9 Steps to Pursuing Your Dream Career in 2012

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It’s that time of year again, ladies. The holidays are in full swing and 2012 is creeping up ever so rapidly. As we look back on all of our accomplishments and shortcomings of 2011, it’s only natural for us to start visualizing how 2012 can be bigger and better. I mean, life IS all about forward movement and growth, right? With work and career taking up so much of our time, it’s important that we absolutely love what we do…not think it’s “OK” or just collect a check. You’ve got to LOVE it and find fulfillment in your work, even when you’re so busy you don’t know if you’re coming or going.

I stumbled upon an excellent piece on fastcompany.com that spells out 9 steps to quitting your “have to have” job and pursuing your dream career. The post addresses some of the many reasons we find ourselves “stuck” in a job (i.e., not taking the time to identify our passion, fear of the unknown and financial concerns) and maps out 9 concrete steps to take before making the big move:

1. Make time for your passion

2. Expand your network outside your company

3. Get your financial house in order

4. Seek support — both emotional and financial

5. Don’t worry about what others will think

6. Plan ahead

7. Forget the golden handcuffs and the money left on the table

8. Get the timing right

9. Stay motivated!

Click here for the entire fastcompany.com story and details on why each step is critical to pursuing your dream career. 2012 is looking you square in the eye. Can you honestly say that you like what you see?

As a New York City beauty PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

eclectikchic says:

great article. It reminded me that my dream is not too late. Thanks for sharing.

Molaundo says:

Thank you, Renae! These 9 steps are on point.

Consistently putting in serious hours to realize your dreams after coming home from what may have been a mentally and physically draining day is no joke. It requires an almost fanatical belief in your own abilities. I have always had more faith in myself than any of my employers- no matter how much I loved the job. It is ultimately this faith that has always fueled my decision-making, entrepreneurship, and journey along “The Road Less Traveled.”

Wishing you an amazing 2012!

Kisha says:

This blog entry was confirmation for me! Thanks for posting!

tsagrednerp says:

I cannot tell you how much I needed to read this today.