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Dream Stealers......... Beware!! They Are Everywhere


Years ago, I met someone who was my first KNOWN dream stealer.  I

had just written my first book and was very protective of it.   I

named it, “Hire Me Secrets Of Job Interviewing.”  I didn’t know if

it was well written or would be successful, but  that really

didn’t matter to me at the time. The sole purpose was to help

people  get  job offers.


 I owned  a Recruiting/Staffing firm in Phoenix Arizona. Every

day it was my job to prepare our candidates to   interview with

our client companies for  new career opportunities.  The book had

all the ingredients necessary to show how to get in the game of

interviewing, answer  questions that most of our clients  asked,

get the job offer, and make a decision.


I didn’t market the book or even tell anyone about it.  Why??


Because I was so afraid that someone, especially someone in the

same business I was in, would see it and make fun of me for

writing it.


Be careful what you focus on.


 A couple of months after writing the book the dream stealer

entered my office..  She picked up my book and said very

sarcastically,  “You have got to be kidding ...YOU wrote a book?”


Embarrassed I said, “Yes, all I am trying to do is help our

clients get a job and to also be aware that  interviewing is a

game, so they shouldn’t take it personally.”


In response, she said,   “I am also writing a book about

interviewing.  At the present time it is all in my head.  It’s ok

though because I have a mind like a computer.  All the chapters

are compartmentalized, I even have a clear picture of my cover.  

I must say however MY book  is MUCH thicker than yours and much

“meatier”   In fact, I noticed that  your  chapter on resumes is

just a few pages, mine has over 100 pages so far.”


I don’t know what came over me but I saw her for what she was in



“You know the difference between your goal and mine???” I said.


“No what?” She replied.


“Your goal is still in your head.....I wrote mine down in the

form of a book.”


Sweet revenge.............Is her book done to date........NO!

Did my book get picked up by a major publisher because it was

simple, easy to read, and could help thousands of people get a

job?   YES!


I tell you this story because I was reminded just weeks ago about

all the Dream Stealers ™  that have come into my life over the

years.  It was on this trip down memory lane that I realized


Dream Stealers ™ are everywhere!!!  We must be aware and  prepared

to run……… not walk away from them.  I knew I  had to share with

others that Dream Stealers ™ come in all varieties. Teachers,

friends, associates, even family members.  They might even tell

you very good reasons why you should listen to them because it is

“for your own good”


My last dream stealer was the force behind  this story.  Actually

my last dream stealer I actually  PAID.  That’s right I paid him

$1000 to TRY to steal one of my dreams.


It happened in Las Vegas…….


My partner Debbie and I signed up for his seminar, paid our

money, got on a plane, checked into a hotel, took a cab to his

event and proceeded to have a dream stealer tell us what we

can’t, shouldn’t and couldn’t do.


 When we decided to walk out on his training session after

identifying him as a dream stealer we asked for our money back.

(something neither of us have ever done in our lives)  We were

very uncomfortable with the situation but we promised each other

that as soon as we got the money  we would both buy  items that

would remind us of  future Dream Stealers ™.


Debbie bought a small but perfect diamond that would remind her

not to let ANYONE take the “twinkle” out of her dreams.  My

reminder  was the famous BOSE  ear phones that would  remind me

NEVER  listen to ANYONE who tries to steal your dreams through

intimidation or wrong information.


If either of these stories rings a bell for you or reminds you of

any of the Dream Stealers ™ that have been in your life so far, or

are about to appear, get a reminder that works for you.  A

reminder that will help you become aware  everyday








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Patricia Noel Drain is the co-founder of MAXIMIZING SUCCESS, INC.

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