“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:

  • 01/27 The Mind is Like a Locomotive

    Deep Thwings

    Charles Franklin Thwing is a largely forgotten but impressive figure from the early twentieth century. He graduated Harvard in the 1870s, entered seminary, became a pastor in Massachusetts, then an academic,… Read More »

  • 01/27 The Killer App of the Knowledge Economy

    A Deep Diversion

    I wanted to share some brief updates about how my new book, Deep Work, is faring since its release a couple weeks ago. It seems to have hit a… Read More »

  • 01/18 Email Zero Is Easier Than Inbox Zero

    The Attack of the Inbox

    Not long ago, I was listening to Pat Flynn’s podcast. Pat is an excellent podcaster, so it doesn’t take much to convince me to listen, but this… Read More »

  • 01/05 The Book Facebook Doesn’t Want You to Read

    A Focus Opus

    It’s official, today is the release of my new book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. 

    The book argues that deep work (focusing without distraction on a… Read More »