Yet as most people age and mature their dreams tend to evaporate and morph into something more practical and attainable.
But impractical does not mean impossible. That is, if you’re really willing to work for it and go the extra miles.
The future is now, as they say. Therefore I want to share some professional advice for all the teens and 20-somethings pondering their dreams and preparing to embark on their career paths.
Early in college I developed a career plan to help land my dream job. My goal was to work in the White House after graduation in June of 1992.
I was 19-years old. It was 1988 and George H.W. Bush occupied the Oval Office. I had never even heard of Bill Clinton at the time. Yet somehow it all magically worked out in the end.
While this plan is applicable for people of all ages, I think it’s especially ripe for a new generation of leaders.
Thus following is a 10-point plan for Gen Z and their Millennial predecessors to help make their professional dreams become reality:
1) Define your vision.
- First, one must have a dream. Be bold and think big. Just make sure to be specific.
2) Build Around Your Dream.
- Obtain the professional knowledge and expertise to best position yourself in a competitive marketplace. This includes pre- or post-graduate studies, jobs, internships and mentorships early on.
3) Remember the three “Ps”:
- Perseverance, Positivity and Personality – all of which go a long way toward achieving success of any kind in life.
4) Network, network, network.
- Be fearless, relentless and tireless. Knock on every appropriate door and leave no stone unturned.
5) Reject the naysayers.
- The bigger your dream is, the more likely people will tell you it’s out of reach – if not impossible. But don’t let negativity steer you off course.
6) Visualize it.
- See yourself having successfully accomplished the goal. Make positive affirmations. Write them down. Create a scrap book. Be passionate.
- Have faith and know in your heart that nothing will stop you and that nearly anything is possible. As 20-something Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks advises, just ask yourself: why not me?
8) Expect good luck and timing.
- These are the intangible and uncontrollable factors. But the more prepared and well positioned you are, the more likely luck and timing will go your way.
9) Take risks.
- Don’t be afraid to put yourself out on a limb. Take a leap of faith. Do it while you’re young before becoming too cynical and jaded about the world.
10) Never give up.
- If you don’t succeed at first, then keep trying. Redouble your efforts and revise your strategy periodically, as needed.
By acting on these points and principles in a strategic manner you may soon find unique job opportunities opening up before your eyes.
Your dream job may even materialize, just as it did for me when I was of a certain age.
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