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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
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
"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
Build Your Dreams is an amazing guide for anyone who imagines doing work that is gratifying yet isn’t sure what to do to fulfill their aspiration. It’s comprehensive, easy-to-read and incredibly practical, filled with tools and solid advice. Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden wrote this for people in the beginning of their careers, however I intend to recommend this book to all of my clients regardless of which stage of their career they are in!”
Julie Jansen, author of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide for Finding Gratifying Work
"A must-read for anyone searching for their calling. Build Your Dreams gives you every tool you need to transform your passion into your profession. It is an invaluable and life-changing guide, equal parts inspiration and practicality for any age."
Kathy Eldon, founder of the Creative Visions Foundation
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've met the authors at one of their campus presentations and I can't wait to read the rest of the book and to share it with the students I work with - thanks Chip and Alexis!!!Published 19 months ago by Leenie
This is a very creative book which not only helps the reader design their career and their possible life path, but unlike many career books, also considers the "practical"... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Freudian Slips
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone trying to realize their dreams or make a positive change in their life. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Laura Beth Harrison
This book is a fabulous gift for a recent graduate. I also found the companion movie very inspirational as well as extremely enjoyable.Published on August 4, 2013 by Heather
I am only partially through the book, but it is really a great tool to use to help you follow your dreams.Published on July 29, 2013 by Chris
This book takes a seemingly unobtainable goal and breaks it down - in painstaking detail - to individual steps to reaching a dream. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Nick