“One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results.”

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In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he celebrates the power of its opposite: the ability to focus intensely on cognitively demanding tasks; a skill he calls “deep work.”

Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

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

In 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.

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From the Study Hacks Blog:

  • 11/21 The Woodworker Who Quit Email

    The Disconnected Craftsman

    Christopher Schwarz is a master furniture maker. In addition to working on commissioned pieces in his Kentucky storefront, he’s the editor of a press that publishes books on hand… Read More »

  • 11/18 The da Vinci Pause

    Leonardo’s Life Hack

    Last month, Walter Isaacson released his big new biography of Leonardo da Vinci. I haven’t read it yet (though it’s inevitable I will). In the meantime, I listened to… Read More »

  • 11/10 Sean Parker on Facebook’s Brain Hacking

    A Conscientious Objection 

    Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, was interviewed onstage yesterday at an event held by Axios at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The topic was cancer innovation, but… Read More »

  • 11/03 Arnold Bennett’s Fight Against Steampunk Social Media

    How to Live

    In 1910, Arnold Bennett published a short volume titled How to Live on 24 Hours a Day. He was alarmed with the way the newly emergent British middle class… Read More »