So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love By Cal Newport
Cal Newport’s clearly-written manifesto flies in the face of standard knowledge by suggesting that it must be an individual’s expertise and talent – and never essentially their ardour – that determines their profession path.
Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth School (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD. from MIT, contends that looking for what drives us, as a substitute of specializing in areas in which we naturally excel, is finally dangerous and irritating to job seekers.
The title is a direct quote from comic Steve Martin who, when as soon as requested why he was profitable in his profession, instantly replied: “Be so good they’ll’t ignore you” and that’s the essential foundation for Newport’s e-book. Ability and talent trump ardour.
Impressed by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs‘ well-known Stanford College graduation speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their goals, Newport takes problem with that recommendation, claiming that not solely is thsi recommendation Pollyannish, however that Jobs himself by no means adopted his personal recommendation.
From there, Newport presents compelling scientific and up to date case research proof that the key to 1’s profession success is to search out out what you do nicely, the place you’ve constructed up your ‘profession capital,’ after which to place all your efforts into that path.