Top Performer is Now Open

Top Performer, the career mastery course Cal Newport and I have been working on for the last three years is finally open. Click here to sign up for this session:

http://www.top-performer-course.com/

The key to a successful, fulfilling career is being really good at doing things the world values. This was the central thesis behind Cal Newport’s best-selling career advice book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You. There’s a lot of evidence to support this view, but it leaves itself a couple of open problems:

  1. Which skills truly matter for your career? If you’re not in your career yet–deciding what to improve gives you a bewildering array of choices. If you’re already in your career it can often be unclear what things you need to improve to go to the next level.
  2. How do you actually get really good at these skills? Even if you’ve figured out what to improve, knowing how to get better isn’t easy.
  3. How do you find the time to get good? Finally, even if you somehow solved the previous two problems of what to improve and how to improve it, there would be a remaining question of where you can find the time to get really good at these things.

Top Performer is our answer to these questions. When dealing with the uncertainties of what you should try to master–we teach you how to do deep research into your career to decipher what matters and what doesn’t. We also give you tools for exploring different career options so, even if you aren’t sure what you want to do, you don’t have to make those choices blindly.

From deep research we’ll then move to deliberate practice. In particular, we’ll give you a structure we’ve used to repeatedly and rapidly build proficiency in key skills. This approach, what Cal and I call minimal projects, is about extracting the most improvement in skills from only a couple hours per week.

Finally, we’ll give you the counter-intuitive lessons in productivity and deep work so you’ll actually stick to these improvement efforts, despite your busy life.

Join Now Before We Close Registration at Midnight, Friday October 23rd PT

The Top Performer page has all the information you might need, but if you have any additional questions or hesitations before signing up, don’t hesitate to email me.

You can sign up and learn more about Top Performer here: http://www.top-performer-course.com/

We will be closing registration to get everything ready to start the course at midnight, Friday October 23rd (Pacific Time).

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  • I wrote up some thoughts on this course based on my experience in the pilot versions: http://www.redgreencode.com/cal-and-scotts-top-performer-course/

    If you’re thinking about signing up, it may give you some more to go on. I used the course to design a project around coding mastery and programming language fluency.

  • Duncan Smith

    I wrote up some thoughts on this course based on my experience in the pilot versions: http://www.redgreencode.com/ca

    If you’re thinking about signing up, it may give you some more to go on. I used the course to design a project around coding mastery and programming language fluency.

  • Susan Z. Martin

    Thanks so much Duncan – I skimmed over your article and found it helpful. I have already signed up for the course (which took a leap of faith since I’m currently not working and I presume it is in American dollars – I’m in Canada – and I have not even dared to look at the exchange rate). I am looking forward to starting and to a bit of a change of pace since for the past year I have been doing MOOCs in various subjects which I think are likely a very different type of learning environment.

  • Susan Z. Martin

    Thanks so much Duncan – I skimmed over your article and found it helpful. I have already signed up for the course (which took a leap of faith since I’m currently not working and I presume it is in American dollars – I’m in Canada – and I have not even dared to look at the exchange rate). I am looking forward to starting and to a bit of a change of pace since for the past year I have been doing MOOCs in various subjects which I think are likely a very different type of learning environment.

  • Scott Young

    Thanks Duncan, it was great having you in our pilot course (although I think we’ve grown a lot since your original pilot), which you’ll see in the new version as well!

  • Scott Young

    Thanks Duncan, it was great having you in our pilot course (although I think we’ve grown a lot since your original pilot), which you’ll see in the new version as well!

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