Use your bedtime to revisit your dreams

My first job interview?


My original dream of becoming a world-class copywriter in an advertising agency never went away. Instead, it evolved from copywriting in my own advertising agency where I’d be selling products and services, to copywriting in my own career-coaching practice, where I help people build up the skills they need to sell themselves.

I believe in the potential behind people more than I could ever believe in the benefits of products or services.

I encourage you to connect the dots the next time you read a book to your child. Consider it a sign to revisit your original dream, then take a leap to make your aspirations loud and clear. Don’t be afraid of getting on a ledge for those dreams. Whatever you do, those aspirations will poke their heads in your life from time to time. When your chance arrives, take off your blinders and don’t miss the opportunity. And for goodness’ sake, let yourself finally drive that bus!


1. Dreaming is risky. Write down how you plan on ignoring your inner voice and self-doubts.

2. Why is your dream important? Put your “why” on a post-it note and carry it around with you.

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.

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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