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Build Your Dreams: How To Make a Living Doing What You Love Paperback – July 9, 2013
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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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This book opened my eyes. Irvin and Hiden have moved past their youthful zeal for cross-country travel, diet of ramen noodles when necessary, and a flipcam. In this book, you will find step-by-step exercises in goal setting, time management, getting rid of pests who distract you, and staying in touch with what you love or used to love.
For example, there's a wonderful 25-day plan for fundraising via those crowdsourcing websites. Each day offers a new opportunity for getting your story out there, and the authors have generously shared the strategies that they used to raise money to complete their documentary. (At least, I'm guessing that's where they got the strategies.)
It is clear to me as a career counselor that young people just go about things differently. They don't want to job hunt as their parents, grandparents and professors did. Irvin and Hiden, being card-carrying college graduates in their 20s, have done a lively job of converting their own angst to joy. This is a lesson you are going to want to share with the young people in your life or in your classroom.
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.