I came across this Ted Talk by Larry Smith about career, the importance of failure and how indispensable it becomes as you succeed more in life. I have watched a plenty of videos, loved a lot of them but this one, made me trip and fall all over, there is a list of excerpts some of which I have paraphrased, but I suggest you watch the first three mins for me, if you are not impressed, you can shout at me all you want, I promise I am not going to spam the comment ;).
Here is a list of reasons we all give for not going after what we want and how we rationalize them…
– People who have a great career are geniuses, they are special, they have something in them which I don’t! We all have those geniuses in us. At a point in this video, Larry says – “When I was 5, I thought I was a genius, but my professors have beaten that idea out of me long since ;)”. I guess we all let our lives be decided by so many external factors that we forget the most important one in them, US.
But I am not weird!
Every great achiever in the world is weird, they have done some things which a normal person wouldn’t do. I am not a different person like that! I am a very simple, very straightforward person, I can’t have something great unless I am weird! What I am going to do instead is this ->
I have a solution – My mommy and daddy told me
-This is what all our seniors have told us over and over again Work hard -> good career, work really really hard -> Great career.. Well if you want to work really really really hard, the world is ready to give it to you :). But that is not going to mean that you are going to have a great career!
I have an interest
– Your interest and passion are not the same – Will you go to the person you want to marry and say – “Marry me cos I find you really interesting?” You’ll need plenty interests and only one of them transforms into a passion.
You’ll find your passion, you will still fail
– Cos you have invented a new excuse and this excuse which I have heard more than often “I value human relations more and I will not sacrifice those for a great career!”. Stop using this as human shield as a rationalization!
I had a dream once too, BUT…
– Watch this video from 10:45 to 12:15, this is THE BEST part! 🙂 and that is going to answer everything we just talked about here..