"The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living"
- Richard Buckminster Fuller
I've started reading Utopia for Realists and this quote got my attention. It's related to my last post about my dream life as well. At some point along the way we're all told that we need to find a serious career, to forget childish desires, and become "adults". Adulthood then becomes a process of unlearning those values and re-finding your true calling.
Another one of my favourite quotes is "What would you do if you could not fail?"
Not being able to earn a living from your passion is a fear many have. Will I be wasting my time pursuing this when I could be doing something easier and more lucrative? What we fear, is failing at pursuing our passions. Yet I think the answer to that question comes easier to most than the questions we're typically asked like "what do you want to study", "what career do you want". Instinctively we all know that one thing we would do if success was guaranteed. We might not say it, but we know to ourselves.
In the coming decades when traditional "serious" careers begin to decline due to AI and automation maybe we'll shift how we view careers. When traditional jobs are less stable than passions like video games or art, failure will be less of a fear. You're equally likely to fail along either path. Might as well pick the one you'd love doing.