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So Good They Can't Ignore You Audiobook

So Good They Can't Ignore You

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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.

©2012 Calvin C. Newport (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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    Madeline 10/04/2017
    Madeline 10/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspirational and Hoenst"
    Would you consider the audio edition of So Good They Can't Ignore You to be better than the print version?

    I got the audio book as a refresher since I had already read the book. They're both equally great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of So Good They Can't Ignore You?

    I love how Cal Newport brings to light that success and 'passion' take hard work and dedication but still making sure you focus on something you don't hate/have a genuine interest in...


    What does Dave Mallow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Emphasis in the right places


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep, definitely.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    17/10/16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/08/17
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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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  • Amazon Customer
    2/08/17
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    "I wish I had this book ten years ago!"

    I've spent the first ten years of my working life constantly looking for my dream job, finding my passion. If only I had spent the last ten years building valuable skills instead, I would be in a very different position. This book has been a total game changer for me, it's turned my whole work life philosophy upside down. I really can't recommend this book enough!!

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  • Vintila Bogdan
    14/06/17
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    "Introduction to the career capital concept"
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    I actually avoided this book for a while because I got the impression it attacked liking and enjoying what you do. It's far from it. Cal Newport does not attack following your passion as long as you have the right skills to back that passion up. I'd actually change the title to "Become good at your passion before you follow you passion".<br/><br/>Cal gets into the concept of career capital. If you want to open up a restaurant just because you enjoy occasionally cooking on the weekends for your friends and you're good at it, but have no real concept of organizing, running a business or dealing with issues....simply don't follow you passion. Building a business based on a passion will require much more than just being good at that specific thing you call your passion. You have to have a lot of career capital behind it to back it up. <br/><br/>This is why Cal recommends to get good at things before you decide to take it solo. Passion alone will not get you through. On the other side if you get really good at what you do (be it accounting, analyzing or any other activity that may sound boring) you'll find that it gets much more fun along the way. Getting good results out of an activity you're performing really well will make you like and enjoy it. And I find this concept really interesting and true.<br/><br/>So even if you are a hard advocate of "follow your passion" and "love what you do" believe me this book will give you a lot of value. It's not meant to crush following your passion but dissect it into logical steps and decisions. <br/><br/>On the down side I think that the examples give in the book are a bit too shallow (someone giving up on their studies in order to start a blogging site) but then again this is probably the case for many young passionate entrepreneurs and Cal wanted to target them.<br/><br/>All in all I would put it in the "must read" list. And then get your hands on "Deep Work" as it is a nice continuation of the ideas in this book.

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  • G
    21/10/16
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    "Insightful"

    The slight repetitiveness of the last few chapters did not detract from the valuable insights I gained from this book. He accurately describes my career experience so far. What I thought was a lack of passion in my job was actually a lack of control. The book provides a vocabulary and actionable tips to improve your career.

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  • Benjamin Daly
    13/05/17
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    "Fantastic"

    Great book. Made me realise why I am feeling frustrated in my career and what I have to do to overcome the issue. Many thanks for the insight :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N. J. Pollard
    London, UK
    11/12/16
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    "Life Changing Potential"
    If you could sum up So Good They Can't Ignore You in three words, what would they be?

    Work attitude revolution.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Completely changes attitude to work.


    Any additional comments?

    The concepts, tools and techniques shared in this book are potentially life changing. If you feel trapped in a job and want to find out ways to change your attitude to the job then I recommend this. Cal's writings on how constantly changing jobs looking for a job you love (rather than first trying hard to find what you are good at in your current role and maximising this) are mind changing (for me anyway).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Santiago
    Madrid, Spain
    9/08/17
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    "Detailed roadmap to a meaningful successful career"

    It starts by dispelling feel-good myths about passion, and substitutes those myths with more nuanced decision making "career rules". Very well written, clear and clever.

    On the weaker side: Advice is based on the experiences of the author and his interviewees, so evidence is anecdotal.
    I didn't like the term "career capital", because its definition is simply "valuable skills". This change of words doesn't add clarity, but hints at inaccurate implications.

    Overall, fantastic book!

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  • Amy
    28/07/17
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    "interesting but unhelpful"

    Overall, this book is interesting. It was reassuring and motivating to learn that my career will probably be what I make of it, and that it's probably not a matter of falling into a fulfilling job by chance. (I use the word "probably" because of the lack of empirical evidence cited in the book). But the lack of supporting research evidence, or clear guidance in identifying next steps (rather than retrospectively looking back on successful people's correct choices, or unsuccessful people's incorrect choices) has left me feeling dissatisfied. A follow-up book containing these two features would be warmly welcomed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JedHoll
    12/07/17
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    "Great book - really enjoyed it"

    This book is in many ways similar to Dan Pink's - Drive. It has its own slant on autonomy, mastery and purpose. It also draws on Malcolm Gladwell's - Outliers. It is a book that in many ways contradicts the "all you need is passion and courage" snake oil so prevalent on social media at present. If you like Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Pink you'll love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vo C.
    4/07/17
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    "Don't listen to the sample"

    This book is well thought out and very helpful in its message. The sample didn't do the book justice at all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Priyaranjan Padhi
    18/11/16
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    "takedown of the popular "passion hypothesis""
    Would you consider the audio edition of So Good They Can't Ignore You to be better than the print version?

    must read especially for people leading lives of quiet desperation & actively aware of it.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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