Inventing Your Job

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Inventing Your Job

Mar 31, 2013

INVENTING YOUR JOB: The NYTimes' Tom Friedman has a smart piece here about how today's students will have to "invent" a job for themselves in the future, rather than "apply" for one. Money quote from Harvard University's Tony Wagner (who last year published: Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World):

"We need to focus more on teaching the skill and will to learn and to make a difference and bring the three most powerful ingredients of intrinsic motivation into the classroom: play, passion and purpose.”

It jogs back memories of our favorite scene from The Social Network, when ex-Harvard prez Larry Summers, in response to complaints from the Winklevoss twins that Zuckerberg hijacked their idea for Facebook, supposedly said:

Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job.
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