Do You Know What It Takes To Make Your Goals Happen?

In the course of my life, I have had at least mild and at most very serious ambitions to be the following things: a painter, a journalist, an editor, a novelist, an actor, a singer, a music producer, an astronomer, a pastry chef, a historian, an art historian, a curator, a game developer, a programmer, a small business owner, a radio reporter, a jewelry designer, an entertainment lawyer, and probably about 50 other things. I have been more successful with some of these ideas than with others, and to be really real, some of them are farcically far-fetched for me – but some of them are things that I want very badly to do but that are just a little bit out of reach, just a little bit outside of the realm of my knowledge, and that’s frustrating.

Part of the problem, I think, is that I’m a member of a generation that has been able to ask the Internet for information about how to achieve any particular goal and get deluged with information and opinions. How do you parse through 13 million Google results to figure out what the best practical advice is for you as you start pursuing the thing that you so badly want to do with your life?

I have a solution that is incredibly simple: Ask people who have done it. Find people who have accomplished your goals, get them to talk about the nitty-gritty of the process, and have them dole out the best advice they can give based on their memory of being new at it.

At the same time, though, you all are busy people with jobs and families, and you may not know who to ask, and you may not know where to start on accomplishing your goals. I understand. I figure I might as well use my job to help you out (and, hell, enrich my own understanding of the world), because The Frisky will pay me to do the research for you, track down the experts, needle out their very best knowledge, and present it to you complete.

And that’s the idea behind our new once-a-month series, What It Takes. I’ve already talked to novelists, small business owners, bloggers, a game developer, and a brewer about how they made a career out of their ideas and passions, and I’m guessing that some of you are going to benefit greatly from what they have to share. But I need your help. What else do you, readers, want to do with your lives? What are you passionate about? Do you have dreams of writing a comic book, or making a movie? Do you want to design a car one day? Are you curious about becoming a courier?

And here’s the cherry on top of this series: Every month, we’ll have a giveaway associated with the post that’ll help you to get on track with your ambitions. On Monday, for example, we’ll be telling you about What It Takes To Write A Novel, and you’ll have a chance to win books from the authors I’ve interviewed and a seat in a 10-week fiction writing course from Gotham Writers. Get excited.

If you have dreams and goals and ambitions, or even just the desire to know more about a field that fascinates you, get in touch! Write me at [email protected] with the subject “What It Takes” or comment below and let me know what careers excite you, and I will find the information and advice you’ll need.

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