Why "Follow Your Passion" is Bad Advice: Insights from Cal Newport

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Online Webinar
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30pm

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"Follow your passion." In the past few decades, this phrase has grown to dominate our thinking on career satisfaction. But is it good advice?

In his 2012 book, SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU, Georgetown University computer science professor Cal Newport set out to explore this question. His conclusion was controversial: telling someone to follow their passion is likely to *reduce* the chance that they end up passionate about their work. As he uncovered, the paths that lead people to true satisfaction are often more complicated and interesting than what this overly simplistic advice assumes..

In this webinar, Newport will discuss:

— Why "follow your passion" often fails as a career strategy.
— What does lead people to passion in their career.
— What strategies maximize the chance of leading to a working life you love.

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.

In addition to his academic work, Newport is a writer who focuses on contrarian, evidence-based advice for building a successful and fulfilling life in school and after graduation.

His most recent book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Grand Central, 2012), has been selected for several best business books of the year lists, including those by Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEO-Read. Newport’s New York Times op-ed on the book became the paper’s most e-mailed article for over a week.

Newport is also the author of three books of unconventional advice for students: How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005). The How To student series has sold over 125,000 copies since its inception, and Newport has been invited to speak on these topics at some of the country’s top universities.

Learn more at calnewport.com.

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