Saturday, June 11, 2016
To cleanse the palate, a viral hit from “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe. There’s no arguing with some of it, from the opportunities inherent in the “skills gap” to the fact that people often aren’t much good at what they’re most into. But how many workers chained to a cubicle, worn down by drudgery, ended up there because they followed prudential advice to seize an opportunity and now spend their downtime glumly ruminating that they should have followed their passion instead? There’s an inescapable grass-is-always-greener dynamic to this. If you stuck with something you were passionate about and struggled, you’ll regret that you didn’t heed Rowe’s words of wisdom and land a job with a steady paycheck. If you became a plumber and then discovered, contra Rowe’s septic-tank example, that you couldn’t muster much enthusiasm for unclogging drains, you’ll regret that you didn’t ignore him and pursue what you were passionate about. Catch-22.