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"Stop worrying about what you feel like doing (and what the world owes you) and instead, start creating something meaningful and then give it to the world. Cal really delivers with this one."
--Seth Godin, author, Linchpin
"Entrepreneurial professionals must develop a competitive advantage by building valuable skills. This book offers advice based on research and reality--not meaningless platitudes-- on how to invest in yourself in order to stand out from the crowd. An important guide to starting up a remarkable career."
--Reid Hoffman, co-founder & chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the bestselling The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
"Do what you love and the money will follow' sounds like great advice -- until it's time to get a job and disillusionment quickly sets in. Cal Newport ably demonstrates how the quest for 'passion' can corrode job satisfaction. If all he accomplished with this book was to turn conventional wisdom on its head, that would be interesting enough. But he goes further -- offering advice and examples that will help you bypass the disillusionment and get right to work building skills that matter."
--Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"This book changed my mind. It has moved me from 'find your passion, so that you can be useful' to 'be useful so that you can find your passion.' That is a big flip, but it's more honest, and that is why I am giving each of my three young adult children a copy of this unorthodox guide."
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick, WIRED magazine
"First book in years I read twice, to make sure I got it. Brilliant counter-intuitive career insights. Powerful new ideas that have already changed the way I think of my own career, and the advice I give others."
--Derek Sivers, founder, CD Baby
"Written in an optimistic and accessible tone, with clear logic and no-nonsense advice, this work is useful reading for anyone new to the job market and striving to find a path or for those who have been struggling to find meaning in their current careers."
Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a writer and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He also runs the popular website Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success. This is his fourth book.
Made me feel quite motivated, as I already feel that I agree with the ideals in this book so I was kinda pandering to myself already.Published 7 days ago by Joey Thimian
The book uses great examples to make a point in easy to follow terms. The story telling is nicely muddled into the bursts of life advice. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Anar Salayev
Great concept, but a little repetitive. Could have been more succinct and used more examples that were not in the entertainment industry. Read morePublished 12 days ago by D. Claypool
The book argues that "follow your passion" is bad advice but doesn't convince you why, can't make strong enough cases to support the conclusions it offers and doesn't offer... Read morePublished 22 days ago by R. Symonds
I have extremely mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand, I admire Newport for being a contrarian and providing provocative ideas. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Dev Parikh
It looked interesting by its name and because I'm not a fan of the "passion theory" as well. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Spah
In this book, Cal Newport claims that life happiness follows from developing a rare and valuable skill. While he doesn't prove this cause-and-effect, it seems rational. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bob Collins
Highly reccomend this to any young and serious individuals questioning their own path and purpose.
If your questioning why? Open the book and just start reading!