanly possible.

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He argues that the fact that everyone is getting more and more distracted creates a personal and financial opportunity for the people that resist this trend by prioritizing depth. If that’s not reason enough to put effort into deep work, he also points towards evidence that deep work is a proven way towards a fulfilling life.

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📝When you lose focus the mind tends to fixate on what is wrong with your life instead of what’s right. A workday driven from the shallow, from a neurological viewpoint, is likely to be a upsetting and draining day.

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📝 The principle of Least Resistance:

In a business setting, without clear feedback on certain behaviors impact on the bottom line, we will tend towards behaviors that are easiest in the moment.

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📝Flow > Relaxing. Most people get this wrong. Work is easier to enjoy than free time.

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📝 Downtime aids insight. Shut down after work. No mental recitation of conversations, no planning and scheming about the next work day. No late night email checks.

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My recommendation to you is to put “The Shallows” and “Deep Work” on top of the stack of books to read this summer. For me, these have been the most impactful reads this year so far.

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How do you promote deep work in your life?

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New book Arrivals from the Mysterious Man Behind ‘Books on the Tub’

I Got a nice stack of books the other day from Mr. Books on the Tub. Have you read any of them? It was hard to choose which one to start with but I ended up with “The Glass Cage” from the author of “The Shallows”, Nicholas Carr. Which was one of my favorite books this year.

It’s about how automation of labor changes peoples, careers and society as a whole. So far so good!!