It is becoming less and less one of the most valuable skills in our economy. The Mercy of Snakes by Dean Koontz (PDF)(EBOOK) If you master this skill, you will achieve incredible results.
Deep work is the ability to concentrate, without distraction, on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complex information and achieve better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and give you a sense of true satisfaction that comes from mastery. In short, deep work as a superpower is in our increasingly competitive 21st century economy. And yet most people have lost the ability to spend hard days instead of rude conversations via email and social media, without even realizing there is a better way.
In Deep Work, writer and professor Cal Newport reverses the narrative of influence in an age of connection. Instead of claiming that distraction is evil, instead it celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first declares that cultivating a deep work ethic in almost every profession will bring great benefits. It then introduces a rigorous training regime, presented as a set of four “principles” for transforming the thinking and practice to support this skill.
Combining cultural criticism and practical advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories – from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a return ticket in business class at Tokyo to write a book without distraction on reckless and pointless radio, so that serious professionals should quit social media and practice boredom. Deep Work is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants targeted success in the distributed world..