In this TED talk, Larry Smith doesn’t talk about how to have a great career. He talks about why you will fail to have a great career. Wow…
But it’s true – we do tend to create all kinds of excuses for not pursuing our dreams.
Maybe you’re afraid you’ll look silly, or that you’ll fail, or you believe it can happen to a few lucky others but not you. Maybe what it boils down to is that you’re afraid even to try. That’s the real reason you’re not going to have a great career, according to Larry Smith.
It used to be that if you worked hard enough, you could find a “good-enough” job, one that provided a feeling of security. But as Smith says, that doesn’t work anymore. You’ll just end up working hard at something you don’t love (and with no added security these days).
So how do you have a great career?
Smith urges us to get out and meet our destiny halfway. You’ve got to look for your passion, that thing that will allow you to give full expression to your talent. It’s important to follow all of your interests until one in particular grabs you.
But Smith says, even then, when you’ve found your passion, you’ll still fail to have a great career. You’ll create new excuses, anything to avoid taking action.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Following your passion and acting on it doesn’t mean that you must have all the details worked out ahead of time. Just get started. Begin noticing what interests you, so that you can find that one interest (or two) that means more to you than all the others.
It’s not too late. Really.
Do you agree with Larry Smith? Could your excuses be keeping you from your great career?