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12. Are You Paying Attention to Where the Universe Is Nudging You?
We all love the Following a Dream story. It's a great story. It's exciting to hear about someone quitting a mundane job to become a ninja or to run her own business. But sometimes it's possible that you're following the wrong dream. Photographer Evan Schwartz had a good job as a home stylist in a West Elm furniture store, though he had not expected to be working retail after nearly a decade working for editorial publications. Sometimes, he thought he might want to try something a hundred percent artistic like going back to photography full-time, but then it happened: He realized he actually really loved his job. He told me he realized how much he loved interior design—"It took me a year to listen to where the universe was pushing me"—and he's now taking classes toward certification in the field. Sometimes the dream job turns out to be the one you already have.

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