Just last week, I ran into a friend from high school. We were discussing college, internships, the future, etc. She had been following College Prep so she knew what was going on with me. When she mentioned that her dream internship was to work for a specific television network, I asked her why she hadn’t applied.
Let me just clear something up… if you don’t try… you will never succeed 100% of the time. I always hear people saying, “Oh, I really want to……”but I never hear their plan of achieving whatever want they have.
So let me ask you… what is your biggest wish, dream, want, etc?
Do you want to win the lottery? Do you want world peace? Do you want to travel the world? Do you wish you could quit your job and do what you’ve always wanted to do? Do you dream of living in an amazing city? Do you want to run a marathon?
When was the last time you bought a lottery ticket? Have you been reading political journals and advocating for peace? Do you have a savings account that you add to every month for travel? Are you looking every day for new job listings or networking to find an opening? Have you asked your boss if there is an opportunity in Dream City? What’s your running schedule and training plan like?
If you haven’t taken that first step yet… DO IT NOW.
Don’t be intimidated. Even the biggest celebrity is a just a person at the end of the day.
Network. If you need to reach someone at the top of the pyramid, work your way up from the bottom. Call the assistant to the intern of the assistant to the assistant of the vice president under the president. Sweet talk, be polite, say thank you.
Be optimistic! Someone is going to be chosen for the internship. Why not you?
Keep the timeline in mind. Very few things are going to happen overnight. If you want something enough, you’ll be motivated to follow through and keep up with it even if it’s a frustratingly long path.
Flexibility is key. Sometimes even the best of plans needs to be adjusted along the way. Don’t worry if things don’t go exactly as planned. If you can knock your way through a brick wall, walk around and look for the door.
All of this literally is the definition of my personal mantra, “Live your dreams.”
What’s your biggest dream? How are you going to make it happen?