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Ben Arment

Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love

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Dream Year by Ben Arment is a guide for turning your dream project into a reality in one year. It offers practical advice on goal-setting, overcoming obstacles and building a community of support to make your dream a success.

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    Use your frustration with your current job as fuel to pursue your dreams.

    Do you dislike your job? If so, you’re not alone: studies have shown that a whopping 66 percent of working Americans can’t stand what they do for a living.

    But why is this?

    Most of the frustration you, as an employee, experience stems from the fact that you’re working to make someone else’s dream come true, not your own. Your job is not meant to be fulfilling or satisfying; your employer has probably designed it so it’s just bearable enough that you won’t quit.

    Luckily, this sense of frustration can have a positive outcome.

    For one, it can help you understand and articulate the problems you face so you can better address them: when you complain to a friend about your job, you may find that you’re actually listing all the issues very clearly.

    What’s more, frustration can also push you to improve your situation. It’s an energy source that can fuel your efforts to make a change.

    Finally, the frustration you feel now will also help you stick to the changes you make later, as it will help quell any doubts you have.

    Let’s say you decide to quit your IT job and go back to school to study medicine. Undoubtedly, at some stage you’ll begin to have second thoughts: “Was this the right move?” “Should I quit?” This is inevitable, and when it happens, you can think back to the frustration you felt at your old job. This will strengthen your resolve and help you stay the course.

    So now the question is, what kind of change is the right one for you?

    Quite simply, you need to stop following other people’s dreams and start pursuing your own. Take your own dream and your own ideas, and start a business around them.

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    What is Dream Year about?

    Many people today are frustrated with their day-to-day jobs, because deep down they know that they’re not really living the life they desire. Dream Year helps you identify your dreams, and offers practical advice on how you can go about starting your own business to pursue them.

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    ...frustration is the fuel that propels you through the challenges when your idealism runs out.

    —Ben Arment
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    Who should read Dream Year?

    • Anyone who is frustrated with their current job
    • Anyone who has ever thought of starting their own business
    • Anyone who can’t quite articulate their dream

    About the Author

    Ben Arment is a serial entrepreneur who manages Dream Year, a coaching organization which helps people to realize their dreams.

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