Be so good they can´t ignore you | part 2

A couple of days ago I gave an introduction to Cal Newports “Be so good they can´t ignore you“. The introduction was about Newports first rule “Don´t follow your passion” and the difference between the craftsman mindset and the passion mindset.

So, how can we be so good they can´t ignore us?

Cal Newport starts with pointing out what great jobs make so great. There are traits that define great work:

  • Creativity: Newport gives an example of Ira Glass who is pushing the boundaries of radio and winning armfuls of awards.
  • Impact: From the Apple 2 to the iPhone, Steve Jobs has changed the way we live our lives in the digital age.
  • Control: No one tells Al Merrick when to wake up or what to wear. He is not expected in an office from nine to fice. Instead, his Channel Island Surfboards factory is located a block from the Santa Barbara beach, where Merrick still regularly spends time surfing.

How to get creativity, impact and control in our working lives

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Be so good they can´t ignore you

At the moment I´m reading Cal Newport´s “So good they can´t ignore you – Why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love. This book disproves the common saying of “follow your passion“. I´ll give a short introduction in the book and it´s content. More will follow to complete the remaining parts.

Be so good they cant ignore youNewport set up some rules and cases to show you what is to wrong with this mindset and what we actually can do to become successful and get the jobs we want.

Rule #1: Don´t follow your passion!

Starting with the passion hypothesis:

The key to occupational happiness is to first figure out what you are passionate about and then find a job that matches this passion.

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