Dreams don’t work unless you do. Sage advice and the most important one to remember when you’re following them. On your journey to an unconventional, fulfilling and fruitful career you are likely to hear lots of naysaying along the way. Just ignore it. Practice the following things and you’ll be well on your way to living the life you dreamed of. And made happen.

Tips for Pursuing Your Passions

Ignore People Without Dreams

People are built differently. While some individuals spend their lives climbing mountains of hope, others are just happy to stay grounded. They just want to get by. On the other side of their success is a failure, so they play the game safe. This is respectable because consistency and rational thought are good and steady traits. This is also not the personality type you want on your team if you want to push boundaries, walk on the moon, or build an icloud of technology in the sky. Dreamers are different because they think of things that haven’t happened yet and then they often make them happen. Surround yourself with people who share similar aspirations.

Educate Yourself

Knowledge is your most powerful weapon. Learn everything you can about the industry you want to be in. Commit your free time to researching aspects of the career, and educate yourself on it. While you’ll never be a brain surgeon without a college degree, there are many jobs that you can learn, even without the desired education. Put the effort in to show up and teach yourself everything you need to know.

Volunteer

If you can’t get paid to do what you love you, you can certainly consider doing if for free. Volunteer work will put you in the career in an on the job training manner, and in many cases, you may find opportunity long-term simply by working and investing your spare time without pay. Volunteer work also provides you a glimpse into the ins and outs of the industry you want to break into. This will help you decide if you still want to do what you originally set out to do. Contact businesses and see if there’s any way you can work with a mentor and be of unpaid service.

Apply

Once you’ve gained education and insights in the industry you should apply for a job doing what you love. Follow your dreams, write a stellar resume, and submit it to as many companies as possible. This means mailing 100 manuscripts if you want to be a published author. Learn to deal with rejection and don’t take it personally. See every attempt as an opportunity to achieve success and don’t fear the outcome.

Set Goals

Small steps in the right direction are progressing you forward. Chart your goals and then formulate an action plan to make them happen. Affirmations and words of encouragement will keep you motivated to keep working. Set goals and celebrate each small success along the way. And then push yourself a little further and set a new goal after you’ve accomplished one.

Don’t Be Afraid of Failure

Accept that failure can happen and don’t let that scare you from chasing your dream life. Fear is powerful and it will keep you from setting out and accomplishing your desires. Recognize fear for what it is, and then stand up to the challenge of overcoming it. You can do this by boosting your self-confidence or by finding a hobby that teaches you a new skill or that pushes your personal boundaries and limitations. Exercise and push yourself. Go for a daily walk that clears your head. Mountain bike. Learn to mountain climb. Take swimming classes if you’re afraid of the water. Do one thing that scares you every day (safely, of course). Once you conquer something you didn’t believe you could, you’ll have more faith in yourself.

The key to chasing your dreams is believing in them. So, believe in yourself and make them happen. The only one stopping you is you.

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