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So Good They Can't Ignore You

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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

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/08/2017

I wish I had this book ten years ago!

I've spent the first ten years of my working life constantly looking for my dream job, finding my passion. If only I had spent the last ten years building valuable skills instead, I would be in a very different position. This book has been a total game changer for me, it's turned my whole work life philosophy upside down. I really can't recommend this book enough!!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21/05/2020

You can’t lose with Newport

Great author, great narrator . Provides a joyful reading and a major understanding on how to build a career you love. Don’t miss it, it will change your life.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 08/05/2020

The author blames passion for failing in business

From my experiences it's good to have passion to create a successful business and life. This doesn't mean you don't have to work hard or give value to others. It only means it's more chance you will handle hard times when they come. I was passionate about computers when I was 14 so I was willing to put extra effort to learn about them. I also started to develop software at young age. First I was working from home, then for a few years in an office and then I had enough of sitting there and get back to remote work. It's really great to be able to work wherever and whenever you want and still give value to companies you work for. You just need to focus when you're working. There are at least two reasons why people failed in author's examples. First is they didn't create any value to others because they was only thinking about themselfs and the other is the wrong strategy. This has nothing to do with ones passion bu it has everything to do with ones intention

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  • Kestutis Burba
  • 19/09/2019

do not agree

I am stock trader. when I started tradi g I had no idea what I do, no knowlwdge or profesion capital. But I liked it. Was unsuccessull for long years still liked it.

So it is really passion and gut feeling, thats why I still in stocks. Do not agree with author.

Main reason why I did that only because I like it. Long years without any knowledge capital.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16/06/2019

Great but repetitive

Enjoyed learning through all the case studies. The principle recaps were a bit excessive though

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  • Kenny Lai
  • 02/06/2019

Excellent

loved it and I have listened to the audio book multiple times I have lost count.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ana
  • 12/04/2020

A book to listen again

An interesting book, full of interesting tips and stories on how to manage your own career. A book that I have listened to twice and will read again.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22/01/2020

4.5 Stars, recommended

it's a perfect book
only thing that bothers me is that it could have been an hour shorter.
sometimes the explanations and examples are a bit too long, but that's no big deal in a 5hour book
overall strong recommendation

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  • Sven Oliver Heck
  • 03/10/2019

Great advice

It's always good to shift perspectives and this book is a great way to do that. It will clear the wishful fantasies about work and passion and brings you back on track with usable guidelines and insight. Easy listen, great advice.

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  • Hendi
  • 08/08/2019

Perfect for people in their early 20's!

Structured and science based argument that you shouldn't follow your passion but rather focus on developing valuable skills (which might turn out as a passion). I strongly recommend it

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  • Andrey
  • 25/06/2019

Must read for students and career starters

I enjoyed the book so much, the only thing I regret is not reading it earlier

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  • Dudemeister12321
  • 15/05/2019

So good I just started loving my job again.

I've read/heard a lot of (audio) books in the past, all telling me to pursue a job that is based on my passions. That is good advice for someone who is passionate about something specific, and can also earn money to survive with it. But this book is finally what I've been searching for. An explanation for someone who isn't sure about the "passion hypothesis" as it is called here and is falling into what is described as a trap in this book: Unhappy with an actually interesting exciting job always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. After listening to this book, I already feel more motivated to go to work and become so good they can't ignore me.
Smart rules explained in a good structure, not overloaded with examples. Happy I stumbled over this one!