Cal Newport

Cal Newport Quotes


Cal Newport is really smart and he talks about how to work better and live better. His quotes are like little bits of good advice that can help you think in new ways and maybe change how you do things. If you’re having trouble staying focused, managing your time, or feeling like everything’s too much, Newport’s words might give you some good ideas. Let’s check out some of his best quotes and see what we can learn.


Cal Newport Quotes

1. If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive – no matter how skilled or talented you are.

2. Efforts to deepen your focus will struggle if you don’t simultaneously wean your mind from a dependence on distraction.

3. If you’re not comfortable being bored, you’ll never be comfortable being creative.

4. Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.

5. What we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore – plays in defining the quality of our life.

6. Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love – is the sum of what you focus on.

7. Our culture glorifies busyness, but true productivity requires periods of deep, uninterrupted focus.

8. If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“What can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“What can I offer the world?”)

9. Instant gratification is the enemy of long-term success. We must learn to delay rewards in order to achieve our goals.

10. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.

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11. Our brains are not wired to multitask. When we try to do too much at once, we end up doing nothing well.

12. The desire for constant distraction is a habit that must be broken if we want to achieve meaningful goals.

13. Efficiency is for robots. Humans are optimized for depth, not speed.

14. To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction.

15. You can’t expect to make real progress without accepting that you’ll need to invest significant effort and time.

16. The ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable in our world of digital overload.

17. Don’t use the internet because you can. Use it only when you have a good reason.

18. Social media networks are designed to be addictive – they provide constant feedback loops that make it difficult to pull yourself away.

19. Human beings, it seems, are at their best when immersed deeply in something challenging.

20. Less mental clutter means more mental resources available for deep thinking.


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