Week four reading log

Cal Newport, 2012, ‘The Clarity of the Craftsman’ in So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work, NY Business Plus, ch.4.

In the Chapter four, the author introduces the concept of craftsmen mindset and its opposite passion mindset through telling the story of Jordon Tice. It is basically a guide for people to find their suitable jobs and improve their chance to be employed.

Personally, I’m most interested in the concept of craftsmen mindset. I think this idea is what the filmmakers and people doing any other creative arts need to develop. A craftsman always persuades the best quality of his work, no longer how much efforts it will cost and how long it will be done. Through focusing on details, the skills of the creator can also be improved and as well as his patience.  Just as the title suggests, be so good they can’t ignore you. When you have a portfolio including your most polished and careful works, you are not easily got ignored in an interview for employment. When you have proven that on a same topic your work is always exquisite, you are not easily got ignored as a craftsman.

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