Some unsolicited advice for the ‘yoots’ of America


It’s that time of year again, when graduates who are about to enter a poor job market are first forced to endure boring graduation ceremony speakers.

It’s also the time of year when columnists offer unsolicited advice to these graduates (and the rest of us), via the media. This year, I chose to use my column at The Week to join in this noble tradition.

Here’s an excerpt:

Being successful is hard enough even if you’re doing something you’re naturally good at. The demands of success — the hours of time spent mastering a career — mean that you probably won’t stick with something you don’t enjoy doing long enough to achieve anything meaningful. Even if you do stick with it, your heart won’t be in it.

But life is holistic, and while [Psychologist Angela] Duckworth’s advice is really about choosing a career, the “choose easy, work hard” axiom is just as true when it comes to relationships. You can have a good career, but be miserable at home. And often your home life can infect your work life. (As Seinfeld predicted, if “independent George meets relationship George he will kill relationship George!”)

Read the whole thing here.

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