“Do What You Love” Can Be Terrible Career Advice | IvyExec by Ryan Clements

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Most of us are now familiar with Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address to the graduating class of Stanford University.

The first time I heard it I was entertained and inspired. It seemed like he was talking directly to me when he said, “you’ve got to find what you love.” This advice was really thought provoking at the time, as I was then working as a very unfulfilled corporate lawyer.

While in many cases this simple charge of finding what we love is enough to permanently place us on the path of career empowerment, sometimes this advice doesn’t work, and can leave us feeling confused. In fact, in other cases, doing what you love can actually be terrible career advice.

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