Overview: "In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.
After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers." (Amazon.com).
My take: I have to be honest here, I didn't think there was any way that I could be convinced that chasing your passion was incorrect - I was wrong. As I read the pages of his book, not only did Cal sell me on his concepts, but also every strategy he outlines made complete sense, were simple, and easy to execute. Whether you're a new graduate, or thinking about a career change, this book provides valuable, and essential information that can help you determine how to set yourself up for success.