- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (18 September 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455509124
- ISBN-13: 978-1455509126
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.9 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
So Good They Can't Ignore You Hardcover – 18 Sep 2012
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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."
In this extraordinary eye-opening account, Georgetown University professor Dr. Calvin Newport debunks the long-held traditonal notion that "following your passion" is good career advice.See all Product description
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- The whole focus of the book is on acquiring "rare and valuable skills".
- Read the book rather than reading the summary online.
- Cal writes clearly and puts forth his thoughts very logically.
- Good for experienced professionals as well as freshers.
- A must buy / read for young professionals.
Author debunks the popular career advice "Follow your passion" very well
I found book very practical.
The book could have been much shorter had it not gone into repeating central theme a lot of times.
I would suggest everyone to read it.
However there are several points of disagreement-
1. What if a person's skill was really suited for a certain kind of work, giving them an unfair advantage ? Then it would be worth spending time to discover that. The writer already agrees that athletes do need to know their calling and get going at a young age. But what about singers with a gifted voice? What about a career in sales, where appearance and extroversion are bound to be assets ? Would an introverted individual be better off putting the same effort in some other profession where personality did not matter as much ?
2. Next, what if perseverance were linked to the amount of commitment a person had for a particular job ? A people person may not like code, and a programmer may not like a lot of seemingly boring administrative meetings . Forcing them to excel over years will lead to some success, but would the same effort yielded more gains somewhere else ?
3. Third, at one point Cal talks of doing only things which will have monetary value in the market. This is a sad reflection of what consumerism has done to us. Van Gogh did not sell a single painting in his life ( outside of 1 to family). Viktor Frankyl writes in his introduction to "Man's search for meaning" that he never wrote that book for money, but of all his books, this was the most successful.
The author assumes perseverance and passion seeking are two extreme alternative choices. A person could have made a calculated decision to follow their passion AND also agree to put in all the effort possible.
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