50 minutes | Oct 2nd 2020

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

This week, Lisa and Misty review So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport.

Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He's also a writer who focuses on the impact of technology on society. He's the author of six books, including Digital Minimalism and Deep Work, and writes regular essays for his popular website, calnewport.com.

We cover something from every part of the book in this So Good They Can't Ignore You podcast book review, including:

  • Rule #1: Don't Follow Your Passion
  • Rule #2: Be So Good They Can't Ignore You (Or, the Importance of Skill)
  • Rule #3: Turn Down a Promotion (Or, the Importance of Control)
  • Rule #4: Think Small, Act Big (Or, the Importance of Mission)

We also cover concepts like Career Capital and the Adjacent Possible.

If you like what you're hearing, you can learn more about Cal Newport at his website here, and you can purchase the book here.

Here are the two other GHY episodes we mention:

Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens (also known as the Zettelkasten Method)

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