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Don’t Do What Makes You Happy, Do What Makes You Great


Commencement speeches are going viral as usual. This is a very good one we wanted to share with you. It’s from one of the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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Two things we wanted to point out:

1) Take a risk in the right direction: He talks about taking risks to pursue a dream, which we all know is required. We’ve heard it before. But he adds to this by talking about taking risk in the right direction. He was offered a job in Boston that he felt unqualified for (a risk). His other choice was to move to NY to pursue acting (another risk, but one that would move him further along towards his dream of being an actor in some ways.) Ask yourself-which risk is the right one? Which one will move me further towards my dream but not hang me out to dry and be too big of a risk? At the time he could figure out a way to live in NYC for a bit, he was young and single.

2) A simple thing to remember – don’t do what makes you happy, do what makes you great: I think along the way to pursuing a dream, including our dream job, there are things we’ll have to do to make it happen that don’t make us happy. But we have to do them in order to move forward. It’s the blood, sweat and tears part of achieving your goal that is almost always required – but worth it in the end.

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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