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6 Steps to Make Your 'Career Dream' Real

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Are your career dreams going unfulfilled?

If so, you've got company.

In fact, The New York Times has an interesting name for today's professional workplace -- the White Collar Salt Mine.

The Times says a clear majority of U.S. workers don't have time for creative thinking, can't focus on one issue at a time in the office and don't have an opportunity to do what they really enjoy at work.

That's a tough dynamic to change, but try advice from a career expert: James Rosseau, a Fortune 100 executive with Allstate and JPMorgan and author of Success On Your Own Terms: Six Promises to Fire Up Your Passion, Ignite Your Career and Create An Amazing Life.

His main message? Take responsibility and be accountable for your own career dreams.

"It's up to you to create your custom-tailored career and define success your way, " Rosseau says, and the way to go is to "make and keep six promises during a diverse career" that enable you to "act on your career passion."

Here's what Rosseau advises in reigniting those career dreams  and making them come true:

Embrace your passion. "Don't discount your dreams," he says. "Return to that childlike fascination you once had and find a way to spend your work and life passionately."

Perform to progress versus perfection. "Don't become paralyzed by perfection or the pursuit of it. Instead, perform to progress toward your goals and dreams, celebrating each small step along the way."

Promote with purpose. "Let people know who you are in a way that is personal and purposeful -- not as a slick self-promoter," Rosseau warns. "People recognize and reward those who stand confidently in their strengths authentically and purposefully."

Parlay your platform. "Your 'platform' is the station in life you've achieved thus far," he adds. "It is the sum total of all your efforts in honing your talents and skills. It may not be where you want to be yet, but it's yours."

Put your plan into action. "Keep your eyes and ear open to see when opportunity knocks," Rosseau says. "Be alert to it and be aware. Take action on the four steps that lead up to this as earnestly and as often as possible."

Practice philanthropy. Give, and give regularly, Rosseau advocates. "You can never go wrong giving, even when no one hears about it," he says. "So many of us have benefited from the gifts of others, and you'll never know what your small, or even not-so-small, gift might mean to someone in need, be it a coworker, a friend or even a boss."

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