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93 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Cal Newport. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Cal Newport, often where they are interviewed.

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93 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Cal Newport. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Cal Newport, often where they are interviewed.

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Time Block Planning and Much More with Cal Newport EP: 18

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Cal Newport is a computer science professor and writer about topics from technology to productivity to work culture, and he is also now the author of his newly released Time Block Planner!  Cal chats with Sarah -- a long time fan -- about his productivity systems, digital/paper hybrid planning, planning weekends and personal time, and of course his new paper planner.  Delve into the planner at timeblockplanner.com and find more of Cal's work at calnewport.com.  

As always, show notes available at theshubox.com/best-laid-plans-podcast

Nov 23 2020 · 30mins
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So Good They Can't Ignore You (Cal Newport) with Content Strategist Ameer Alba

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Welcome to the Books Made Me Do It podcast! 🎉

“If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“what can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“what can I offer the world?”).” - So Good They Can't Ignore You

In today’s episode, Catherine is meeting with Ameer Alba (@ameeralba), CMO of Le Tribe Media, to discuss the book "So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love" written by Cal Newport. 

This disruptive book challenges the long-held wisdom of “follow your passion” and uncovers a better alternative, which relies on adopting the "craftsman mindset" and deliberately practicing on becoming so good they can’t ignore you. 

The author introduces the idea that passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent and highly skilled at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.


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Nov 04 2020 · 49mins

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#268 Deep Work, Digital Minimalism, and Doing Your Highest Value Work with Cal Newport

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Making technology work for you. 

Cal Newport is the author of six books including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. His work has been published in over 25 languages and has been featured in many major publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New YorkerWashington Post, and Economist.

In 2016, he published Deep Work, which argued that our ability to focus without distraction is becoming increasingly rare (due, primarily, to distracting technology), at the same time that it’s becoming increasingly valuable (as the knowledge economy becomes more cognitively demanding). As a result, those individuals and organizations who cultivate their ability to perform “deep work” will enjoy a major competitive advantage.

In his spare time, he’s a professor at Georgetown University

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode or if you hear something that you like but don’t have time to write it down, be sure to grab your free copy of the Action Plan from this episode-- as well as get access to action plans from EVERY episode-- at http://www.JimHarshawJr.com/Action.  

Oct 05 2020 · 42mins
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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

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This week, Lisa and Misty review So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport.

Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He's also a writer who focuses on the impact of technology on society. He's the author of six books, including Digital Minimalism and Deep Work, and writes regular essays for his popular website, calnewport.com.

We cover something from every part of the book in this So Good They Can't Ignore You podcast book review, including:

  • Rule #1: Don't Follow Your Passion
  • Rule #2: Be So Good They Can't Ignore You (Or, the Importance of Skill)
  • Rule #3: Turn Down a Promotion (Or, the Importance of Control)
  • Rule #4: Think Small, Act Big (Or, the Importance of Mission)

We also cover concepts like Career Capital and the Adjacent Possible.

If you like what you're hearing, you can learn more about Cal Newport at his website here, and you can purchase the book here.

Here are the two other GHY episodes we mention:

Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens (also known as the Zettelkasten Method)

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Oct 02 2020 · 49mins

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Listener Favorites: Cal Newport | Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

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"So even if you say “I’m not trying to do deep work now. I”m in line at the supermarket. I’m bored let me look at something.” That actually affects your deep work the next morning or the next day when you actually want to do it. There’s this whole notion of passive training where you basically are embracing boredom. You give your mind plenty of practice in actually resisting the urge for distraction, being bored, and being present. That actually has the same sort of ramifications on your ability to focus down the line, just like smoking having to do with cardio vascular fitness. If you’re smoking outside of your practice as a professional athlete, when you get to your actual game you’re going to struggle. If your attention is constantly shifting towards things that are novel and interesting, if you can’t tolerate boredom, it’s going to be hard when it becomes time for you to focus to actually do it." - Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.

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Sep 18 2020 · 56mins
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Cut the Fluff and Become a Digital Minimalist, with Dr. Cal Newport

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#276: Have you found yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds over the last few months? Have you also found yourself in a state of sadness, anxiety, or aggravation afterwards?

We live in an increasingly noisy world. A world in which many of us use social media, or the internet in general, to escape. But our escapes often leave us feeling empty and annoyed at ourselves for wasting several hours of precious time.

Here’s one possible remedy for this tiring, relentless cycle: embrace the philosophy of digital minimalism.

"Okay, I’m in. But...what’s digital minimalism?"

Digital minimalism is a term coined by Dr. Cal Newport, today’s guest.

It describes a three-step process:

  • Cull the time you spend staring at a screen
  • Spend more time on digital activities that align with your values
  • Ignore everything else

For more information, visit https://affordanything.com/episode276

Sep 15 2020 · 1hr 22mins
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PNTV: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (#395)

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. Hope you enjoy!

Cal Newport is one of my favorite thinkers. He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT and is now a Professor at Georgetown. He’s also a bestselling author of a number of books. Given the fact that the fastest way to Optimize your life is to STOP doing things that are sub-optimal AND the fact that (for nearly all of us) our use of technology is the #1 thing that “Needs work!,” it’s SUPER important for us to figure out how to best use all the technology available to us WITHOUT becoming lost in a tsunami of inputs. Enter: Our new philosophy of technology use: Digital Minimalism. Enter: My SUPER strong recommendation of the book and my ALL IN commitment to helping create a movement around the ideas in the book. As you know, I rarely say a book is a must read but this book is as close as it gets. Big Ideas we explore include the fact that your soul is engaged in a lopsided arms race, a definition + overview of digital minimalism, the importance of spending time alone (and the consequences of *not* spending adequate time alone), reclaiming leisure (get active!) and joining the Attention Resistance. Here's to Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World!

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Sep 05 2020 · 22mins
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Cal Newport on Digital Minimalism

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Cal Newport is the author of Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You. Cal’s latest book is Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. In this conversation, Cal and Erik talk about the premise of the book: Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you.

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Aug 12 2020 · 47mins
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Cal Newport on Unplugging the Static

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Cal Newport, author of both Digital Minimalism and Deep Work, shares his research about the inevitable noise of technology and social media in our minds. He and Greg explore practical methods to unplug digitally and cover essential strategies to find deep focus.

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Aug 10 2020 · 44mins
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Ep. 9 - Deep Thinking in a Distracted World: Cal Newport and Stephen Blackwood

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Stephen talks with Cal Newport, writer and professor of computer science. They begin by reflecting on the historically unparalleled challenges and distractions of the digital age. They then discuss strategies to reclaim our mental autonomy, the generative power of non-instrumental thinking, and the fundamental dynamic of thought and life.

Aug 03 2020 · 1hr 19mins