Deeper Weekend 2014

Episode 27

Using Humor in the Workplace and Becoming Rare and Valuable, a Discussion with Cal Newport

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Show Notes:

Jason and Greg discuss why humor in the workplace can help you be more successful. Greg shares comedic theory and a little more of his journey with comedy. Then they have a discussion with author Cal Newport. They decide that passion is a bad word in the context of career advice because of its unclear definition. Cal says it is a slippery term. They discuss they usual way people grow to love their work, and it is not by following their passion.

Mentioned in the show:

Deeper Weekend

Barrett Young

10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

Dan Pink on the Thrivecast

To Sell Is Human

The Accountant’s (Bad) Joke Book by Rick Telberg

Are Funny People More Successful In Business?

Pathways To Bliss

The Hero’s Journey

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Quarterlife Crisis


Audio Engineering by: Aaron Dowd

Produced by: Jennifer Blumer

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This month’s guest: Cal Newport

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Cal Newport is the author of three books of unconventional advice for students, which have sold a combined total of more than 100,000 copies: How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005). His fourth book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Grand Central, 2012), is a contrarian look at career advice. In his role as an author, Newport has appeared on ABC, NBC, and CBS and on over 50 radio networks. His writing and ideas have been featured in major publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and His Study Hacks blog, which chronicles his attempts to decode “patterns of success,” attracts over 100,000 unique visitors a month.

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