On Following Your Dreams in a World of Salaries

Following your dreams can be expensive. It can take a long time to gather up the courage to start working towards them, especially when you have a fear of failure.

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Following your dreams doesn’t always pay the bills, so sometimes it’s about finding the balance between the two. In other words, adulting. Adulting is difficult for many reasons. For one, money. Money makes the world go round.

For two, finding time for self-care. Navigating the waters between working, cooking, doing general adult things, and finding time to take care of yourself is difficult, often treacherous. But it’s important. Practicing self-care is one of the most helpful ways to prevent burn-out.

Following your dreams is an excellent way to practice self-care.

So, how do you follow your dreams in a world driven by money?

  • Side Hustle

Having a full-time job helps pay the bills, but sometimes it leaves us feeling unfulfilled. This is where a side hustle can come into play. Following your dreams can start out as a part-time-on-the-side-gig. I love writing, and I am so blessed to be able to do it every day on social media. However, sometimes I leave work feeling unfulfilled, like my creativity and talents aren’t always used the way they could be.

So, I started freelancing–writing on the side for different companies and people to help supplement my income. This leaves me fulfilled and fueled up, ready to tackle the next day. I’m slowly beginning to follow my dreams.

  • Don’t be afraid of failure

Admittedly, this is a hard one. It’s hard to stop fearing failure, especially when you’re a perfectionist in an achievement-driven society. We measure people’s value and worth by what they have achieved in their lives. Those who have ‘achieved’ more are worth more than those who ‘have achieved’ less. For example, doctors are worth more to society than those who work in fast food.

But it doesn’t have to be this way; we shouldn’t feel bad about ourselves just because someone else has seemingly achieved more than we have. Goals should be personal, to better yourself, to follow your dreams.

  • Set realistic goals

We’ve all heard the saying “Reach for the stars.” But trying to reach the stars right away is dangerous and sets you up for failure. Set little goals along the way, attainable goals that can help you ultimately help you achieve your big goal.

I’m writing a book, and I want it to be perfect on the first try, which is completely unrealistic. I’m learning how to set daily goals for myself that will enable me to finish my book so that I can make it perfect in the revision and editing process. And I use perfect loosely because I’ll always be able to find ways to improve on it, or find something I could’ve done differently.

Following your dreams in a world that is so dependent on money is terrifying. It’s also difficult. But taking it one step at a time is so much easier than trying to do it all at once. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.


I'm a music lover, reader, writer, lover of words, and hopeless romantic.I believe in magic.I wish my life were a Jane Austen novel.

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