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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for… (édition 2012)

par Cal Newport (Auteur)

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In an unorthodox approach, Georgetown University professor Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice, and sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving their careers. Not only are pre-existing passions rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work, but a focus on passion over skill can be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers. Cal reveals that matching your job to a pre-existing passion does not matter. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it. With a title taken from the comedian Steve Martin, who once said his advice for aspiring entertainers was to "be so good they can't ignore you," Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto is mandatory reading for anyone fretting about what to do with their life, or frustrated by their current job situation and eager to find a fresh new way to take control of their livelihood. He provides an evidence-based blueprint for creating work you love, and will change the way you think about careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
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Info:Grand Central Publishing (2012), 267 pages
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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love par Cal Newport

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If you feel stuck or unhappy with your work, this may be the book for you.

The rules in the book are:
#1: Don't follow your passion.
#2: Be so good they can't ignore you (build skills).
#3: Importance of control (get more control over what you do)
#4: Importance of mission

To put these four rules into one, it all comes down to becoming a craftsman - building a set of rare and valuable skills (what the author refers to as career capital). With that, you can move up the career ladder and ask for more control over what you do and how you do it. And with more control, you can invest your career capital into a mission (doing something you find meaningful). And with all that comes passion.

There are some situations where the craftsman mindset doesn’t work.
#1 Job presents few opportunities for gaining skills that are rare and valuable.
#2 Job focuses on something useless or bad for the world
#3 Job forces you to work with people you don’t like.

Basically, start with a job that offers opportunities to gain skills, preferably rare and valuable. Be sure the work gives something useful to the world. And be sure that you work with people you like.

Give yourself to the world instead of selfishly "following your passion" and passion will find you. ( )
  SonoranDreamer | Feb 7, 2021 |
I was very excited by this book before I started writing this review, but now I see that many points of this book are quite obvious. That's why I initially rated it 4-star.

But the reason I change it to 5-star is that I think that all people who are the target audience of this book will benefit from reading it. It's an easy read, doable in a week during daily commute and (!!!) is written by a CS professor, not a lifestyle designer (sorry Tim Ferris, or maybe not).

If you're not sure about your next career move, read this book and I hope you won't regret it! ( )
  berezovskyi | Dec 19, 2020 |
This book is based on the premise that "find and follow your passion" is the wrong career advice and looks at alternatives. Cal's argument is that except in very particular circumstances, instead of finding the work you will magically love and enjoy, you should instead find a way to do your work in a way that will lead to you loving and enjoying your job.

I was pleased to see that it was quite practical in its approach although some aspects are somewhat wishy-washy. It is certainly a lot more down to earth than the wave of popular "lifestyle design" themed books which offer little that is realistic or practical for the vast majority of people.

I do think that this book is largely only relevant to white collar workers in the developed world who are in the privileged position of having multiple career options, opportunities and directions available to them. ( )
  JuliaMay | Dec 10, 2020 |
TL;DR: Good but very light on actual content. Could be substituted effectively with a brief summary.

The overall goal of the book is to determine how to have a job you love and be happy with your career, and its main point and conclusion is that you shouldn't look for a job you love-- rather, you should lean into what you're good at, and find a job you can do well. Whatever that job is, you can work to be exceptional at it, and from there can turn it into a career you're passionate about.

The book was a fast, easy read, and I enjoyed the content and found it valuable. I thought it made a very convincing case that you shouldn't worry too much about if your career is Right For You, which definitely reassuring for me personally. I would recommend it for other people a little stressed about Working Life, but with the note that it's a pretty light read.

The book takes the perspective of following Newport's train of thought as he comes to various conclusions-- how he thought one thing but then changed his mind, and so on-- rather than straightforwardly giving each claim and the evidence for it. There's a lot of time given to anecdotes and interviews, which makes sense for a book, but isn't necessary if you were on board with Newport's argument from the beginning. ( )
  blueshiftofdeath | Sep 9, 2020 |
This is maybe the first career guidance book that I've read. It is short and an easy read. Even then it has a lot of unnecessary repetition, which I feel should have been best left out.

Overall I liked it, but sometimes it seemed that the book is based on anecdotal incidences. This raises some issues. However, the premise of the book, which has been framed around four core rules, is quite sensible. I could relate to some of the parts and would definitely keep in mind the points raised by the author while making decisions in my professional life.

I'd say it is quite relevant, and someone seeking direction in their career should definitely read this.

Time to "be so good, they can't ignore me!" ( )
  Govindap11 | Mar 21, 2020 |
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In an unorthodox approach, Georgetown University professor Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice, and sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving their careers. Not only are pre-existing passions rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work, but a focus on passion over skill can be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers. Cal reveals that matching your job to a pre-existing passion does not matter. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it. With a title taken from the comedian Steve Martin, who once said his advice for aspiring entertainers was to "be so good they can't ignore you," Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto is mandatory reading for anyone fretting about what to do with their life, or frustrated by their current job situation and eager to find a fresh new way to take control of their livelihood. He provides an evidence-based blueprint for creating work you love, and will change the way you think about careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life.

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