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."