I recently led a workshop where I asked everyone in the room: "what is your big-picture dream." As people started to respond, I noticed their energy was painfully low. They almost seemed bored sharing what their “passion” was. In fact, their answers were the complete opposite of passionate.
So, I decided to pry into one of the attendees. I asked her: “What would you do if you had no limits, no boundaries, and money and lifestyle wasn’t a factor.“
She whispered: “I would sing. I’ve always wanted to be a performer."
And there it is folks. Deep down inside we often have a burning desire to do something that might be radically different than our current profession.
Personally, I spent years hiding and squashing my dream of being an actress. I thought that my clients wouldn’t take me seriously if I had another passion. I thought it was too late to try to crack into that world. I would brush off any jobs I got as a "hobby" and "no big deal." But it was a big deal, and it felt like I was hiding a shameful secret from the world.
Then I decided to test something. I started to post information about my “side gig” acting and modeling jobs to my PR clients. I talked about lessons I learned from my acting coach and how you can apply them to your business. I also noticed that one of my favorite mentors Marie Forleo does this brilliantly. She also talks about combining your many passions HERE – in a much more prolific way than I could.
And, lo and behold, business for me is booming while I still have the opportunity to pursue something I love.
So today I challenge you to dig deep inside and admit that burning passion (or passions) you’ve always had but maybe were too scared to admit. Then I want you to post a comment below about this hidden dream.
Claim it, own it, rock it out.
Oh, and here's me (on the left and the bottom right) in a poster for an independent film I'm shooting