I was working on the phones as a customer service representative at a random company. I wasn't too thrilled about answering calls and saying the same thing over and over again, but a job is a job.
There would be a few perks where I would be able to teach a class over the phone so I wouldn't have to answer as many of the same questions. However, I still wanted more from life.
I needed something that was challenging and made me want to wake up in the morning, and be looking forward to the day. So, since I had an interest that I had kept from college, I pursed getting certified in the field to show to companies that I was serious about it.
I had decided, I don't want to be answering phones all my life. So I hit the books. Reading each book for each test that I had to take to get certified. The motivation to be doing something I could look forward to every day made reading the books all the easier.
I was scared of my first certification test, but I passed it easily. With one test of five under my belt, I had an idea of what was to come with the next tests. Two down, three down, four down, and eventually five.
The fifth one took me the longest for some reason. I didn't actually take the test until I was called from a company asking about my resume. They had seen my current certifications and wanted to know more about me.
A week later, I got that fifth and final certification, which helped greatly when I went in for the actual face to face interview.
I got that job, and now I wake up wondering what I'm going to learn next, excited that I'll be doing something new with a career that was only a dream only a year before.
Motivation and keeping at it is the best advice I can give. Don't let anybody stand in your way. The biggest hurdle is going to be getting yourself excited about something while keeping up the energy, even after a long day of work.