Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

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Deep work is the ability to work on something and give it truly undivided attention. Deep work has many benefits: it is valuable, rare, and meaningful, as Cal Newport explains in Part One of his new self-help book for business people. It is valuable because it allows one to “quickly master hard things” and “produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.” It is rare because in the modern world, distraction is so prevalent; many people (and most likely you too) have lost the ability to perform deep work (don’t worry; with practice you can relearn). It is meaningful because it gives one a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and fulfillment. Part Two is the instructions.

My least favorite thing about this book is the tinge of hubris the author scatters throughout. “Do all these things, and maybe someday you can be enlightened as I am. Maybe.” appears to be the attitude. Using yourself as a third of the positive examples is just bad taste, as is excessive self-reference. Besides the irritating writing, though, the book is great. If you are looking to be a better and more efficient worker, this book is for you.

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Author Cal Newport
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date 05-Jan-2016
ISBN 9781455586691
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Issue June 2016
Category Self-Help


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