In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions. (Filmed at TEDxUW.)
A professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love.
Why you should listen to him:
Larry Smith is a professor of economics at University of Waterloo. A well-known storyteller and advocate for youth leadership, he has also mentored many of his students on start-up business management and career development. The most notable start-up he advised in its infancy is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry.
“What you see in the TED Talk is essentially thirty years of Smith’s frustrations reaching a boiling point,” wrote Carmine Gallo in Forbes. “’Wasted talent is a waste I cannot stand,’ Smith told me.”