|||

We’ve seen that some careers have had huge positive effects, and some have vastly more than others

We’ve seen that some careers have had huge positive effects, and some have vastly more than others.Some component of this is due to luck – the people mentioned above were in the right place at the right time, affording them the opportunity to have an impact that they might not have otherwise received. You can’t guarantee you’ll make an important medical discovery.But it wasn’t all luck: Landsteiner and Nalin chose to use their medical knowledge to solve some of the most harmful health problems of their day, and it was foreseeable that someone high up in the Soviet military could have a large impact by preventing conflict during the Cold War. So, what does this mean for you?People often wonder how they can “make a difference”, but if some careers can result in thousands of times more impact than others, this isn’t the right question. Two career options can both “make a difference”, but one could be dramatically better than the other.Instead, the key question is, “how can I make the most difference?” In other words: what can you do to give yourself a chance of having one of the highest-impact careers? Because the highest-impact careers achieve so much, a small increase in your chances means a great deal. — https://80000hours.org/career-guide/how-much-difference-can-one-person-make/
Up Next Next → Accusations of conservative bias are not evaluated through evidence because reality doesn’t matter to them https://points.datasociety.net/media-manipulation-strategic-amplification-and-responsible-journalism-95f4d611f462?source=rss—-2488f66d2e39&mdash ← Previous This last point is illustrated by the chart below, which compares the impact of doctors in different countries https://80000hours.org/career-guide/how-much-difference-can-one-person-make/
Latest posts
▵  Elon Musk attempts to explain Twitter to normal people in court
▵  TED and YouTube launch global climate initiative
▵  Embracing multilingualism to enhance complexity sensitive research
▵  The ‘Amazon effect’ is flooding a struggling recycling system with cardboard
▵  John Kerry, Arnold Schwarzenegger wage ‘World War Zero’ on climate change
▵  Combining semantic and term frequency similarities for text clustering
▵  Bad RCS implementations are creating big vulnerabilities, security researchers claim
▵  2019 Tech Trends Report — The Future Today Institute
▵  Medical Crowdsourcing: Harnessing the “Wisdom of the Crowd” to Solve Medical Mysteries
▵  Report Launch - OPSI Primer on AI for the Public Sector
▵  “Level Up”: Leveraging Skill and Engagement to Maximize Player Gameplay
▵  Beautiful is Good and Good is Reputable: Multiple-Attribute Charity Website Evaluation and Initial Perceptions of Reputation Under the Halo Effect
▵  Piret Tõnurist & Systems Change: how to get started and keep going?
▵  IBM expert Tamreem El Tohamy on bridging the skills gap in Africa
▵  The changing work of innovation for public value and social impact
▵  Former Go champion beaten by DeepMind retires after declaring AI invincible
▵  What part of “viral” content makes platforms want to encourage its spread?
▵  MTA floods NYC subway entrance because ‘climate change is real’
▵  The Demon Haunted World
▵  How to recognize AI snake oil
▵  A Systemic View of Research Impact
▵  Nobel Economics Prize Goes to Pioneers in Reducing Poverty
A brief, informal guide to doing grounded theory
▵  Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes
▵  Systems Practice, Abridged
▵  Fukushima reinvents itself with a $2.7 billion bet on renewables
▵  How Tesla’s first Gigafactory is changing Reno, Nevada
▵  “This is Sticking with Them:” Professor Explores Benefits of Model-Based Learning
Keeping the buzz in buzzwords
▵  README.txt: Introducing Into the Dataverse, the article series
▵  A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day