Cal Newport has written a book that has impacted how I work. This is a “no holds barred” assessment of how to succeed in the New Economy. “There are two abilities for thriving in the New Economy; 1. The ability to quickly master hard things; 2. The ability to produce at an elite level in terms of quality and speed.” Newport ventures into how to improve in these two areas. To master new and difficult things and be a person that produces valuable work requires working without distraction and eliminating multitasking. Of course, this approach flies in the face of how most people work. We constantly check messages, take phone calls, respond to emails, etc. Newport delves into how these distractions negatively impact the ability to create quality work.