The ability to focus without distraction is seemingly harder than ever. In this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve speak with Cal Newport, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and author of several books, most recently Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (2016) and Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (2019). Cal discusses the value of deep work—focusing without distraction on a cognitively difficult task—and why technology is causing us to get worse at it. Brad, Steve and Cal tackle the mismatch of deep work and technology and why it’s best to view technology as a means to an end, not the end itself. Finally, the trio dive deep into social media, discussing how it impacts our ability to take in and process information, the importance of intentionality when using social media, and why it’s important to allow ourselves to be bored.
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport
- Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, By Cal Newport
- Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life, by Steve Martin
- Deep Questions: Cal’s Podcast
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