The first step to any major accomplishment, is change. In order to live the life you want, you have to be prepared for sacrifices, lost friendships, and a lot of hard work. However, if you're working towards what excites you then the journey will be full of growth. People that live the life they have dreamed, do so because it is full of what they're passionate about. I found creative career happiness recently making a living from what I love to do. It's a rewarding experience that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy.
I define passion as a hobby that you enjoy doing and will always do regardless if you get paid. When I started in filmmaking, I did it with my friends for fun. There was no ad agency or major studio funding our work, it was just for the love of art. Take a moment and write down your favorite activities and pastimes. It can be ANYTHING, don't be embarrassed write it down. From here you'll get a taste of who you are.
With your list, pin point what you want to learn more about. You can take classes, or my favorite, ask Google.com. I tell people I received my Masters from Google University, I use it everyday for educating myself. If you know people successful in the field you want to be in, follow them on twitter, send them an email. You would be surprised at who will email you back and share wisdom.
Schedule time on the weekends or after work to fit in what you love to do. This is where the sacrificing comes in. It takes a lot of discipline to go from a 9-5 job all day, to another job. However, remember which one you love the most and the long term benefits. Start with an attainable timeframe, twenty to thirty minutes, being active towards your goals everyday. Set an alarm, schedule it and be strict with yourself. Once this is complete move up your time to an hour or more. This creates positive habits.
There are multiple detours that will get you to the same destination. Tina Fey, one of my idols, was a writer before she had the opportunity to get in front of the camera. If she had never learned those skills, she wouldn't have become the public figure we know now. Be open to taking other paths to your dream. It all connects and gaining skills related to your field keeps doors open for opportunities to step in.
Breathe, this is your time to shine. Your life is not parallel to anyone else's so don't compare yourself. As long as you're taking steps even small ones, you're making progress. Celebrate the small achievements and you will always be proud. This is not a sprint, it's a marathon. There are no over night successes. True handwork and dedication is what brings triumph. If you get in a rut, remind yourself "this day is not forever," and that a better day is just around the corner.
What is your dream job? How are you going about making it a reality?
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