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606: Do What Works, Not What's Satisfying: Pseudo-Striving and our Fear of Reality-Based Planning by Cal Newport

2017-08-08 | 🔗

Cal Newport asks why we never model our actions after those who have succeeded before us, and offers his opinion on it.

Episode 606: Do What Works, Not What's Satisfying: Pseudo-Striving and our Fear of Reality-Based Planning by Cal Newport (Learning).

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.

The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2012/04/29/do-what-works-not-whats-satisfying-pseudo-striving-and-our-fear-of-reality-based-planning

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i've in our fear of reality based planning by telling newport of call newport dot com the dune revelation in july two thousand nine i took a trip to san francisco at some point i ended up hiking the san do nature preserve not far south for a month ray on highway one when i remember about this hike is a thought as short not long into the route in the summer thousand nine i was two months from defending my phd dissertation at arranged for a postdoc after graduation but found the academic market beyond to be uncertain for me and my skills it was in this context and i had my insight why how nice systematically studied the most successful senior grass in its when i first arrived at mit every year a small number of computer science citizen mit italy generate multiple job offers while the rest have to sweat the process which is these students do differently from the others
the basic question and yet almost no one arriving in cambridge seeks an answer we instead carve out our paths blindly sticking our heads up only at the end to see if we stumbled anywhere near or destination i ended up fine landing a great tenure track position at georgetown but the two thousand nine version myself did not have the certainty and my failure to more so magically plan for my arrival on this market suddenly seemed a glaring omission the one dollar start up does two thousand i experience came back to me earlier week as i read in advance copy of crystal about new book the hundred dollar start up in this book chris tackles a topic made popular by tim ferris how to build a lifestyle business
in a digital age lots of people are enamored by the idea of having a business tat requires little investment and yet support financially while injecting flexibility into your life what sets cruises book apart however that he was not content inventing a bullet points system that simply sounds good instead systematically studied people who actually made these types of businesses work he saw with survey of one thousand five hundred such entrepreneurs would be that narrowed down to one hundred to two hundred that you interviewed in more detail he list them by name is appendix the result is often messier than the internally consistent inspiration boosting acronym my systems of competing books and blogs but the advice comes across with an authenticity that's rare for this topic put another way chris did with his interest in lifestyle businesses what i should have done as a grad student with my interest in becoming a professor
the only plan he interested in was a plan grounded in reality the bay question i'm telling these stories because they inspire and important question why do so few people do what crested most of us are contented seems to work hard build complicated systems but we avoid basing our efforts on a reality based assessment of what really matters and i think i found when explanation the suit driving hypothesis why do so many ambitious people approach their quest for remark ability in the way i approached grad school and not in the way crystal above shall lifestyle entrepreneurship here's my tentative explanation the pseudo striving hypothesis significantly more pleasant to pursue a goal with a plan entirely of our own construction than to use a plan based a systematic study of what actually works the former allows us to pseudo strive experiencing the fulfilment of business and complex planning
avoiding any of the uncomfortable deliberate often harsh difficulties that popular plans of the latter type for example for the aspiring writer embracing national novel writing month is pseudo striving it feels good is it on every morning in through a few hundred words on a page but the real way of writing would tell you that getting your fiction shops to publish a level requires a train that comes only the four of writing for someone else be it in em if a cloud durham edited publication you need the fear of rejection a push your writing skills then you still need to experience our rejection time and again during the period where your skills are just trying to improve its much easier to on your deck with your macbook in a cup of coffee and applaud yourself for your dedication for these byron grad student seeking research ideas that fall comfortably within global what you already know how to do and then try to convince other people that your work is important is pseudo striving reflecting on my experience i notice now that academia is much more
please to the strategy of spending the twelve to twenty four months of deliberate practice necessary master unimportant emerging field is really hard but those who persist and of doing work with impact for sparing lifestyle designer dedicating hours to email otto responders word press widgets and social network engineering is also pseudo striving it gives you lost to do nothing has really judged a success or failure and now is really hard be feeling gauged and active it's quite pleasant many of the successful entrepreneurs from chris his book by contrast had a reality based fixation on actually making real money from real people before doing nothing else be living there job or optimizing a website this is less pleasant because you might say time and again to convince people to give you the money but ultimately all that matters so that's where you are shall energy should be focused conclusion when it comes to constructing a remarkable life i'm increasingly
convinced that pseudo striving is a common trap with devastating consequences it loads you into rhythm of business and complexity that might very little to do with the real accomplishment i'm not sure wire instincts led us to flee reality based plans but they do the more explicitly we recognise a difference between pseudo striving in a messy difficulty of real world accomplishment the better i hope we can re focus our efforts on to what matters you just to the post titled do it works not what satisfy seed austria being in our fear a reality based planning macao newport of town newport dot com if you like this kind of car and are really the showing general oprah super soul conversations is a new podcast series from oprah winfrey featuring her interviews from the emmy award winning show super soul sunday on own without leaders best the authors spiritual luminaries
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the people who have random jobs for example i used to be an location and analysed and before applying we had no idea what the job would actually entail this was one of fresh out of college it would have been oh useful to read or hear an interview with someone who actually does this every day for a living sighted understand if it is or is it right for me and then get tips on how to get a job and also here what the pros times are of the day to day work here i could approach networked in trouble fine people that have that job but i didn't have that kind of dr at that time have you are made that podcast website you're welcome to steal that idea i don't mind i think only with their
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