In So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport exposes the flaws with the conventional career advice to follow your passion. In reality, not only does it fail to describe how most achieved compelling careers, following one’s passion can impede success. Instead, the correct approach is to hone your abilities and provide value, such that you can evolve your working life into something more fulfilling.
Never Split the Difference describes the negotiation principles of former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss. Contrary to more traditional beliefs, effective negotiation isn’t a matter of defeating an opponent with logic or willpower. It’s a journey of information gathering and influencing behavior that stems from the human desire to be understood and accepted.
Earlier this month, I read Deep Work, by Cal Newport. The book argues that deep work, a state of working in concentration free of distraction, is key to thriving in the modern economy and deriving meaning in life. The latter half of the book offers practical advice on how to apply deep work in one’s life.