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Author Newport, Cal.

Title So good they can't ignore you : why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love / Cal Newport.

Published New York, NY : Business Plus, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  650.1 NEWP    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xxi, 273 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: RULE #1 Don't Follow Your Passion -- ch. One The "Passion" of Steve Jobs -- ch. Two Passion Is Rare -- ch. Three Passion Is Dangerous -- RULE #2 Be So Good They Can't Ignore You (Or, the Importance of Skill) -- ch. Four The Clarity of the Craftsman -- ch. Five The Power of Career Capital -- ch. Six The Career Capitalists -- ch. Seven Becoming a Craftsman -- Summary Of Rule #2 -- RULE #3 Turn Down a Promotion (Or, the Importance of Control) -- ch. Eight The Dream-Job Elixir -- ch. Nine The First Control Trap -- ch. Ten The Second Control Trap -- ch. Eleven Avoiding the Control Traps -- Summary Of Rule #3 -- RULE #4 Think Small, Act Big (Or, the Importance of Mission) -- ch. Twelve The Meaningful Life of Pardis Sabeti -- ch. Thirteen Missions Require Capital -- ch. Fourteen Missions Require Little Bets -- ch. Fifteen Missions Require Marketing -- Summary Of Rule #4.
Summary Cal Newport's clearly-written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person's talent and skill - and not necessarily their passion - that determines their career path. Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and recently earned a PhD. from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers. The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martin who, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediately replied: "Be so good they can't ignore you" and that's the main basis for Newport's book. Skill and ability trump passion. Inspired by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous Stanford University commencement speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams, Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is this advice Pollyannish but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice. From there, Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence that the key to one's career success is to find out what you do well, where you have built up your "career capital," and then to put all of your efforts into that direction.
Subject Job hunting.
Vocational interests.
Career development.
Vocational guidance.
Personality and occupation.
Variant Title So good they can not ignore you.
So good they cannot ignore you.
ISBN 9781455528042 (paperback)
1455528048 (paperback)
9781455509126 (hbk.)
1455509124 (hbk.)