#103: Best-Selling Author Cal Newport on Achieving Digital Minimalism and Creating Time for Deep Work

About the Episode:

In today’s episode, we’re talking to best-selling author and Georgetown professor, Cal Newport, the man behind the wildly popular books, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Deep Work, and his brand new title, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.

Originally from Houston, Texas, at the age of 7, Cal’s dad got a job in New Jersey, so the family picked up and moved to the east coast – where he spent the remainder of his childhood, becoming a self-described computer nerd. Cal spent many years learning how to write code, tinker with computer hardware and eventually went on to study computer science at Dartmouth & than get his PhD. from MIT.

It was in school that Cal started seriously writing and beginning to publish his work both on his blog and in his first books about developing study habits and becoming a better student. Soon, he’d start working on his first best-seller, So Good They Can’t Ignore You.

In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:

[02:37] Where Cal’s originally from.
03:31 When he developed an interest in computer science.
[04:25] Finding a balance between writing and personal time.
[06:26] How writing things down helps him process his thoughts.
[07:10] Why he decided to write his book.
[08:42] Some negative side effects of integrating new technologies into our lives.
[11:12] The idea of digital decluttering.
22:38 His number one piece of advice for anyone looking to become an author.
23:57 The best investment he’s made in order to grow his business.

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Resources Mentioned:

Digital Minimalism

Connect with My Guest:

Cal’s Personal Blog

Cal on Twitter

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2 responses to “#103: Best-Selling Author Cal Newport on Achieving Digital Minimalism and Creating Time for Deep Work”

  1. Raza Avatar

    Awesome topic and guest Ryan.

    You KNOW I had to listen to this one.


    1. Ryan Robinson Avatar

      Hell yes! Cal is such a writing inspiration for me. Glad to hear we’re on the same page!

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