What Goes Into Deep Work? You Do

by bxrtley

Young violinists who became world-class performers vs. teachers surprisingly put in the same amount of hours—about 50/week. So why was the performer more skilled than the teacher? Deep work. Cal Newport lays out a couple laws that involve deep work:

  1. Don’t follow your passion. View passion as a side-effect as opposed to a starting point.
  2. Forge your phenomenon. Over 10 years, systematically build up a rare and valuable skill.
  3. Engage in Deep Work. Focus persistently and without distraction on a cognitively demanding and valuable task.

It’s more than just long hours. Deep work requires a marathon mindset.