Life is too short to not be doing things that make you happy. We've heard the "chase after your dream" advice time after time, but many will say that it's simply not realistic. However, I think that huge reasons that keep people from chasing their dream are fear and complacency. Want to figure out how you can score your dream job? Start by trying to turn your hobby into a moneymaker, or read up on people who've attained your ideal career and try to pick up some tips from them.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, the CEO of Rent the Runway, Jennifer Hyman, talks about the best piece of advice she has received:
Just do it. There's no benefit to saying, "I'm just doing this because it will get me to this new place," or "I'm just going to go into this analyst program because it will prep me for X." If you're passionate about something, go for it, because people are great at what they love and when they're the happiest.
We've been brought up into a culture which is very much about preparedness: you go to the right middle school to get into the right high school to get into the right college, to get the right job after college. At a certain point, you need to turn around and say to yourself, do I love how I spend my day every single day? Is this the most effective use of my heart and my mind?
The downside to starting a company is having it fail, but in the process of potential failure, there's the fun of doing what you love every single day, which to me means there's absolutely no downside. I think if more people actually pursued what they loved, we'd have a lot more innovation and creativity.