ᴅᴀᴠɪᴅ ᴘᴇʀᴇʟʟ ✌ @david_perell "The Writing Guy" | Host of the North Star Podcast: perell.com/podcast | Writing at perell.com/ | Teaching at writeofpassage.school/ Jan. 10, 2020 1 min read

Growing up, I worked hard in school only so I wouldn’t get in trouble.

I wish somebody had said: “The goal is to become hyper-competent in a skill you enjoy and improves the world — that also pays well.”

Work hard as a kid, so you can enjoy your work as an adult.

I’ve had lots of difficult conversations in the past few weeks with friends who don’t like their jobs.

They’re burnt out — at 25!

Meanwhile, I’ve watched my hardest working friends accept jobs that ignite their spirit.

And since they’re competent, they work on their own terms.

Too many of our top people aren't putting their differentiated skill-sets to work.

They graduate from the best schools in the world only to burn their attention on standardized checklists and corporate politics that resemble a high school cafeteria.


You can follow @david_perell.


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