Maybe you don't have the skill set for your dream career, but that doesn't mean you have to give up. Look for other jobs within the same industry that will make you just as happy. For example, if you love movies but don't have the technical skills to be a director, check out what positions are available that would let you be close to the action and use the skills that you already have. It's also a good idea to consider what you really want out of a dream career. Maybe it's not so much the job itself that's your passion, but what the job allows you to do. If you love to travel, for example, you might want to look at working for an airline or a tour company
If you want to work for yourself, you might need to find creative ways to make ends meet while you get your business off the ground. Can you take a part-time job that isn't too taxing, or take on some freelance work in the evenings that leaves your days free to focus on the business that you're really passionate about? Diversifying your income streams helps keep you more financially stable during tough economic times.