After reading a piece on why 'follow your dreams' is the very worst career advice you can be given, I've been wondering whether that's always true. There can be no denying that most people who try to follow their dreams won't succeed, but is that because it's impossible or because it's difficult and people give up?
When the going gets tough, most of us will quickly bail. After all, we need money to survive and, if your dream isn't making any money, then you need to rejoin the real world, don't you? Well, there is undoubtedly a soundness to that advice, especially if your main goals in life are making money and/or taking the path of least resistance.
However, be prepared to regret that decision later, because studies, like Kinnier and Mertha's 'Regrets and Priorities at Three Stages of Life', show that we regret 'inaction' (for example, not taking more risks, not being more assertive etc.) far more than we regret any action we take.
And if you need any proof that not taking 'no' for an answer can lead to success, read on.