The Dream Share Project, a documentary and career workshop created by Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, has inspired thousands of college students across the U.S. In Build Your Dreams, Chip and Alexis transform their program into the ultimate career guide for a generation of “rebels” seeking passionate work. Through essays, anecdotes, exercises, tasks, and illustrations, Build Your Dreams offers a unique 5-stage framework (using the acronym DREAM) for 20-somethings to make a living doing what they love:
Discovery: This stage helps the reader unearth their passions and explores eight ways to test-drive a dream.
Research: Teaches how to break a big vision down into actionable and measurable mini-goals.
Embark: Offers guidance on financing a dream by providing Millennial-friendly expense-slashing techniques, easy-to-use budgeting templates, and fund-raising strategies..
Adapt: Utilizing anecdotes and exercises, this stage helps the reader surmount potential pitfalls on the path to their dream.
Maintain: Focuses on teaching the reader how to make their dream profitable.
Interactive, achievable, and enlightening, Build Your Dreams is the ultimate career guide for 80 million young people born between 1982 and 2001 who are poised to transform their passions into a fulfilling career and lifestyle.
“The book’s unflinching practicality is a rarity in the genre: the duo readily and duly acknowledges the necessity of powering through the less-exciting, early stages of achieving one’s goals, and they provide quite a bit of advice on how to deal with poor employment prospects, seemingly endless internships, and repeat rejection. The book is decidedly millennial in its outlook on the working world—every moment of giddy optimism is matched by a reminder of the inevitability of stumbling blocks and failure. But for dreamers hoping to keep their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground, this is a great starting point.”
“If the pursuit of dreams interests your graduate, then mark your calendar and buy this book. It's an enlightening combination of encouragement and practical advice, with chapters on discovering dreams, setting goals, building budgets and handling failure. Not a bad selection for someone just setting out these days.”
—St. Paul Pioneer Press
"In their book Build Your Dreams, recent grad team Irvin and Hiden have provided a useful action plan for finding meaningful work. I loved all of the exercises designed to put structure around abstract concepts. I know my work - and my life - will be vastly improved by implementing some of these practical suggestions!"
—Alexandra Levit, author of New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career.
“Build Your Dreams is the essential guide to help you identify your passions and turn your dreams into a reality. This book is packed with practical techniques, engaging exercises and inspiring stories to help you overcome the mental, emotional, and financial roadblocks that stand in the way of your dreams. Alexis and Chip's book is a must for anyone who wants to turn their passion into their profession.
—Christine Hassler, Author of 20 Something, 20 Everything and The 20 Something Manifesto, Life Coach, Speaker
“Build Your Dreams is an amazing guide for anyone who imagines doing work that is gratifying yet isn’t sure what to do to fulfill their aspiration. It’s comprehensive, easy-to-read and incredibly practical, filled with tools and solid advice. Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden wrote this for people in the beginning of their careers, however I intend to recommend this book to all of my clients regardless of which stage of their career they are in!”
—Julie Jansen, author of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide for Finding Gratifying Work
"A must-read for anyone searching for their calling. “Build Your Dreams gives you every tool you need to transform your passion into your profession. It is an invaluable and life-changing guide, equal parts inspiration and practicality for any age."
— Kathy Eldon, founder of the Creative Visions Foundation