Summary of Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

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Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career summary
The only obstacle standing between you and your dream career is your fear.


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As an economist, Larry Smith is familiar with dismalness. His bleak lecture delivers harsh lessons about career choices and lives wasted. Oddly, his audience nevertheless frequently punctuates his presentation with laughter and applause. Smith has perfected the art of wry, morose humor. Although Smith doesn’t elaborate on his idea that good jobs have all but disappeared, getAbstract recommends his quirky, offbeat oration to anyone deciding on a career move or to those with regrets about their chosen path.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why most people won’t achieve great careers,
  • Why you should follow your passion, and
  • What excuses you tell yourself to avoid following your dreams.


Most people will fail to have a great career or even a good career. In recent years, good jobs have all but disappeared. What’s left is just a handful of great jobs and an ever-increasing number of “high-workload, high-stress, bloodsucking, soul-destroying” jobs.

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About the Speaker

Larry Smith is a professor of economics at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has advised numerous start-ups, including Research in Motion, which created the Blackberry.

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