Notes from Cal Newport

From Cal Newport’s Post:

Here’s the reality for almost every professional pursuit: shipping things that are unambiguously valuable generates significantly more interesting and high-return opportunities than exposing yourself to lots of different people and ideas.


A significantly more effective path is to instead ship things that catch peoples’ attention.

The same pattern holds for many different fields: value attracts value.


But a decade spent researching and writing about elite accomplishment (while attempting to pursue it myself in my academic career) has taught me that: (1) there aren’t any hacks that will save you from the necessity of stepping into a ring and winning over other people who desperately want to do the same; and (2) this first step is really, really hard.



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