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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by [Newport, Cal]
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Praise for So Good They Can't Ignore You:
"Stop worrying about what you feel like doing (and what the world owes you) and instead, start creating something meaningful and then give it to the world. Cal really delivers with this one."
Seth Godin, author, Linchpin

"Entrepreneurial professionals must develop a competitive advantage by building valuable skills. This book offers advice based on research and reality--not meaningless platitudes-- on how to invest in yourself in order to stand out from the crowd. An important guide to starting up a remarkable career."―Reid Hoffman, co-founder & chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the bestselling The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

"Do what you love and the money will follow' sounds like great advice -- until it's time to get a job and disillusionment quickly sets in. Cal Newport ably demonstrates how the quest for 'passion' can corrode job satisfaction. If all he accomplished with this book was to turn conventional wisdom on its head, that would be interesting enough. But he goes further -- offering advice and examples that will help you bypass the disillusionment and get right to work building skills that matter."―Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

"This book changed my mind. It has moved me from 'find your passion, so that you can be useful' to 'be useful so that you can find your passion.' That is a big flip, but it's more honest, and that is why I am giving each of my three young adult children a copy of this unorthodox guide."―Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick, WIRED magazine

"Written in an optimistic and accessible tone, with clear logic and no-nonsense advice, this work is useful reading for anyone new to the job market and striving to find a path or for those who have been struggling to find meaning in their current careers."―Publishers Weekly

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An Amazon Best Book of 2016 Pick in Business & Leadership
Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller
A Business Book of the Week at 800-CEO-READ

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 twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail 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 reader 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Jan. 5 2016)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00X47ZVXM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first thing I wanted to do after reading this book... was read it again.

Newport touched a nerve with an issue I haven't been able to name, or put my finger on, but has been bugging me for years now. It's a call to put aside the onslaught of shallow work and make room for a skill that we're quickly losing: intense focus.

While it may be difficult to give up the constant distraction of social media, or the obsessive checking of incoming email, Newport opens the curtain on why you should consider it. "We no longer see Internet tools as as products released by for-profit companies, funded by investors hoping to make a return, and run by twentysomethings who are often making things up as they go along."

Having been a fan of his work for years, and seeing the benefits firsthand in my own life, I left this book with a renewed vigor to reshape the way I approach each day. While Newport provides a helpful process to develop a skill he's coined as "deep focus," it is by no means a rigid system - nor an easy task. However, when you take a close look at the world around you, including your own workplace, you begin to see why the effort is worth it.

There are many books I've finished and put away without ever giving them a second thought. This is one of the rare few that still has me thinking and working to take action.
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I bought this book based on all the positive reviews it's received here on Amazon, but I was disappointed. Maybe I went in with too high of expectations. But I feel that what Newport expounded was common sense knowledge like focus is good, distraction is bad. I felt that I also knew most of the things he mentioned in the book. For example, if you're distracted, it takes an average of approx. 15 minutes to get back on task and deep work/focus/flow leads to happiness.

There was, however, something new I learned: Newport shared a nifty study on positivity that I had never heard of before. I think I would advise getting the book just for the results of that study. It provided a much needed personal revelation in me at least.

He also clarified something about his scheduling method that I thought was important as well, but that's another personal reason.

This book might interest you if you have a hectic life and can see no reason to slow down. I must admit, this book does give good reasons to slow down, think and reflect.
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I'm an effectiveness junky, both reading about and implementing many strategies and tactics to improve my life and productivity. So I was already aligned with the book's thesis, meaning perhaps I wasn't the intended audience. With this caveat out of the way, I'll say that the book puts forward an interesting thesis that goes against the standard adoption and acceptance of today's distracting technologies. And that's good. But for me, it didn't dive deep enough into any of the topics it touches upon, and it relies too heavily on the author's own experiences, and on anecdotes. I'd like to see more on how we got to such a distracted society, how bad it is for productivity and economic output, research that shows more about the quantifiable impact of focus versus distraction, and strategies and tactics for transforming teams rather than just individuals. I did pick up a few ideas for further effectiveness improvements, but overall the greatest value of the book to me was reinforcing a belief I already had and sparking discussions with others that haven't yet come to a realization about the importance of deep work. It's not that the book is bad -- it's not. It just doesn't go deep enough. (Sorry, I had too.)
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Cal Newport has spent a lot of time thinking about how to do better work, both in previous books like So Good They Can't Ignore You, as well as the popular Study Hacks blog. In his new book, Deep Work, he looks into how to be productive without burning out or forsaking your friends and family.

Using famous examples like Carl Jung and Bill Gates, Newport described how they were able to avoid being overwhelmed with the daily trivial details of a busy life and produced important and meaningful work that advanced their careers and their industry. Jung built a log cabin in Bollingen where he could get away from treating patients, and instead focus on writing Psychological Types, a book that would challenge Sigmund Freud's ideas. Similarly, Gates removes himself to a remote location for "Think Weeks", where he reads and thinks big plans, resulting in seismic shifts like Microsoft's 1995 pivot to rule the Internet. Newport even uses himself as an example, explains how he only teaches in one semester, leaving the other free for research.

What all his examples have in common is that their productivity is the result of deep work, periods where their focus and attention is undivided and uninterrupted, where insight can push gently forward until it becomes inspiration. Whether it's an hour before breakfast each day or an entire week twice a year, deep work is the crucial ingredient that produces unique and valuable results. Newport distills his principles into four rules:

1. Work Deeply (duh)
2. Embrace Boredom
3. Quit Social Media
4. Drain the Shallows

As I examined my own situation, I was surprised to see how much time I was spending on "shallow work". Distractions are everywhere, and "urgency" seems to determine what we do.
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