Would you ditch your real job for your dream job?

Most of us daydream about living out our dream job, but how many actually have enough guts to go after it? Often times, we may fantasize about what it would be like to fulfill our deepest desires and pursue a career of choice. However, when reality sets in, many experience cold feet and cowardly back away from the brave thought- and who can blame you? The job that you already have provides a steady pay cheque and even health care benefits that are most valuable, especially in this recession. There’s also a comfort in knowing that you’re in a stable position and to lose all of that would probably mean downsizing in some regards.

So… that passion of yours? Is it worth it? Certainly, many factors come into play when considering a jump into a new direction, but out of the several thousands who don’t think it’s worth the trouble, there are a few who slip through the cracks and go for it! And we see this brave quality in many entertainers, actresses, models and people around us right here in the city.

I recently discussed this topic briefly over dinner with a few of my friends who are entrepreneurs and I discovered the same conclusion that originally swirled around inside my head; they are happy. Not only are they happier and less stressed, but they are extremely motivated to do whatever it takes to maintain momentum, even if it means the risk of making less money or working longer hours. Just knowing that “everyday you’re the boss and you make your own rules.” is enough to push them into creating a world that they desire.

Of course on the other hand, not every one is as fortunate, but the comparison has made me think twice about my own personal goals and I have to say hearing from other young professionals inspired me on so many levels. I’ve learned that no matter who you are, where you come from, everyone has the potential to be something great. The only difference between those who succeed and those who fall flat is commitment. A dream will always stay a dream unless you do something about it and the amount of work you put in, will be equivalent to the results you get back in return. If you have a passion, plan ahead, have an ultimate goal in mind and I say go for it! Life has a funny way of working itself out and you’ll never know unless you try.


What are YOU most passionate about and do you think that one day you will muster up the courage to ditch the 9-5 to pursue your dreams?

If you already have, then that’s great! We want to hear from you. Meet me in the comment section of this post. I look forward to reading your story.


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An experienced journalist, author, motivational speaker, visionary entrepreneur and mentor. Through a whirlwind of inspirational lectures, round table discussions and media appearances, she positively influences, challenges and reconnects youth with their passions while providing the necessary tools to prioritize and execute. Pauleanna uses incredible wit and candour to target young women and help them shape and create the world that they have always desired. Having overcome her own personal and professional obstacles, her powerful story-telling encourages this generation to face their challenges and conquer them and this compassion for achievement has also laid the foundation for her debut teen fiction novel.


  1. Chantelle says:

    Wow, this article hit right on the money for me! I am in that place right now of choosing. I model part time…and I want to take it to the next level by joining an agency but, because auditions are usually short noticed and during the week, I need a flexible job…which is hard to find. My boss now is cool however because it’s an after school program it will be ending soon. I was recently hired for a summer camp supervisor position which is not flexible. I could wait until the end of summer but then University starts again. My high school teacher told me I’m young enough to take chances!! So I just might…

  2. I’m so happy that you loved the article because I very much enjoyd writing it. I think a lot of people go through this tug-of-war between what they are most passionate about (dream job) and the job they currently have. But my advice to you and others is to strive to thrive, not just survive. If you have a dream, pursue it! You owe it to yourself to give it everything you’ve got. If you fail, so what! At least you know that you give it 100% and will not have regrets later in life. I’m fortunate enough to be working in a field that I’m most passionate about, but there was a time when I felt stuck and that’s no way to live. The moment I transition my frustration into motivation that is when beautiful opportunities opened up for me and it can for you too – If you believe in yourself!

    Chantelle, I wish you the best of luck. Work very hard and don’t forget that baby steps are still progress. Always celebrate small accomplishments! I’m sure you will be great in whatever it is you choose.

    Stay in touch,

    Pauleanna Reid