Nell’ ormai strafamoso discorso a Stanford, SJ insiste sul concetto di “never settles”: insegui il tuo sogno (e non scendere mai a compromessi). E’ una buona strategia? C’ è chi ritiene che serva più che altro a segnalare (magari bleffando) il proprio talento.
Now try to imagine a world where eri averyone actually tried to follow this advice. And notice that we have an awful lot of things that need doing which are unlikely to be anyone’s dream job. So a few folks would be really happy, but most everyone else wouldn’t stay long on any job, and most stuff would get done pretty badly. Not a pretty scenario.
Now notice: doing what you love, and never settling until you find it, is a costly signal of your career prospects. Since following this advice tends to go better for really capable people, they pay a smaller price for following it. So endorsing this strategy in a way that makes you more likely to follow it is a way to signal your status.
Dopo la stoccata, l’ omaggio:
I once thought his success was mostly a matter of luck. Anyone can be at the right place at the right time.
But then he did it again.
He was my only hero.