Larry Smith: ‘Why you will fail to have a great career’

28th May 2015

You may have noticed this specific TED Talk pop up on my twitter feed in the past. It’s one of the few YouTube videos I find myself re-visiting with increasing regularity. Having given it some thought, I think these are the reasons why;

Firstly, I find Canadian lecturer Larry Smith a distinctly engaging, rather odd, yet highly amusing individual who is clearly a very bright man.

Secondly, he talks with such passion … about passion that it makes me feel even more passionate about pursuing my passion. Whatever that is.

Finally, I actually agree with the majority of the points he puts to his audience. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naive enough to believe there’s sleeping cash cow awaiting us all if we’d only just had the courage to follow our passion. But then again how would you ever really know if you’re to scared to try, or fail, or change. And is it really all about Money anyway? Is it not just about being happy.

There’s been a somewhat mixed reception to Larry’s theories, but I genuinely believe he’s onto something. If you’re at a juncture in your working life and consistently formulate excuses as to why you can’t do what you really want to do, then maybe it’s time to admit that your just like me and petrified of failure, or have kids, and a mortgage, and shit-loads of debt.

Inspirational stuff!

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