So Good They Can't Ignore You

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AUTHOR
Cal Newport
DIMENSION
7,64 MB
FILE NAME
So Good They Can't Ignore You.pdf
ISBN
2694797499765

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Cal Newport's clearly-written manifesto flies inthe face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be aperson's talent and skill -and not necessarily their passion - thatdetermines their career path. Newport, who graduated fromDartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD. from MIT, contendsthat trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas inwhich we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to jobseekers.The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martinwho, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediatelyreplied: "Be so good they can't ignore you" and that's the main basisfor Newport's book. Skill and ability trump passion. Inspired byformer Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous Stanford University commencementspeech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams,Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is thsiadvice Pollyannish, but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice.Fromthere, Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary casestudy evidence that the key to one's career success is to find out whatyou do well, where you have built up your 'career capital,' and then toput all of your efforts into that direction.

Cal seems to comfortably dismiss the fact that it doesn't ... So Good They Can't Ignore You (2012) does away with the "passion trap" and instead looks at more realistic and practical ways to succeed in and be satisfied with your career. You will learn how to develop the rare and valuable skills that great jobs require.

This is done through the craftsman mindset; where you are continously learning and honing in on your craft through "deliberate practice" (getting out of your comfort zone to learn new things). 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. But it wasn't until reading So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport when I was able to draw conclusions of what separates good from great. As a designer, I want to work on interesting problems, with passionate people, and in a company that appreciates my talents through opportunities and compensation. 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.

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