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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

Posted at — May 27, 2019

Great idea, but oh my, is the writing repetitive. Second chapter retells the first one. The third retells both of them. And so on. I’d be very excited to see more examples of lovely careers instead of all this repetition.

The central idea of the book is that there’s no magically fitting job which is just waiting for you since you were born and which will feel amazing the second you finally find it. So you might as well become good at what’s actually available, since humans enjoy being good at shit. The author advises to see what you can offer to the world (in terms of skills, preferably rare and valuable ones) and not look in askance onto the world waiting for it to give you a perfect job.

Gee, it’s almost as if there’s also no Prince/Princess Charming waiting for you and the universe in general is not created for your pleasure only!


(288 pages, ISBN: 1455509108, Worldcat, Open Library)

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