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5 Things to Do When No One Takes Your Dreams Seriously

5 Things to Do When No One Takes Your Dreams Seriously

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.

But…

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?

  1. mypaperbacklife@gmail.com

    April 10th, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Hi Laura,
    Such a very timely reminder that I have to take my idea seriously first – it’s so easy to forget that if I don’t take it seriously and therefore always put off making it happen, what anyone else thinks doesn’t really matter.

    Thank you!

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  3. rtdennis@yahoo.ie

    April 16th, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I’m in dream making mode. Though the doubters don’t have much of an impact, I could sure use more of the supportive gang part! I get frustrated every time I see a reference about using your support network toward any purpose – which is common. This seems obvious enough. But unfortunately some people lack this depth and breadth of social connection which leads you to be your own gang of one…

  4. alexandrablond524@gmail.com

    April 22nd, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Laura, you have no idea what incredible timing this topic is for me. Just this moment I was thinking the same thought…as well as how family approval/support is not always forthcoming, since they don’t know what you are like in the workplace.And so funny–“don’t take your baby to Target.” I want an upgrade–to Nordstrom’s, at least! Thanks for always keeping it real.

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  6. reneeb@thesoulsguidance.com

    June 27th, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Laura, you have a beautiful website, and I love your message! I just stumbled (coincidentally *wink *wink) upon your website today, and I just love it. Thank you for writing the articles that people like me really do want and need to read. My question is this – I have been pouring my heart and my soul into my art/business for a while now. I know I have a great message and have been working on making some authentic connections with people. My dream is to be able to support myself financially while doing my work as an intuitive guide/writer – the problem is, no matter how hard I try, something seems to be standing in the way of me making a living in this area. What could it be? I love what I do, but it seems to be so difficult for some reason. I really desire to work from home and I believe I have tons of life experience that can help others get through what they are going through in life, but no one seems to get me. I am doing this all alone it seems, and even though I have the heart & persistence of any strong person – I can’t help but think that maybe it’s time for me to hang it up. Nothing is budging for me. They say to follow your passion and do what you love – I am doing it, but no one is coming along… I’m clueless as to what I am doing wrong. Maybe you can shed some light… So embarrassing, I am an intuitive guide, but I can’t figure this one out. Lol.

  7. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    June 30th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Renee! So glad you found this little corner of the internet. Sorry to hear that you’re struggling to take something you love and make into something more; I’ve definitely been there. Here’s where I take a different stance from a lot of career advisors: I disagree with “follow your passion.” It’s a lovely sentiment, but it’s not the whole story. More like “follow your passion” and..-become a world class marketer
    -spend more time doing admin that the thing you love
    -make sure you have a business model that works
    I’m not sure what business training you’ve had in the past, but it sounds like you could use some one-on-one business coaching with someone who specializes in the areas you want to see improvement in (I’m not that person). Unfortunately, you can’t “passion” yourself into a great business; you’ve got the have the strategy. Good luck!

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