Business Books, Evergreen Content

Tips on how to focus without distraction (get it right and the world is YOURS!)

Gushwell Brooks (in for The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield) interviewed regular book reviewer (and MD at Gateways Business Consultants) Ian Mann for his weekly business book review.

Mann reviewed “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World”.

Description on Amazon:

One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.

Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfilment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy.

And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realising there's a better way.

In “Deep Work” author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite.

Dividing this book into two parts; he first makes the case that, in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits.

He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, “Deep Work” takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories - from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air - and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored.

“Deep work” is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

Listen to the audio below for more detail.

Click here (then“like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the six most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

Article brought to us by Old Mutual.

Read More
Best. News. Ever!  The price of cocoa is falling

Best. News. Ever! The price of cocoa is falling

Cocoa is the main ingredient in chocolate; the reason for living. Bruce Whitfield interviews Nomu Brands cofounder Paul Raphaely.

How to ensure you get paid

How to ensure you get paid

Finding customers is one thing; getting paid is another. Bruce Whitfield interviews small business guru Pavlo Phitidis.

Unmarried, but living together? Here’s how to arrange your finances…

Unmarried, but living together? Here’s how to arrange your finances…

Bruce Whitfield interviews Galileo Capital Personal Financial Advisor Warren Ingram for his weekly personal finance feature.

Confused about collusion case vs banks? You’re not alone! An analyst explains…

Confused about collusion case vs banks? You’re not alone! An analyst explains…

Intellidex Financial Analyst Stuart Theobald explains what banks actually did wrong.

Meet Sisa Ntshona; the CEO who wants to run SA Tourism like a business

Meet Sisa Ntshona; the CEO who wants to run SA Tourism like a business

Tourism is a shining, job-creating light in an otherwise struggling South African economy.

South Africa is (yet again!) missing out on a commodities boom

South Africa is (yet again!) missing out on a commodities boom

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Clyde Russell (Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist at Thomson Reuters).

Popular articles
Govt explains why it’s not considering dredging of dams to increase storage

Govt explains why it’s not considering dredging of dams to increase storage

Is it viable to dredge the Cape’s dams – while levels are low – to increase their storage capacity?

De Lille to name and shame water guzzlers #WaterWatch

De Lille to name and shame water guzzlers #WaterWatch

Over 20 000 people using over 50 000 l/month have been identified and admission of guilt fines will be made public on Monday.

Ex-cyclone Dineo to hit Limpopo, Mpumalanga overnight - SA Weather Service

Ex-cyclone Dineo to hit Limpopo, Mpumalanga overnight - SA Weather Service

Despite the downgrade, residents in parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga can still expect flooding and heavy rains.

Eek! Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille goes door-to-door to scold water-wasters

Eek! Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille goes door-to-door to scold water-wasters

Water wasters, beware! The Cape Town Mayor has had enough of you. And she’ll tell you in your face…

Why the iconic Nokia 3310 is so appealing (and making a comeback!)

Why the iconic Nokia 3310 is so appealing (and making a comeback!)

The most resilient and reliable phone ever made is making a comeback and some are saying it's long overdue. Here's why.

Paul O’Sullivan's arrest is attempt to scupper case against Phahlane - Ipid

Paul O’Sullivan's arrest is attempt to scupper case against Phahlane - Ipid

The police watchdog boss says the investigation into acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane is at an advanced stage.