'I wanted to prove to people that you could do anything'

'I wanted to prove to people that you could do anything'

PORTLAND, Ore. – Imagine quitting your job one day and only living off your savings to master a sport you’ve never tried before.

That’s what Dan McLaughlin of Portland is doing in hopes of becoming a professional golfer.

McLaughlin says he spends 6 hours on the course every day and hopes to master golf over the next four-and-a-half years.

“For me the challenge is so much more fulfilling than any job I had in the past,” McLaughlin said.

It’s a goal he’s been working on for the last year and a half, after McLaughlin realized he didn’t want to go to graduate school.

“I had the money saved, I had the window and an opportunity in my life to do whatever I wanted to do in a sense and I wanted to prove to people that you can do anything.”

McLaughlin says he came across research by K. Anders Ericsson that said it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. He quit his freelance photography job to start playing golf.

“I started golfing for the first time in April, 2010.”

McLaughlin says he’s logged 2,200 hours so far. He hopes to reach 10,000 in the next four-and-a-half years.

“The first challenge was just learning patience,” McLaughlin said.