I chose Larry Smith’s talk, “Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career.” I chose this talk because I found the title interesting and I thought it might help me with my future plans. When I first read the title, I thought it had a negative, pessimistic tone, which made me wonder what it was about. I was also curious as to why Larry Smith thinks that people aren’t likely to have a great career.
I agreed with Larry Smith’s reasoning about why people fail and that it is because people are afraid to pursue their passions and settle for safe alternatives, like focusing on their family and friends. I also agreed with his opinion on taking chances and how you won’t be able to succeed if you don’t. I agree with what Larry said because I’ve heard people say they have a passion for something, yet it is not the career they pursued.
I really didn’t disagree with anything in the talk. I thought he had valid points about everything he talked about in relation to failing when pursuing a career.
The talk did make me reflect on my future, but I probably won’t change my mind about the programs I applied to for university. I did apply to programs I am interested in, but they aren’t my passion. I know I will be successful in my career even though Larry Smith would consider it a failure as it is not my true passion.
I would definitely recommend this talk to a friend as it makes a lot of sense and there is truth in everything Larry says. He talks about people’s fears and how those fears will cause them to fail in life. His theory of the importance of pursuing your passion is very interesting and he teaches you how to deal with that when you are a parent. I am sure that my friends would find this talk relatable and inspirational, as I did.