Cal Newport – Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Best-selling author and professor of computer science at Georgetown University speaks about how the notion of ‘following your passion’ is actually pretty bad advice. Instead, he suggest passion is found by first building a rare and valuable talent and then using this to take control of your career path. In other words: be so good and work so hard that no one can ignore you.

I think passion is great. But it’s not something that you “follow” (which implies you can identify it in advance). It’s instead something you have to purposefully cultivate over time.

To improve at a cognitive skill, you need to do the following:
* Time block deep work and commit to it everyday * Have an artefact that you set out to achieve in each of these sessions
* Build up your ability focus like an athlete (increasing by 10 minutes at a time is good enough)

Newport’s writing and ideas regularly appear in major publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Post, and Inc. Magazine.

Buy his latest book here.


Hello, Yes. (Coffee+)

Hello Yes is a warehouse-turned ultra cool cafe, art shop, book store and event space all in one. Run by the awe-somely inspiring duo Chris Hocking and Georgia Cromarty, Hello Yes is grass roots groundwork in the making. Whether supplying the hangover coffee / coconut water / crunchy nut organic muesli cure to a big night out or facilitating and delivering the party itself (eg. Decked-Out pop up cinema, Draw your (s)words spoken word, and generally delinquente-ish behaviour) Hello Yes is a new local fave. Now also – gratefully – open on Sundays too!

Photo Credit: (C) Lynton Haggett Photography — with Nick Horvat.

12 Eliza Street
Adelaide SA

Thom Buchanan – Painter

Thom Buchanan is a painter and cross-disciplinary artist based in Adelaide. Having graduated from the School of Art, Architecture and Design at UniSA with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2010, Thom has gone from strength to strength developing his practice through a diverse range of community projects, live art installations, collaborations with the Australian Dance Theatre, and extensive local and national exhibitions. Suffice it to say, he is a bit of a legend around this town… Doesn’t hurt that he’s also an incredible compassionate human.

Check out the latest of Thom’s work in his breathtaking solo show Recapitulate, now showing at the Hill-Smith Gallery on Pirie Street in Adelaide.

Heidemarie Schwermer – Living without Money

For 14 years 68 year old Heidemarie Schwermer has been living without money after a deliberate choice to stop using it. The film follows Heidemarie in her day to day life and shows the challenges and adventures she meets with along the way.

I had everything I needed, I had a house and I had raised two children. I gave it all away.


Chris James – Tomoya & Co.

Tomoya & Co. is run by Chris Tomoya James – a Melbourne based Interior Designer and Registered Building Practitioner (Commercial Builder). Chris is passionate about timeless aesthetics and building furniture to last. With a love for good quality timber and steel, Chris’ sensibility is driven by his passion for clean and creative design. Recent successes includes his fit outs for Monster Threads, Lip Cafe, and Chantilly Studio.!tomoya–co/c1t35