Here is the full transcript of 80,000 Hours’ co-founder Benjamin Todd’s TEDx Talk presentation: To Find Work You Love, Don’t Follow Your Passion at TEDxYouth@Tallinn conference.
Listen to the MP3 Audio: To find work you love, don’t follow your passion by Benjamin Todd at TEDxYouth@Tallinn
When I graduated from University, I didn’t know what career I wanted to choose. I had a lot of interests, but which interest should I pursue and try and turn into a job?
So, back then, I was really interested in martial arts. Here is me. But I didn’t want to turn that into a career; here’s my face.
I was really interested in — and I was studying philosophy, but one of the philosophers I most enjoyed reading, late at night, in my dorm room, recently said: “Philosophy is a bunch of empty ideas”. And there’s no jobs in philosophy, anyway. So that was out.
Being a slightly weird kid, I was really interested in investing and finance, and I had even taken a portion of the small savings I had and invested them into gold when I was a teenager.
Now, I knew that following the finance root would be a really well-paid career, but I was wondering, like, maybe I wouldn’t make as much difference as I could in that, it wouldn’t help society. So in the end it wouldn’t really be that fulfilling.