Thoughtful and often contrarian, computer scientist Cal Newport answers those questions with a combination of case studies and actionable advice for today’s workforce. He proves why — for the majority of people — “follow your passion” is bad advice, why most serious professionals should avoid social media, and he offers “a wealth of concrete practices for the ambitious” (Wall Street Journal) to cultivate meaningful career skills and a “deep work” habit.
Newport is the author of “Deep Work” (Grand Central Publishing, 2016). In the book, he argues that the ability to focus without distraction is a superpower in the multitasking, internet-obsessed 21st century economy. His previous book, “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” (Grand Central Publishing, 2012) argued for the development of skills and craftsmanship rather than relying on “passion” as a career compass. It was named to numerous best business books of the year lists, including Inc. magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEO-Read, and the corresponding New York Times Op-Ed was the paper’s most e-mailed article for over a week.
Newport regularly explores themes of work excellence and productivity on his popular blog, Study Hacks, and in his book series for students: “How to Be a High School Superstar” (2010), “How to Become a Straight-A Student” (2006), and “How to Win at College” (2005).
Newport is an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University, specializing in the theory of distributed algorithms. He earned his doctorate from MIT in 2009.
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…