Let’s face it: dreams are dreams for a reason. Most of the time, you can’t feasibly make it to where you want yourself to be career-wise.
Most people who dream of becoming a doctor, lawyer, or any other high paying white collar job never make it there because of how small the funnel is on the way to that career.
You can jump through as many hoops and gain all the experience in the world,
but a lot of the time it just doesn’t work out for one reason or another and because you made that end-goal the only priority, you’re back at square one.
My advice is to be realistic and have at least three backup plans for when your dream stays a dream.
Use everything you’ve learned from chasing that dream and apply it toward your other three plans however you need to.
By bleeding the lessons and skills you obtain along the way down the tree, you’ll find it more likely to find a branch to finally rest yourself on.
It may not be the top of the tree, but at least you’re not food for the worms. You’ll live somehow.
Please don’t take this as me saying to never have dreams in the first place, because we all need something to idealize and work toward to help us through life.
Just recognize the feasibility of it.