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  • John Foster

    Megan McArdle at The Atlantic has a good caveat today to Jobs’ “Follow Your Bliss”:

  • ms

    I listened to Jobs’ speech online and liked it, but I’m not entirely sure his follow-your-passion advice is best for every young person. Sure, Jobs was brilliant and creative. We have all benefitted from his contributions, but everyone is not the same. Many less brilliant people do all kinds of work that perhaps isn’t creative or even that satisfying, but nevertheless needs to be done. Hopefully most people follow a passion in some aspect of their lives, but it might very well be a hobby and not the way you make a living. The point is that Steve Jobs’ path was one way to live a life, but not the path for most of us, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Jimmy J.

    As a student, I studied petroleum geology because it was a profession that took one out of doors. I was not that good at it. When I went into the Navy to fulfill my military obligation, the Navy needed pilots. Because of the needs of the service I ended up in flight training and discovered my calling. Thirty-eight years as a pilot. It never seemed like a job. Not everyone is as fortunate, but everyone should take pride in doing whatever their abilities allow them to do that earns their daily bread.

    Now in the twilight of life, I have come to the realization that very few of us make as big a difference in the scheme of things as Steve Jobs did. However, each person who works to improve his lot and that of his family and friends is an important cog in the wheel of life and is what keeps the wheels of our society turning. No one who does his/her best at their job is unimportant.

    Retirement has been a joy because I have had the time to try to learn much more about everything. So much to learn, so little time. It keeps me occupied. Would that I had been this curious as a student. Making up for lost time now.

  • Jim.

    The lesson here is that *having* passion, and being able to apply it to your work, is what makes life stories like Jobs’ possible.

    Being cool, “having a life”, taking it easy, not being so obsessive — these are far more destructive pieces of advice than most people realize.

    New frontiers are created by the obsessively interested. Once that level of fascination is achieved, difficult and incredibly important things follow easily — scrupulous attention to detail, the will to work long hours, the desire to go above and beyond.

    The answer is not “follow your passion”. The answer is “Be passionate.”

  • RedWell

    Mead’s last paragraph says it all: “if you are lucky.”

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