Cal Newport: How to Quit Social Media and Master Your Focus – Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Check out the Impact Theory Episode Page & Show Notes

Cal Newport is the author of Digital Minimalism, Deep Work, and So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Key Takeaways

  • “Follow your passion” is bad advice
    • A passionate career starts by exploring your interests and trying lots of things
      • The longer you’ve been working a job, the better you get at it, and in turn – the more likely you are to describe it as your “calling”
  • “Be so good they can’t ignore you. If you do that, lots of other good things will come.”
  • Find the person who’s living your idealized life and then go work for them for free in exchange for knowledge and connections
  • “So few people are actually training their ability to concentrate that if you’re one of the few to do so, you have a huge competitive advantage”
  • On Solitude
    • “Solitude is freedom from input from other minds. It has nothing to do with physical isolation.”
    • “Solitude is crucial. You have to have this on a regular basis in your life if you’re going to flourish and thrive as a human being.”
    • “For the first time in human history, we created a technology that makes it possible to banish every last moment of solitude from your life”
    • To cultivate more solitude in your life, just do more things without your phone
  • On the Social Media Addiction Epidemic 
    • “Around the point when the major social media platforms were preparing for their IPOs, they completely re-engineered the social media experience. So instead of it being about posting and reading your friends posts, it became about this steady incoming stream of social approval indicators – likes and retweets and photo tags and comments. And so now you had a reason to keep going back to the phone because every time you did, there might be another reward there, another indication of social approval.”
  • Smartphones
    • Smartphone use in adolescence is leading to the prevalence of anxiety disorders
    • “In the future, we’ll probably look back at giving a thirteen-year-old social media the same way that we look back today at giving a thirteen-year-old a pack of cigarettes”
  • Digital Minimalism
    • “Digital minimalism just takes minimalism, which has been around forever… It’s an ancient idea and it applies to all sorts of different parts of the human experience and the idea says you should focus on the things that are really, really valuable to the exclusion of other things that are much less valuable”
      • Take inventory of the tech you use and apply this concept
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