So good they can't ignore you : why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love

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Piatkus, 2016 - Ability - 304 pages
"Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. He argues that preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers. Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter, he reveals. 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"--Publisher's description.

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User Review  - SonoranDreamer - LibraryThing

If you feel stuck or unhappy with your work, this may be the book for you. The rules in the book are: #1: Don't follow your passion. #2: Be so good they can't ignore you (build skills). #3: Importance ... Read full review

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I was very excited by this book before I started writing this review, but now I see that many points of this book are quite obvious. That's why I initially rated it 4-star. But the reason I change it ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington, DC, where he is a writer and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU and three books of unconventional advice for students. He runs the popular website Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success.

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