So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love Hardcover – Sep 18 2012
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"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
"First book in years I read twice, to make sure I got it. Brilliant counter-intuitive career insights. Powerful new ideas that have already changed the way I think of my own career, and the advice I give others."
--Derek Sivers, founder, CD Baby
"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."
About the Author
Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a writer and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He also runs the popular website Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success. This is his fourth book.
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- What he's trying to say is incredibly valuable and logical. Though I haven't yet worked out yet how this applies in my own life, I sense that the path of learning to like where and how I work and build on it, is not only valuable but freeing. I don't feel trapped by one path that I must succeed in or *melodramatically* all will be ashes and dust!
Bad - not a deal-breaker, but sometimes the constant references and refreshers on the previous rules throughout got a little tiresome. Still, it is probably better that he did that. I have a very clear idea of what the rules are :P
- though he emphasized that this book is not a step by step guide, I wish there was a summary written of all the points in this book dedicated to one or two pages. Still, maybe that's a good thing too: you don't have to rely on his summary, he probably expects that you'll write your own. I know I will 😊
All in all, excellent read! Well worth anyone's time and energy!
When I read Cal's short piece in the NY Times, I was struck by this passage (paraphrased): "some people are born with a passion and know exactly what they want to do with their lives; this puts immense pressure on the rest of us to figure out our passion before it gets too late". This immediately struck a chord with me. I bought Cal's book and read it within a few days. It was the tonic my career-obsessed brain was looking for.
Cal writes that the passion myth is a dangerous one, because few people are actually born with passions, and in any case it doesn't usually work like that. The first few years of a career are better spent acquiring rare and valuable skills, and making "little bets" on where to go next. Incremental steps make more sense than huge, courageous career changes which aren't likely to work. When you have grown your portfolio of skills, assuming you focused on something that people are willing to pay for, you can then have the autonomy and control that most people gain true satisfaction from.
I am in a job that is a decent one, but not my dream job. However, Cal has opened my eyes to how I might go about acquiring rare, valuable skills from where I sit right now. In a short period of time, I have gained the clarity that I have been seeking for so long.Read more ›
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Excellent book written from a realistic point of view. Sounded a little academic at some point (of course Cal is an academician) but in all, it offers a practical or better still a... Read morePublished 7 days ago by GoldenApple
There are a lot of career advice books that tell you to follow your passion, this book is not it. If you want advice that turns things on its head then this book is the one you... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Macapinlac
This book should be studied in jr & high school! It has changed the course of my life!Published 6 months ago by Sheri
One a the best book I've read. With all this "Follow your passion" approaches going around, this is a big eye opener.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ive read the book a few times now and have referred back almost every week over the past 1.5 years. This book helped answer a fundamental and frustrating life question of mine that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by nowisthekey
The book has some good insights into finding happiness in your career and is well worth the read. The only disagreement I'd have - the author argues that 'pursuing your passion'... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bennymac
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