Scott Galloway is an American advertising theorist. He is an adjunct professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business. He is a public speaker, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur.
On May 22, 2019, Professor Scott Galloway discussed his new book, The Algebra of Happiness, with Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News correspondent.
Buscarcole.com transcribes some of Scott Galloway's insightful and thought-provoking quotes.
We invite two types of people to universities to speak, or business schools. Super interesting and successful people or billonaires.
For some reason, we've decided that billionaires just have insight around life and they often times finish their conversation with what I think is some of the worst advice given to young people.
Does anyone wanna guess what it is? ¡Follow your passion!
What utter bullshit! If someone tells you to follow your passion, it means they're already rich. And typically, the guy on stage telling you to follow your passion made his billions in iron or smelting.
This is your job, your job is to find something you're good at, and then spend thousands of hours and apply the grit and the perseverance and the sacrifice and the willingness to break through hard thing to become great at it.
Because once you're great at something the economic accoutrements are being great at something, the prestige, the relevance, the camaraderie, the self-worth of being great will make you passionate about whatever it is.
No one grows up thinking "I'm passionate about tax law" but the best tax lawyers in this nation fly private and have a much broader selection of mates than they deserve. Then they get to do interesting things...which, by the way, makes them passionate about tax law.
And here's the problem with believing you shoud follow your passion, work is hard, and when you run into obstacles and you face injustice —which is a common guaranteed attribute of the workplace, injustice—, you'll start thinking: "I'm not loving this. This is upsetting and hard. It must not be my passion."
That is not the right litmust test.
Do your passions on weekends. Be a DJ.
Jay-Z followed his passion and he is a billionaire.
Again, assume you are not Jay-Z.
If you would like to listen the conversation, here it is.