Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Scott Galloway's Secret To Success: Don't Follow Your Passion. Become A Tax Lawyer.

Scott Galloway (NYU):

The worst advice given to young people is ... follow your passion. What utter bull****. If someone tells you to follow your passion, that means they're already rich. ...

Nobody grows up thinking I'm passionate about tax law. But the best tax lawyers in this nation fly private and have a much broader selection of mates than they deserve. And they get to do interesting things which, by the way, makes them passionate about tax law.

Prof. Galloway Career Advice:


(Hat Tip: Steve Rosenthal.)

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Aw man, where were you in the early '80s when I got talked into getting a PhD. Shoulda gone to law school and been a star!

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Jan 1, 2021 2:01:35 PM

Steve Jobs commencement address at Stanford in 2005 is a perfect example of the great error Prof. Galloway has identified.

Posted by: Joseph W. Mooney | Dec 30, 2020 8:21:37 AM

This is sound advice. The "follow your passion" meme has led to a lot of mischief and unhappiness. Discerning one's natural talents and then identifying the career options that best align with those talents is wise and prudent.

Posted by: Michael T Petrik | Dec 29, 2020 7:14:34 AM