“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:

  • 01/16 Are You Working In Your Career or On Your Career?

    As you may know, over the past four years Scott Young and I developed an online course about career mastery called Top Performer. It teaches you how to apply the rules of deliberate practice and… Read More »

  • 01/11 Stephen Hawking’s Productive Laziness

    Hawking’s Fixed Schedule Productivity

    In the 1980s, at the height of his intellectual productivity, Stephen Hawking used to head home from his office between five and six. He rarely worked later.

    Here’s how… Read More »

  • 01/05 On Rooted Productivity

    The Root Of All Productivity

    The new year is here, which means productivity tweaks are in the air.

    I’m not going to offer you a specific strategy today. Instead, I want to… Read More »

  • 12/21 Some Thoughts on Transitioning to Digital Minimalism

    A Minimalist Transition

    Earlier this week, I posted some thoughts on digital minimalism: the idea that using less technology, but using what you do use better, is the key to cultivating meaning in a noisy world…. Read More »