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10 Simple Ways To Follow Your Dream While Still Having A Full Time Job

10 Simple Ways To Follow Your Dream While Still Having A Full Time Job

Many times we’re told that in order to pursue a dream we must breathe, eat and sleep according to that dream. Pursuing one’s dream is not easy, it is a commitment that requires sacrifices and most importantly time. However, most of us have responsibilities like paying the bills and providing for yourself or a family.

While many of us may think the ideal dream pursuing scenario does not involve a full time job, the fact of the matter is most of us cannot afford to quit. What many people don’t think about is that, with the right attitude and determination, it is surprisingly simple to follow your dreams with a full time job.

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Sailing on the Blue Sea

     

    Here are ten small things you can do that will enable you to hold on to your job and still work towards that dream:

    1. Self assess.

    Admit the dream. Singers sing, writers write, entrepreneurs build. Keep in mind that a dream is something you simply cannot keep yourself from pursuing.  Ask yourself how badly do you want it and what sacrifices you are willing to make.  In my book, Start from Success, I advise, “Start with the end in mind, and you will always know where you are going.”  If you know what you want, you will never lose direction.

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    2. Stop lying to yourself.

    You don’t have to become a starving artist to follow your dreams. It’s easy to psyche yourself out thinking your family or your boss won’t support you but once you get the ball rolling, you’d be surprised who will be there to cheer you on.

    3. Think of your job as a sponsor, not an enemy.

    No matter what your dream is, chances are, reaching it costs money. Writers have editor costs and being a musician will cost you until you are paid to be one.  Even entrepreneurs have to spend a pretty penny to get their ideas to reach the right investors. How will you pay for these things without a job?

    4. Prioritize

    Forty hours in a job, many more spent in other responsibilities and how many left to pursue your dream?  The answer is up to you. There are two things in life that determine your freedom, Time and Money. Maybe you won’t be able to go out three nights a week, or you won’t be getting that new pair of shoes each week. No matter what it is, something will have to go but whatever it is, it will enable you to follow your dream.

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    5. Set specific goals and deadlines.

    You know what you want, you’ve found the time and money, and you are ready to go.  Sadly, this isn’t enough. It’s difficult to do something significant when your goal is simply “sing more” or “think more.” Challenge yourself; give yourself a deadline for a certain part of a project. Write five thousand words each day, e-mail some possible business partners a week. Up the ante each time you reach a milestone and watch as things slowly fall into place.

    6. Use free time wisely.

    Use your free time to gain related experience. Find articles published by other professionals in your field, look at their work. If you are an artist, practice, free-write, don’t be idle. No matter what your dream is, one thing you cannot afford to do is waste time. Use it wisely.

    7. Meet motivating peers.

    You are not alone in your search for success. Countless of people are in your situation and these peers can help motivate you. Use your social networking accounts (Facebook, Google+, Twitter etc) to find like-minded individuals. Search for online forums or attend group meetings; company is always motivating.

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    8. Develop your network.

    While peers in a similar situation may be motivating, they cannot provide vital industry connection. It is important you connect with experts in your field, find a mentor and learn as much as you can from their experiences. While online communities and meet ups may be a great way to meet other people, remember to keep your eyes open. One of my best business connections came from another dog owner at the dog park.

    9. Make adjustments

    Live at the financial level that both your job and your dream allow. Take your dream into account when making future plans or big purchases. Make the necessary adjustments to follow your dream without burdening anyone else.

    10. Give up the “I made it” myth.

    Success doesn’t have a taste or a smell and once you reach it, it means nothing without people to share it with. Likewise, you will never reach a point when you ‘ll get to stop working. Living the dream is also working the dream. Give up the myth of making it, and remember not to slow down at the end of the race.

    Take a moment and in the comments below start your journey now by writing what your dream is…

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    Last Updated on August 16, 2018

    10 Huge Differences Between A Boss And A Leader

    10 Huge Differences Between A Boss And A Leader

    When you try to think of a leader at your place of work, you might think of your boss – you know, the supervisor in the tasteful office down the hall.

    However, bosses are not the only leaders in the office, and not every boss has mastered the art of excellent leadership. Maybe the best leader you know is the co-worker sitting at the desk next to yours who is always willing to loan out her stapler and help you problem solve.

    You see, a boss’ main priority is to efficiently cross items off of the corporate to-do list, while a true leader both completes tasks and works to empower and motivate the people he or she interacts with on a daily basis.

    A leader is someone who works to improve things instead of focusing on the negatives. People acknowledge the authority of a boss, but people cherish a true leader.

    Puzzled about what it takes to be a great leader? Let’s take a look at the difference between a boss and a leader, and why cultivating quality leadership skills is essential for people who really want to make a positive impact.

    1. Leaders are compassionate human beings; bosses are cold.

    It can be easy to equate professionalism with robot-like impersonal behavior. Many bosses stay holed up in their offices and barely ever interact with staff.

    Even if your schedule is packed, you should always make time to reach out to the people around you. Remember that when you ask someone to share how they are feeling, you should be prepared to be vulnerable and open in your communication as well.

    Does acting human at the office sound silly? It’s not.

    A lack of compassion in the office leads to psychological turmoil, whereas positive connection leads to healthier staff.[1]

    If people feel that you are being open, honest and compassionate with them, they will feel able to approach your office with what is on their minds, leading to a more productive and stress-free work environment.

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    2. Leaders say “we”; bosses say “I”.

    Practice developing a team-first mentality when thinking and speaking. In meetings, talk about trying to meet deadlines as a team instead of using accusatory “you” phrases. This makes it clear that you are a part of the team, too, and that you are willing to work hard and support your team members.

    Let me explain:

    A “we” mentality shifts the office dynamic from “trying to make the boss happy” to a spirit of teamwork, goal-setting, and accomplishment.

    A “we” mentality allows for the accountability and community that is essential in the modern day workplace.

    3. Leaders develop and invest in people; bosses use people.

    Unfortunately, many office climates involve people using others to get what they want or to climb the corporate ladder. This is another example of the “me first” mentality that is so toxic in both office environments and personal relationships.

    Instead of using others or focusing on your needs, think about how you can help other people grow.

    Use your building blocks of compassion and team-mentality to stay attuned to the needs of others note the areas in which you can help them develop. A great leader wants to see his or her people flourish.

    Make a list of ways you can invest in your team members to help them develop personally and professionally, and then take action!

    4. Leaders respect people; bosses are fear-mongering.

    Earning respect from everyone on your team will take time and commitment, but the rewards are worth every ounce of effort.

    A boss who is a poor leader may try to control the office through fear and bully-like behavior. Employees who are petrified about their performance or who feel overwhelmed and stressed by unfair deadlines are probably working for a boss who uses a fear system instead of a respect system.

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    What’s the bottom line?

    Work to build respect among your team by treating everyone with fairness and kindness. Maintain a positive tone and stay reliable for those who approach you for help.

    5. Leaders give credit where it’s due; bosses only take credits.

    Looking for specific ways to gain respect from your colleagues and employees? There is no better place to start than with the simple act of giving credit where it is due.

    Don’t be tempted to take credit for things you didn’t do, and always go above and beyond to generously acknowledge those who worked on a project and performed well.

    You might be wondering how you can get started:

    • Begin by simply noticing which team member contributes what during your next project at work.
    • If possible, make mental notes. Remember that these notes should not be about ways in which team members are failing, but about ways in which they are excelling.
    • Depending on your leadership style, let people know how well they are doing either in private one-on-one meetings or in a group setting. Be honest and generous in your communication about a person’s performance.

    6. Leaders see delegation as their best friend; bosses see it as an enemy.

    If delegation is a leader’s best friend, then micromanagement is the enemy.

    Delegation equates to trust and micromanagement equates to distrust. Nothing is more frustrating for an employee than feeling that his or her every movement is being critically observed.

    Encourage trust in your office by delegating important tasks and acknowledging that your people are capable, smart individuals who can succeed!

    Delegation is a great way to cash in on the positive benefits of a psychological phenomenon called a self-fulfilling prophecy. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, a person’s expectations of another person can cause the expectations to be fulfilled.[2]

    In other words, if you truly believe that your team member can handle a project or task, he or she is more likely to deliver.

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    Learn how to delegate in my other article:

    How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

    7. Leaders work hard; bosses let others do the work.

    Delegation is not an excuse to get out of hard work. Instead of telling people to go accomplish the hardest work alone, make it clear that you are willing to pitch in and help with the hardest work of all when the need arises.

    Here’s the deal:

    Showing others that you work hard sets the tone for your whole team and will spur them on to greatness.

    The next time you catch yourself telling someone to “go”, a.k.a accomplish a difficult task alone, change your phrasing to “let’s go”, showing that you are totally willing to help and support.

    8. Leaders think long-term; bosses think short-term.

    A leader who only utilizes short-term thinking is someone who cannot be prepared or organized for the future. Your colleagues or staff members need to know that they can trust you to have a handle on things not just this week, but next month or even next year.

    Display your long-term thinking skills in group talks and meetings by sharing long-term hopes or concerns. Create plans for possible scenarios and be prepared for emergencies.

    For example, if you know that you are losing someone on your team in a few months, be prepared to share a clear plan of how you and the remaining team members can best handle the change and workload until someone new is hired.

    9. Leaders are like your colleagues; bosses are just bosses.

    Another word for colleague is collaborator. Make sure your team knows that you are “one of them” and that you want to collaborate or work side by side.

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    Not getting involved in the going ons of the office is a mistake because you will miss out on development and connection opportunities.

    As our regular readers know, I love to remind people of the importance of building routines into each day. Create a routine that encourages you to leave your isolated office and collaborate with others. Spark healthy habits that benefit both you and your co-workers.

    10. Leaders put people first; bosses put results first.

    Bosses without crucial leadership training may focus on process and results instead of people. They may stick to a pre-set systems playbook even when employees voice new ideas or concerns.

    Ignoring people’s opinions for the sake of company tradition like this is never truly beneficial to an organization.

    Here’s what I mean by process over people:

    Some organizations focus on proper structures or systems as their greatest assets instead of people. I believe that people lend real value to an organization, and that focusing on the development of people is a key ingredient for success in leadership.

    Learning to be a leader is an ongoing adventure.

    This list of differences makes it clear that, unlike an ordinary boss, a leader is able to be compassionate, inclusive, generous, and hard-working for the good of the team.

    Instead of being a stereotypical scary or micromanaging-obsessed boss, a quality leader is able to establish an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.

    Whether you are new to your work environment or a seasoned administrator, these leadership traits will help you get a jump start so that you can excel as a leader and positively impact the people around you.

    For more inspiration and guidance, you can even start keeping tabs on some of the world’s top leadership experts. With an adventurous and positive attitude, anyone can learn good leadership.

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