"And what's your real job supposed to be? Unless you're Mozart, your first task is to figure that out. What are the great things to work on? Where are the imaginative people? And most importantly, what are you interested in? The word 'aptitude' is misleading, because it implies something innate. The most powerful sort of aptitude is a consuming interest in some question, and such interests are often acquired tastes."It's all about taking responsibility for your life (and learning), rather than deferring responsibility to your school, employer, parents or peers. I suppose it would probably still sound preachy to any teenager, but I think it's closer to the truth than most advice about figuring out your future. It's really worth reading the entire thing.
This came hot on the heels of great thoughts from Aaron Campbell and Will's discovery of a wonderful post dug up by Rob...all about a new vision for learning that is entirely focused on what people care about.