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Of Square Hats And Chasing Dreams

How do we convince our parents to support our dreams?


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Of Square Hats And Chasing Dreams
Martin Luther King once said, “I Have A Dream”. And that my friends, is what we all have.

Dreams…. Aspirations….. A burning desire to be something more than just a white-collar worker who holds a passionless 9 to 5 job, all the while watching his/her lifelong dream turn into dust.

Perhaps you want to break into the entertainment industry or start up your own business? Maybe you have a brilliant idea for a revolutionary invention or perhaps you want to be a painter? Whatever your passion may be, garnering your parents’ support will not be easy. Especially not if they had spent their life savings to put you through college. Still, even the impossible can become I Am Possible. Here are a few tricks to turn your parents from naysayers to becoming your number one fan.

1. Statistics and Hard Data
 

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Academy Award winner Emma Stone once pitched a PowerPoint presentation to convince her parents to move to Hollywood for her to kick start her career. And guess what? Her presentation was a success because the whole family uprooted and the rest, as they say, is history. So what are you waiting for? Go get your tablet!

Check out her confession right here:



2. Let Your Talent Shine
 

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Well, if numbers and data don’t work, then why not just show them what you’ve got? Blow their minds (literally) with that amazing talent of yours. In the case of Simi Liu (upcoming star of the much-awaited Sang Chi movie), he quit after being an accountant for 8 months. It is safe to say his parents were not happy about his decision at first but when acting offers came pouring in, his parents could finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Simi Liu recounts his parents’ reaction when he landed the coveted role of Sang Chi:



3. Beg Them
 

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And if all else fails, beg them. Grovel at their feet and cry foul. Self-made billionaire and Oracle founder Larry Ellison had to practically beg his parents to drop out of a medical school. And aren’t we glad his parents relented?

Check out his heartwarming speech about pursuing your dreams:



We might make it, we might not. But we only live once, so why not take the plunge into the unknown? After all, a dream worth chasing is a life worth living.

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