How to get the career of your dreams.

Let’s face it, we all dreamt as children. 

We dreamt in the midst of a game of ‘it’ in the playground, while innocently hand painting on white t shirts and when we were asked that forever recurring question by the tall ‘grown ups’.

‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ 

We wanted to be pilots, gliding through the air in our smart uniforms, travelling the world in a week, meeting different faces; We wanted to sing, swishing our hair and dancing to the beat of our song, we wanted to be our favourite teacher, who stuck stars on our books and was the only person in the world who knew everything. We wanted to climb Mount Everest. We wanted to do people’s hair and make them beautiful. 

And here you are, typing away our 3000 word essay due just a few hours in such a hurry that you might accidently rip out the keys of your keyboard. You now dream about a knight in shining armour, with a bag of money, who randomly comes to save the day on your graduation to pay off your student loans. You dream about finding a way to telepathically Bluetooth your whole text book to your brain to ace your GCSE or A level paper you have the next day. We still dream, but not the same way. 

What happened? 

Somewhere around the time when that ‘grown up’ asked you what you wanted to do when you grow up, you were humiliated, called ridiculous for even thinking that and ingrained it into your poor little mind that it was impossible. 

 And unfortunately, you believed it. 

Now, I’m not saying you can’t change your mind as you grow up, we all do. But there’s some of us, who are trapped in the cycle of pleasing our parents, following the norm and playing it safe. One in four British workers are fed up with their daily routine and want to quit their current role. Depressing, right? 

Well, it doesn’t have to be. Not for you, at least. 

Whether you are drowning in worry or fear of what people might think, it’s not the end. There’s more to your story. You can live your dream like many others have. 


Woman walking up stairs with briefcase

Stop caring 

I don’t mean to say stop caring about your work and jump on the next train to Spain or something, rather, stop caring too much about what people might think and say of you! Unless you’re blessed with thick skin that shields your heart from meaningless opinions, a lot of us care about what our friends might say and what our parents might think. It might get awkward trying to explain to them about your decisions and it might not make sense to them, at first, but the truth is, they love you and always will want the best for you. And if they don’t understand, they’ll try to, somehow. 

On your journey to making your dream come true, there will be obstacles. People will say mean things about you and these things will hurt you. That’s the road to success and a smooth sea never made a skilful sailor. These close minded and possibly envious people will make you grow and you will come out stronger than ever before. Never take it personally as it really has nothing much to do with you, but them. 

Good vibes. Good people. Good food. 

Surround yourself with likeminded people. But before I go on, let’s take it upon ourselves to mentally thank the creator of the internet because your journey to making your dream a reality has never been any easier! Follow people who do what you want to do on social media. Learn the art of the trade. Surround yourself with people who will motivate you to become a better version of yourself. Have a positive attitude on life, because your mind is the most powerful tool you own. The more you surround yourself with positivity, within you and on the outside, the more motivated you will become. The road to success isn’t linear, so remember, there will be ups and downs. Just remember to breathe and try again. Mistakes are only but a long cut to your success. 

Let’s think of it this way; you’ve got 2 people, who both want to become singers. Person A gets signed on his/her first try and becomes a hit for a year and everyone forgets about them later on. Then you’ve got Person B. This person takes years and years trying to get himself/herself signed and 5 years down the line, they’ve made it. It takes another more years till they become a hit and they are in the spotlight longer than Person A. Don’t worry, everyone has their turn. Just take it slow and take a deep breath. You’ll get there. 

Also, don’t miss your breakfast; it gets your brain running, which you need, of course. 

Vision boards. Vision boards. Vision boards. 

Yes, vision boards. I’ll stress that until you get sick of the word. 

 Vision boards are important. 

What is a vision board you may ask? 

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. It’s any sort of board that you would stick images or scribble on, on what you want to be, do or have in your life. 

They are important because they help you visualise what you really want and if you’re an adrenaline junkie, then you’d know how the feeling of achieving a goal pumps blood to your veins and it feels pretty amazing. 

It helps you achieve targets. Your goals. Your aspirations. 

Waking up to it stuck on your bedroom wall will literally snap out the laziness in you and you’ll get down to business. 

What more can you even wish for?

And it’s that simple. Once you’ve done all of the above, I guarantee that you will be much happier, waking up to a job every morning that you really want to. It wouldn’t feel like work to you and the perks? You’re getting paid. 

A win- win, don’t you think? 

Sagal Hersi

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