Stephanie Levinson is another great person I met while working at Wynn Las Vegas. She was the manager of the Parasol Bar, proudly located in the main casino area. What impressed me then, and still does today, is Stephanie’s positive attitude. I don’t recall one encounter where Stephanie wasn’t smiling, laughing, or being overall positive in everything she did. Our paths crossed again through mutual friends outside of work and I’ve had the pleasure of building a great friendship with Stephanie and value the time we spend together. She continues to be a positive light and is an inspiration by starting her own business, while raising her two beautiful children with her husband Drew. Take a read and learn how she got her dream job.
Most people have worked a job that they don’t love. I have been there! I know what it’s like to work at a job that you don’t love, but I also know what it’s like to have my dream job and I would love to share what I have learned along the way.
Figure Out What You Want To Be When You Grow Up.
My father-in-law used to say, “Sometimes knowing what you don’t want is more valuable than knowing what you do want.” Consider a “bad job” to be a pathway to self-discovery. Use the experience to your advantage by learning what you enjoy and what you don’t about the job, and allow that to help shape your future decisions.
Try new things! If there is an opportunity to help on a project that you might be interested in or to volunteer for a charity that you believe in, offer to help. Even if you end up not liking it, give it 100% effort because it could lead to something else you really do enjoy. It may lead to a passion you never knew you had.
All of your life experiences are valuable and so are the people that you encounter along the way. Never burn a bridge and always treat everyone with dignity and respect. You never know how your paths may cross in the future.
Land (or Create) Your Dream Job.
Have you ever thought about starting your own business and creating your dream job? For many, money can be the biggest hurdle. Whatever your financial situation is, know that you CAN do it. I’m not suggesting you quit your job today, but with some planning you can make that dream happen.
Come up with a game plan that will help you get there. For example, I started a bank account that I lovingly named my “FUnd.” I set a goal of saving one year’s living expenses and when I hit my goal I had more confidence in my ability to take a chance.
Consider each experience you have as a building block, preparing you for your dream job. I really enjoyed a lot of my previous positions even though it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. I saw them as great opportunities. I used the guidance and experience that I had from each role and learned. When I was financially and experience ready I took the leap to start my own business.
Have courage and don’t be afraid if other people don’t support your vision. The world needs brave people. With proper planning, taking a chance can lead to an enriching life experience and quite possibly, your dream job. Rejection doesn’t mean you failed, it means you had an opportunity to try. Interviewing and not getting the job is a chance to practice and prepares you for the next interview. I know that may seem like a pep talk, but keeping a positive attitude will get you noticed for the right reasons and will keep you mentally on track to achieve your goal.
It’s Okay If Your Dreams Change.
My brother wanted to be a professional hockey player since he was 3 years old. He was fortunate enough to accomplish his goal and he wouldn’t have traded it for the world, but after several years, broken bones and weeks on the road away from his family, his dream changed. That’s okay! We go through many different phases in life that will influence what our definition of a “dream job” is.
Always be honest with yourself. No job is perfect. There will be good and bad days and the money will have ebbs and flows, but if you can wake up most days excited to go to work and not just on payday, you are probably closer to finding your dream job, don’t be afraid to make it happen!
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