The Book

The Book

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Build Your Dreams: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, hit bookstores everywhere July 9, 2013.

Our career guide will teach you to identify your dreams, dismantle mental roadblocks, seize control of your schedule, find financing for your passion project, persist through setbacks, and earn a living doing what you love.

More About Build Your Dreams

The Dream Share Project, a documentary film and career workshop created by Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, has inspired thousands of college students across the U.S.

In Build Your Dreams, Chip and Alexis transform their program into the ultimate career guide for a generation seeking passionate work. Through essays, anecdotes, exercises, tasks, and illustrations, Build Your Dreams offers a unique 5-stage framework (using the acronym DREAM) for 20-somethings to make a living doing what they love:

  1. Discovery: This stage helps the reader unearth their passions and explores eight ways to test-drive a dream.
  2. Research: Teaches how to break a big vision down into actionable and measurable mini-goals.
  3. Embark: Offers guidance on financing a dream by providing Millennial-friendly expense-slashing techniques.
  4. Adapt: Utilizing anecdotes and exercises, this stage helps the reader surmount pitfalls on the path to their dream.
  5. Maintain: Focuses on teaching the reader how to make their dream profitable.

Interactive, achievable, and enlightening, Build Your Dreams is the ultimate career guide for 80 million young people born between 1982 and 2001 who are poised to transform their passions into a fulfilling career and lifestyle.


Build Your Dreams is an amazing guide for anyone who imagines doing work that is gratifying yet isn’t sure what to do to fulfill their aspiration.  It’s comprehensive, easy-to-read and incredibly practical, filled with tools and solid advice. Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden wrote this for people in the beginning of their careers, however I intend to recommend this book to all of my clients regardless of which stage of their career they are in.

Julie Jansen, author of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This

Build Your Dreams is the essential guide to help you identify your passions and turn your dreams into a reality. This book is packed with practical techniques, engaging exercises and inspiring stories to help you overcome the mental, emotional, and finanical roadbloacks that stand in the way of your dreams. Alexis and Chip’s book is a must for anyone who wants to turn thier passion into their profession.

Christine Hassler, Author of 20 Something, 20 Everything and The 20 Something Manifesto, Life Coach, Speaker

In their book Build Your Dreams, recent grad team Irvin and Hiden have provided a useful action plan for finding meaningful work.  I loved all of the exercises designed to put structure around abstract concepts.  I know my work – and my life – will be vastly improved by implementing some of these practical suggestions!

Alexandra Levit, author of New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career

Build Your Dreams is an inspiring, motivating collection of stories and advice. With the turn of each page, I felt more confident than ever that I could identify, pursue, and achieve my goals. Alexis and Chip prove that the first step to making your dream become a reality is believing that you can do it.


Cailtin Boyle, creator of Operation Beautiful and the author Healthy Tipping Point

The book’s unflinching practicality is a rarity in the genre.  For dreamers hoping to keep their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground, this is a great starting point.

Publisher’s Weekly

Mark your calendar and buy this book. It’s an enlightening combination of encouragement and practical advice, with chapters on discovering dreams, setting goals, building budgets and handling failure.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Alexis and Chip’s book has the potential to become the definitive guide for Millennials who are looking to find passionate work. It will be, in my view, the What Color is Your Parachute? for the new generation.

Rick Benzel, Senior Editor – The Artist’s Way

Build Your Dreams is a must-read for anyone searching for their calling. The book gives you every tool you need to transform your passion into your profession. It is an invaluable and life-changing guide, equal parts inspiration and practicality for any age.

Kathy Eldon – Author, Filmmaker, Non-Profit Founder

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