Cal Newport is a computer science professor. He’s also had a blog on his website since 2007, and has been writing books since he was in college. His most recent is called Deep Work, which is about the benefits and practical steps to getting more done in the Internet age.
This interview covers a wide range of subjects, including distributed algorithms at the extremes, how Cal uses walking to enhance his productivity and why creativity is usually more workmanlike than most people give it credit for.
Listen to this week’s show and learn:
- Why creativity is less about serendipity and more about putting the hours in. (11:20)
- What Cal thinks that the majority of us are getting wrong in the digital age. (15:44)
- Why you shouldn’t always follow your passion. (23:22)
- What it means to generate “career capital”. (31:06)
- What qualifies as deep work. (47:09)
Mentioned in the episode:
- **NEW** TMBA Masterminds
- **NEW** Sponsor the TMBA Podcast
- The Dynamite Circle
- The DC Podcast
- Cal Newport
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
- Chuck Close
- Facebook Phreaks and the Fight to Reclaim Time and Attention
- Tim Ferriss
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
- Stuart Kauffman
- How Cal Newport’s Deep Work Concept will Influence Office Design
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