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So Good They Can’t Ignore You…and Cool Little Projects

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.