Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career
So I choose this topic because it seemed interesting to me as a Grade 12 high-school student who basically has no idea what he wants to do with his life. I thought it would provide much needed insight on a future career that I might have. So in general, Larry talks about the difference between “good” and “great” careers.
I’m sure that I’m in the same boat as many other students who have not the slightest of what they want to do in the future, and there’s one main question behind it; what is your passion. Now we’re not talking about interests, as you don’t tell girls you’re just “interested” in them (courtesy of Larry), we’re talking about passion. Is there something in you life that you’re just dying to do, but you believe that the opportunity just hasn’t risen yet? In my situation, no. I don’t really feel like I have a dying obsession to create spaceships or design clothes at the far reaches of Italy. I am simply a boring high-school student. So during the TED Talk, Larry speaks about interests. Out of twenty interests, a person could have one that they’re passionate about. That passion is what is going to fuel them for the rest of their lives. However, he brings up another interesting point – parents. I like many others before me have fallen into the parent trap.
Parent: Edward go to medical school so you can become a doctor and have a better life
Larry puts it into perspective that sometimes parents can be detrimental to your life and you need to be the one that decides to have a “great” career. I can agree to this to a certain degree, as this thinking can sometimes put you in a box. Now this brings me to the main point of it all – failing to pursue a great career. The journey to your passionate job doesn’t arrive in a silver platter; out of your 20 interests, one, or even maybe none of them will work out. Similarity to Astro Teller’s video, failure is a breeding ground for success. You don’t want to take to easy road and solve all the little problems first; the hard ones (even ones that can destroy your project) are the ones that should be found and tackled first.
I one-hundred percent agree with Larry – something that you’re passionate about is super hard to achieve, and there is no doubt that you will fail trying to reach the pinnacle of your life’s career, but you can’t just give up; you are going to fight for it.
This video did give me some food for thought about my future careers, as the doctor role I’m pursuing now could very well be a placeholder for something else in the future. However, whatever I find to be my career of choice won’t be easy to achieve and I will certainly meet failure along the way.
This video is quite entertaining (jokes and all that fun stuff), as well as providing insight on career choices. I would definitely recommend this video to some of my friends who are in the same career boat as me, and I hope it gives them some food for thought on their future jobs.