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233: How to Make Deep Work Happen, with Cal Newport

By Dave Stachowiak

Cal Newport Author, Deep Work* Quotes A big problem with a lot of these attention-stealing technologies is that we’ve adopted … the “any benefit mindset” for tool adoption. –Cal Newport You have to wean [your brain] off its dependence on novel stimuli every time you feel a little bored. –Cal Newport I think focus is the new IQ, and that deep work is going to become one of the most valuable skills as our economy gets more competitive and more complex. –Cal Newport How to get started with deep work: Train your brain to be better at focusing (example: put your phone away after dinner) Set aside time for deep work (example: set aside five hours a week for deep work) Make a move in your life that signals to yourself that you take the ability to focus seriously (example: quitting a social media service) From “Deep Work” In almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. –Cal Newport It’s wrong to assume you automatically have the right to work whatever schedule you want. –Cal Newport The Four Rules: Work Deeply Embrace Boredom Quit Social Media Drain the Shallows Feedback Comments, questions, or feedback for future Q&A shows: The next Q&A show is episode 235 Please join my weekly leadership guide. The leadership guide is delivered to your inbox each Wednesday and includes my thoughts and recommendations on the best articles, podcasts, videos, and books, to support your development between shows. It also includes a brief overview and link to the full weekly show notes. As a bonus, when you join the weekly leadership guide, you’ll get immediate access to my reader’s guide listing the 10 Leadership Books that Will Help You Get Better Results From Others with brief summaries from me on the value of each book. Download the 11-page reader's guide and 9-minute video of these book recommendations at

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