First of all, what is a thought leader?It means you become the very best at what you do and everybody in your industry would follow your advice. The best example I give you are Warren Buffet dan Ray Dalio in the financial industry.
So, if you do come here to read about how to become a world thought leader (with my kind of definition) by working deeply in your industry, then you have come to the right article. Before this, I had already published a post about the meaning of deep work, the importance of performing it and ways to avoid shallow work.
But, since it has been a long time, let me remind you again. According to Cal Newport, deep work is a professional activity performed in a state of distraction-free that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. And by executing this skill in your working life, you will achieve greatness. Such as:
- Creating new values for the world.
- Improve your skills as you honing your skills every day.
- Create a work that is very hard to replicate.
So especially if you are craftsmen whether a writer, an architect, a journalist, computer engineer or even a professor, you will benefit a lot by practicing going deep in your work. Meaning that your chances to get out of your average seat is going to increase tremendously. In other words, you will thrive in what you do. All of this because you become more valuable to the marketplace by producing new values.
In fact, your works will be classified as high quality even in a short deadline. And as you become master at quickly learn hard things well, your craft will be very hard to replicate. This is the best thing that could happen to you and me. However, it is not that simple. You need to master these two abilities to execute deep work properly – before you could achieve all of the above values.
1. You need the ability to quickly master hard things.
And to this, you are going to execute deep work a lot whether in your study or your work. This is the only way. As I explained before, deep work is very capable of pushing one’s ability to their limits. So when you are studying deeply with intense focus, you can quickly master hard things well over and over again.
The world we live in is changing and growing rapidly. So if you can’t keep up with it, you will be left out. Thus, it is very important for us to master anything quickly that will be used on your crafts. Trust me on this one. Deep work will help you a lot in honing your ability to quickly master hard things.
For example, Cal Newport had explained a great example in his book, Deep Work. You can read it starting from page 8 to 12. His name is Jason Benn and he is an economist turning into a great computer programmer by executing deep work. I recommend you to read it.
2. The ability to produce at an elite quality in term both speed and quality.
Probably, you had a pretty good idea about this strategy. Since every boss wants their workers to produce an elite quality of work at a faster rate. I mean, who doesn’t want that. Everybody does, right?
Plus, this strategy is very much the next step after quickly master hard things. So these two things are always dependable with each other. If you did execute this second step, all of it will become a waste. This is because when you already master hard things such as coding for example. Your potential employers, customers or clients are going to need proofs of your works. The proof would be by creating a fantastic work that cannot be easily replicated. This craft then will become your basis for your future career.
I can give you a lot of example for this kind of scenario. The best one would be the great billionaire Elon Musk who had co-founded Paypal (sold for $1.4 billion), Tesla and then Space X. So all of this company or technology would become Elon Musk basis for a great inventor as well as an entrepreneur.
Frankly speaking, let your works do the talking for you. This step is very crucial to be thriving in the new world economy because if you don’t produce, you won’t thrive – no matter how skilled or talented you are. The more reason you should be practicing deep work.
To sum up, deep work had become increasingly rare because of a new skill had taken over. It is called multitasking. I still remember what Gary Keller wrote in The One Thing about the meaning of multitasking. It means a way of screwing more than one thing at a time.
Let’s think about it. Why did the police will give you a “ticket” if you talk on your phone while driving? The answer would probably be, that “act” could endanger you and other people life. But, in a working environment, the multitasking will not only endanger your career but your company reputations are also on the line. Therefore, this is not the skill you want to brag or cultivating.
Last but not least, deep work had become increasingly valuable in our new economy. This represents a classic conclusion: If you cultivate this skill, you’ll thrive professionally. This is the only way!
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”
― Roy T. Bennett