You will fail to have a great career unless…

You’re going to fail at having a good career, Larry Smith says passionately. Why? Because there are now only either great jobs or high-stress, blood-sucking, soul-destroying jobs – no “good” ones.

If you want a great career, you have to peruse your passion and dreams. Yet, so many people decide not to do this, despite countless desires to do so.

This talk, both funny and blunt from TEDxUW, Larry Smith “pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions”.

One of many parts that stuck out was Smith sharing that, “When I was 5, I was a genius, but my professors have beaten that idea out of my head long since”. Although the audience laughs, I think it’s horrible how so many kids ideas and passions are shut down by parents, society and stereotypes they’re conformed to. These are missed opportunities.

Want to get a job and work hard? Society and your employer will let you work hard – but will that make you happy? Smith says the evidence is against it.

Even most people that find their passion fail because they continue to create new excuses on why not to peruse it. I don’t plan on being one of these people – I plan to continue per suing my passions and not locking myself into a job or situation that’s repetitive and doesn’t allow for continued growth and creativity.

It’s not just about pursuing your interests – it’s pursuing your passion. Passion is the key. Passion is the thing that helps you “create the highest expression of your talent”.

Don’t be afraid to try, don’t be afraid to fail.

Watch Larry Smith’s “Why you will fail to have a great career” from TEDxUW