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4 rules laid out in Cal Newport’s book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

1. Follow your passion is bad advice. 

Most people don’t know what they’re passionate about. 


Rather go seeking opportunities to master rare skills that would yield big rewards. 

Continue to try new and different things until you find what you enjoy.

2. Build your career capital.  

Rare and valuable skills need to continue to be worked upon. 

Getting better and better at what you do is what matters to see advancements in your career trajectory.  

Having something valuable to offer is essential.

3. Promotions can be a double-edge sword. 

As you gain more responsibility, you might lose more control of what you do and how you do it, possibly preventing you from building additional career capital.

4. Work on finding an organized purpose to your working life.  

This purpose relies on two things: acquiring career capital, and continuing to look for new ideas by exploring and trying “little bets” until you find what works.

In conclusion, working right, trumps finding the right work. Instead of constantly looking for the perfect job, look for a better approach to the work already available to you.

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