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Stop trying to find your passion

“Find your passion” is bad advice, say Yale and Stanford psychologists.

Instead, stay curious. Stay flexible. Look for opportunities for personal growth.

O’Keefe warns that the directive to “find your passion” suggests a passive process. Telling people to develop their passion, however, suggests an active one that depends on us—and allows that it can be challenging to pursue. This, the psychologist says, “is a realistic way of thinking.”

Instead of looking for a magic bullet, that one thing you must be meant to do even though you don’t know what it is yet, it can be more productive to perceive interests flexibly, as potentially endless. A growth mindset, rather than a fixed sense that there’s one interest you should pursue single-mindedly, improves the chances of finding your passion—and having the will to master it. This approach will also inform your work by providing additional perspectives gleaned through multiple interests, O’Keefe tells Quartz.

Curiosity and what Equality really means

This was delivered as the commencement address at U.C.L.A. Medical School on Friday, June 1st.

Atul Gawande, The New Yorker:

Much of society has become like an airplane boarding line, with different rights and privileges for zones one to ninety-seven, depending on your wealth, frequent-flier miles, credit rating, and S.A.T. scores; and many of those in line think—though no one likes to admit it—that they deserve what they have more than the others behind them. Then the boarding agent catches some people from zone eighty-four jumping ahead of the people in zone fifty-seven, and all hell breaks loose.

Insisting that people are equally worthy of respect is an especially challenging idea today. In medicine, you see people who are troublesome in every way: the complainer, the person with the unfriendly tone, the unwitting bigot, the guy who, as they say, makes “poor life choices.” People can be untrustworthy, even scary. When they’re an actual threat—as the inmate was for my chief resident—you have to walk away. But you will also see lots of people whom you might have written off prove generous, caring, resourceful, brilliant. You don’t have to like or trust everyone to believe their lives are worth preserving.

We’ve divided the world into us versus them—an ever-shrinking population of good people against bad ones. But it’s not a dichotomy. People can be doers of good in many circumstances. And they can be doers of bad in others. It’s true of all of us. We are not sufficiently described by the best thing we have ever done, nor are we sufficiently described by the worst thing we have ever done. We are all of it.

It’s worth your time to read the whole article.

You may have overpaid for your used car; Facebook’s Instagram; Binge-watching comedies; CarMax is the ultimate used car salesman; The Marshmallow Test

New York’s last remaining independent bookshopsThe Guardian

Ted Dabney, a founder of Atari and a creator of Pong, dies at 81 – NY Times

Stratechery’s Ben Thompson: Facebook’s Instagram acquisition was the greatest regulatory failure of the past decade – Recode

Comedies Make the Best Binge-Watching – Vulture

Affluence, not willpower, is why some kids are better at the Marshmallow TestThe Atlantic

Here’s why CarMax makes more money on used cars than anyone else – Jalopnik

“The primary reason for this is simple—most people are overpaying.”

Social networks are being used to illegally sell prescription medicationsBuzzFeed

China boasted that their healthy life expectancy is now better than in the US — and they’re right – Insider


June 3

1799: The Island of Saint John changed it’s name to Prince Edward Island.

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