August 1


Cal Newport: Author, Professor, and Career Advice Contrarian on My Quest for the Best

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He previously earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2009, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2004.

Cal is the author of three books of unconventional advice for students, which have sold a combined total of more than 100,000 copies: How to Be a High School SuperstarHow to Become a Straight-A Student, and How to Win at College. His most recent book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, is a contrarian look at career advice.

Take a listen to Cal’s expert My Quest for the Best interview to learn:

  • How “follow your passion” can be counterproductive advice

  • The value and necessity of systematic practice to developing deep skills

  • two prime characteristics of the most marketable skills

  • Why “mission” creates meaning and opportunities for leverage if sequenced properly

  • That the solution to a mystery is not that complex, unless we oversimplify or overcomplicate it

  • Key steps to selling more than 120,000 copies of his first 3 books

Students, I encourage you to take a listen to Cal’s advice and read his books before you embark on the college journey.


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