The Idea

This ability to learn hard things quickly plays a key role in the attempt to become a superstar in just about any field.

Deep work will help you learn hard things quickly. If you master hard things quickly, you will always rank among the top earners in your field. Once you learn what deep work is, you can start putting your energy into deep work and do great work, instead of just answering emails or dabbling in low-grade work activities. It is amazing to create something so good that nobody else can create it.

The economy is changing due to advances in technology, and low-level jobs are either being automated or outsourced to remote locations. Cal Newport says that the aforementioned three groups will thrive in our changing economy. But since this book is intended for people who are not wealthy yet, you should aim to become a superstar or high-skilled worker. Moreover, if you can create valuable results from intelligent machines, you’ll become a highly valued expert in your field.

Actions to take

Principles to follow

Principles to follow