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16 people who chased their dream but failed share what happened next.

16 people who chased their dream but failed share what happened next.

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Quitting the pursuit of being a teen pop star, dancer, basketball player, or politician doesn't mean your life is doomed to wondering "what could've been" as you gaze longingly out the window by candlelight...

Sometimes "giving up" on a dream is less of a failure and more of a fresh start, a re-route, and a step in a direction that leads to more happiness than the original plan ever could have. Competitive fields can be soul-crushing and not making it to the Oscars or selling out Madison Square usually isn't about talent alone. Success in any industry is often born from connections, networking, climbing the ladder, showing up everywhere, working multiple gigs while melting into a puddle of exhaustion and debt--it only makes sense that the "dream" jobs are even more of an unsatisfying slog.

For every inspiring tale of someone who set a goal and watched it happen with hard work and a shred of luck, there are hundreds and thousands of other people who tried the same dream but had to come up with a different plan somewhere along the way. So, when a Reddit user asked internet strangers, "people who gave it their all, chased their dreams and never made it: what are you doing now that the dream is over?" people who gave their dream job their best shot were ready to share their stories.

Sources: Reddit
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