Your original dream takes different shapes


The pigeon wants to drive a bus in the beginning of the book, though later he switches gears to pursuing a trailer. Both are vehicles that move. What moves you?

It’s not easy to uncover an underlying thread unless you have the courage to dig for it. Sometimes you have to pay for someone to ask you the tough questions to figure out what drives you. You might need a nudge, a reassurance that you have the right to be on that path. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes we need external affirmations to get us through the bumps.

This pigeon didn’t need reassurance. He needed to be taken off the ledge: he was fully committed to getting the reader to let him take a joy ride. In this case, YOU were the only person in his way — much like you are the only person standing in the way of pursing your dreams. Back in 2003, I cold-called advertising agencies using the good old-fashioned Yellow Pages. I asked to meet with a copywriter just for a shot at joining the industry. I secured a meeting with a little agency in downtown NYC, met with the copywriter, and was given an assignment. However, I never submitted that assignment. I let my fear of rejection get in my way. I didn’t even give the copywriter a chance to evaluate my work — again, because I was my own obstacle.


1. Describe the sort of nudge that would make you budge and jump off the ledge for your dream.

2. It’s time to look for clues. Find clues in your life that are leading you in the direction of your dreams.

Share your answers in the comments below. I want to help you fulfill your dream and will review all comments to offer up ideas to kick-start your individual journey.


Next Stop: Your original dream is being lived by someone else


Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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