Book Review: Should You Ignore This? Probably.

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I read the latest book by Cal Newport, entitled “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love.” Although this book is over two-hundred pages, I think I can sum it up:

Passion should not be the driving force for your career. You need to build up tons of skills in many areas (not just in the area of your passion). You need tons of experience (otherwise known as “capital career”). Then, and only then, can you branch off or quit your current job in order to lead your career–oh! but only if you have a “remarkable but specific idea.”

My thoughts? It was okay but Newport’s argument didn’t always follow through. The people he used as examples had such different paths or extraordinary minds. There is no set of step-by-step instructions to follow.

So yes, having skills and expertise and all that stuff is important but Newport us pushing his theory of this over passion so hard with examples that barely work and such grandiose confidence that he comes off as pretentious which all contribute to his argument falling flat.

While I do enjoy other works by Cal Newport such as “How To Become a Straight-A Student”, I do not recommend this one.


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