Many people fail to get their dream job because they have a back-up plan. Think about this logically. By having a back-up plan, you are telling yourself that you might not succeed, which is exactly what you should not be thinking.
Before I start to get letters from pessimistic parents or career counselors saying that this is bad advice to give students and young professionals “in this economy,” let me make sure you understand my message.
I am not saying that you should target one organization and remain unemployed rather than work for that employer. Having any job is better than being unemployed given the stigma of being out of work. What I am encouraging you to do is to commit to getting your dream job, no matter what it takes. Sure, in the meantime, you may have to stay in a job you don’t love, or you may have to get a temporary job to pay bills. However, you must commit 100% that you are going to get your dream job eventually. No excuses. No doubt. It is going to happen. It’s only a matter of when, not if. It is that mindset that will actually help it happen because you will be more resilient and persistent.
If you knew you would die a slow, painful death if you did not get your dream job in the next six months, you would find a way to get it. You would do absolutely whatever it took to get hired. Why not approach your dreams with the same vigor?
That probably sounds crazy, but most people completely miss the point of life and work. Don’t “plug along” in some job that you hate; go after your dreams with everything you have! Hold absolutely nothing back, and you will succeed.
A back-up plan is actually a plan for failure. When you are willing to do whatever it takes, you will eventually achieve your dreams.
If you follow the NBA, you just witnessed Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks stun the world and knock off Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the almighty Miami Heat. Before the season started, no one expected the Dallas Mavericks to win the NBA title this year. Well, no one except Jason Terry, shooting guard for the Mavs. Before the 2010-2011 season began, Terry got a tattoo of the NBA Finals trophy on his right bicep. How’s that for committing to your dream?!
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-Pete Leibman (Pete@IdealizeNow.com)
-Author of “I Got My Dream Job And So Can You: The Blueprint For Career Success As A Young Professional” (due out through AMACOM in spring 2012)
-President of Idealize Enterprises
-Keynote Speaker for The Dream Job College Tour
–Creator of The Washington Wizards’ Sports Careers Day