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  • There are only two things I can tell you today that come with absolutely no agenda.

  • The first isCongratulations.” The second isGood luck.” Everything else is what I like to call,

  • The Dirty Truth,” which is just another way of saying, “It’s my opinion.”

  • And in my opinion, you have all been given some terrible advice, and that advice, is this:

  • Follow your passion.

  • Every time I watch the Oscars, I cringe when some famous movie startrophy in handstarts to

  • deconstruct the secret of their success. It’s always the same thing:

  • Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have what it takes, kid!”; and the ever popular,

  • Never give up on your dreams!”

  • Look, I understand the importance of persistence, and the value of encouragement, but who tells

  • a stranger to never give up on their dreams, without even knowing what it is theyre dreaming?

  • I mean, how can Lady Gaga possibly know where your passion will lead you?

  • Have these people never seen American Idol?

  • Year after year, thousands of aspiring American Idols show up with great expectations,

  • only to learn that they don’t possess the skills they thought they did.

  • What’s really amazing though, is not their lack of talentthe world is full of people

  • who can’t sing. It’s their genuine shock at being rejectedthe incredible realization

  • that their passion and their ability had nothing to do with each other.

  • Look, if were talking about your hobby, by all means let your passion lead you.

  • But when it comes to making a living, it’s easy to forget the dirty truth: just because

  • youre passionate about something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it.

  • And just because youve earned a degree in your chosen field,

  • doesn't mean youre gonna find yourdream job.”

  • Dream Jobs are usually just thatdreams.

  • But their imaginary existence just might keep you from exploring careers that offer a legitimate

  • chance to perform meaningful work and develop a genuine passion for the job you already have.

  • Because here’s another Dirty Truth: your happiness on the job

  • has very little to do with the work itself.

  • On Dirty Jobs, I remember a very successful septic tank cleaner, a multi-millionaire,

  • who told me the secret to his success:

  • “I looked around to see where everyone else was headed,” he said, "And then

  • I went the opposite way. Then I got good at my work. Then I began to prosper. And then one day,

  • I realized I was passionate about other people’s crap.”

  • I’ve heard that same basic story from welders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, HVAC professionals,

  • hundreds of other skilled tradesmen who followed opportunitynot passionand prospered as a result.

  • Consider the reality of the current job market.

  • Right now, millions of people with degrees and diplomas are out there competing for a

  • relatively narrow set of opportunities that polite society callsgood careers.”

  • Meanwhile, employers are struggling to fill nearly 5.8 million jobs that nobody’s trained to do.

  • This is the skills gap, it’s real, and its cause is actually very simple:

  • when people follow their passion, they miss out on all kinds of opportunities they didn’t even know existed.

  • When I was 16, I wanted to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps. He was a skilled tradesman who

  • could build a house without a blueprint. That was my passion, and I followed it for years.

  • I took all the shop classes at school, I did all I could to absorb the knowledge and skill

  • that came so easily to my granddad.

  • Unfortunately, the handy gene is recessive. It skipped right over me, and I struggled

  • mightily to overcome my deficiencies. But I couldn’t. I was one of those contestants

  • on American Idol, who believed his passion was enough to ensure his success.

  • One day, I brought home a sconce I had made in wood-shop that looked like a paramecium.

  • After a heavy sigh, my granddad gave me the best advice I’ve ever received.

  • He told me, "Mike, you can still be a tradesman, but only if you get yourself a different kind of toolbox."

  • At the time, this felt contrary to everything I believed about the importance of "passion"

  • and persistence and "staying the course." But of course, he was right. Because

  • staying the courseonly makes sense if youre headed in a sensible direction.

  • And while passion is way too important to be without, it is way too fickle to follow around.

  • Which brings us to the final Dirty Truth. “Never follow your passion,

  • but always bring it with you.”

  • Congratulations, again - and good luck.

  • I’m Mike Rowe from mikeroweWORKS, for Prager University.

There are only two things I can tell you today that come with absolutely no agenda.


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情熱を追いかけてはいけない (Don't Follow Your Passion)

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