So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

More than 3/4 of the world suffers from declining workplace happiness.  The basic premise of this book is that “Skills Trump Passion” and “Follow Your Passion” is terrible advice. I’ve always been curious about what makes a compelling career and this book answered a lot of my questions. If you’re like me and want to find work you love, read this book.

A job is a way to pay the bills, a career is a path toward increasingly better work, and a calling is work that’s an important part of your life and a vital part of your identity.

Here is one of my favorite ideas from the book — an idea that I’ll return to regularly. In order to create compelling careers we need to adopt a “craftsman mindset” rather than a “passion mindset” that is suggested by the mainstream.

“The first is the craftsman mindset, which focuses on what you can offer the world. The second is the passion mindset, which instead focuses on what the world can offer you.” 

Build skills, become awesome at what you do, collect “career capital“, and let the passion follow.

Comment below.