In order to get your dream job, you may have to be very dedicated to the point of sacrificing other things, like fun. Sports stars like Kobe Bryant are so dedicated that they spend many extra hours training and developing their skills, that’s why they’re so good. I heard Kobe Bryant say something like “I got to this level because I was willing to do the things that others weren’t”.
It actually reminds me of the story of the Three Little Pigs. The first two pigs wanted to play and have fun, so they didn’t put the effort it took to build a strong house, and the Big Bad Wolf just blew the houses down. The third pig didn’t play, but spent his time building a strong brick house, so he was saved.
Of course Kobe Bryant has talent, but the real secret of his success is that he was able to magnify his talent through hard work. He was willing to work when others played and had fun. Most people think that all it takes is talent, but they don’t realize that hard work is necessary too.
Most people are like the first two pigs, they think they can just do the minimum and get by, they don’t want to put in the effort to make something strong. Actually, I was like the two pigs too, I didn’t take my career seriously in the beginning, it’s only when I put less emphasis on goofing off and having fun and more emphasis on improving my work that I was able to get my dream job.
It’s funny, those old stories like the Three Little Pigs have something to teach us, even in this modern day. In order to get your dream job, you might have to study or work when your friends are having fun, but if you really believe in your dream job, it will be worth it in the end.