I want to follow my heart, but I have to pay my bills.

September 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

“I want to get back into fashion, my first love.” The voicemail from a potential client thrilled me. She obviously had a bold, heart-led plan for her next career move, and I hoped I’d be able to help her.

By the time we spoke the next day, she was in panic mode. Afraid the fashion market was not robust in her new city, she was thinking of pursuing hospitality instead. After all, her recent experience as an event planner would be an asset, and she was facing a hefty mortgage payment for her new dream house.

Fortunately, this was a case where she could have her cake and eat it too. I love those!

I suggested that it wasn’t an either/or choice. She could pursue both. If the job in hospitality worked out first, she could look for an opportunity in fashion from the powerful position of an employed person.

If you have a dream, it’s there for a reason. In the process of pursuing it, good will happen to you and through you. You might not get where you first envisioned going, but you’ll arrive right where you’re meant to be.

Have a dream you haven’t realized yet?

The best way to pursue it is directly correlated to your risk tolerance. I know I took a lot more risks when I was single than I do now that I have a husband and two kids. My dreams now look more like a slow and steady evolution as my career takes shape and I discover more and more about how to best help my clients by expressing my joy for writing, marketing, and cheerleading.


–          If your dream and your work don’t seem to be in alignment, make them more so. There’s a great example in Career Distinction by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson, about a sales manager whose first love was sports. He challenged his team to come up with the best sales presentation using sports as an analogy. Sales went through the roof and he was re-engaged with his “day job.”

–          Start a business that’s related to your dream while keeping your current job. Once the business gets big enough, quit. That’s exactly how Movin’ On Up Resumes got off the ground. A good family friend and playwright, Evan Blake, was a paralegal for years until he was able to make a full-time living writing plays.

–          Set up some informational interviews with people who are doing what you would love to do. You’ll get the chance to learn more about next steps and start the process of creating new opportunities.

–          Check out www.vocationvacations.com. They can help you with information, set you up with a mentor, and give you a real-life taste of your dream.

You can be pragmatic and true to your authentic self. It takes courage, but most worthwhile things do.

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