Cal Newport – Author of “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” on deep work, deliberate practice, and skill building

I blogged about my interview experience with Cal Newport the other day.

I am happy to share that the interview is now up in full on,. It is insight packed and is a resource for anyone who cares about remarkability in their careers and the concept of deliberate practice.

About Cal


Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He previously earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2009, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2004.

Newport is the author of three books of unconventional advice for students, which have sold a combined total of more than 100,000 copies: How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005). His fourth book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Grand Central, 2012), is a contrarian look at career advice.

In his role as an author, Newport has appeared on ABC, NBC, and CBS and on over 50 radio networks. His writing and ideas have been featured in major publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and HisStudy Hacks blog, which chronicles his attempts to decode “patterns of success,” attracts over 100,000 unique visitors a month.

Dhanya, from the team, put it nicely when she said at the end – “We did bold things that grabbed more attention than the rest, but to be honest – every single word in this transcript must be read and thought about.”

As always, the transcript on – click here.

And, if you prefer to just watch it instead, the video is below.