There never seems to be enough hours in the day. It’s tough to get your everyday work done, let alone spend time chasing anything on top of it. Even figuring out your dream in first place can be a struggle.
But the good news is inspiration can always find you. And you never know when or where it’ll strike. Previous Scholarship recipients discovered their dream at different ages, times and places throughout their lives.
It could be anything
For kiwi footwear designer Kathryn Wilson, it was something she always knew. She’d been in love with shoes for as long as she could remember, and in 2002 AMP backed the young fashion design graduate to chase her passion. For others, like 2010 winner Kath Johnston, it came later in life. She didn’t discover her love of competitive swimming until well into her retirement, but more that - twenty years later, she’s still at it.
Your ‘thing’ doesn't need to be in the direction you’re already headed. Sam Judd is a trained lawyer who unearthed his passion for conservation while travelling though the Galápagos Islands after his graduation. Now he’s helping to reduce coastline pollution all over the world.
But of course once you've found what drives you, we’re back to the conundrum of making it happen.
Breaking things into small steps
Gabriel Callaghan, winner of the 2012 AMP Study Start Scholarship, sets small, manageable goals, and allocates an amount he can ‘tick off’ each day helps him keep up steady progress. Focusing on one step at a time stops him from being overwhelmed by the big picture. It’s something Clinical Psychologist Mary Grogan is also a big advocate of.
Seize the day
Just be brave and give it a go.
It might not be easy to put your ideas and passions out into the world. Or perhaps even to discover that dream in the first place, but what’s the downside in trying? After all, every big achievement once started out as a tiny twinkle of inspiration. And there’s no rule about how fast you need to go. If you take it one step at a time, you never know where you might end up.