Sometimes, the best and worst advice can be “follow your dreams.” But, there is nothing more fulfilling than building up the courage to follow your career aspirations. With proper planning and time, you can be the success story behind this simple piece of advice.
When you find yourself unhappy at your current position, longing to “do what you love” seems more rampant than ever. But, before taking the pathway to bliss (as opposed to a road to ruin), there is a lot that needs to be sorted out, say experts.
Knowing when to follow your heart or when to continue on your current career path that covers you financially and provides stability in your life is an extremely difficult decision. Take the following considerations into account when deciding when and how to follow your career aspirations:
Transition your idealism into realism by conversing with yourself.
Take the time to get to know even more about yourself and your career aspirations. Before taking any action, speak to the most important driver behind this idea: you. Ask yourself some of the following important questions and think of them as your prerequisites:
- Is this a one-time daydream or a burning, recurring desire?
- What are the best and worse case scenarios of pursing your dreams at this moment in time?
- Can you bounce back from the worst-case scenario?
- Are you following a dream or running away from a nightmare?
- What are you fearful of? Can you face these fears and find viable solutions to them?
Sit down with your finances.
Never let yourself believe that being able to follow your dreams is only for the wealthy. Even if you cannot afford to give up all of your commitments, you still have options. Maybe keeping your day job is in your best interest at the moment as you pursue the ins and outs of your new venture after hours.
Begin thinking of ways that you can save more money. There are many habitual, daily expenses that you may want, but do not need.
Reach out to others.
Seeking advice from professionals outside of your area of expertise will provide you with great insight as to whether your dream job makes business sense or not. Talk to people who have done it before for guidance and find a trusted mentor. Sometimes we can get caught up in our own visions, but outside opinions help us to see a more realistic picture.
Invest in yourself and your education.
You are the most important asset in the decision of following your dreams. Continuing your education is invaluable. Take the time to learn about the nitty-gritty details of what it takes to succeed in your dream endeavor and become knowledgeable in more than one area of this venture. There are endless workshops, certification programs, and conferences to help guide you along the way.
The above guidelines are merely just suggestions to help you sort through your decision-making process. When it comes to following your dreams, everyone has their own story. Only you can determine whether your time is now or later down the road.
Are you caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to pursuing your career aspirations? What is stopping you from following your dream?