You have a dear and precious dream about your work. You imagine a career where you get to make a real difference, are respected and sought after, and allows you to express yourself and do your best work. Maybe you don’t have all the pieces figured out yet, but you have a vision of what could be. You even doubt yourself sometimes. Could you really pull this off? Could this really work out for you? Despite your fears, there’s a little “yes” deep down that keeps urging you forward.
What if you follow your dream and no one takes you seriously?
That would hurt. That would cut.
And that would be just fine.
Because you know what?
The best dreams don’t get taken seriously at first.
Why should they? They’re a little out there. They require you to do what you’ve never done before, and become who you’ve never been before. It’s not fair to expect everyone else to see and understand the vision that you have for yourself. And you don’t need them to!
You don’t need everyone to understand what you’re up to. You don’t need everyone to approve, co-sign, and get it.
5 THINGS TO DO WHEN NO ONE TAKES YOUR DREAMS SERIOUSLY
1 | NURTURE YOUR IDEAS
This means being protective of them at first. Don’t take your baby to Target.
2 | SHARE YOUR IDEA WITH YOUR “GET IT” GANG
You cannot do this all on your own. You need emotional support, if nothing else. Find individuals or a group of people who get it and understand what you’re trying to create. Seek their feedback and support. Don’t worry about the people who don’t get it yet. It’s not their job to get it, even if it’s your parents or your spouse. Do your thing. Talk to your Gang.
3 | TEST YOUR IDEAS
It’s hard for others (and you!) to take your ideas seriously if they stay ideas and never become actions. Get to work. Experiment. Get out of your head and into the real world.
4 | PROVE YOUR IDEAS
This is where the tide starts to turn for those early doubters. Some people need to see evidence before they can believe. You get evidence when you actually do the work. People can see that this is real and your ideas bear weight.
5 | DETACH FROM YOUR IDEAS
Some people are just never going to get it. Get ok with that. They’re not obligated to get it, and you’re not obligated to convert them. You don’t need to be offended or hurt by that. Your ideas aren’t for everyone, and they aren’t as fragile anymore. Criticism can come. It might bother you, but it can’t destroy you. You’re strong, and so are your ideas.
So, those people who doubt you at first? Thank goodness for them. They’re letting you know that you’re onto something, and that the work you’re going to do is not for the ordinary.
What matters most is that you take yourself seriously. Do you?