“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

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:

  • 08/25 A Brief Note on Tenure

    I don’t like talking about myself (outside discussions of hyper-specific productivity techniques), so I’ll keep this announcement brief…

    At some point early on in my graduate student career I set two somewhat arbitrary… Read More »

  • 08/22 Email is Most Useful When Improving a Process that Existed Before Email

    Connectivity Contradictions

    Recently, I’ve been collecting stories from people who held the same type of job before and after the introduction of email. Something that struck me as I sorted through these recollections… Read More »

  • 08/03 On Primal Productivity

    A Primal Movement

    The primal/paleo philosophy argues that we’d all be better off behaving more like cavemen.

    In slightly more detail, this school of thought notes that humankind evolved over hundreds of thousands of years… Read More »

  • 07/20 No Email, No Problem: A Workflow Engineering Case Study

    An Insightful Tale 

    I recently ate lunch with an executive who manages several teams at a large biomedical organization. He told me an interesting story.

    Not long ago, he hired someone new to… Read More »