The Big Think

May 29, 2014

Should You Follow Your Passion?

Filed under: Business — jasony @ 4:50 pm

An alternative view.

Should You Follow Your Passion? Points and Figures: “My boss, who had been a commercial lender for over 30 years, said that the best loan customer is someone who has no passion whatsoever, just a desire to work hard at something that looks good on a spreadsheet. Maybe the loan customer wants to start a dry-cleaning store or invest in a fast-food franchise—boring stuff. That’s the person you bet on. You want the grinder, not the guy who loves his job.”

Fourth Estate

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:46 pm

Jorge Ramos: Reporters ‘Cozy with Power,’ Act Like They’re in a Club | Mediaite:

“‘You turn on the TV, and you see very bland interviews. Journalists in the United States are very cozy with power, very close to those in power. They laugh with them. They go to the [White House] correspondents’ dinner with them. They have lunch together. They marry each other. They’re way too close to each other. I think as journalists we have to keep our distance from power.’
‘I’m not seeing tough questions asked on American television,’ he added later. ‘I’m not seeing those correspondents that would question those in power. It’s like a club. We are not asking the tough questions.’

Ramos has been critical of Republicans who haven’t prioritized immigration reform and Democrats like President Obama who have yet to deliver on their promises. And Ramos’ hard-hitting interview with Rahm Emanuel earned him praise from Matt Drudge as ‘the last journalist standing.’”

Well good. It’s refreshing to see someone on the inside who is finally speaking up to the fact that all the pressure seems to be rather, er. uniderectional.

The issue of administration officials being married to those who need to hold them accountable seems like a legitimate complaint that isn’t getting enough airtime. Hard to hold someone’s feet to the fire in a confrontational way if you have to go home to the same person at night. That just seems like common sense.

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