Why Apple's Tim Cook & This $50 Billion Company CEO Say "Do What You Love"
Tim Cook's 1-Sentence Career Advice
By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
This week Inc.com published an article with career advice from Apple CEO Tim Cook. He was in India last year raising the profile of the business which included being interviewed at a cricket match. As part of this Tim Cook was asked to give career advice to younger viewers. His response was:
"Do what you love, and put your whole heart into it, and then just have fun."
This simple advice is something he elaborated on in a graduation speech at the University of Glasgow in February 2017. He said:
"My advice to all of you is, don't work for money -- it will wear out fast, or you'll never make enough and you will never be happy, one or the other...
You have to find the intersection of doing something you're passionate about and at the same time something that is in the service of other people. I would argue that, if you don't find that intersection, you're not going to be very happy in life...
There's a big difference between loving to work and loving the work. And there's a big difference between whether you fall in love with some work that is just for profits or revenues versus work that is in the service of others. And so I feel very strongly about that...
I found my life got bigger when I stopped caring about what people thought of me."
So, essentially the CEO of one of the world's most valuable companies is saying that the money we earn is secondary to doing what we feel passionate about! What we can all take from this is that if we want to optimise our careers (and indeed our lives as a whole), then we need to discover our passion first!
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$50 Billion Company CEO Says "Do What You Love"
By Daniel Schmitz, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
Flemming Ornskov is the CEO of Shire, a $50 billion drugmaker company. In an interview with Business Insider he shared his best career advice, these are his 3 tips shared in the article:
"Do something you really like and do something you are passionate about."
Mr Ornskov said. There are a whole bunch of job descriptions out there, which can make the career path you want to follow less clear. But knowing what you like to do can help make things more straightforward.
"Don't do what everybody else is doing."
Mr Ornskov has kids, and this is advice he gives them as well, especially as they face pressure from their peers about what's considered popular.
"Don't follow the money."
While you might make a lot of money in some areas, it's probably not worth it if you don't like what you're doing.
"Don't go into investment banking because you think you're going to make a lot of money. If you hate investment banking that's not good."
Once again, as with Tim Cook's advice above, what stands out is the importance of finding our own way in life and to figure out what we are passionate about in order to pursue more meaningful career opportunities. While this is definitely not a straightforward process, it opens up new possibilities and allows us to put our heart into things that enable us to create a unique and fulfilled career and life.