To get a great job you have to offer something great

A job that satisfies the ingredients of intrinsic motivation is rare and valuable, so you need to develop rare and valuable skills to offer in exchange.

Career capital = the value of competencies, knowledge and individual personality attributes you have to produce economic value." (LinkedIn)

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So Good They Can't Ignore You

by Cal Newport

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"Follow your passions" is bad advice

Few people have a passion that neatly translates into a career, and following one's passions often leads to misguided career moves. Rather, your satisfaction at work has more to do with your experience with that work rather than the type of work.

To have intrinsic motivation at work, you need:

  1. Autonomy - feeling like you have control over your time
  2. Competence – the feeling that you’re good at your work
  3. Relatedness – connecting with other people in the process

To create a successful project it must:

  1. Compel people who discover it to tell others (nothing that has been done before or is boring)
  2. Be launched in a venue that supports that sharing (the internet, social media, research journals, etc.)

Little bets = bite-sized, carefully chosen projects that take no more than a few months, give you valuable feedback, and help you to determine your next steps.

You don't need to commit to a project that will determine your work life for the next few years. Take on small projects and continuously adapt.

  • A "passion mindset" focuses on what the world can offer to you - what perfect job can you find to fit your passions? This often leads to confusion and wandering from job to job.
  • A "craftsman mindset" focuses on what you can offer the world in whatever position you are in and offers clarity.

Once you've developed your career capital and learned some rare and valuable skills, you will be more valuable to your employer.

Use this leverage to negotiate shorter hours, more freedom, etc.

Deliberate practice = practice that stretches your abilities and provides instant feedback

It has been estimated by interviewing masters of particular skills that to excel at a complex task takes 10,000 hours of practice. You need to have patience and keep working.

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Follow your passion is a bad advice.

I finished reading this book two months ago but I bought it in hard copy last week because it is very good book that doesn't run along with your prejudices and strictly presents the reality; of people who ended up making a grand career for themselves which was not based on simple and manipulative advice:-

Follow Your passion and money will follow you

So Good They Can't Ignore You
Growth happens outside of your control area

When people want to get better at something they make a mistake by seeking flow: It’s enjoyable, you feel like you have control. But the actual state in which you’re getting better is one of where you feel uncomfortable.  

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Law of least resistance

Law of resistance states that people tend to do the immediate thing which gives them instant satisfaction even if it comes at the cost of long term loss or disturbed office work space.

To really benefit in long term plans one must contain emotions and devote most of working hours to deep work rather than craving for small wins.

Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

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