Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work

By Cal Newport

  • Release Date: 2016-01-05
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 5
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Description

An Amazon Best Book of 2016 Pick in Business & LeadershipWall Street Journal Business BestsellerA Business Book of the Week at 800-CEO-READ
One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.
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. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.
In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal 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.
A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

Reviews

  • Awesome Book

    5
    By David Dennis Sabourin
    Everyone could use some more deep work in their life!!!
  • Enlightening, Frightening & Actionable

    5
    By Ksamm
    Increasingly in a world torn between futures that could resemble Star Trek (TNG is my preference) or a variation of Blade Runner, Cal Newport’s book points the way we interact with technology has very measurable repercussions to our own lives. In a society that is perpetually distracted with what is shiny and new, Deep Work’s main argument is that we should block off time as often as we can, to master our craft and this mastery is what will bring the highest value for us personally and quite possibly financially. The real life examples from his own and other’s lives are not to be dismissed and this book should be part of anyone’s library who wants more valuable, productive, satisfying hours in their days and lives.

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