So Good They Can't Ignore You

  • by Cal Newport
  • Narrated by Dave Mallow
  • 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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 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 audiobook.
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 Pollyannaish 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 and where you have built up your 'career capital' and then to put all of your efforts in that direction.


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Fascinating but not complete

I didn't like the book but I liked the ideas. So I think it was worth the listen.

The book has a few very interesting insights but there's very little support for his claims outside a few stories.

That being said, I wouldn't bet against his assertions being true.

I can't put my finger on it, but the writing lacked something. Maybe it was that the stories wasn't engaging or that the definitions weren't clear.

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Very compelling stories and reasoning.

Can be a bit insistent about it's keywords to really hit you over the head with how the arguments in the book are correct. However, it's a joy to listen to and in audiobook form that minor complaint becomes a strength, as you'll be more likely to absorb the material without feeling like you've missed the clue to the success stories.

Speaking of which, couching the book on stories of success and failure makes it much easier to absorb the nuances.

When applying this book, keep in mind that the map is not the territory. This gives you a very valuable, sober perspective to fall back on, but you don't have to consciously think about the application. Just keep it in the back of your mind so you recognize opportunities to make small bets that are driven by your desire to good at things you put your mind to. When you're in crisis, this book will provide you the cold, calculating perspective to sober you back up and get back to work.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK