Ditching ‘office life and paperwork’ for dreams

By Janeen M. Edwards

The millennial generation can, and should, redefine success, according to the creators of The Dream Share Project. The documentary by Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin was shown on Nov. 2 to an audience of students. The pair then held an interactive workshop to show how to identify, follow one’s dreams and achieve success.

Before the documentary, Hiden and Irvin asked onlookers the three questions that served as a guide for the answers they’d eventually share with college students from all over:

“Do you think it’s important to have a dream?”

“What are some challenges you’ve faced?”

“How do you discover your passion?”

Then, the film began.

The creators had become exasperated with “office life and paperwork.” To break out of this miserable life, they decided to drive across the country visiting new places.

With “a camera out of a cereal box,” Hiden said, they did just that, interviewing professionals along the way who had followed their dreams, and documenting their answers.

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But most of all, the world needs dreamers who do,” read the front page of the workshop booklet handed out at the end of the film.

To encourage the audience’s thinking, Hiden had students write down in their booklets their answers to, “What do you want to achieve in life?” and “What did you want to be when you were a kid?”

This was an idea touched upon in the documentary. Children are commonly asked about their dreams, but these dreams are never taken seriously as a successful path to follow.

Hiden and Irvin had ended the workshop with the same topic the documentary concluded with, “The Success Equation,” which was the purpose of these questions, Hiden and Irvin said.

“Why did growing up have to mean giving up on your dreams?” Irvin said.

Success is defined by the individual dream, and that is what Irvin encouraged college students to do.

The message that Hiden thought was most important to reiterate was that students should follow their dreams.

“It’s the most important thing,” Hiden said. “It’s not going to be easy.”

Irvin added, “Don’t look back. Start small and don’t wait.”

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