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I often listen to books in the business/ career genre, and have long been troubled by the fact that I really had no idea how to change the downtime activities I enjoyed into my career. I really don't know how to transition from video games and reading sci-fi/fantasy fiction into a sustainable career, and I wasn't sure if I even wanted to try. This book made me realize that maybe I don't have to.
I felt as though the book was a little slow getting into it, but in the end I am glad that I listened to the full book. I really enjoyed that each point he made was tied to a real person interviewed by the author, it made it easier to implement the information in the book. The book's conclusion, in which the author describes the application of his findings in his own life, gave me a lot of ideas about how to improve my own work.
If you have been told by someone that you won't be happy at work unless you "find your passion" and have been discouraged by such mantras, you will enjoy this book. And you won't continue to feel like an un-passionate weirdo in this passion-oriented culture.
42 of 42 people found this review helpful
The book makes one main point - become a craftsman, providing a product or service that offers value to the world. This is the secret to finding meaningful work, not following your passion. The research and stories support this one point. The author gives many examples of famous people who didn't have a clear vision of what they wanted to do for a living. They built up their skills and continued exploring different options. Sometimes by luck or sheer determination or both, they ended up successful after many years of hard work.
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
Although there are four rules, it still boils down to becoming a craftsman - having 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).
63 of 64 people found this review helpful
hands down the best career advice book I've read the last 8years. if your like me, educated but totally confused abt your next step;afraid of missing out on life and are tired of finding your career passion, this is the book. i swear it has made me work harder and less depressed abt my job. mr.newport; thank you for shearing this with us.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Unlike most "self-help" type books, this one doesn't keep hammering home the same point that could have been summarized in one chapter. The points are valid and the examples feel real!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A really interesting way to look at career growth and expertise. I'm so glad I got this as the 'follow your passion' hasn't always resonated and I'm still experimenting in my thirties.
Delivery is very clear and matter of fact.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful