People adapt to their surroundings quicker than any other animal. We easily fall into a routine and are slow to break habits. Even with our ability to adapt, we’re scared of change.
You would think that changing things to pursue a dream is something everyone does, but it’s not. The truth is, we all want to, but we’re scared of the consequences. And instead of rationalizing why we should pursue life-long dreams, we rationalize why staying where we are is best.
What if we could stop making excuses and stop settling for being content? This thought should excite you more than scare you, and if it does, then read about the five counter-arguments to common anti-dream rationalizations.
1. I have a Good Job
There are a lot of good jobs and good companies, and you got lucky enough to land one. Even though you recognize how great your job is and appreciate the opportunity given to you, you may feel bored and uninspired.
There are two ways you can approach leaving your good job. You can keep your stable job that you’re bored of while you work on your passions on-the-side, or you can make the step into registering for some classes or applying for jobs in your dream career. Look at it this way; your leave could open the door for someone else who wants your current job because it’s their dream.
What’s that saying? When one door closes, another one opens. Well, you could be opening up doors for you and someone else. How philanthropic of you.
2. It’s not financially feasible
This is probably one of the biggest obstacles to switching careers, and rightfully so. It doesn’t matter how you view money, but money is an important factor unless you’ve built your own house on a remote location and harvest your food.
Many people are content where they are because the money supports them and their family, and not because they’re just so darn passionate about their work. That’s okay. After all, a career change comes with risks and the general assumption that you’ll get a pay-cut.
Assess your finances and discuss your wants with your family. Maybe your family can financially help or offer emotional support. Think about where you’ll be in five years if you stay in your current field. Ten years? Are you happy in that future? I don’t mean content. I mean happy. People who love you want you to be happy, but only you can make yourself happy. So go be happy and pursue your dreams!
That Y.O.L.O. saying that we hated so much makes a valid point. You’re living right now, and life is too short to live contently and without adventure.
3. A Career Change Means a Position Change
Career changes are often easier for twenty-something-year-olds or new college grads. You may have spent years, or maybe decades, getting your promotion and moving into your position; you’re financially and emotionally invested.
But maybe it’s time to invest in a new career. After all, if you’re passionate about your work, then you’ll move up the ladder soon enough, and you can enjoy the climb while you get there.
4. What if I’m Not as Good as I Thought I was
Failure is a scary thought, but it’s something that follows us no matter what we do. We’ve all made mistakes, but the difference between a mistake and a failure is whether you give up. Mistakes are a given, and they should be embraced in a field you probably have little experience in!
Just because a pitch didn’t go through to an investor or a product didn’t sell, doesn’t mean you’ll fail. You have to make mistakes to learn what not to do. Experts didn’t become experts by being perfect in everything they do – they got better and became professionals by experiencing mistakes and learning how to remedy the situation.
5. My Friends and Family Don’t Support It
Your friends and family would probably be concerned about a career change. Maybe you told them and they didn’t support your dream as much as you hoped they would. Ask them about their concerns and listen. Reason with them and explain why a career change is necessary.
If you are serious about a career change, then your family will take it seriously too, and they’ll realize that supporting your decision is the best solution. Following your dreams doesn’t mean you’re irrational while doing it.