I just finished reading So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. I thought it was pretty good, if a little bit repetitive. One idea that really grabbed me was part of his Rule #3, Little Bets, which remind me of a more career focused version of what I’ve taken to calling ‘Cool Little Projects’.
To sum them up, a little bet is:
- It’s a project small enough to be completed in less than a month.
- It forces you to create new value (e.g., master a new skill and produce new results that didn’t exist before).
- It produces a concrete result that you can use to gather concrete feedback.
-Newport, Cal (2012-09-18). So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love (Kindle Locations 2443-2446). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition.