The second rule focuses on the quote from Steve Martin, “Be so good they can’t ignore you,” from Martin’s memoir Born Standing Up. Comedy at the time was all setup and punch line, but Martin made his act more sophisticated with no punch lines. He created tension and never released it. It took him ten years, but when his style became popular, he was a monster success. Newport’s rule number three is to turn down a promotion, focusing on the power of control in your career and life. In Dan Pink’s 2009 book, Drive, Pink summarizes that more control leads to better grades, better sports, performance, better productivity and more happiness. Newport says that giving people more control over what they do and how they do it increases their happiness, engagement and sense of fulfillment.
Newport’s rule number four says to Think small and act big. This is the importance of mission. To have a mission is to have a unifying focus for your career. It provides the answer to the question, “What should I do with my life?” Missions are powerful because they focus your energy toward a useful goal, and this in turn maximizes your impact on your world–a crucial factor in loving what you do.
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