Weekly reading- Week 4

This week’s reading was a chapter ‘The Clarity of The Craftsman’ from the book ‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You’ by Cal Newport. The author talks about two different mindsets for approaching work namely ‘passion mindset’ and ‘craftsman mindset’. Furthermore, the author discusses that the individual must focus on the ‘craftsman mindset’ which is what you can offer to the world rather than what world can offer you approach. The writer provides with motivational quotes and gives us an example of the musician who practiced at really early stage of his life and got so good at it that he was approached by a record company.

After reading this, I do agree what the writer says. In this industry, passion can only happen when you have mastered the craft. Having a passion for something can only happen once you get the obsessed feeling that you want to be the best at what you do. I’m passionate about documentary filmmaking and want to pursue my career in it. Instead of thinking about being the best there is, I should really be putting into practicing the craft so that I may end up at a top notch production house.

One of the key highlights in the reading were where he suggests ‘you put aside the question of whether your job is your true passion, and instead turn your focus toward becoming so good they can’t ignore you’ (p.39) and that don’t look at why people choose the craftsman mindset, but see how they deployed it.

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