Episode 114: Cal Newport – Deep Work Is Your Superpower

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Episode 114: Cal Newport – Deep Work Is Your Superpower

Cal Newport is a remarkably intelligent leader… I am a massive fan of his writing and have been following his work for years.  It was a thrill to speak with him directly.  This conversation went deep on many levels.  The importance of doing deep work is something I’ve written about for The Huffington Post as one of the core qualities of a leader who has sustained excellence over an extended period of time.

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.

His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive. On publication, Deep Work became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller, and received praise in the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Guardian.

Newport’s previous book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, argues that “follow your passion” is bad advice. Since its publication, it has been selected for several best business books of the year lists, including those by Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEO-Read. Newport’s New York Times op-ed on the book became the paper’s most e-mailed article for over a week.

Episode 114: Cal Newport – Deep Work Is Your Superpower

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“The Ability To Do Deep Work Is A Super Power”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A leader who respects how hard everything is leads to sustained excellence
  • We should all study Teddy Roosevelt
  • Why “follow your passion” is bad advice
  • Passion evolves over time… Developing skills through hard work creates passion
  • Deep Work is an activity
  • The ability to do Deep Work is a Super Power
  • How to schedule Deep Work into your day/week/month
  • Why e-mail can be eliminated
  • The power of rituals and routines in order to do deep work
  • Adam Grant and his 4 days of hibernating deep work
  • Why you must claim YOUR time
  • Productive meditation – what is it? And how it benefits you
  • Why Cal is not on any form of social media
  • Learning Leader – Aggressive self-education

 “You Don’t Follow Your Passion, Your Passion Follows You”

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From CalNewport.com

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.

In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.

His most recent book, Deep Work (Grand Central, 2016), argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive. On publication, Deep Work became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller, and received praise in the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Guardian.

Newport’s previous book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Grand Central, 2012), argues that “follow your passion” is bad advice. Since its publication, it has been selected for several best business books of the year lists, including those by Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEO-Read. Newport’s New York Times op-ed on the book became the paper’s most e-mailed article for over a week.

Newport is also the author of three books of unconventional advice for students: How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student  (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005). The How To student series has sold over well over 150,000 copies since its inception, and Newport has been invited to speak on these topics at some of the country’s top universities, including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Georgetown and Duke.

Between books, Newport explores related ideas on his popular Study Hacks blog.

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