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So Good They Can't Ignore You

Autor: Cal Newport
Sprecher: Dave Mallow
Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 28 Min.
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Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person's talent and skill - and not necessarily their passion - that determines their career path.

Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers. The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martin, who, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediately replied, 'Be so good they can't ignore you', and that's the main basis for Newport's audiobook.

Skill and ability trump passion. Inspired by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous Stanford University commencement speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams, Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is this advice Pollyannaish but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice.

From there Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence that the key to one's career success is to find out what you do well and where you have built up your 'career capital' and then to put all of your efforts in that direction.

©2012 Calvin C. Newport (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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Das fehlende Glied...

... In der endlosen Kette der Karrierebücher. Wer beim besten Willen nicht sagen kann, dass er von Anfang an eine tiefe "Leidenschaft" für seinen Beruf empfunden hat, für den ist das das richtige Buch. Aus Leidenschaft zu wählen und zu handeln ist im Beruf nämlich nicht optimal und ziemlich gefährlich. Angenehmer, gut verständlicher Sprecher, kurzweilige Fallgeschichten, klare Handlungsanweisungen.

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It was the most important book I have read so far

What makes people love their work? How can I avoid spending my life doing something I hate?

These very important questions, that a lot of people ask themselves, are the subject of this book. Current wisdom says to find your passion and pursue it in your work life. Cal Newport argues that this is a bad idea. Instead, one needs to build skills, or career capital, that can be leveraged to find work you love.

It is the most important book I have read so far. So far, I was asking myself "will this career choice make me happy?" before I had acquired the skills to be good enough in that respect to find happiness doing my work.

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Amazing!

Cal Newport's books have truly changed the way I view and tackle my work! Great stuff, I really recommend it!

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Scientific?

It bothers me, that the author gives the impression of presenting results from a research effort, when he is actually just presenting anecdotes from various biographies.

Furthermore, many examples he provides do not even support his view, that "follow your passion" is bad advice.

For a truely thorough analysis of the relationship between passion, hard work and deliberate practice read "Grit" by Angela Duckworth.

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Great advice

It's always good to shift perspectives and this book is a great way to do that. It will clear the wishful fantasies about work and passion and brings you back on track with usable guidelines and insight. Easy listen, great advice.

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Perfect for people in their early 20's!

Structured and science based argument that you shouldn't follow your passion but rather focus on developing valuable skills (which might turn out as a passion). I strongly recommend it

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Must read for students and career starters

I enjoyed the book so much, the only thing I regret is not reading it earlier

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So good I just started loving my job again.

I've read/heard a lot of (audio) books in the past, all telling me to pursue a job that is based on my passions. That is good advice for someone who is passionate about something specific, and can also earn money to survive with it. But this book is finally what I've been searching for. An explanation for someone who isn't sure about the "passion hypothesis" as it is called here and is falling into what is described as a trap in this book: Unhappy with an actually interesting exciting job always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. After listening to this book, I already feel more motivated to go to work and become so good they can't ignore me.
Smart rules explained in a good structure, not overloaded with examples. Happy I stumbled over this one!

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Helpful career advice

I've listened to this book three times now and really enjoyed it. Newport's theories on "career capital" and "working right trumps finding the right work" provide an interesting perspective on how one can find a meaningful job that allows for autonomy and fulfillment. I give it 4 stars because the book is rather short and at times, some complex topics are treated superficially. Also, the author sometimes makes strong statements when giving examples of different career paths, that he claims have followed the theories put forth in this book. In reality Newport hand picks cases to support his claims. Also, he is applying these ideas to his work life right now (he is a young professor). Would be interesting to see how this plays out. Maybe he comes with an amended second volume in the near future. Alle in all, a really interesting and helpful book.

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True story - a lot of brain food in

Something they should tell you at school. After working for 8 years I totally agree that all this Blabla about your dreams is nonsense. Just do what you can do best and dream better things than “working in the marketing”.
Perfect guide to rethink your career.