No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career


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Mariner Books
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5.2 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

LARRY SMITH is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo. He has won several awards in his tenure, including the University of Waterloo's Distinguished Teacher Award. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.


"Smith, a consultant and adjunct professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, believes that everyone can feel a sense of passion about work. He uses the book as a platform to address the many questions that have arisen from his much-watched TEDx video, "Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career." His advice, distilled from around 30,000 career statements collected through the years, centers on discovering one's passion. This can be difficult, but Smith offers up a series of steps to help, such as recognizing the distinction between passions and interests and initiating the "great sampling"--a process that includes reading widely, talking with people with varied interests, and thinking rigorously. Smith also shows how to draw up a career plan, prepare for the job market, and "sell yourself by selling your ideas." He concludes with a transformative section on confronting the titular fears and excuses that is challenging and highly valuable. Smith convincingly shows how individuals of any age and in any industry can chart a course to a great career by drawing on prior success stories." --Publishers Weekly

"Most people know Larry Smith via his renowned economics lectures, or via his immensely popular TEDx talk. There are a lucky few of us to whom Larry has provided personal career guidance; earth-shattering conversations that make you look at the working world anew. I am overjoyed that Larry is now sharing his incredible insight with all who aspire to make their mark." --Mike Jutan, Disney/Lucasfilm

"When I was in engineering school, Larry's advice to me was to do work that I love. If you choose to do work that you think you "should" do--and you are competing with people who love what they do--you will fail." --Barbara Adey, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

"Have you ever had a conversation with someone about your life that leaves you feeling so elated that you have goosebumps? This is a typical result of how I feel after chatting with Larry." --M. Azam Javed, Tesla

"Larry inspires us to take action against a formula for failure. His perspective on the competitive nature of the modern economy will drive you to create your own success." --Hiro Dozono, Facebook

"The conversations I had with Professor Smith helped me prioritize my career ambitions in a way that was dramatically effective for my self-development." --Ryan Westlake, Amazon

"It is perhaps all too easy to make wrong turns in one's career and to never experience the thrill of realizing your boldest dreams. My conversations with Larry Smith were instrumental in avoiding such a fate." --Dimitriy Tomilovskiy, Bloomberg

"Had it not been for the time I was able to spend with Professor Smith during my university years gaining his advice on career success, I would not be where I am today. Capturing this in a book is a gift to all." --Mike McCauley, Google