What does it take to wake up you ask.
That is a very loaded question.
Loaded with what?
Assumptions and perceptions that may not be correct.
First you assume what you call your dream state is not real.
You have many powers available to you whilst you dream that you do not exercise.
Take control of your participation and you will find a blank canvas awaits you.
There is much you can accomplish and set into motion while you are what you call dreaming.
Try instead to awaken in your dreams rather than awaken from sleep.