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What about the job market?

While I see the validity of Robinson's talk, I am concerned that if we encourage the youth to pursue artsy careers they may end up in financial trouble. I am currently a freshman in college and I see firsthand that the majors such as dance, music, etc., are extremely hard to become successful in. The best paying jobs lie within engineering, technology, and mathematics.

Questions to consider: Can there be a balance between academics and arts? Is fulfilling your passion more important than financial security?

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    Mar 6 2013: I think the frame work you want to think within is about goals not as much your life's purpose, as this can be ambiguous.

    Goals are concrete that you can aim at.
    • Mar 6 2013: Pat you make a good point. But what if you set a goal such as being the next Picasso?
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        Mar 6 2013: A goal like that seems like it is more about being interesting than interested?

        What about setting a goal based on your interest and steps that will get you closer to that goal? What steps have to be taken how many hours do you have to practice in order to improve. Remember it takes 10,000 hours of practice to get good at something. This is REAL work not posturing but actually DOING the work in order to achieve the goal.

        In other words set yourself up to succeed and win, follow your genuine interest leave being interesting to others.

        Stephen Jobs made the comment that one of the most useful classes he took was in calligraphy and how it influenced his thinking and the Macintosh and Apple. Don't sell art short.
        • Mar 6 2013: By no means am I selling art short. In fact, I am a lover of the arts. I just feel that it is important to communicate to people exactly what you said: that in order to be successful in these careers one must put in the time and dedication necessary to make a substantial income.

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