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The Best Career Advice You’ll Never Hear in a Graduation Speech

“Follow your passion” is the stupidest career advice I’ve ever heard. Why? Because my passion in life is for singing bad karaoke. My friend Dodgy Dave’s passion is for dealing crack cocaine. Some of my friends have many passions. Most of my friends have none.
“Do what you’re good at” is better, but still stupid. It gets things the wrong way around. For almost all activities, being “good at” something is the result of thousands of hours of practice and learning (pdf). In choosing a career, you’re almost always making the decision about what to become good at, not the other way around.
How, then, should you find a job you’ll love?
Here’s my slogan: ”Do something valuable.”
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theatlantic:

The Best Career Advice You’ll Never Hear in a Graduation Speech

“Follow your passion” is the stupidest career advice I’ve ever heard. Why? Because my passion in life is for singing bad karaoke. My friend Dodgy Dave’s passion is for dealing crack cocaine. Some of my friends have many passions. Most of my friends have none.

“Do what you’re good at” is better, but still stupid. It gets things the wrong way around. For almost all activities, being “good at” something is the result of thousands of hours of practice and learning (pdf). In choosing a career, you’re almost always making the decision about what to become good at, not the other way around.

How, then, should you find a job you’ll love?

Here’s my slogan: ”Do something valuable.”

Read more. [Image: Getty]

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As a culture, we love consulting consumer guidebooks and lists for a shortcut method to choosing electronics and cars, but the college search requires a more personalized approach. It can’t be reduced to rankings with numerical values when it requires a thoughtful self-inventory, starting with determining a student’s motivation for attending college: their needs and desires, learning styles and interests, and the community of learners of which they envision being a part.
College Is a Journey, Not a Destination from the New York Times

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