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4 Tips to Help Reach Your Dreams

You can get there even if you're starting with very little.

Key points

  • Getting a start in life, at any stage, has become more challenging and complicated.
  • Some common-sense plans and ideas to help make dreams a reality may include pursuing a degree, getting a side job, or starting a side business.
  • Finding something enjoyable and fun is helpful while on the journey to reach dreams and goals.

Getting your start in life at any stage has become more challenging and more complicated than in the past. The pandemic has made things even more difficult. Here are four tips to help you reach your dreams. I have done or seen others do all of these. I hope you find these common-sense plans and ideas useful to help make your dreams a reality.

  1. If I needed a job (or a better one), I’d get a degree in the field I wanted to work. Enroll in school, either academic or trade, to earn a degree. Fifty years ago, a high school diploma could get you a job that would support a family, but now it can’t. Many scholarship programs are available, and many employers will pay for your education and give you a raise when you get a degree. Today, unless you are a very rare bird (or an excellent artist), becoming a master at your trade or earning a degree is the only way up. There’s no reason not to pursue this.
  2. If I wanted a car, I’d get a side job at a car dealership. After a couple of weeks, I’d politely ask if I could buy a used trade-in at cost; if it were an old car headed for wholesale, the dealership wouldn’t lose money. I might even try to make this deal part of my hiring package. That’s being open and honest about your goals, and the more people you have pulling for you, the better. I would also have a second job so that I could upgrade this beater as soon as possible. Of course, an alternative is to move to a city where public transit is accessible.
  3. If I wanted a house (or a better one), I’d get a side job in a real estate company, and I’d get a license. When I was first in the market to buy a home, my brother had a real estate license, which was close enough for me, so we looked together, and I finally found a place in the Valley. I bought my first house with a partner/roommate. When he got married, I bought him out and found another roommate to help cover the mortgage. When I had saved enough to get a better house in a better neighborhood, the roommate came with me. His rent paid half of my new mortgage, and I kept the first house and rented it to friends from grad school.
  4. If I wanted to make more money, I would start a side business (or two). When I was young, I used to flip cars. Houses would have been better, but you work with what you’ve got. Playing guitar also helped get me through grad school, and I even sold instruments along the way. Your side gigs grow and morph, and eventually, you will be able to own and sell a house or find a holy grail guitar. Having side gigs also keeps your mind active and inspires your creativity.

These four tips to help you reach your dreams can be a good model for any chosen direction. The journey to your dreams can be fun. Once you reach them, you may have to create new ones to stay in a positive headspace and keep moving forward.