Don’t Pursue Your Passion? (With Jim Hood) [PODCAST #646]

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Part Three of the Test Drive Your Future college and career guidance series.

In the previous episode we covered some questions we'd love to see more young people ask themselves:
- Have you ever stopped to reflect on how you became who you are? To question your values, beliefs, where they came from?
- Once you stop to think about it, is that what you really want? Or who you really are?

Today, we discuss how applying self-discovery to career can actually be a serious misstep for young people.

It's the familiar debate between passion and practicality. And while I say you ultimately want to be following your passions, you can't always start there.

As Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe says
"Take your passion with you, but don’t follow it around. Instead, follow opportunity.”

Jim Hood is a father, entrepreneur, eventual autodidact, and a School Sucks listener. He and his wife Beth are also authors of a book called Test Drive Your Future, which has now evolved into an online course.

If you are a self-educating teen or the parent of any teen with college and career decisions on the horizon, it's worth your time (and financial security) to check out their work.

The course focuses on helping teens choose a college and career path that fits their skills and talents, avoids massive student debt, and helps them stay interested, inspired and growing.

Here's the link: Test Drive Your Future

Jim joins SSP as a monthly correspondent, helping us keep our ear to the street on this college and career (or lack thereof) crisis so many young people face. Jim and I both entered college at the same time, both on autopilot, and we're now committed to helping others avoid our mistakes.

The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available.

Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation.

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