Published on Sep 14, 2015
What are you passionate about? You’re told these five words hold the key to a successful career and life purpose. What if it’s the wrong question altogether? This talk turns the ubiquitous “find your passion” message on its ear.
Terri Trespicio is a branding strategist who helps visionaries, experts, entrepreneurs, and businesses communicate with power and precision across media platforms. She consults with a wide range of experts, everyone from surgeons and social media celebs to startups and brand managers.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
COMMENTS • 2,173
Chelsea Samantha7 months ago
“Passion is not a job, a sport, or a hobby. It is the full force of your attention and energy that you give to whatever is right in front of you. And if you’re so busy looking for this passion, you could miss opportunities that change your life. You could also miss out on a great love. Because that’s what happens when you have tunnel vision, trying to find the one.”
Matt Stone8 months ago
Man, she is really passionate about not being passionate!
Manon Lemieux8 months ago
Worst job interview question “where do you see yourself in five years?”
Juliana Silva11 months ago
Thank God someone finally admitted that this whole “Do what you love” thing is elitist.
MrocznyTechnik11 months ago
No passion for clean glass? You broke my heard already. I LOVE clean glass.
Nelster7 months ago
1)Relax and don’t freak out about not having a passion
2)try different things, put your skills to good use
3)eventually you will find your life purpose
Jay Rich8 months ago
stop reading the comments and do something!
Chanson9 months ago
I love how realistic this video is, glad that people adress this. Strongly believe that romanticism damaged society in a few ways, this is one of them.
Snowspin10 months ago
This Tedx in short: 1. Screw passion 2. Do, don’t think
shailendra singh10 months ago
you can’t choose passion, passion is doing what u love.
CurlyHairedJew11 months ago
most uninspiring ted talk i’ve ever seen.
Al Dente10 months ago
I’m a firm believer in Joseph Campbell’s advice to follow your bliss. Ms. Trespicio wasn’t following her passion or bliss when she was sitting at home waiting for an epiphany about her life purpose. I’m sure she knew something that was special to her but she didn’t have the courage to pursue it because she didn’t think it was was good enough. Campbell wrote that when we follow our bliss that the universe opens up for us and that even when things don’t work out the way we planned (in fact they usually don’t) somehow they work out well. I know that when I followed my bliss everything seemed to somehow work out but when I lived according to everyone else’s expectations I quickly found myself in a rut and miserable.
Aaron Hays1 year ago
There really should be an easier way to begin college. Choosing the one job you will have the rest of your life is not a decision for an 18 year old, or anyone really.s
Frank Jackson9 months ago
Well.. I mean… I like Youtube.
Super Nova11 months ago
But I love clean glass…
Jasmine Jackson8 months ago
She was literally one of the best Ted guests I’ve seen. Very intriguing, had my eyes glued to the screen the entire time.
orlz assul8 months ago
It seems like she is saying dont go crazy breaking your head trying to figure out what your passion is…itll come to you eventually…
Sandra Knight1 year ago
In my twenties, my Dad said to me, “When are you going to settled down and do ONE thing?” I knew then my passion was to experience life, the EXPERIENCE WAS my goal and passion. I tried to explain this but my parent’s generation cannot compute this philososphy.
pmcc1219 months ago (edited)
This is the worst Ted talk I’ve ever watched. This woman is just another mouthpiece for the establishment. What’s elitist is insisting that no one could actually enjoy washing windows for a living. But she’s right, pursuing anything you’re actually interested in or “passionate” about is nonsensical. Focus your entire life on money and sell shitty jewelry to your friends so you can get a free trip to the Bahamas. What a joke.
Stephanie Amani8 months ago
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I PUT A LIKE ON THIS VIDEO SO IT ACTUALLY REFLECTS HOW MUCH I LOVED THE SPEECH OH GOSH!! GREAT SPEECH