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Book Review: So Good They Can’t Ignore You - By Cal Newport

So Good They Can’t Ignore You - Why Skills Trumps Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

By Cal Newport

Wow! This book gets 5/5 Stars. I got back to my roots with this book and I couldn’t be more happy to hear all the things in this book.

“Stop worrying about what you feel like doing and instead start creating something meaningful and give it to the world. Cal really delivers with this one.” - Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

I couldn’t agree more with Godin about this book!

“Follow you passion” is bad career advice. Find out what you should do instead…

In So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalist, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport debunks the long-held belief that “following your passion” is the key to satisfaction. Drawing from these real-life examples and cutting edge science, he details the alternative strategies that work much better for developing a compelling career.

This book is great for anyone confused on the answer - what to do with their life? I bet most of you have ask someone this very question seeking out guidance thats deeper than “ Do what you love,” “follow what you’re passionate about, and the money will follow.”

I know I have been there before and on so many other occasions too, high school to college to starting a career. And while I didn’t have this book in college when I was switching my major ( which I don’t advise after your 4th year in) to Sport Studies to study Strength and Conditioning Coaching, I had this innate feeling wanting to be the best coach I can be. My goal was to do whatever it took to hone in my skills and deliver the best product.. I was literally doing what Newport discovered in this book.

You could argue I followed my passion of fitness to switching my major and so on until now. But, really I didn’t. I did at first wanting to become a dancer but that was no longer logical or realist for me. So, fitness was logical transition from a dancer. I had develop a skill set through dance that helped me learn exercise movements well and being a dance instructor moving into fitness instruction was fitting. Obviously, there has been a lot of steps in between, which is referred to as ‘career capital’ by Newport.

This book has started that fire again. Confirmed I was on the right path to begin with and cemented the idea that I am seeking out to be the best I can be. I feel refocus and ready to create a rare and valuable skill to bring to the world.

You will like this book because it’s easy to read and has great stories of examples that clearly paint the picture of what you need to do in order to love what you do - even when you don’t follow your passion. Also, if you like or know who Steve Martin is, his point of view is enlightening and made me want to watch Father of the Bride LOL!

I give this book a 5/5 Stars!

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