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What is the best idea to take if your dream for the future is not as practical or resourceful as you once believed?

Asked Cochranton, Pennsylvania

I am asking this question because many people tell me that I may be overthinking the results of my post-secondary choices. I hope to create an inspiring cartoon that will capture attention and or possibly turn it into a film. However, I realize that I may not animation as much as I like the thought of my ideas being on television. I would like to earn my income in a way that involves productivity and results that can help others directly as well. #business #teacher #student #graduate #counselor #job-coaching #mentoring #parent

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Kevin’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Happy Friday Amber!

The best idea I can give you to achieve your dreams even when they don't seem practical or as resourceful as you may have imagined is.... to NOT give up on the dream or the pursuit! How about that answer?! You weren't expecting that, huh? :-)

You will find that as you travel on your life journey, that you will change your mind and approach towards things, some of your interests will change, you will grow stronger in certain skills and talents, and obstacles will present themselves from time to time. You may even run into people that will try to convince you that you may not be able to do some things you want to do and provide you with all types of reasons why you can't achieve a goal.

But always remember, the sky is the limit! So many people in life have been successful even when the odds were stacked against them, but guess why we were successful? Because we rose to the challenges, keep pursuing our dreams and we learn to be somewhat flexible.

Also keep in mind that most successful people have lived through moments in which they weren't as productive or didn't make the type of money that they thought they would make initially. (Think about the term 'starving artist' and what that means...)

Ok, now to address the specific part of your question about maybe not liking animation as much as you like the thought of your ideas being on television. It is perfectly okay to have the idea of wanting your concepts and ideas to come to fruition on television. The great part about that is that when it comes to any profession, there are various people that area skilled in certain areas that can help you make your ideas come to life.

The best way to address this is to research and learn as much as you can about the things you'd like to do. Read as much as you can about things related to what you'd like to do. Find out how it works and who does what in the process. Watch videos on YouTube or other readily accessible information outlets. Find out about organizations, clubs and classes that will introduce you to others that share the same general interests and make friends with them and ask them questions (which is simply 'networking').

If you do all of those things and don't get discouraged, success is bound to come your way, and you'll find a way to make sure those ideas show up on the screen at some point.

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