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How I turned my dream job into a reality

Ever since moving to Los Angeles two weeks ago, it is still surreal to me that I have moved 3,000 miles away from where I spent all of my life.

I moved to LA because I had found my dream job.

Currently, I am an Executive Editor at Everipedia, the “chiller, more thug” Wikipedia that aims to revolutionize the way knowledge is created and distributed. Every morning, I wake up and author content that is seen by thousands of people daily. Just thinking about that statistic is mind-boggling.

Lately, I have been wondering how I became fortunate enough to land such an incredible opportunity.  What did I do that separated myself from the countless number of recent college grads to be in the position I am in today?

There are four pillars of wisdom that have brought me to this point and that can help you land your dream job as well.

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1. To get a dream job, you have to learn from your mistakes.

When I was younger, I often heard my dad say “if you’re going to do something, you better do it right, otherwise it’s not worth doing at all.” I really take this one to heart not only because my dad said it, but because it emphasizes the importance of creating quality that you are proud to show the world. In a sense, your work is an extension of yourself. Whether it is a project in your career or a hobby in your personal life, if people see that you are taking the time to construct something worthwhile, they will take notice.

Keep in mind that you can put all the effort in the world into something, but if you are not smart about it, your effort will be wasted. I have witnessed so many people make the same mistakes and wonder why they are not getting anywhere. It is because they are not learning from their faults. It all comes back to taking the time to learn from past failures in order to have more success in the future.

2. Dream jobs are available to those who put in the work.

If there is one statement that I cannot stress enough, it is this one. The universe has a way of rewarding those who fully devote themselves to something.  I remember when I was studying in Brazil, learning Portuguese was a monumental task. About I week into it, I decided to genuinely attempt to learn the language. So I immersed myself in Brazilian culture, started listening to Brazilian Music, and spoke Portuguese to others as much as possible. And you know what, it paid off. Although I only spent a couple of weeks in Brazil, locals were telling me that I was speaking more Portuguese than expats who had lived in the country for several months. That sense of accomplishment made the struggle worth it.

The same is true for my work at Everipedia. When I started creating content for them, there was no guarantee of a job after and from the appearances, the chances were unlikely. Yet something clicked in my head, a eureka moment you can call it, that if I made enough valuable contributions for them, then they would have no choice but to move me to their California headquarters. With this mindset, I went to work and again immersed myself, this time with creating Everipedia pages. After several months of getting over the learning curve of how to use the site and getting the results that they were looking for, my premonition came true, and here I am working for Everipedia full-time.

The moral of this story is that sometimes you have to create opportunities for yourself instead of just following the crowd. In addition, unconditional commitment to a cause will not only bring you success but will help you grow as a person. It sure did for me.

3. Getting a dream job is all about being comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.

Learning to deal with uncomfortable situations is a powerful way to metamorphosize yourself. Today, too many people are afraid to step out of their comfort zone, whether it be trying a new activity or being in an unfamiliar environment. Instead, they should embrace the unknown or run the risk of living a life trapped in Plato’s Allegorical Cave. For myself, the way that I exposed myself to a different light was traveling, and I prospered because I learned to adapt quickly and listen to the perspectives of the people around me. Accepting uncertainty in my life has significantly advanced my own personal development.

4. Realize that your network is your net worth to get your dream-job.

I remember hearing those exact words when I interviewed Kazi Sorrentino a few months ago. It does not matter if you meet someone yesterday or yesteryear, the connections you make are invaluable resources. Furthermore, you will only go as far as the people you surround yourself by on a daily basis, and with the internet and social media, you can now do that virtually. That is how I met Mahbod Moghadam, Co-Founder of Everipedia, by just reaching out to him on Facebook. I could not have imagined that friend requesting him a few years ago when he was with RapGenius would lead me to work beside him today. Because I reached out to him, I am now working with a gifted team at Everipedia and my network is expanding to include more successful people in tech. You do not realize how relevant your connections are until the opportunity you need them presents itself.

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Written by Dave Liebowitz

Dave Liebowitz is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and majored in political science while double minoring in history and philosophy. He is a prolific writer and maintains his own blog, Frequency of the Unknown, where he divulges into insightful commentary about politics, philosophy, and valuable lessons from his personal experiences. He is currently an Executive Editor at Everipedia. In his free time, Dave enjoys going to the gym, reading, and traveling the world.

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