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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 by Cal Newport
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“Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.”
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“If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“what can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“what can I offer the world?”).”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“the happiest, most passionate employees are not those who followed their passion into a position, but instead those who have been around long enough to become good at what they do. On reflection, this makes sense.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“No one owes you a great career, it argues; you need to earn it—and the process won’t be easy.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Doing things we know how to do well is enjoyable, and that’s exactly the opposite of what deliberate practice demands….”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“If you’re not uncomfortable, then you’re probably stuck at an “acceptable level.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“craftsman mindset focuses on what you can offer the world, the passion mindset focuses instead on what the world can offer you. This mindset is how most people approach their working lives.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“The good news about deliberate practice is that it will push you past this plateau and into a realm where you have little competition.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“here’s the core argument of Rule #2: You shouldn’t just envy the craftsman mindset, you should emulate it. In other words, I am suggesting that you put aside the question of whether your job is your true passion, and instead turn your focus toward becoming so good they can’t ignore you. That is, regardless of what you do for a living, approach your work like a true performer. This”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“If your goal is to love what you do, you must first build up “career capital” by mastering rare and valuable skills, and then cash in this capital for the traits that define great work.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Giving people more control over what they do and how they do it increases their happiness, engagement, and sense of fulfillment.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Whereas the craftsman mindset focuses on what you can offer the world, the passion mindset focuses instead on what the world can offer you. This mindset is how most people approach their working lives. There are two reasons why I dislike the passion mindset (that is, two reasons beyond the fact that, as I argued in Rule #1, it’s based on a false premise). First, when you focus only on what your work offers you, it makes you hyperaware of what you don’t like about it, leading to chronic unhappiness. This is especially true for entry-level positions, which, by definition, are not going to be filled with challenging projects and autonomy—these come later. When you enter the working world with the passion mindset, the annoying tasks you’re assigned or the frustrations of corporate bureaucracy can become too much to handle. Second, and more serious, the deep questions driving the passion mindset—“Who am I?” and “What do I truly love?”—are essentially impossible to confirm. “Is this who I really am?” and “Do I love this?” rarely reduce to clear yes-or-no responses. In other words, the passion mindset is almost guaranteed to keep you perpetually unhappy and confused, which probably explains why Bronson admits, not long into his career-seeker epic What Should I Do With My Life? that “the one feeling everyone in this book has experienced is of missing out on life.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Compelling careers often have complex origins that reject the simple idea that all you have to do is follow your passion.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“it has the three traits that make people love their work: impact, creativity, and control.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Don’t follow your passion; rather, let it follow you in your quest to become, in the words of my favorite Steve Martin quote, “so good that they can’t ignore you.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“We like to think of innovation as striking us in a stunning eureka moment, where you all at once change the way people see the world, leaping far ahead of our current understanding. I’m arguing that in reality, innovation is more systematic.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“This is what you should experience in your own pursuit of “good.” If you’re not uncomfortable, then you’re probably stuck at an “acceptable level.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“You’re either remarkable or invisible,” says Seth Godin in his 2002 bestseller, Purple Cow.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“If you go after more control in your working life without a rare and valuable skill to offer in return, you’re likely pursuing a mirage.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“The more you try to force it, I learned, the less likely you are to succeed. True missions, it turns out, require two things. First you need career capital, which requires patience. Second, you need to be ceaselessly scanning your always-changing view of the adjacent possible in your field, looking for the next big idea. This requires a dedication to brainstorming and exposure to new ideas. Combined, these two commitments describe a lifestyle, not a series of steps that automatically spit out a mission when completed.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“When deciding whether to follow an appealing pursuit that will introduce more control into your work life, seek evidence of whether people are willing to pay for it. If you find this evidence, continue. If not, move on.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Do What Steve Jobs Did, Not What He Said”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“In hindsight, these observations are obvious. If life-transforming missions could be found with just a little navel-gazing and an optimistic attitude, changing the world would be commonplace. But it’s not commonplace; it’s instead quite rare. This rareness, we now understand, is because these breakthroughs require that you first get to the cutting edge, and this is hard—the type of hardness that most of us try to avoid in our working lives. The”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“The important thing about little bets is that they’re bite-sized. You try one. It takes a few months at most. It either succeeds or fails, but either way you get important feedback to guide your next steps. This”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Doing things we know how to do well is enjoyable, and that’s exactly the opposite of what deliberate practice demands…. Deliberate practice is above all an effort of focus and concentration. That is what makes it “deliberate,” as distinct from the mindless playing of scales or hitting of tennis balls that most people engage in.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“continuous and harsh feedback he received accelerated the growth of his ability.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Scientific breakthroughs, as we just learned, require that you first get to the cutting edge of your field. Only then can you see the adjacent possible beyond, the space where innovative ideas are almost always discovered. Here’s the leap I made as I pondered Pardis Sabeti around the same time I was pondering Johnson’s theory of innovation: 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. If you want to identify a mission for your working life, therefore, you must first get to the cutting edge—the only place where these missions become visible.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“First, when you focus only on what your work offers you, it makes you hyperaware of what you don’t like about it, leading to chronic unhappiness.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“Se tan bueno que no puedan ignorarte.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
“If a young Steve Jobs had taken his own advice and decided to only pursue work he loved, we would probably find him today as one of the Los Altos Zen Center’s most popular teachers.”
Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

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