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

byCal Newport
Rating 8.5 /10 Readability
Read Time 7 hrs Readible On
Published: 2012Read: April 26, 2014Pages: 288
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by Juvoni Beckford@juvoni

I'll gladly take Cal Newport's kind of career advice over Peter Drucker's any day of the week. Whereas I felt like I was positioning myself to be an optimal cog in the machine while reading Peter Drucker's writing, reading Newport's So Good They Can't Ignore You, felt so empowering and liberating. He provides a framework and mindset to figure out what works for you while giving you some straight advice on how you can add value.

Newport tears down the Passion trend, of Passion Hypothesis that the key to occupational happiness is first to figure out what you're passionate about and then find a job that matches that passion." Wrong, Newport says, instead he suggests in order to construct work you love, you must first build career capital by mastering rare and valuable skills, and then catch I this capital for the type of traits that define compelling traits. The passion mindset focuses on what the world can offer you, but instead we should take the craftsman mindset approach and build skills that allow us to focus on what we can contribute and offer the world.

Motivations to Read

I can't lie, I was really pulled in by this book's title. I also agreed that simply following your passion isn't that good a piece of advice. My goal before getting the book was figuring out a mindset towards finding enjoyment in something that you didn't initially have a passion for as well as improving my appreciation of craftsmanship.

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn about the craftsman mindset.
  • You are in search of a fulfilling career and not just a "job"
  • You are in college, a recent grade or looking to switch careers
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posted July 1, 2015

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