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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This conversation is so important. I really think it's ignorant to say "Do what you love." Perfect example: "“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is an unmerited privilege, a sign of that person’s socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and cosign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can self-righteously bestow DWYL as career advice to those covetous of her success.

    If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves — in fact, to loving ourselves — what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing."

    So many thought leaders say this and it's frustrating. Yes, be guided by your interests when looking for a career, but we also have to consider our abilities to get there, economically.