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

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

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

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And in that pursuit of producing more value, you end up discovering what you like, what other people enjoy, and ultimately how you can do work that you find meaningful and that’s valued by other people. When no one pays attention to your work, you probably don’t have sufficient career capital to do exciting work.

He’s also a frequent contributor to major print publications including the New York Times, WIRED, and Outside. Missions work because they help focus your energy toward a useful goal that increases your impact on the world, which helps you feel more connected to the work that you do. A good career mission is similar to a scientific breakthrough—it’s an innovation waiting to be discovered in the adjacent possible of your field. Newport thinks that compelling missions are more likely to be noticed, and therefore you’re more likely to be successful. If you like this, I recommend reading Deep Work, which is one of my favorite books read in the past several years.Cal Newport starts by comparing himself to Jordan Tice as a guitar player: “The difference in strategy that separates average guitar players like me from stars like Tice and Casstevens is not confined to music. Cal Newport discusses why “follow your passion” is terrible career advice that leads people down unrewarding paths. This chapter of So Good They Can’t Ignore You argues that great missions can be successful from small exploratory projects.

In its place, share advice about how to pursue a realistic path toward a meaningful and engaging work life. Newport’s book answers one simple question: Why do some people end up loving what they do, while so many others fail at this goal? Explore the best books for expanding your mind, the best self-help books, the best philosophy books for beginners, books for people who don't enjoy reading, and more great books. Presents few opportunities to distinguish yourself by developing relevant skills that are rare and valuable. Passion is a side effect of mastery: when you get great at something, your interest in that something often grows.To increase the chances of building good habits, we need to understand how the mind works and use this knowledge to our advantage. Impact: “From the Apple II to the iPhone, Steve Jobs has changed the way we live our lives in the digital age. Thus, when you become better at what you do, you will feel accomplished and work toward career success. For a mission-driven project to succeed it should be remarkable in two ways, 1) it must compel people to remark about it to others and 2) it must be launched in a venue that supports such remarking.

However, after reading Newport’s book, I feel content in the idea that I need to find my niche; something I’m good at, and just focus on that.

Breakthroughs require that you first get to the cutting edge of your field, only then can you see to the adjacent possible beyond – the space where innovative ideas are almost always discovered.

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