Once in a while, a set of ideas come forward that mirror my own experience perfectly, saying the unsayable in a much better way than I ever could. I have secretly known for years, and from my own experience and example, that chasing your passion and your goals have had very little to do with where I am today. Most of it I fell into through a series of accidental opportunities and knowing when to latch on and hold on for dear life.
Dilbert’s creator, Scott Adams, has wonderfully captured this in his Wall Street Journal article. I especially love the turd on the doorstep example near the end. This is the advice I would give to any young person: Fail your way to success.