9 Biggest Excuses Holding You Back From Your Dream Job

Posted on December 13, 2014

Everybody wants the dream job, but most people have nothing but excuses to validate why they’re still at a dead-end job.

Here are the nine biggest excuses that prevent people from achieving the job of their dreams.

1. You’re too young.

Success doesn’t have a minimum age requirement. Don’t believe me? Ask Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richardson Branson, and Steve Jobs. If you’re looking for an example of someone who’s a mere mortal, I’ll throw my name in the ring. I was earning $48,000/year at the age of 21, which was eight years ago when $48,000 was worth considerably more than it is today.

2. You’re too old.

Just as success doesn’t have a minimum age requirement, it also doesn’t have an age limitation. Everyday, Corporate America and the news media tell 55 year-olds that their time is up. This is nonsense. Veterans have something young bucks don’t have, which is experience. Where older people go wrong is they don’t market themselves and position their experience properly. They over-index on the importance of their shiny resume when a resume is no longer good enough. What about your website portfolio? What about your pile of reference letters? What about your blog or your book? I could go on and on. Veterans shouldn’t feel bad though because young people aren’t doing these things either.

3. You don’t have a college degree.

Neither do I, but that didn’t stop me from landing a highly-coveted position in a Fortune 10 big business. Yes it’s true, a college degree is still important and it still helps you get your foot in the door, but it’s becoming less and less valuable to employers as there’s too high a supply of people with college degrees and not enough people with verifiable skills and experience. If you want to get the job of your dreams, stop dwelling on your lack of education and begin focusing on gaining experience. Be willing to start from the bottom, bust your hump, and work your way to the top. Don’t take this advice to heart too much though.

While you may not need a college degree to get you the job of your dreams, that doesn’t mean you don’t need an education or skills. Consider sites like Lynda.com, Udemy, Skillshare, or a number of other online education options.

4. You’re not smart enough.

What does ‘smart’ even mean? I know tons of ‘smart’ people who make really stupid choices, get into thousands of dollars of debt attending over-priced private colleges and amounting to nothing more than a notch above average. ‘Smart’ is meaningless, and the effort put behind the measurement of your self-worth based on being ‘smart’ is worthless. You are just as capable as anyone else.

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