Cal Newport

Books by Cal Newport


So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Follow Your Passion Is Bad Advice and the Surprising Strategies That Work Better

Available in: Paperback, Hardcover
In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice.
Not only is the cliche flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.
After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers.
Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter, he reveals. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before.
In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.
With a title taken from the comedian Steve Martin, who once said his advice for aspiring entertainers was to "be so good they can't ignore you," Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto is mandatory reading for anyone fretting about what to do with their life, or frustrated by their current job situation and eager to find a fresh new way to take control of their livelihood. He provides an evidence-based blueprint for creating work you love.
SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU will change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Available in: Hardcover
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. In this book, Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four rules, for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get Into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)

Available in: Paperback
Do Less, Live More, Get Accepted

What if getting into your reach schools didn t require four years of excessive A.P.-taking, overwhelming activity schedules, and constant stress?
In "How to Be a High School Superstar, " Cal Newport explores the world of relaxed superstars students who scored spots at the nation s top colleges by leading uncluttered, low stress, and authentic lives. Drawing from extensive interviews and cutting-edge science, Newport explains the surprising truths behind these superstars mixture of happiness and admissions success, including:
. Why doing "less" is the foundation for becoming "more" impressive.
. Why "demonstrating passion" is meaningless, but "being interesting" is crucial.
. Why accomplishments that are "hard to explain" are better than accomplishments that are "hard to do."
These insights are accompanied by step-by-step instructions to help any student adopt the relaxed superstar lifestyle proving that getting into college doesn t have to be a chore to survive, but instead can be the reward for living a genuinely interesting life.


How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less

Available in: Paperback
A Phi Beta Kappa Ivy League graduate shares the unconventional three-part system he and other straight-A students across the country have used to maximize results and minimize study time.

How to Win at College: Simple Rules for Success from Star Students

Available in: Paperback
Based on firsthand interviews with standout students at universities nationwide, this unique college guide distills the nitty-gritty details of their winning strategies into 75 simple and often surprising rules.