Deciding what to do with your life — vocational counselors

The man who blogs as “Smart Ass Cripple:”

Following your heart doesn’t always lead to glamour and prosperity. . . . But when you follow your heart, whatever happens at least you know where you stand. If you decide to play it safe and sell shoes, you might become a highly-decorated shoe seller. But you’ll always wonder if you might have been a great cellist. But if you try to become a great cellist, win or lose, you won’t wonder if you might have been a great shoe seller.


About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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2 Responses to Deciding what to do with your life — vocational counselors

  1. hortonw says:

    Baloney. There are plenty of people who pursued their passion in the arts, sports, chess, whatever, who later in life regret not pursuing some better-paying line of work. Let’s at least admit that many such people really would like to have a lot more money even if they are less clear about exactly what path they might have chosen to get there.

  2. Guy N. Texas says:

    I understand SAC to be saying that you should have the courage to follow your heart first, and you should give it your best shot. If it doesn’t work out — and if it’s artsy, it probably won’t — there’s still time to sign up for dental school. He is not saying that following your heart is a guarantee of anything at all, other than the ability to look yourself in the mirror without flinching. It’s a risk – reward thing. Reasonable people analyze it differently.

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