Published on Mar 26, 2015
Mainstream career advice tells us to “follow our passion”, but this advice is dead wrong. Research shows that people who take this approach are ultimately no more likely to enjoy or excel at their jobs. Instead, if you’re looking for a fulfilling career, here’s a new slogan to live by: Do what’s valuable.
Benjamin Todd is the co-founder and Executive Director of 80,000 Hours, an Oxford-based charity dedicated to helping people find fulfilling careers that make a real difference.
In three years, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society to a thriving charity featured on the BBC, the Washington Post, NPR and more, and whose online careers guide has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.
Benjamin Todd on heategevusorganisatsiooni 80 000 Hours kaasasutaja, nende eesmärk on aidata inimesi, kes tahavad suurendada oma karjääri positiivset mõju maailmale.
Ben on juhtinud 80 000 Hoursi kasvu kolme aasta jooksul tudengiorganisatsioonist Oxfordi heategevusorganisatsiooniks, mida on mainitud nii BBC, Washington Post ja NPR jt.meediaväljaannetes. Ben on õppinud Oxfordis füüsikat ja filosoofiat, avaldanud kirjutisi kliimafüüsika teemal ja räägib hiina keelt.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
COMMENTS • 2,692
N.A10 months ago
INCOMING: existential crisis!
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Hubert cumberdale8 months ago
Doing what’s valuable is the same as following your passion a lot of times.
Samyah mh1 month ago
sorry, but what worked for him doesn’t mean it will for everyone
passion is NOT like interests
if you are passionate about something you will be willing to go all the way, and make all the sacrifices and i think thats enough to get you GOOD at it and eventually succeed
Nicken0o08 months ago
I cried when i saw the title. My passion is art. My work? I don’t have work. So I’m lost, actually.
ninabeach17 months ago
sleeping seems the only thing i love doing, im thinking to launch a career around that, mattress/pillow tester for start, anyone hiring?x
Best Mentalism1 year ago (edited)
martial arts and philosophy were the 2 main interests of another guy: Bruce Lee, and then he matched it with what was valuable for people: movies, and he became a true legend. I believe it’s a question of balance, you have to find what you are interested in and then how you can use it to bring value to others.
Deniz Gül7 months ago
My passion is science and technology, lucky me
Andreas Wijaya3 months ago
Sorry to say, but this is incredibly stupid.yes, you heard me right. STUPID. I’ve seen countless people giving up on their passion after doing ‘some’ effort they consider as full effort. Blaming that ‘there is no market for it’ or any other made-up logical-like excuses afterwards. The thing is, what would you consider as an effort? It is all about perspective, you might think you already did your best, while in fact you could actually try or think harder. The thing about passion is, they bring the best out of you. I can’t really explain it in words, but real passion does actually do wonder for you. Whatever your passion is, i do believe that if you become (or create something) one of the best or fulfill some needs in a certain niche, you will be succesful. Even if there is no market for it, create one. A message for the guy in the video: ” if your passion doesn’t bring you success, then you aren’t passionate at all in the first place”. General rule of thumb is: How bad do you want it?
Lisa Gehrig6 months ago
how are you supposed to get better in something you have no interests in? Isn’t that depressing if you spend your whole life doing something boring
Elizabeth Juntilla2 months ago
Ian Gilbert9 months ago
Following your passion is fine, if you’re good at it and if there’s a market for it.
Corey Pressler1 month ago
Look, don’t try to learn life lessons from someone who has barely lived….
Shabaka TV4 weeks ago (edited)
Talk Summary: do something that you dont like and when you see that what you are doing is helping people out you will become happy. absolute bs! and by the way idiot passions doesnt change when years passby, more new passions are added up in addition to your existing passions.
Wahaha Chao1 month ago
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robins, Jim Rhon and Brian Tracy will disagree with this video.
SirCouchus8 months ago
No sense in following your passion because everyone hates their jobs eventually anyway. Just go for something that pays well and do your passions in your spare time
XXTALEN9 months ago
Fuck it. I’m going for it anyway.
eyadamo silimato5 months ago
Just kill that guy, he’s fucking idiot
Mr XTC6 months ago
To sum up what this guy is saying in a few words; we should all be care workers.
Mayne i Am1 month ago
So basically don’t dream. Don’t try. Just accept that most of us are mediocre and that’s life.