How to Get Your Dream Job Now

Roadsign dream job on a sky background.I’m totally ripping off Penelope Trunk by using this blog title.

This week Penelope is hosting a 4-hour webinar on this topic. She’ll be covering things like uncovering your dream job, creating a three-month plan, and how to transform your resume into a superstar resume. Penelope has coached a few of my friends/acquaintances, so I know her stuff is good.

Here’s what I want people to know about getting their dream job:

1. How hard are you willing to work? Pursuing a dream job takes tenacity, focus and perseverance. For most people, change is much harder than keeping the status quo. Think about it — if going after your dream job were easy, don’t you think more people would actually do it?

2. It’s going to take longer than you think. Yes. The good news is that if you stick with it, the odds that you’ll be successful increase astronomically. The trick is getting to that special sweet spot through focus and perseverance.

3. If you want to do it without taking a risk, well, good luck with that. You can’t have both. Just determining what your dream job is, never mind going after it, requires courage. You have to be willing to let go of your safety net, expectations (yours and others) and overcome obstacles you can’t even begin to anticipate.

4. People will think it’s their role to keep you tethered to reality, tell you why your dream is impractical, and in general, attach all of their fears to your dream. Just be prepared for this and know that you’re secretly inspiring them.

5. Figuring out your dream job is the toughest part. Determining what you really, really want is tough. Putting a stake in the ground around your dream job is even harder. But I believe you probably know what your dream job is, deep inside. Listen.

6. You can be successful. I see people everyday achieve their dream job (OK, maybe its every other day). What do they have in common? They aren’t the smartest, most connected or even the most aggressive individuals. They are: Positive (glass is half-full), enthusiastic (not cheerleaders, but excited and passionate about their course), listeners (they ask good questions and are genuinely interested in what others have to say), persistent (Don’t call them back? They’ll circle back with you, thankyouverymuch).

7. If you dislike/loathe/barely tolerate your current job/profession, you’re not going to magically wake up one day and love it. You will eventually be 30, 40, 50 or 60 years old. You’ll be that age — and either someone who was courageous enough to explore what they really wanted to do or stuck in your current predicament.

Now I’m wondering if I should do a webinar on finding your dream job… Thoughts?

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