Admit it. You’ve got a secret love.
You sketch shoe designs during meetings. You build toy trains in your basement. You sing arias in the shower.
You probably don’t tell too many people about your secret love.
- “I’m not good enough yet.”
- “No one would care.”
- “I can’t make money doing it, so why bother.”
- “I’ll get to that after I’ve made my money and have more time.”
What if I told you that you are good enough, you can easily find people who care, you can make money and that you have plenty of time right now?
All you have to do is Go Pro.
In this post, I’m going to explain the process of “Going Pro” and how it is simpler and more powerful than you think. In the next 2 posts I’ll talk more about the benefits and the how-to for taking your secret love public.
What does it take to Go Pro?
If you are an athlete, it means accepting sponsorships and prize money. Basically, it means that you are getting paid to do what you love to do.
So to Go Pro, you only need 3 elements:
- Your project
- A customer or audience
You’ve got number 1 covered. (Congratulations!)
Now, what kind of project could you do? What does Going Pro look like?
Kate's First Gallery Show
It can start really simply. When my daughter Kate was 7, she had her first gallery show of paintings.
The gallery was our house and the show took place on Thanksgiving when we were hosting lots of out of town guests. She pulled together her favorite paintings and mounted them. We put them on the walls around the house.
I interviewed her and typed up her “Artist’s Statement” and put it up with a photo I had taken of her.
When everyone arrived, we had wine and cheese and the show began. She gave a brief talk about her art and inspirations. By the end, she got several offers.
Kate had Gone Pro.
Was she ready for New York? Not yet. But she knew more about what people liked. She knew more about putting together a portfolio. She had practice talking about her work in front of a group. She had experience now.
The next time she would be better.
So, what’s your goal for your secret love?
If you had all the money you would need and could focus on your love, what would you do?
Take that as the starting point for figuring out your project. (And if you need help finding your love, watch for an upcoming post on Life Experiments.)
What’s the easiest, safest way you can think of to make a “starter” version of your long-term goal? What would a 7-year-old do?
Next time I’ll talk about how I started this blog and what I learned about the benefits of Going Pro.
In the meantime, comment below with your thoughts and questions. How can you Go Pro? What's your secret love?
Photo courtesy Gianmaria Veronese