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Why you will fail to have a great career | Larry Smith | TEDxUW

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Throughout his three-decade career here at the University of Waterloo, Larry Smith has inspired legions of students to take up the mantle of economics with his passionate and homespun tales of economic wizardry. A renowned story-teller, teacher and youth leadership champion, Larry has also coached and mentored countless numbers of students on start-up business management and career development strategies.

Having taught introductory microeconomics, macroeconomics and entrepreneurship classes, he recently celebrated assigning his 29,000th grade earlier this year.

Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Larry has also coached several of his former students to help them position and develop their businesses, the most famous of which is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the revolutionary BlackBerry wireless mobile smartphone. Larry also sits on the advisory panels of start-ups to provide his guidance on financing and negotiation with investors and venture capitalists.

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21 Kommentare

  1. Natasha Taylor sagt:

    I love his passion.

  2. Archer Buckhout sagt:

    I quit my job, sold everything and moved out of the US, to gain the skills needed to pursue my risky dream, all because of the catalyst of this very TED talk.

  3. short journey sagt:

    I’m not going to give up no matter what other people say. They say that I need to take this path or that, but I decide what path I take. I’m right. I will prove myself, and even if I fail, I will not regret, at least I did pursue my passion.

  4. Johnathan Dupree sagt:

    Wow.. what a phenomenal speech. I need this.

  5. ink and toast sagt:

    What is this mad little hamster shouting at me for?

  6. Dmitry Rogozhin sagt:

    I would like to reach an expert level in bone pathology. This video is very honest, because sometimes we afraid to tell ourself about that. I mean the statement about passion of your favorite job that really fascinate you completely.

  7. Sonima Trisal sagt:

    if you don’t follow your passion because of the fear of failure… you have already failed

  8. Lyrics Factory sagt:

    Consistency. Consistency. Consistency. Start. Keep going. Too many give up right before success.

  9. Donnie Black sagt:

    this guy failed…..

  10. Thaly Rissi sagt:

    I always watch this in moments of weakness. Thank you.

  11. Sukhbir Sekhon sagt:

    Great talk but like most Ted talks you’ll forget it in 10 mind and get on with your life.

  12. Suzanne Ardolino sagt:

    Love this guy! Makes so much sense. Great advice!!!

  13. Spencer Alger sagt:

    What is defined as „great“ career? High pay? Or love for it? Or both? Because my passion would have me maybe making $40,000 a year

  14. Monil Soni sagt:

    The guy seems pissed off. I guess he did not have a great career.

  15. Moncef Aitbelkacem sagt:

    hhhhhh he is really persuasive

  16. I only want to make enough money and retire early and easy.
    so what do I do?

  17. Homunculus-Game sagt:

    in the rainbow of euphoria, this guy is beige

  18. Barry Bliss sagt:

    Absolutely brilliant TED talk.

  19. Rinoa Super-Genius sagt:

    Its kinda funny how most of these talks are aimed towards rich kids, lol

  20. Burru2000 sagt:

    Brittany Renee you are super intelligent

  21. Brittany Renee sagt:

    This speech is for people with trust funds xD lol

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