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HS 300 – So Good They Can’t Ignore You with Cal Newport

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Jason Hartman talks with Cal Newport, Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. The two discuss how our smartphone and social media addictions have caused us to fall into a life that’s allowed corporations to subject us to non-stop ads and shape our consumer habits. Cal explains how his books, Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You, can help you regain your life.

Key Takeaways:

[2:00] Cal explains the foundation for his two popular books.

[3:51] Modern digital handheld devices offer a true test of a person’s ability to focus.

[6:21] Measuring the impact of your digital behavior to make a bigger impact.

[10:48] How to break the addiction of digital devices.

[16:19] Developing a Deep Work habit.

[21:59] The distinction between productivity and true productivity.

[23:20] Apps and strategies for people who need to maintain connections but also want to focus.

[26:06] The title So Good They Can’t Ignore You was inspired by Steve Martin.

[30:40] Social Media doesn’t add much profit to your business unless your business is social media.


Cal Newport

Deep Work by Cal Newport

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

“Look Up” Video on YouTube

Freedom App

Episode: 300

Guest: Cal Newport

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