#32 Cal Newport: Living a Deep Life

“In order to be incredibly productive and focused, you have to take your attention seriously and treat it with respect” – Cal Newport

In this episode, we welcome Professor Cal Newport to Digital Mindfulness to speak about the ideas in his new book Deep Work. Cal is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He is a writer and most recently published the Wall Street Journal best seller Deep Work: Rules for Success in a Distracted World, which argues that the ability to focus is the new IQ in the workplace, particularly in an age of digital distraction. he is also the author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the idea that following your passion is good advice. He has also written three popular books for students, How To Be A High School Superstar, How To Become A Straight A Student and How To Win At College.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The simple equation for producing stellar work
  • How to engage in Productive Meditation
  • Why Bill Gates is a master of focus
  • How to learn complicated topics very quickly
  • Why we should embrace boredom

Resources mentioned in the show:

Cal Newport Website

Sophie Leroy: Attention Residue

Deep Work: Rules for Success in a Distracted World

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