Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

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.”

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