If you find yourself daydreaming about finding a career you’re actually passionate about, you’re not alone. The following TED Talks may help you dig deeper and reveal why finding or creating a satisfying career isn’t as elusive as you think.

Why you will fail to have a great career by Larry Smith, professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Smith provides a tongue-in-cheek overview of the excuses people make for settling for a good career when they could have had a great one. He also shares how to realize the highest expression of your talent.

Why some of us don’t have one true calling by Emilie Wapnick, writer, artist and career coach. Wapnick asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and answers by suggesting that not everyone knows. If that sounds familiar, you may be what she calls a “multipotentialite.” This talk offers suggestions on how you can find satisfaction when you have a range of interests and job titles.

5 ways to kill your dreams by Bel Pesce, TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur. After being accepted to MIT and a successful run in Silicon Valley, Pesce decided to return to her home country and share her success secrets. In this talk, she discusses five reasons your dream career won’t come true.

What makes us feel good about our work? by Dan Ariely, behavioral economist and New York Times best-selling author of “Predictably Irrational.” When it comes to work satisfaction, money can only take you so far. Ariely shares results of his research, illuminating the value of meaning in work.

Source: TED

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