Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Anthony Cosimini
Founder & Owner of: Mistersherbetlemon
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer
A Quick Background Story:
Ambitions form in people at a very young age. They often say a lot about what kind of person they may someday become.
A good deal of these ambitions are often well paid, respectable jobs with the most common being things like a doctor, firefighter, police officer, etc… However, when a child or teenager decides that they want to seek a career in the creative arts, they’re rarely provided with the same support from their seniors.
My own experience of the education system was disheartening to say the least. I was actively discouraged to abandon my ambitions as a writer or musician and pursue a career in social work, simply because a 20 question test (which, I might add, provided no questions regarding the creative arts) said I’d be good at it.
We all have someone who we respect the most in life. For me, my father is the one man I respect more than anyone else. He has provided for my family despite receiving a poor education and will be working an eight hour shift during his 75th birthday next week. He has been a fantastic influence on my life but when it comes to pursuing a creative career, his support becomes non-existent.
You see, my father values security over success and success over happiness. He’d rather see me earning money in a dead-end job I hate than have me pursue a job I love. To this day, he still recommends that I apply for a job as a flight attendant so I can see the world despite the fact I have a fear of flying. If I want to see the world I’ll do it in my own damn time! (And I hope you would all be the same way too!)
So What Can You Learn From This Story?
There are those fortunate enough to receive the desired support that can push them ever closer to their dream job but that support can be hard to find. My own personal experiences and the experiences told by my peers gives me the impression that the message told to creative people is usually “grow up and face reality” rather than ” “follow your dreams.” This both worries me and infuriates me to no end.
It worries me that there are so many creative minds having their confidence shaken by those who should support their efforts. It infuriates me to think about how many dreams must have been abandoned because of that mentality which encourages creative minds to aim for goals that are more easily attainable.
If you’ve grown up around this mentality or are currently growing up around it then I implore you to persevere against it. No matter what people around you say, nothing is unattainable so long as you work for it. It doesn’t matter if everyone thinks you’d fare better in another career path, you only have one life to live and it shouldn’t be spent chasing a career you don’t want.
If you’re a creator at heart then you should never settle for less than the freedom to create. Even if you’re not creative, you can do what YOU want so long as you strive for it with everything you’ve got! Whether you want to be a blogger, a writer, a business owner, a sports athlete or anything else, the only person with the right to say you can’t is you.
Committing to these paths is never easy but no matter what people say to dissuade you, all they can use against you are words. Let those words fly over your head and know for yourself that there’s no limit to how far you can go. Prove those words wrong and become exactly what you want to be.
This isn’t just a message for you, this is a message for future creators. If a time comes that you have children of your own and they have similar ambitions, you better be there to tell them it’s possible. But in the meantime, get started on proving it yourself…
Now what’s your story and dream…?
Article Credits: Anthony Cosimini
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor