Following Your Bliss, Right Off the Cliff

The New York Times:

So you want to be a writer. Or an artist. Or to open a cupcake shop. What you’ll hear, often, is that you should pursue your dream. Follow your passion. Quit your job and live the life you want.

That advice should come with a bright yellow warning sticker: your dream may end in disaster.

“There’s a whole host of what my colleague Shelley Taylor” — a psychology professor at U.C.L.A. —“calls positive illusions,” said Professor Fox. “We overestimate our ability to control outcomes that have some element of chance” and we “tend to overestimate the extent to which good things are going to happen, especially to us.”

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