DEEP QUESTIONS

Ep. 304: Seinfeld on The Deep Life

In a recent interview, held to promote his new Netflix movie, Jerry Seinfeld went on a remarkable 10-minute run in which he rattled off one insight after another about deep work, procrastination, and the quest to live an intentional life in a distracted world. In this episode, Cal extracts four key lessons from this segment of Jerry’s interview. He then takes listener questions and ends with a segment in which he apologizes to an internet personality whom he incorrectly associated with the dreaded “hustle culture.”

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DEEP DIVE:

– Seinfeld on Craft [4:31]

QUESTIONS:

– Do I need to practice outside of work to improve my craft? [30:26]
– Can I tackle learning goals sequentially? [38:44]
– How do I get through “grinding” at work? [43:10]
– How can I build my craft to grow my YouTube channel? [49:56]
– Can Cal talk about being an assistant professor with young kids? [54:49]

CASE STUDY:

– Using lifestyle-centric career planning to upgrade my job and life [1:00:09]

CAL REACTS:

– James Scholz studies twelve hours a day [1:05:19]

YOUTUBE TITLE:

– Jerry Seinfeld’s Unexpected Advice On Productivity & Cultivating A Deep Life | Cal Newport

LINKS:

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