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what should i do if my dream job requires significant luck, should I pursue my dreams or should I play it safe

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Dan’s Answer

There are some jobs that require luck, however almost everything that you could possibly wind up doing in your adult life has very little to do with luck, and has everything to do with creating opportunities for yourself.
By keeping your options open and working hard at what you decide to do you will CREATE YOUR OWN LUCK. I would encourage you to work hard for what it is you want to do - but be very realistic about opportunities and do not rely on luck for your future. Most of the lucky people you know of have done a lot of work behind the scenes to put themselves in that position. In other words they created their own luck.
You should always pursue what it is you want to do, but you should also have a realistic back up plan as well.
Example: You want to be a professional athlete, so you will need to work hard for that goal. That does not mean that you stop working in other areas. When you are young, you should be working on more than one path. You will more than likely change careers multiple times when you are older.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your response, I would like to break into the entertainment field, but I also aspire to be a business owner I appreciate the advice! Derrick
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Erin’s Answer

Short answer: you never know unless you try. Sometimes you'll get a "lucky" job because you happen to be the only one trying to do it.

Long answer: Start with that dream but be open to what comes your way. When I was in college, my goal was to be a comic book writer and possibly illustrator. I even ended up getting an internship at a pretty prestigious comic book publisher, but no paying job came from that.

I'm now starting in a field that I never knew existed when I was in college. I'm happy, doing fulfilling and creative work, and it's my dream job that I never knew I wanted.

Luck may get you some things, but persistence will take you the rest of the way. Keep trying and take the opportinities you find.
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Bruce’s Answer

Hey Derrick,

Truly a great question on multiple levels!

Dream job? Wow! I'd love to hear more about all it entails. For now, the operative words from your question that really stood out are "luck" and "safe." With that in mind, let's peel back some layers of your sense of risk in your career, let alone life. Every moment of life is a risk. Haven't we all experienced that through a magnified lens this past year!?!?! Since risk implies loss, it begs the query, "What are you afraid of losing?"

Financial independence?
Steady income?
Viable career advancement path?
Sense of accomplishment?
Self-confidence?
Relationships?
Face?
Purpose?

Or, like many of us, it could be a combination of these and other factors. In my case, it was all of these, plus triggers to past loss. And then there was this internal force -- my refusal to someday find myself on that proverbial deathbed with this regret, that ultimately overshadowed my shadows. I went for the gusto.

As for you, Derrick, or anyone out there, only you can assess your level of risk tolerance. In doing so, you need to turn the question around on its head. What is the risk of you NOT pursuing your dream job doing what you perceive as requiring significant luck? What happens to you if you take the secure, more sure route?

Finally, isn't it possible that this dream job -- regardless of how it actually turns out, may lead to something else even dreamier? I can't tell you how many times I've seen that occur throughout people's careers. It's always so heartwarming to see people discover what derives passion and fulfillment internally while at the same time, providing a greater good externally. In other words, this may appear as a dream job right now from this viewpoint. Yet, your career is an emergence, just like you. Stay open to possibilities while learning about yourself along the way.
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Guy’s Answer

Hello

In your life, you will not always find the good job where you feel in your place.
Most important is that you perform something that you like to do, i.e. when you wake up in the morning, you look forward for your journey.
Of course, it will be difficult days like in every job, but if you remain motivated by what you do, then you have chosen the right orientation.
One other criteria is the work-life balance, don't forget that ! If you just live for working, you will keep up.
Also be cautious in well remunerated functions upfront, sometimes it looks nice, but it asked to invest so much of your person, with high expected objectives, that you will be stressed.
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Ralbert’s Answer

Great question!

There is no such thing as luck. Chase your dream job, especially when you are young!

Norman Vincent Peale said "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars".

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Simeon’s Answer

If possible, try to do a little of both. Imagine scenarios where opportunities open up for your dream job, but they won't pay for what you need right out the gate. If you are able to support yourself with an alternate career right out the gate, you give yourself the option to do unpaid/underpaid opportunities in your field of preference in order to build your resume and professional network.
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