Eric Barker recently interviewed 99U speaker Cal Newport about his book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You.” Among the highlights was Newport’s take on shifting mindsets to determine what to spend your professional life dong:

My advice is to abandon the passion mindset which asks “What does this job offer me? Am I happy with this job? Is it giving me everything I want?” Shift from that mindset to Steve Martin’s mindset, which is “What am I offering the world? How valuable am I? Am I really not that valuable? If I’m not that valuable, then I shouldn’t expect things in my working life. How can I get better?“


  • Gül Yüksel

    My mindset only asks “Is it giving me everything I need? Will I earn enough money to buy food?” Abandoning it will be tough.

  • Marc Rodrigues


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