Why you will fail to have a great career | Larry Smith | TEDxUW

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Throughout his three-decade career here at the University of Waterloo, Larry Smith has inspired legions of students to take up the mantle of economics with his passionate and homespun tales of economic wizardry. A renowned story-teller, teacher and youth leadership champion, Larry has also coached and mentored countless numbers of students on start-up business management and career development strategies.

Having taught introductory microeconomics, macroeconomics and entrepreneurship classes, he recently celebrated assigning his 29,000th grade earlier this year.

Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Larry has also coached several of his former students to help them position and develop their businesses, the most famous of which is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the revolutionary BlackBerry wireless mobile smartphone. Larry also sits on the advisory panels of start-ups to provide his guidance on financing and negotiation with investors and venture capitalists.


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20 Responses

  1. hulagan808 says:

    What are we going to do today?
    The same thing I do everyday…. rule the world.

  2. Geoff Dick says:

    Uhm… some people just quantifiable aren’t attractive, smart or capable enough to make it to the top. Deal with it?

  3. Jesse Smith-Garcia says:

    He's the most intense economist I've ever seen!

  4. Laura Freise says:

    Maybe this advice works for some but I can’t help but feel like this is terrible for most people. Passion is a feeling. Feelings change. Should you really base your entire life based on something as fleeting as a feeling? I’ll pass.

  5. Rizza Umami says:

    Is he a kind of another joker?

  6. Surgé Land says:

    In short, capitalism.

  7. Nav Pat says:

    Inventing velcro is no small feat

  8. Dorabella Pharah says:

    Oh Henry ….

  9. Jake says:

    Keep in mind kiddies, when you're on your death-bed it won't be your accomplishments that fulfill you, but the relationships you make whilst making those accomplishments. Never forget to be a human.

  10. OneFinalTipple says:

    Velcro is a damn good invention though.

  11. spoonyeti says:

    reminds me Walter White in Breaking bad

  12. Lucas Musschoot says:

    K this fucin camra man sucks

  13. Ars Currendi says:

    I can't stand this guy's voice but he does make some great points.

  14. Bomma Srinivas says:

    This video truely gives me motivation but i really hate the fact that soon I'm gonna forget this

  15. aown raza says:

    he is looking scared…….

  16. そらいろ says:


  17. Christian Banks says:

    13:50 "Your afraid. And that's why, your not going to be Great"

  18. Christian Banks says:

    13:50 "Your afraid. And that's why, your not going to be Great"

  19. John Reed says:

    The lie that if you work hard you'll get somewhere is the biggest lie people have been told. The world is full of hardworking people who will get nowhere.

  20. Gude Tama says:


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