I recently had a chance to read through Cal Newport’s book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. Cal challenges the ever popular now cliché career advice that to do great work, you must find and follow your passion. And while I do not totally agree with the entire argument, I believe Cal has a unique message that will be useful for anyone reading this blog.
The core messages of the book are broken into 4 rules according to Cal.
Rule 1:Don’t follow your passion: Cal argues that the ‘Passion hypothesis’ which claims that the key to occupational happiness is to first figure out what you’re passionate about and then find a job that matches this passion, although widely believed, is both wrong and potentially dangerous.
Rule 2: Be so good they can’t ignore you.( The craft man mindset not the passion mindset).: Here Cal focused on building what he calls the craftsman mindset ,an approach to your working life in which you focus on the value of what you are offering to the world.
Rule 3:Turn Down a Promotion (Or, the Importance of Control): Here, Cal focuses on why you need control in your career.’Control is having a say in what you do and how you do it. This is one of the most important traits to acquire with your career capital when creating work you love’.
Rule 4: Think Small, Act Big (Or, the Importance of Mission) Having a mission according to Cal “provides a unifying goal for your career. It’s more general than a specific job and can span multiple positions. It provides an answer to the question “What should I do with my life?”
You can read and follow Cal’s thoughts on his blog Study Hacks