I have been a career stylist/consultant for the last 4 years and a professional Technical Recruiter for the last 7 and in my years of consulting career professionals I can say with complete certainty that building a career is not at all easy.
It takes determination and commitment to one’s goals.
I frequently speak with entrepreneurs and business owners and each and every one of them have told me that building a business is not a cake walk; developing your brand will cause you sleepless nights and can be lonely at times. You will receive harsh words from well-meaning friends and, most of the time, your own family will doubt your abilities. But if you believe in your vision, if your dreams are bigger than your fears then nothing can stop you.
5 things I’ve learned to help make your dream a reality:
1. They’re your dreams, no one will achieve them but YOU.
Just because your dream is hard to achieve doesn’t mean you should kill it and fulfill someone else’s dream. Because the worst question you could ever ask yourself is “What if?” It is better to try and fail than to live in regret.
2. Your inner voice should be louder than your naysayers.
It’s perfectly fine to listen to critics, this gives you the opportunity to tweak plans and minimize mistakes along the way. But never be swayed by the naysayers; those people who want to scare you and keep you from fulfilling your dreams. Your determination should be louder and bolder than the words of those who will never fully understand your dreams.
3. Not all trends are worth trying.
I read a quote from Karl Lagerfeld the other day that said: “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” Just because everyone is doing it does not automatically mean that you should do it too. Analyze and determine what fits . But if you must, set the trend than follow one.
4. Celebrate the small wins.
Don’t be afraid to do a happy dance for the small wins; whether it’s mastering a new process or finishing a productive meeting with prospective clients or mentors. Learn to celebrate, because it’s easier to lose momentum when all you see are the disappointments (which comes in naturally when achieving one’s goals). Just remember, a single masterpiece is composed of many small beautiful things.
5. Find a coach or mentor.
A lot of people think that they don’t need a mentor/coach to show them the ropes or just flesh out ideas with. As you climb the ladder of success, the more you will need people who have been in your position, have learned a thing or two, and genuinely want to help you succeed. Even the most successful people still have mentors and coaches because they understand that there is always room for improvement.
Remember this: successful people were not satisfied with sitting, wishing, hoping, thinking, and praying; they stood up and took action.
They made their dream their life’s movement.