Who would’ve thought that your future success rests on the ability to disconnect from the internet and do deep work. If you want to get good at anything, you’ll need to practice for hours with deliberate focus. In an interview with James Altucher, professor, and author Cal Newport suggests that you need three to four hours of intense training each day, whether that be writing, playing the guitar, or shooting hoops.
Newport’s book So Good They Can’t Ignore You argues that skills trump passion, that the reward for putting in the work is the attention your deserve. If you can be consistent, it’s shouldn’t take the 10,000 hours of practice to master something.
It’s hard to delay gratification in a world that teaches you to do everything now. Action is more noticeable than inaction. You go to work to spend more time answering email and slack conversations than tackling a project with long-term benefits. You’re graded based on your ability to manage velocity. It’s no wonder people burn out.
The web is a gift and a curse, a tool for connectedness that can often lead to drowning in a pool of dopamine. Who would’ve thought your success would be determined by your ability to single-task and the only way to get your mind back would be to appreciate doing nothing.
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