(Video) Why you will fail to have a great career

THOSE trying to have good careers are going to fail, because good jobs are now disappearing. So people looking for good jobs are going to fail.

There are great jobs and great careers, and then there are the high-workload, high-stress, bloodsucking, soul-destroying kinds of jobs. The problem is practically nothing in-between, said Larry Smith, Professor of Economics, University of Waterloo.

He is an advocate for youth leadership, and he has 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.

"I want to talk about those looking for great jobs, great careers, and why you're going to fail. First reason is that no matter how many times people tell you," he said.

"If you want a great career, you have to pursue your passion, you have to pursue your dreams, you have to pursue the greatest fascination in your life, you hear it again and again, and then you decide not to do it."

Smith said we are afraid if we look for our passion and don't find it, we would feel like an idiot. "So then you make excuses about why you're not going to look for your passion. They are excuses, ladies and gentlemen," he said.

"We're going to go through a whole long list — your creativity in thinking of excuses not to do what you really need to do if you want to have a great career."

So, what do we do? Smith shared his insight on this predicament which many of us face.

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