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Build Your Dreams: How To Make a Living Doing What You Love Paperback – July 9, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Designed as a companion piece to Irvin and Hiden's inspirational documentary film, The Dream Share Project, this refreshingly brief, exercise-focused guide is geared toward helping dreamers turn their creative aptitudes and fantasies into meaningful, sustainable work. The book is divided into chapters outlining how to identify core values, how to pursue them, and financial and practical concerns along the way. The visualization strategies, idea maps, and meditation exercises will be familiar to frequent readers of creativity-focused self-help titles, and some of the case studies are merely shopworn business book retreads. However, the book's unflinching practicality is a rarity in the genre: the duo readily and duly acknowledges the necessity of powering through the less-exciting, early stages of achieving one's goals, and they provide quite a bit of advice on how to deal with poor employment prospects, seemingly endless internships, and repeat rejection. The book is decidedly millennial in its outlook on the working world—every moment of giddy optimism is matched by a reminder of the inevitability of stumbling blocks and failure. But for dreamers hoping to keep their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground, this is a great starting point. Agent: Steve Harris and Michele Martin, CSG Literary Partners. (July)
"In their book Build Your Dreams, recent grad team Irvin and Hiden have provided a useful action plan for finding meaningful work. I loved all of the exercises designed to put structure around abstract concepts. I know my work - and my life - will be vastly improved by implementing some of these practical suggestions!"
Alexandra Levit, author of New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career.
Build Your Dreams is the essential guide to help you identify your passions and turn your dreams into a reality. This book is packed with practical techniques, engaging exercises and inspiring stories to help you overcome the mental, emotional, and financial roadblocks that stand in the way of your dreams. Alexis and Chip's book is a must for anyone who wants to turn their passion into their profession.
Christine Hassler, Author of 20 Something, 20 Everything and The 20 Something Manifesto, Life Coach, Speaker
The book's unflinching practicality is a rarity in the genre: the duo readily and duly acknowledges the necessity of powering through the less-exciting, early stages of achieving one's goals, and they provide quite a bit of advice on how to deal with poor employment prospects, seemingly endless internships, and repeat rejection. The book is decidedly millennial in its outlook on the working worldevery moment of giddy optimism is matched by a reminder of the inevitability of stumbling blocks and failure. But for dreamers hoping to keep their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground, this is a great starting point.”
If the pursuit of dreams interests your graduate, then mark your calendar and buy this book. It's an enlightening combination of encouragement and practical advice, with chapters on discovering dreams, setting goals, building budgets and handling failure. Not a bad selection for someone just setting out these days.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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The book should really be titled How To Find Your True Passions Before You Embark On A Career Path. I would think all of the exercises in the book would be done by high school and college students before they graduate and enter the real workforce. That's when I did all of them, and that was back in the 90s via the book - "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It" by Barbara Sher. In fact, I would recommend that one over this one.
This book is filled with common sense exercises like think back to what you enjoyed doing in your childhood, think about your interests and talents, volunteer, take classes, join clubs, figure out your mental roadblocks and limiting beliefs, make plans for how you're going to reach your goals, etc, etc, etc. All fine for teenagers and young adults to think about before starting their careers, but nowhere in the book does it actually tell you how to make a living doing what you love. In other words, how to earn enough money doing what you love to pay all of your bills and take care of all of your responsibilities and have enough free time to have a life while you're making a living.
There are some funny sections near the back of the book like "What Criticism Looks Like" and "What Rejection Looks Like". Can it be that kids are so coddled these days that they've never had to deal with criticism or rejection so they don't even know what it looks like? Maybe that's why they can't last more than a year in the workplace.
Chip and Alexis give concrete, step-by-step strategies for practical parts of achieving a dream like saving money, making a business plan, and pitching your product, if you already have a goal in mind. But even if you're not sure what your "dream" really is, this book can help you figure it out. The cute illustrations, brief writing prompts, and short, to-the-point chapters make the book friendly and non-intimidating for those who feel that their goal is just too much for one person. With just a few minutes of dreaming a day, and the help of this book, you'll be surprised at what you can accomplish.
Well worthwhile for the college students who are still searching for their goals and this book gives them a starting point and goals to work towards.