Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success in a Distracted World

Rating: 5/5

This was easily one of the most influential books I’ve read in the past three years. I absolutely love Cal’s style of writing. He uses stories and science to illustrate points while making sure the reader comes away with actionable next steps. One of my goals in 2016 is to strike a better work/life balance while simultaneously becoming more productive (writing more, launching more products, etc). Cal outlines a detailed strategy for doing just that in his book Deep Work. He provides very detailed strategies for getting more out of your work hours and limiting distraction. I’ll be writing a separate blog post on exactly how I’m going to apply this book, but you can read a very detailed summary in the reading notes below.

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Rating: 5/5

“Working right trumps finding the right work.” That’s the take-home message Cal ends with in So Good They Can’t Ignore You. Throughout this book, he outlines how to find a career you love while detailing the flaws with the terribly popular notion to “Follow your passion.” I loved this book. I’m going to buy it and give it to anyone I know looking for career advice. It really is the book I wish I had written regarding career success. Newport uses a fantastic medley of stories to illustrate his points and leaves you with concrete takeaways to apply these lessons to your own life.

Reading Notes