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Ben Carlson: Useless Career Advice

FYI: It’s hard to get useful career advice because finding a job you love is impossible for some and a combination of luck, skill, timing, and who you know for others.

There also aren’t many sources available to offer advice who have thought long and hard about this topic. So most career guidance revolves around platitudes and fortune cookie sayings that sound good in theory but offer zero help in practice.

I don’t have all the answers but I do think it can help to understand which career advice you can safely ignore so as to not waste your time “following your dreams” and such.

Here are some of the worst offenders in terms of useless career advice:

Follow your passion. The folks over at 80,000 hours tallied up the number of times “follow your passion” has been written in a book since 1975:
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