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So Good They Can't Ignore You

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Durée : 6 h et 28 min
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Description

Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person's talent and skill - and not necessarily their passion - that determines their career path.

Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers. The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martin, who, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediately replied, 'Be so good they can't ignore you', and that's the main basis for Newport's audiobook.

Skill and ability trump passion. Inspired by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous Stanford University commencement speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams, Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is this advice Pollyannaish but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice.

From there Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence that the key to one's career success is to find out what you do well and where you have built up your 'career capital' and then to put all of your efforts in that direction.

©2012 Calvin C. Newport (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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excellent book

This book is a guide in succeeding in career and living what one is doing.
it shares ideas about how to go about how to approach your working life in a way you will love it and impact the world.

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  • Vintila Bogdan
  • 14/06/2017

Introduction to the career capital concept

Any additional comments?

I actually avoided this book for a while because I got the impression it attacked liking and enjoying what you do. It's far from it. Cal Newport does not attack following your passion as long as you have the right skills to back that passion up. I'd actually change the title to "Become good at your passion before you follow you passion".

Cal gets into the concept of career capital. If you want to open up a restaurant just because you enjoy occasionally cooking on the weekends for your friends and you're good at it, but have no real concept of organizing, running a business or dealing with issues....simply don't follow you passion. Building a business based on a passion will require much more than just being good at that specific thing you call your passion. You have to have a lot of career capital behind it to back it up.

This is why Cal recommends to get good at things before you decide to take it solo. Passion alone will not get you through. On the other side if you get really good at what you do (be it accounting, analyzing or any other activity that may sound boring) you'll find that it gets much more fun along the way. Getting good results out of an activity you're performing really well will make you like and enjoy it. And I find this concept really interesting and true.

So even if you are a hard advocate of "follow your passion" and "love what you do" believe me this book will give you a lot of value. It's not meant to crush following your passion but dissect it into logical steps and decisions.

On the down side I think that the examples give in the book are a bit too shallow (someone giving up on their studies in order to start a blogging site) but then again this is probably the case for many young passionate entrepreneurs and Cal wanted to target them.

All in all I would put it in the "must read" list. And then get your hands on "Deep Work" as it is a nice continuation of the ideas in this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/10/2016

Fascinating but not complete

I didn't like the book but I liked the ideas. So I think it was worth the listen.

The book has a few very interesting insights but there's very little support for his claims outside a few stories.

That being said, I wouldn't bet against his assertions being true.

I can't put my finger on it, but the writing lacked something. Maybe it was that the stories wasn't engaging or that the definitions weren't clear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20/01/2019

Concise, and powerful ideas with a unique spin

This book discusses content already familiar to those with a good understanding of society and how possessing substantial skill in ones chosen field obviously allows you to take strides ahead. However, it uses some very well presented, if mathematical type arguments to present theses on how we should push for certain types of skill focus and surrender to other types of unhelpful career dreaming. The literary tone employed is admittedly rather dry, clearly exposing elements of the very logical, and mathematically minded authors way of thinking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/01/2019

It is like discovering myself at 50

Fact that it debunks passion hypothesis is what makes the book stand out. So much trash has been written about passion that most tend to believe it as gospel truth. Intact it made me feel inadequate despite having acquired career capital in my 22 years of working with the government in India. For once I feel adequate to take on critics who trivialise the work we do.
It also reaffirms my belief that systematic hard work is the only way out no matter how “uncool” it may appear. This book along with Deep Work is what I’m recommending to my teen kids and nieces who are set to embark on college life.
In one word this book is life altering!

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  • Dora D
  • 17/07/2018

A different, innovative approach to work.

After hearing this book recommendation several times from different sources and reading Cal Newport's book Deep Work (and loving it), I just had to read it. I was not disappointed.

I found myself in many of the dilemmas that Cal Newport found himself in in his post-college years and think that this book could be extremely useful for any young researcher looking to build a strong career and a happy life.

The way this book differs from many other self-development and career-development books that I've read is that it, for a change, does not provide you with the same recycled information and logical conclusions you might have heard anywhere. I value the effort and time the author put into the interviews the books is based on and his own openness when it comes to the challenges he faced. Based on personal experience and these interviews, Cal Newport provides the reader with a set of rules/guidelines and many smaller tips and tricks on how to gain the "career capital" to build a strong foundation for yourself, how to take things step by step when it comes to the development of career and, most important, how to stay sane throughout this whole process.

I am definitely rereading this book!

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  • Alok Ranjan
  • 16/06/2018

Buy it nice book careercapital is more important

skills are more important then passion. I love the overall message in the book tai lopz reviewed this book I love it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21/05/2018

Eye-opener !!

In a world where every big name says ‘follow your passion’ ..it’s kinda hard to believe that following your passion can actually be a really bad advice. I was totally against this book until I red it.

All my confusion around the subject ‘passion’ is now much more clear and thanks to this book, I’ll be laser focused on being so good that people can’t ignore me instead of just following my passion. Thank you so much to Mr Cal Newport for writing this book and a big thank you to the narrator of this book Dave Mallow.

Totally recommended 😃👍🏼

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  • SereznoKot
  • 19/05/2018

Great ideas for my job search

This book is about making a sober career decisions, based on reason and not emotions. Definitely going to try this approach out

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  • Leo Nguyen
  • 15/04/2018

I love it 😍

I love how clear, simple and useful this book is. I'd recommend to my friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08/04/2018

Great read for carreer search and management

Quality content which drew from real cases and serious thoughts and experiences. This book not only inspires me to do the best in my current job, but also give me a better perspective about carreer.

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  • Warum_so_wenig_Aktion_gegen_Klimawandel
  • 23/01/2017

It was the most important book I have read so far

What makes people love their work? How can I avoid spending my life doing something I hate?

These very important questions, that a lot of people ask themselves, are the subject of this book. Current wisdom says to find your passion and pursue it in your work life. Cal Newport argues that this is a bad idea. Instead, one needs to build skills, or career capital, that can be leveraged to find work you love.

It is the most important book I have read so far. So far, I was asking myself "will this career choice make me happy?" before I had acquired the skills to be good enough in that respect to find happiness doing my work.

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  • Claudia
  • 10/07/2017

Das fehlende Glied...

... In der endlosen Kette der Karrierebücher. Wer beim besten Willen nicht sagen kann, dass er von Anfang an eine tiefe "Leidenschaft" für seinen Beruf empfunden hat, für den ist das das richtige Buch. Aus Leidenschaft zu wählen und zu handeln ist im Beruf nämlich nicht optimal und ziemlich gefährlich. Angenehmer, gut verständlicher Sprecher, kurzweilige Fallgeschichten, klare Handlungsanweisungen.

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  • Nina
  • 19/04/2017

Amazing!

Cal Newport's books have truly changed the way I view and tackle my work! Great stuff, I really recommend it!

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  • Christin Büchner
  • 24/01/2019

Scientific?

It bothers me, that the author gives the impression of presenting results from a research effort, when he is actually just presenting anecdotes from various biographies.

Furthermore, many examples he provides do not even support his view, that "follow your passion" is bad advice.

For a truely thorough analysis of the relationship between passion, hard work and deliberate practice read "Grit" by Angela Duckworth.

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  • Daniel
  • 31/12/2017

Enlightening thoughts on a successful career

Good narrator & theory. Clearly structured. Many examples & anecdotes. Wrap-up at the end. Applicable. Recommended.

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  • Alex G
  • 28/02/2019

Helpful career advice

I've listened to this book three times now and really enjoyed it. Newport's theories on "career capital" and "working right trumps finding the right work" provide an interesting perspective on how one can find a meaningful job that allows for autonomy and fulfillment. I give it 4 stars because the book is rather short and at times, some complex topics are treated superficially. Also, the author sometimes makes strong statements when giving examples of different career paths, that he claims have followed the theories put forth in this book. In reality Newport hand picks cases to support his claims. Also, he is applying these ideas to his work life right now (he is a young professor). Would be interesting to see how this plays out. Maybe he comes with an amended second volume in the near future. Alle in all, a really interesting and helpful book.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 16/09/2018

True story - a lot of brain food in

Something they should tell you at school. After working for 8 years I totally agree that all this Blabla about your dreams is nonsense. Just do what you can do best and dream better things than “working in the marketing”.
Perfect guide to rethink your career.

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  • Leon
  • 15/02/2019

Ein Kompass für alle die sich verloren fühlen und eine Schatzkarte für alle die ihren inneren Kompass schon lange gefunden haben

Allzu oft sind Bücher dieser Art eine Mischung aus Dale Carnegie’s frühen Werken und den Grundsätzen des Stoizismus.
Diese Bücher werden dann mit einem Titel versehen das einem ins Auge springt und man hat am Ende die Kopie der Kopie der Kopie.
Dieses Buch durchleuchtet die Herausforderungen welche man bei der Suche nach einer passenden Karriere hat völlig neu.
Enorm gut ist, dass einem Grundsätze zur Hand gelegt werden, welche man stets anwenden kann. Ein Kompass für alle die sich verloren fühlen und eine Schatzkarte für alle die ihren inneren Kompass schon lange gefunden haben.

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