Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Version: Unabridged
Author: Cal Newport
Narrator: Jeff Bottoms
Genres: Business & Economics, Management & Leadership
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published In: January 2016
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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Read the Wall Street Journal Bestseller for 'cultivating intense focus' for fast, powerful performance results for achieving success and true meaning in one's professional life (Adam Grant, author of Give and Take).

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four 'rules,' for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

1. Work Deeply2. Embrace Boredom 3. Quit Social Media4. Drain the Shallows

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

An Amazon Best Book of 2016 Pick in Business & LeadershipWall Street Journal Business BestsellerA Business Book of the Week at 800-CEO-READ

Reviews (2)

Written by Harry Ric B on April 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good general call for finding time for isolated deep thinking and work. But book is twice as long as it need be.

Written by Keith Zenker on July 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent and straight forward with tools for practice . Just what the ADHD poster child needed. A work sheet/outline for dummies would be great. But I'm doing that my self to tailor the best fit.

Author Details

Author Details

Newport, Cal

Cal Newport, PhD, is a writer and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He also runs the popular website "Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success".