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

Cal Newport, Ph.D., Writer and Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Georgetown University

October 9, 2012

Cal NewportIn this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed—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.

Cal Newport received his PhD in computer science from MIT, and he is currently on the faculty at Georgetown University. He writes the award-winning popular advice blog Study Hacks and has a tremendous presence and following online. He is the author of How to Become a Straight-A Student and How to Win at College. Newport has been featured as a student success expert on numerous television shows and in many major print publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

So Good They Can't Ignore You

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