“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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  • 10/07 Jony Ive’s iConcern

    Ive’s iConcern

    At last week’s New Yorker TechFest conference, superstar Apple designer Jony Ive took the stage.

    At some point during the presentation, Ive was offered a softball question about the ways… Read More »

  • 10/02 Are You Using Social Media or Being Used By It?

    A Social Experiment

    If you, like many people, use social media and generally agree that it’s an important technology, try the following experiment.

    Take out a piece of paper and list your… Read More »

  • 09/24 Spend More Time Alone

    A Lonely Binge

    I recently read three books on the topic of solitude. Two were actually titled Solitude, while the third, and most recently published, was titled Lead Yourself First — which is pitched… Read More »

  • 09/18 Approach Technology Like the Amish

    Kevin Kelly and the Amish

    Eight years after dropping out of college to wander Asia, Kevin Kelly returned home to America, bought an inexpensive bike, and made a meandering 5,000 mile journey… Read More »