Persistence: The Key to Your Dreams


Alexandra Levit, author of How’d You Score That Gig: A Guide to the Coolest Careers – and How To Get Them, interviewed 100 people who have their dream jobs and this is what she came up with:

Learn about yourself
What do you like to do? What would you do even if you didn’t get paid for it? Research careers that match your interests.

Don’t be deterred by a lack of experience
We all have natural talents and skills. Even if you haven’t been paid to do some of your most important skills, find something you are good at.

Ease into a new career one foot at a time
To minimize risk, try something in your spare time, as little as that may be. You could take a class at night or weekends, or work part-time at something to see if you have a real passion.

Remember that any progress is good progress
Even if all you can manage are baby steps, moving forward, no matter how slowly, should be seen as progress. Everything you do to better yourself is a step in the right direction.

Start early. However…
It’s easier to switch gears when you are young and have little responsibility. But don’t let that deter you. It’s never too late to switch careers and follow your passion. Sometimes it’s best after you’ve gotten your kids out of the nest. Then you can concentrate on yourself.

Have realistic expectations
Don’t kid yourself into thinking that the grass is greener elsewhere. Hard work and discipline are always required to follow your dreams. Remember that you’ll only get what you work for.

So, go forth and be happy.

Source: Yahoo Hot Jobs

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