What if you wrote daily about your struggle to become a professional artist? Then published those entries as a small ebook on Amazon for $5?
Or what if you recorded a short video explaining your struggles as a budding writer? You could syndicate it to writer communities and invite them to your blog or website to follow your journey.
What if you offered to do a lecture at a nearby University on the topic of working a full-time day job while compiling avant-garde poetry into a small book at night? Then invite students to read the book for themselves and tell their friends about it.
What if, instead of complaining that you don’t have the right tools or connections to do what it is that you want to do, you took those feelings and those constraints and made something completely different? Something fast, tangible, that you could benefit from making right now?
The worst case of following-through with such “what if” scenarios is that you end up with something you can sell for money to fuel your dream, or something to giveaway and start making more of a name for yourself. The result could lead to gaining a following that might, if you’re smart, pay you to follow your dream later on.
The best case is you learn something in the process of making or doing that other thing; you find some hidden inspiration or motivation and get back onto the path of doing what you wanted to do in the first place.
But you can’t simply ask “What if?” all the time. You have to follow through, or at least try to.
You’ll find, I think, that most of the time it doesn’t matter what types of “What if” questions you’re asking. All that matters is that you are asking them as you go, and that you’re following through with answers. This natural curiosity and experimentation often leads to creative insights. You benefit.
Start with ”what if.“