AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF 2O16 PICK IN BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP
WALL STREET JOURNAL BUSINESS BESTSELLER
A BUSINESS BOOK OF THE WEEK AT 800-CEO-READ
Master one of our economy’s most rare skills and achieve groundbreaking results with this “exciting” book (Daniel H. Pink) from an “exceptional” author (New York Times Book Review).
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 Work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.
In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
1. Work Deeply
2. Embrace Boredom
3. Quit Social Media
4. Drain the Shallows
A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.
Deep work = deep success
Not very practical
We get it, you’re smart and want to write in this esoteric language. I couldn’t get through most of this book, because most of the time I would say OUT loud, “what is he literally even talking about?” The concepts were just too abstract and I was looking for something more practical, where I could end in a takeaway about how to be more effective at learning and absorbing information. It had the opposite effect - I feel stupider than ever. And, if you don’t worship tech companies, you most likely will not like this book. Not recommended. Watch a synopsis on Youtube or something if you want to get the general idea of it.
Some helpful material undeniably, but my takeaway was that you learn how to be a jerk to people so that you can get you’re all-important projects done. Shut out people and make breakthroughs. Deep work.