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Molly Ringwald on Pursuing Your Career Passion

Molly Ringwald's Insight on Pursuing Something You Love

Sometimes all it takes are a few words to remind you to take the plunge. In Molly Ringwald's new life advice book, Getting the Pretty Back ($18), she shares a few tips for getting pretty for an interview, and an inspirational note about taking steps to follow your head and heart. She says:

Time and again I've spoken to people or known friends who have stopped and looked at what they are doing in their lives and realized that it was not the life they had envisioned for themselves. Sometimes it involves a drastic step — leaving a career, going back to school, even ending a relationship that is deeply unsatisfying. But, more often it's the little steps that matter; carving out a little time for your self to pursue something you really love.

Would you consider leaving an established, high-profile career in order to really pursue your passion?

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ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 6 years
Have to agree with Anonymous - as lovely as simply throwing away a money earning but somewhat boring career sounds, most of us don't have the funds to do so and still be able to pay the mortgage, bank money for retirement and put dinner on the table. On the other hand, in reading SuperFreakonomics recently, the authors, both economists, pointed out that it was foolish to do something you did not love, because only if you love doing something will you put the time and energy into practicing to perfect it enough to be successful at it. Interesting thoughts on both sides, no? You can find me at Life: Forward ( talking about women, the wage gender gap, and body image.
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