Last week I sent out an email called, “…And then I failed”. If you missed it, check it out here so you don’t miss the first part of the story! This blog post is a continuation.
There is something quite mystical about that place of failure. I find that those that are ready to experience this mysticism often do, and it comes in the form of an invitation to transform.
You see, I believe that the spark within us (the one great intention, idea or purpose for our life) is discovered through failure. This has been my personal experience, and I have found this to be a common thread among many that I have encountered or studied.
Try to name one great artist or influential person that has not experienced failure… Impossible, right?
Listen to what my childhood hero growing up, Michael Jordan, has to say on failure (this quote was in front of me every day for years on a poster in my home office):
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
We all fail. By sharing a part of my story, a very specific point of failure in my life that occurred in 2008, there was a nerve touched in many of you. The beautifully vulnerable and transparent replies and stories came pouring in as a response to my taking the first step in sharing. Many of you are experiencing one of those trips to the ocean floor right now – I’ve heard your cries, and I know what you are going through.
And you are not alone.
There is good news, my friends.
As I mentioned at the end of the previous email, failure is not the end of my story. Failure does not define me.
And nor does it have to be the end of your story, nor define you.
In early 2008, just 3 days after that walk (after 3 days of tears and wrestling with God, as I had mentioned), I received a phone call that changed my life. It was an invitation that would draw me one step closer to the spark within me. It wasn’t necessarily the final step, because as I had mentioned there were many points of failure along the journey. But each one offered a nudge, an invitation to transform one small part of me, and grow closer to setting the spark within me free.
5 years later, I am happy to report, that as a result of many failures in my life, I am now free to soar. All of those things I named as failures are now successes.
You see, what I found through my vast experience with failure is that life doesn’t necessarily like to take you the direct route to what you are envisioning or expecting for your life. There seems to be a lot of windy, treacherous roads that we must navigate in order to truly discover our great intention and who we really are.
Life is poetic.
Life is beautiful.
Life is a journey.
At the heart of this journey, I believe everything is conspiring together to free the very part of you that is meant to serve the world and the lives around you in the greatest way. Your purpose is being called on every step of the way.
Is it possible that we hold the most beautiful part of ourselves prisoner?
Perhaps we think we are protecting it, but that’s a lie. Your beauty, the artist within you was never meant to be contained – there is great need in our world, and your art has the ability to serve in those areas of need. Could it be, that the very experience and depth of failure, is an opportunity that brings us one step closer to releasing the prisoner that wants so desperately to fly?
I know that it is.
Stuart? Shawn? Jeremy? Gonzalo? Helen? Sarah? Jay? Lisa? (and all of the many others who replied with stories? what about those of you that decided not to share?) — Do you?
Tell Me if I’m Crazy – Seriously!
I want to share with you something that I have been working on. Can you tell me if you think I’m crazy to do this, and am out of my mind, or if you think that this will really serve some needs in the world?
I was really reluctant, actually, to put this out there, but I’ve been listening to the needs of the people around me, including the community here at TRIBE.LY and felt compelled to do something to serve and to help.
I’ve been developing something that I call “The Artist’s Flight Formula”. It is a direct response to my own life experience and journey, and to many others that have been placed in my path. I have been designing a navigation or flight plan that would have been extremely helpful to me if I could go back in time and hand it to myself in 2008.
Ultimately, my heart and intention in this development project, is to lead a mass jail break. I want to see more people discover their art, and get equipped with every tool they need to set their spark free, and to give them permission, support, and a TRIBE to help them fly.
“The Artist’s Flight Formula” is a map to help any artist or entrepreneurial minded person use the point of failure as a launchpad, a place of discovery and starting point, and then walk you through step by step toward taking flight, and soaring with your art and business.
I’d like to dive headfirst into how to successfully merge business and art, how to attract and build your tribe/audience, how to create a platform for the world to see and find you, and ultimately how to earn an income doing what you love and that which makes you come alive in serving the needs of the world around you with your spark.
With 17 years of building businesses and exercising visionary leadership, the last 6 of which were full time online, I get the feeling that it may just be time for me to allow my spark to be set free, and to give it the wings and space to serve the needs of those in my path.
What do you think?
Seriously, am I crazy or this something I should make fly? (use the comment section below)
My Name is Jason Spencer and I Build TRIBES