Summary of No Fears, No Excuses

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Economics professor Larry Smith became famous when he gave a provocative TedX talk called “Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career.” The title of Smith’s speech lacked a crucial word: “unless” – as in, “unless you are willing to pursue your dream job.” During the past 30 years, Smith has counseled 23,000 students on career goals. His advice: Figure out the career you’re most passionate about – and go after it, full speed. Although he takes the risk of putting passion ahead of practicality – such as advising you to seek a new job if your current employer doesn’t value innovation – his goal is to help you land the perfect position for you. His advice proves mostly smart and sensible. getAbstract recommends Smith’s approach to those who seek their ideal calling and who want to receive a paycheck to pursue it.

About the Author

Larry Smith is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He presented the viral TedX talk, “Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career.” His career recognitions include the university’s Distinguished Teacher Award.


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