I created the S.E.C.R.E.T. method—Selective Efforts Create Rapid Effects Tomorrow—to replace FEAR—False Expectations Appearing Real.
4. Do not let lack of money be an excuse; plan your dream.
Barbara Sher recounts the story of Diane, who was twenty four and a secretary. Sher had a BA, but she wanted to become a city planner. She had no money.
What she did was join local city planning-board meetings. Her enthusiasm was so apparent that many people from all over New York City were calling her for advice and help. By volunteering, she met all the right people who could give her honest recommendations. She received a full paid tuition to Hunter College.
She recounted Diane’s story in her book, "Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want". This book is available for free at http://www.wishcraft.com/. In Chapter 6, Sher describes how volunteering on pages 117-119 can lead to a scholarship.
This entire chapter is valuable, in that Sher describes how you can make any dream a reality by using a form of project planning. She uses the pursuit of a medical degree and the steps involved to show how you can map out a plan of action for your dream.
You can find out more about Barbara Sher at http://www.barbarasher.com/, and find out about her success teams at http://www.shersuccessteams.com/.