Let Nothing Get In The Way of Your Dreams [Guest Blogpost]

The following is a guest blogpost by my good friend, Zac Bean.

I have worked for the same company in auto sales for almost 5 years. I love what I do, but like most people, I strive for more. If you don’t strive for more, then you are in the wrong career; that is simple advice from me.

I want to be the best at what I do.

I have a great boss who always says “the world owes you nothing.” I take that as “you make your own opportunities,” which is why I got into the auto industry. If you don’t know anything about it, it’s a commission-based industry. The way I see it is that you get out what you put in. The harder you work the more you get rewarded and, until recently, I believed that.

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I believed this until I got passed over for a promotion by someone from another store who played politics. If I believed this person deserved the promotion over me, I wouldn’t be writing this and I also will not go into why this person didn’t deserve it.

The reason I am writing is because, call me an optimist, but I try to take the best from situations and learn something. I learned a simple lesson from this experience. As I wrote about recently, I’ve learned a lot in the last few years. What I take away is that some people get the easy road and some get the hard path, but if you truly want something, nothing is going to stop you. So I am going to take the original quote and change it to how i interpret it: “when you have an opportunity to make a dream into a reality, don’t let anything get in your way.” It doesn’t matter what your dream is; my dream is to get that promotion.

Getting a promotion wasn’t my original dream. It is crazy to think how your dreams change as you get older. (I challenge anyone to tell me their dream when they were 10 and see if that is what they are doing today!) Dreams change, but it doesn’t mean you should stop chasing them. When I was 10 years old, my dream was not a promotion in the auto industry; my dream was to be a pro baseball player for the Mets and part time spy.

If you take anything from this, it should be that if you ever have an opportunity to make a dream into a reality, don’t settle for anything less.

I will leave you with one last thought: I got passed over but for a promotion I wanted and thought I deserved (I may be biased). My new goal is prove everyone that they made a mistake and I am better than the girl that got that promotion. I told you I hate losing, but losing has a way of giving you the confidence and drive you need to do something truly great.

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