Is the Career Advice We Give Our Children Crushing Their Futures?

Once, during the question and answer session following a keynote speech of mine, a rather dignified and well-dressed gentleman vigorously raised his hand. His body language seemed uncomfortable and angry. Of course, he was my first pick.

The man asked, “What do you have to tell these young people who want to pursue a ‘feel good’ degree like environmental science?” I paused for quite a long time, allowing the question to sink into the audience.

Then, I answered: “Well, actually, …

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