Why You Will Fail to Have A Great Career

Ted Talk Speaker Larry Smith. Photo credit: Ted.com
Ted Talk Speaker Larry Smith. Photo credit: Ted.com

I only have time for a quick post today as there are only hours left in our spring semester, but this was on my mind.

If you’re like me and you love learning, you may be addicted to the Ted Talks at Ted.com. I’ve found these 15-30 minute speeches on a variety of topics educational, thought-provoking, and persuasive. There’s a certain sense you get when you’re watching them that they are uniquely Ted–they are uniquely asking you to consider something.

As a final exam in our magazine class, I asked two pointed questions. The first was about Larry’s Smith’s notion regarding his thoughts on “Why You Will Fail to Have A Great Career.” The second was one about the class itself.

I feel a great sense of satisfaction after watching Mr. Smith speak. In all avenues in my life, I have pursued my passions. I will not look back on my life and say, “If only I had…” Additionally, by reading some of the student responses, I know they thought about this. It’s worth mulling over as they are about to graduate. As well, it’s a good video for anyone not currently in love with his or her job.

Watch Mr. Smith’s memorable presentation if you have time. If anything, he will make you think not only about your own life and your own goals or passions, but those of your children as well.

To watch Mr. Smith’s 15-minute inspiring talk, click here. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. krickeyb says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I was one of the lucky students to take this Magazine Writing final on Tuesday. I have to agree with Stephanie when she says that Mr. Larry Smith will make you think about your goals and passions (including your children’s future passions)!

    1. What’s really funny is he doesn’t even talk that way in real life. It’s an exaggerated delivery.

      1. krickeyb says:

        I never would have guessed that… very interesting. I’m going to read up on him.

      2. There are a couple of YouTube videos where he’s talking normally. He’s an economics professor. Maybe he will come talk to our classes at SU.

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