Just about everyone dreams of one day being able to do what they have always wanted to do, from jobs like a professional athlete, singer or actor, only 30% of people are working in what they consider their dream job or something close to it. On the other end, the 70% of people in the western world do not enjoy the work they do, and continue to have big dreams but end up still working at a job they do not like.
So why isn’t it easy for them to just wake up and pursue their dream career?
While the vast majority of us have unrealistic targets, most career goals can be achieved with diligence and motivation. To move ahead in your career and do what you want to do, you might have to face tough decisions to actually make it happen. This may prove to be a hard pill to swallow, but certain traits and mindsets can get in a way of getting that dream job and achieving success.
Here are 12 reasons why you’re never getting your dream job, and what you might be able to do to fix the solution:
1. Letting Fear Guide Your Decisions
Many of us fear of the consequences that involve changing jobs, making a career change or even considering self-employment. But sometimes taking chances and risks is exactly what we need to do in order to get where we want to be in life.
If we want to advance in our careers, it usually means moving outside of our comfort zone or interviewing for another job. Don’t let fear take over; and embrace the new direction for all it’s worth.
2. Blurred Career Goals
What is your passion? What do you want to be doing 5 to 10 years from now? If you are not sure, take some time to outline your career goals and learn to articulate them to prospective employers.
3. Failure to Establish Your Worth
Focus more on what you have to offer at your prospective dream job, rather than what is in it for you. Know what you are worth by showing your value in terms of knowledge, experience or career successes.
4. Your Network is Too Small
You should know by now that most jobs nowadays are landed through networking. The more people you are connected with, the better chances you will land your dream job.
First step is to create a LinkedIn profile if you haven’t already, and connect with as many people as possible I your desired industry. When you have signed up, join relevant professional organizations and consider volunteering for an organization that works on causes dear to you.
5. Your Location is Limited
A recent survey found that 40% of Americans net move away from the place they were born. Like mentioned above, change and starting from scratch may be fearful, but might be necessary in order to fulfill your dream.
For instance, if you live in a small town and want to someday become an aspiring actor, you should be open to moving to bigger cities like Los Angeles or New York City because these cities give you a better chance of landing a job in your career.
6. Lack of Goal Commitments
We all make goals – short or long term, but most of us never actually achieve that goal. Why? Let’s put it this way, you’re really probably not committed to it, especially for goals that involve our future or careers.
It’s easy for us to keep putting it aside, and not giving the goal attainment their full effort. If you want to succeed with anything in life, you need to commit and actually make it happen.
7. Having Too Many Goals
It’s okay to set up a few goals for yourself, but don’t overdo it. Too many goals cause you to not be able to focus on the real goal. Easy way to stay organized is to write down your priorities and figure out your main goal and then focus on that. Then when you achieve this goal, move and focus onto the next.
8. Sticking It Out
You convinced yourself that if you stick things out at your current miserable position, things will improve at some point. However, many people have been staying out and coping with their jobs for years – so why not save your time and misery and look elsewhere.
9. Waiting for Magic to Happen
Let’s be real – do you think one day you’ll wake up and you’ll be working your dream job? That is not how it works, in order to land the job you want, you have to work for it and whether you like to hear it or not, it may involve failure during the process. There is absolutely no such thing as shortcuts; it will take time, patience and baby steps to get where you want to be.
10. Lack of Enthusiasm
If you are not excited or passion about what you want to pursue, how are you going to get there? Employers can see true authenticity and the more you are enthusiastic about your career, the better chances you’ll succeed.
11. Failure to Recognize Opportunities
This is a common reason for most people. We tend to recognize and grab opportunities as they present themselves. If you happen to stumble upon a company you are unsure is the right path to take for your career, do your research and take chances, you never know where you’ll end up.
12. You Lack a Critical Skill or Two
Even though you may think you’re good at your job and don’t think you need any extra skills, think again! Doesn’t matter how smart or savvy you think you are; you should always be learning something every single day. It’s always great to be well-rounded and be trained in basic skills that may help you in the long run.
Which of these are making you stop you from doing what you want? It is never too late to start heading the direction you want, start by figuring out exactly what you’re passionate about and give yourself goals on how to achieve it.
Remember success is about diligence, patience and motivation; in no time you’ll get there!