“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, 
And we never even know we have the key.
” –Lyrics from Already Gone, performed by the Eagles for their 1974 On the Border album

Do you know what you should be doing to go after your passion for acting, but you’re having a tough time applying yourself? Listening to bespectacled economist Larry Smith is like being chewed out by your grandpa for your patchwork of higgledy-piggledy ideas about life, and why you’re ultimately going to squander your dreams. Maybe you’re too lazy to give your greatest aspirations your all, maybe you’re afraid to embarrass yourself, or never even get started because you’re afraid you will fail. Whatever your reasons, he calls out his audiences on their cockamamie excuses in his talk called Why you will fail to have a great career.

If you’re someone who is most motivated by reverse psychology, then Smith is your kind of guy. He’ll fire up your passion because you’ll want to prove him wrong. Even if you don’t like his slant, his talk might get you listening more closely to your inner voice, and help you gain insight as to why you should challenge it more often.

What is acting to you? If you won the lottery and were financially secure, would you still vehemently seek it? If you were to ask your family and closest friends what they think you are most passionate about, would they say acting?

If you have listened to Steve Jobs’ Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish commencement speech a number of times, but still find yourself not taking action on behalf of your own dreams in life, you’re certainly not alone. But with all the obstacles you face each day, it’s important not to allow your passions to be extinguished. Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love–not just have a lukewarm interest in–and then go for them. Click here to hear Larry chew you out. And here’s to your smoldering dreams!

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