So Good They Can't Ignore You

Expert Interview With Cal Newport (30 minutes)


Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an author and Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, and wrote the book, "So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skill Trumps Passion in the Quest for Work You Love."

In this 30-minute interview with Mind Tools' Rachel Salaman, he talks about how passion is important, but that it shouldn't be a starting point in your search for a fulfilling career. He explains the importance of "career capital," and how this can help you succeed.

During this discussion, you'll learn:

  • Why following your passion isn't the best way to achieve a fulfilling career.
  • How building your "career capital" can make you more valuable in the workplace.
  • How having a "craftsman mind-set" can lead your towards a career that you love.
  • The four rules that you can follow in order to increase your "career capital" and enjoy a fulfilling career.

Mind Tools Club Expert Interviews are in-depth interviews with world experts in key areas of management and personal development. They're available as podcast interviews on your PC or iPod/MP3 player, and as transcripts.

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