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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

by Cal Newport

ISBN: 9781478910077
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In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliche flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers.Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter, he reveals. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before.In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.With a title taken from the comedian Steve Martin, who once said his advice for aspiring entertainers was to "be so good they can't ignore you," Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto is mandatory reading for anyone fretting about what to do with their life or frustrated by their current job situation and eager to find a fresh new way to take control of their livelihood. He provides an evidence-based blueprint for creating work you love.So Good They Can't Ignore You will change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life.

Author Biography

Cal Newport graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth in 2004, where, using the strategies outlined in this book, he earned thirty-six straight A's in a row. Also the author of "How to Win at College," he" "is studying for his Ph.D. in computer science at MIT.

Product Details

Author
Cal Newport
Short Title
SO GOOD THEY CANT IGNORE YO 6D
Playing time
388
Publisher
Hachette Book Group
Language
English
ISBN-10
1478910070
ISBN-13
9781478910077
Media
Audio Product
Format
Compact Disc
Residence
Cambridge, MA, US
Year
2016
Publication Date
2016-01-05
Subtitle
Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
Audience
General/Trade