I’d rather live a life full of “oh wells” than a life full of “what ifs.

– Pat Flynn

Are you in the career that you love? Are you being paid well in your work? You may have heard before that you should follow your passion and money will follow after. As the mentality goes, doing something that you enjoy will not make it feel like a 9 to 5 job. It will not feel like work at all.

While you have been advised to “follow your passion” lots of times, you also probably have heard of stories about a person pursuing his passion only to fail and returning to the their 9 to 5 routine. Then he or she has lost hope in being able to make a living doing something they love. This does not have to happen that way.

For example, Pat Flynn is an expert on online entrepreneurship and digital marketing. He managed to find his own passion and is currently named one of Forbes’ most transparent leaders in the business world!

Here are 3 ways of achieving your dreams that no one has told you.

1. Be Bold and Chase your Dreams

There is nothing wrong in chasing your dreams. There are a lot of people who stop doing that and they’ve not looked back with regrets since. If you have a dream that you have been meaning to follow, then you should give it a try and pursue it.

The first step is the hardest. You can start by creating a plan – your course of actions and other possible problems that you may encounter along the way. If you are into writing, take the plunge and try blogging and see where it takes you.

2. Be Responsible

Chasing your dreams does not mean that you simply leave everything behind and get away on your own. Do not leave the people around you in harms’ way just for the sake of following your passion in life.

If you are planning on chasing your dreams of say, becoming an artist or a writer, always have a backup plan. Ensure that your loved ones understand the reason behind your choice. Otherwise, you might end up not having food on your table, or even worse, having to depend on your loved ones whom you have neglected.

It does not have to be a grand backup plan. You can start with your family and friends and ask for their support as you embark on a new journey. Alternatively, you can choose to work part-time as you pursue your ‘dream’ job.

3. No need to leave your job

There are a lot of people who chased their dreams and do what they love best within their company.

The reality is not all dreams will require you to leave your current employment. For example, you have invested many years in the technical department of a company because that was what you were trained for. However, as you grow with the company, you realized that your expertise may lie elsewhere. Your colleagues may have approached you for marketing advice and so you are actually more suited for their marketing and sales department. Seek consultation with your immediate superior and you may find yourself in a more satisfactory position in the company. Do note that you will have to to prove yourself as an invaluable employee, especially if you have been not been in the company for a long time.

It is never too late to start a new career. There are people who found their passion and switched their careers later in life. You can do so too but always remember to be courageous, responsible and plan ahead.

I have over 10 years’ experience in the Logistics and Transportation industry working both as an in-house HR professional as well as an external recruiter. Connect with me for your next Logistics & Supply Chain hiring role.

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