So Good They Can't Ignore You
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 ar...more
The thesis of the book is that followin ...more
Unfortunately the book starts out with a bad premise, one that continues to get beaten down, something that Cal calls The Passion Hypothesis, which Cal throws out and beats up at every turn. This hypothesis is:
"The key to occupational happiness is to first figure out what you're passionate about and then find a job that matches that passion."
From the st ...more
The gist of this book can be gotten very quickly; in fact, the final chapter neatly summarizes pretty much everything. However, the rest of the book contains several case studies that are both inspiring and enlightening.
The passion hypothesis is to first "figure out what you're passionate about and then find a job that matches this passion."
This is all popular advice; you hear it everywhere. And Cal Newport shows why this advice is so, so very wrong. It is more than wrong--it is dangerous. He shows how this conventional wisdom for career success is seriously flawed. ...more
Unfortunately, in his book "So Good They Can't Ignore You," Newport frames his advice in a disingenuous context -- he (perhaps willfully) misinterprets what I suspect a large number of people (including Steve Jobs) really meant when they use the phrase "follow your passion." Newport claims that "follow" implies identifying a pre-existi ...more
Gentleman-in-waiting: "So Good They Can't Ignore You" by Cal Newport
"Working right trumps finding the right work."
In "So Good They Can't Ignore You" by Cal Newport
After having finished "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck", I wanted to read this one to work as a counterpoint. I'm glad I did.
When I was younger, I watched Jurassic Park one and two, and I wanted to be Steven Spielberg! Doing well in my dance classes made me want to be a p ...more
1. While Mr. Newport is no doubt skilled in mathematics (his chosen field), he lacks a basic understanding of English grammar. The book desperately needed an editor, as the following phrases appeared in print: "graduated highschool" "better understand this trickiness" and "real hard time", among other cringe-induci ...more
The book in summary has 3 parts:
1- debunking the passions hypothesis. Yep its as boring is "debunking a hypothesis" sounds. This is the worst and most uninspiring part. He goes on, and on, and on for 30 pages saying that the advice "follow your passion is bad."
2- introducing main the passion mindset vs the craft ...more
The subtitle of this book reveals the author’s main theme: “Why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love.” This is a unique idea that rejects the current pop ...more
I came to this book after seeing it rated very highly on the personal reading list of Derek Sivers, a blogger/programmer who I admire. Imagine my surprise, then, when I found a chapter or two of this book use Derek's biographical sketch as the backdrop for one of Newport's rules!
I find myself in agreement with most of Cal's major points, but can't in good faith recommend reading this. Many of the anecdotes were cringeworthy a ...more
There is some good advice here and there, but there are quite a lot of things I didn't like about this book. An example of this is how eight out of the give or take ten examples were a white males, seemingly either middle class or higher - this made me feel rather cynical reading through the rest of the book - it being how people who fall outside of that category have significantly different experiences/challenges. The book is filled with an ...more
That is probably the best career advice I've heard.
Most books on career advice tell me to find a job using what I'm passionate about. Unfortunately for me there aren't many jobs that will pay me just to read whatever I want all day.
Learning to love what you do is much better advice if you ever want any job satisfaction.
This was a great book for most people, but especially for people who are fed up of the advice to let your passion lead you t ...more
Questioning the passion hypothesis - that you first find out what you're passionate about and then find a job that suits it - is a an excellent message. Many people ...more
The information I've read within it has really inspired me. I'm trying ...more
The key is to not find work you’re passionate about but then never get good at it because that passion fades. He calls this the passion hypothesis which is a way to set people up for failure. Instead, you should work really hard to be the best you can be at a job then your passion will find you.
This isn’t the path for everyone as I found my passion then continue to improve my work, ...more
Although one might be skeptical of the argue which states "following your passion is a bad advice", but the alternative he suggests is remarkable.
I really enjoyed this book and definitely going to apply the knowledge I grasped from this book.
If you are an academic, you will also find this book highly motivating and inspiring.
Loved it a ...more
Highly recommended to read this for creating a career plan, followed by Deep Work for a way to execute that plan effectively.
This book has a different take - rather than focusing on where you want to go, focus on building valuable skills, which you’ll be able to develop into a fulfilling career. It argues that “innate passion” ...more
Let me start off by saying this is gonna be a big review, probably my biggest on goodreads. Because the world needs to know it's such an amazing book!
So Good They Can't Ignore You is a non-fiction book that gives some solid, practical advice on how to build a compelling career. Now, before you scroll your mouse and skip my review, let me bring to your atte ...more
The last point is the biggest problem of the book. I was never convinced that the successful subjects of the book were succe ...more