Ditch the Dream and Be a Doer

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Ditch the Dream and Be a Doer.

Shonda Rhimes

In June 2014, Shonda Rhimes, the famous television writer and producer best known for “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” gave the commencement speech at Dartmouth. The new year is a perfect time to take Shonda Rhimes’ advice to stop dreaming and start doing. Or in her words:

I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, engaged, powerful people, are busy doing.” And, she goes on to say, “It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.

This advice directly applies to the job search. I often get emails from students asking me to make an introduction, to forward a job posting that I think might be a good fit for them, or to suggest additional edits to their overly reviewed resumes. There is some legitimacy in the requests, but I often find that these are the very students who are not busy doing. They aren’t willing to put in the really hard work of getting a job that is a really good fit for them.

Dreaming can take many forms: procrastination, fear, intimidation, or in Shonda Rhimes’ case, sitting in her sister’s basement. During this time of new year’s resolutions, are you getting busy doing or just dreaming?

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