Life is short. And you spend almost a quarter of it working! Doesn’t really seem fair, does it? But when you spend such a vast amount of time working then you really should be doing something you love. You should be doing your dream job.
Don’t just take my word for it. Jim Carrey may be most famed for his comedy movies. He also has it in him to drop some real wisdom when the mood takes him. Such was the case in his 2014 commencement address where he espoused the virtues of trying for your dream job.
In the viral speech, he talks about how he learned several lessons from his father. He continues to say that his father was a great comedian but chose to be an accountant because it was the safe option. He later lost the “safe job” and Carrey stated the lesson he learned from this is that you can fail doing something you hate so you might as well do something you love.
But doing your dream job isn’t easy
Well no, that may well be the case. In fact, the actual doing of the job will probably seem easy because it is your dream. But often getting to the point where you can actually do that job may be the real challenge.
Securing your dream job won’t be a sprint
It is not just about getting to the promised land as quickly as possible. Depending on what it is you want to do it may be that it will take considerable time and effort. Perhaps you want to be a doctor and you don’t even have a degree. You are going to need to work hard to get there. That is not something that can be achieved overnight.
If your chosen field requires you to gain a qualification that is going to take time. But you can’t do a qualification unless you sign up for it. Perhaps you can’t afford the qualification? You can’t pay for it unless you start saving. Why not start today. Every day ask yourself, “what can I do to move a step closer to my dream and then do that thing. Over time you will find you are on the path to what you truly want. Sure, right now things might seem like baby steps but over time they mount up!
But I can’t do it. I don’t have the natural skills.
Let me tell you a little story about Joshua Waitzkin. At the age of just eleven, he managed to get a draw against chess Grandmaster Gary Kasparov. He went on to become an International Master and won a host of tournaments. The child prodigy was once described as a natural chess player and took exception.
He believed that his talent wasn’t innate but that he had to work in order to become as strong a player as he was. In order to prove a point, he turned his attention to martial arts. Not the most athletic of guys he mastered Judo and became a champion in that as well.
They say that it takes any person 10000 hours in order to master something. When you crunch the numbers that means if you dedicate a couple of hours a day to your craft that it will take you roughly 15 years in order to become an expert. I’m not saying that you have to become an expert to follow your dream, but it doesn’t matter what it is. Maybe you want to be a writer, perhaps you want to be a singer. You may have innate qualities that make it easier or more difficult for you, but with time you can achieve your goals. So just answer this question, what have you done today to help you live your dream?