If I knew...even earlier then I did, I would of done this a lot sooner.
I remember being in school and feeling bombarded of the “jobs” we were meant to get. I mean I don’t blame the schools, they were only trying to help us. I mean doing what we reeaaalllllyyy wanted to do takes too much effort. On the other hand I don’t know, I feel that doing a job that you really hate takes more energy than pursuing your dreams. Maybe the schools were scared that our society wouldn’t grow or business’s wouldn’t continue if we just did us.
Now I’m not saying everyone didn’t have the chance to do what they wanted to do, but my question for you that goes to me, did you ACTUALLY do what you REALLY wanted to do?
And for me my answer is a definite no; not yet. Want to know why? Well we all have our own experiences and thoughts but every time…and yes, every time I told my friends, family, co-workers and teachers what I wanted to do...they all would say the same thing. It’s hard, not worth it, it’s a “dream’, why would you do that and it just kept escalating.
So basically, I am talking about my dreams but you as a reader I want to tell you something right now. If you have EVER ever felt that your thoughts on what you really wanted to do were impossible, it’s a lie. It is A LOT easier than you think. I’m going to briefly share my story and my success I’ve had this year doing what I REALLLY wanted to do. Not giving one damn of what people thought UNLESS it benefited me in the future.
Ever since school started, I always knew what I wanted to be. And I wanted to be an artist. I remember being in grade 1 class and always being excited for art. I took it seriously but my teacher’s said, “ This is only for fun, we will do the real work later”.
I actually can’t explain much on how I felt about art, it’s just something you are passion about I guess. But I always knew that’s what I wanted to do, but had no idea how to pursue it.
Every chance I got, I did art as much art as I could. But like anyone else, I let it slip in the corner. Eventually high school hit, and our teachers would remind us about our futures. Finding practical jobs and working 9-5. Already getting our expectations on what our real world would look like. When I hit grade 12, even when I did art; I was just done with it. If it was going to be nothing valuable for me; I thought it had no value in my life.
(This could be a personal experience about how I thought school influenced my life choices, but if you feel the same way or disagree please let me know in the comment box below. )
So after high school like most teenagers/ young adults do; I partied and lived my life during the weekends. I did horrible in University and I struggled trying and pursuing the 9-5 job. ONCE I actually had that job, I hated my life.
After the first year of university I decided to take a break. Boy I was confused. I didn’t know what I wanted as a career or what mattered to me. A few weeks after university started for my friends, I was just working a few retail jobs to just get by. I remember there was this one day that hit me. One of my friends cousins saw my artwork and wanted me to make a portrait for them. I wasn’t sure if I could do it. But I decide to challenge myself. And at that moment, I realized I wanted to pursue art in someway. I did well for my first portrait piece. And that was a moment I felt like I was shining.
I was instantly depressed. I knew I could not live my life this way hoping to pursue my dreams. (It also didn’t help that I had a grandfather who prohibited me to pursue it). Eventually, I met this couple who did network marketing (NO I am not going to talk about the MLM opportunity. I do not do it anymore, but it plays a huge part in my story) and it changed how I felt about life.
Even though I didn’t really do much with MLM, I really payed attention to the self-development aspect of it. I started improving on myself. Figuring out what I wanted and not what EVERYONE else wanted. I started writing my goals and practicing my daily habits everyday. This is where the creativity and art came back into my life. I felt sooooooo extremely passion it about it. I knew all of a sudden I needed to do this. (It did take me another year to actually practice art. But this is where this moment haunted me until I did it).
Eventually, I started seeking opportunities where I could learn how I could pursue my dreams in art. I started reading books that benefited ME; I bought courses online to improve my skills and looked up to people who were doing what I wanted to do.
- I was apart of 4 art shows.
- I got my FIRST logo design job
- I got ACCEPTED to graphic designing at the college I REALLY WANTED
- I had the opportunity to be an apprentice at a Graphic Design company
- I got to pursue the face painting/ glitter tattoo/ balloon side job I wanted to do
- Pursued the Creative Blog I wanted to do.
- I got a few more clients for portrait work
These are the MINI goals that I wanted to accomplish. I have a lot more that I want to do, but I won’t share them until I did them. However, I wanted to share what I REALLY wanted to do and that I ACTUALLY did it.
And just letting you know, I have a crazy life. My schedule is chaotic and it definitely wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but it wasn’t the hardest either.
Before I get into HOW I got into all this, I kind of want to cover what I mean by “dreams”.
WHAT ARE DREAMS
So, there are different terms of dreams. But when I talk about pursuing your dreams, I’m relating to what you see yourself doing. The type of work, occupation or hobby that connects to your inner being. Your happy place. The type of hobby, job or whatever it is that makes you feel YOU.
This can be easy OR hard for you to figure out. But if you keep experimenting on different jobs, and still think of doing the same thing; you will soon realize that is your dream.
Also, pursuing your dream may be different for you then others. Your dream might be something you want to do on the side, you may want to pursue it all the time. You may want to share it with the world and get known for your work OR you just might want to keep it to yourself. Whatever it is, you need to discover HOW you will pursue that dream.
Whatever you decide on, always pursue it. It’s your life’s purpose and it keeps you going. Not pursuing your passions and hobbies in any form keeps you as a zombie. You lose your ambitiousness and don’t want to discover the world.
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HOW ARE THEY EASIER THAN WE THINK
I always hear people talking how our dreams are so difficult or we say things like,
“Only special people can do that”
“It’s just a dream”
“You won’t make money off that”
Dreams in my perspective a form of life we should be pursuing. We may never actually get there completely or you may be living it. However, dreams are an indicator on what journey you are meant to live. If your dream ever alters, that could mean you are pursuing it NOW but you need to do more to keep going OR you are meant to try another dream.
In essence, knowing that DREAMS are possible, knowing how to get there is crucial.
Let’s do an example. If you go to work or school, you generally IMAGINE the day before you go. You get your food ready, you look according to your day. You are preparing your life for work OR school. And the end result? You end up going (usually).
NOW let’s put that in your dream. You need to get yourself ready for it. You need to imagine and physically get yourself in tip top shape. If you want to be an artist, musician, businessman or a lawyer; you need to literally believe and act as that. THEN you need to go and be it!
How do you BE YOUR DREAM?
Research…but make it fun research. Interview people, read books or search the web. You literally just need to find the steps on what you need to do to get there.
if you can go to work OR school and get there, you can get to your dream. It’s that easy. It just contains a little bit of effort.
When you research how to be an artist, see how they connected with gallery owners, how they found their clients and how they developed their skills; see who they talked to and what classes they took and DOO IT. (This is applicable for any dream).
Another piece of advice is being actively involved in the community of the people who have the same dream as you. WHY? You create connections, you find out who to talk to and what groups of people you should be around. This will build you up as a person but further strengthen your dream and give you a clearer suggestion on where to go. Knowing other people can do it, you can do.
And honestly that’s what I did…and ALL I did. And actually, “research” seems like a tedious word. Investigate is what you need to do. Examine what has already been done. When I did that, I literally just started making connections and told people what I did. I chatted with the people in the industry and showed my art to everybody and bam! I was getting the recognition and work I wanted that went towards my dream.
I talked to gallery owners, bought mini memberships to art galleries, and read books. There is truly NO secret antidote here my friends. It’s just getting out there and doing what you love. Success comes to people who continue their love of their passions. People notice it and somehow get drawn to it and help you. OR because they know you do that type of dream, they will keep you in mind and eventually contact you. Just be envious on the resources around you and take advantage of all of them. At some point, you will forget about the time it could take you because you are enjoying the process and even just doing your dream makes it all worth wild. And that’s what you should be focusing on anyways.
Take power of community involvement. If you want a secret…that’s the best one for you.
I don’t know why society makes it hard for us to pursue our dreams. I actually don’t know. It could be a lack of knowledge, jealousy or uncertainty.
However every dream IS a type of POTENTIAL career to make a living off of. You just need to adjust your mindset.
If people love your work, remember people are supporting YOU because you are creating work that is helping others in some form. If we are going to work, might as well doing something you love.
If you plan to make money with it, always remember it’s to help you live and practice your passion so you can live up to these dreams.
You could make MILLIONS or just an average income to none. But the journey is about you and your happiness. You don’t have to make everyone happy and you actually won’t either.
Remember what people want out of you may not be the best interest for yourself. You need to find a common ground of what YOU want and what others want. You need to find what makes you happy.
WHY WE REJECT OUR DREAMS
We reject our dreams because we want to live up to other people’s standards. We are afraid of people’s rejection.
When people tell us it's hard and scary, we believe them. BUT we only believe of what they actually fear. They fear you will PROBABLY succeed and they won't.
Nonetheless, pursuing our dreams are pretty scary. I mean, I avoided it for 17 years. When I turned 18 I been following my dreams ever since. It's been 4 years now and this has been the year I been busting my touche. You may not want to go all out, and you don't need too. But I want to completely live my dream, so I'm going to do it. You should too.
I feel like we also reject dreams because we haven't seen it happen yet. We feel as if it will just happen tomorrow. Then tomorrow happens and we think the same thing.
JUST REMEMBER IT'S EASIER THEN WE THINK
It honestly is. If you look at every single successful person, they generally start from no where. All they did was surround themselves with a bunch of like-minded individuals and followed their actions. You just need to do the same and just DON'T stop. ANYTHING you do that relates to your dreams brings you one step closer.
From a former lazy person who had trouble following their dreams, all I can say is that you can do it. It's literally just doing another type of task, skill or whatever you want to call. In the end, it's about figuring you, this is your journey and no one else's. Remember this question, " Have you done what you really really REALLY wanted to do?". If you can answer truthfully, you've already passed the first step.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
HELLO MY NAME IS JENN! THE FOUNDER OF WWW.CREATIVEBOUNDLESS.COM. I OFFER CREATIVE ARTISTIC (FACEPAINT & PORTRAITS) SERVICES TO ALLOW CLIENTS VALUE SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND MEMORIES. I ALSO TEACH FUN, BUBBLY AND CREATIVE BIZ OWNERS HOW TO CREATE A MEMORABLE AND CHILD LIKE BUSINESS THROUGH FACE PAINTING AND OTHER ARTISTIC SERVICES (ONLINE & OFFLINE).
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