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

Cal Newport
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2012.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Variant Title
So good they can not ignore you
ISBN
9781455509126, 1455509124
Summary
In this eye-opening account, Cal New port debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up living 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. This will change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life.
Contents
  • Rule #1: Don't follow your passion. The "passion" of Steve Jobs ; Passion is rare ; Passion is dangerous
  • Rule #2: Be so good they can't ignore you (or the importance of skill). The clarity of the craftsman ; The power of career capital ; The career capitalists ; Becoming a craftsman ; Summary of rule #2
  • Rule #3: Turn down a promotion (or the importance of control). The dream-job elixir ; The first control trap ; The second control trap ; Avoiding the control traps ; Summary of rule #3
  • Rule #4: Think small, act big (or, the importance of mission). The meaningful life of Pardis Sabeti ; Missions require capital ; Missions require little bets ; Missions require marketing ; Summary of rule #4
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Career profile summaries.
Description
xxi, 273 pages ; 22 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-262) and index.
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