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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 10+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams.

Nov 24, 2013

My guest today is Cal Newport, an American non-fiction author and associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University.

The topic is passion.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Alan Watts
  • Why following your passion isn’t such a great idea from Newport’s perspective
  • The notion of deliberate practice and the 10000 hour rule, falling back on simplistic strategies that fail
  • Passion following success as the true gauge
  • Misconceptions about passion
  • Thinking of passion as a side-effect of running your career in the right way
  • Overcoming difficulty as a necessary step in the process
  • The work and analysis Newport has done looking at top chess players
  • The systematic aspect of gaining skill and its ties to passion
  • Anxiety and failure

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