Monday, January 18, 2010

Real Dreams


Live your dreams!

Follow your passion!

Do what you love and the money will follow!

Actually you just might starve!

Look, the problem isn't in doing what you love. Life is short. By all means do what you love. Just don't EXPECT to earn your living doing it. I might love playing music by tapping crystal glasses. I probably won't make much money from it, no matter how hard I work at it or how positive my thinking.

The other problem is that many people think they love fields that are, well, cool. Often folks look at the arts, sports, or fields with high status and the possibility of fame or riches. Fact is only one person at a time gets to be shortstop for the New York Yankees. Very few get to be in, let alone star in, hit movies. Those that get to those pinnacles have usually worked long hours, moved to large cities, and then still needed some amount of luck.

Too many believe they would love careers that involve wealth, status, fame, or power. Glamour careers.

My advice? Be wary of glamour.

Think of all the people in cool careers, living glamourous lives, yes, following their passion, yet they are desperately unhappy.

But by all means, DO live your dreams, DO bring what you love into your life.

Do you love baseball? Play in a local league or coach kids or officiate.

Want to act? Get active in community theater. Does a local law school need actors for moot court? Can you get work in local commercials?

Be creative.

There are many ways to do what you love. And who knows where that might eventually lead. Maybe even to a life that is better than you dreamed.