'Some Will Always Say You're Wrong'

Try to be a lawyer, an artist, a world traveller or anything else. Regardless of what you do, someone will tell you that you're wrong. But as CD Baby founder (and former president) Derek Sivers notes, it's all a load of crap.

You have to know your preferences well, because no matter what you do, someone will tell you you’re wrong.

If you’re not into money, many people will say you’re foolish.

If you’re not into charity, many people will say you’re greedy.

If you’re not into crowds, many people will say you’re missing out.

Sivers explains that several careers don't meet the "right" criteria. Some poets get rich, many novelists work best alone, and you'll even find an entrepreneur who cares more about making something great than making money. If you don't fit the norm -- or even if you do -- expect this kind of criticism. If you you do and you know yourself well, you'll also know they're wrong.

Some will always say you're wrong [Derek Sivers]


    I wish I'd received advice like this when I was a teenager, rather than listening to every nay-sayer warning me off pursuing a career in IT (a saturated market with inadequate growth, said they). Thanks to their influence, I spent 6 years of my life floating around and dabbling in all of the things which didn't interest me.

      IT is a somewhat saturated industry, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it, it just means it can be harder to stand out from the crowd and get the job you really want.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now