When you and I are first given our part on the stage of life, life shows up as wondrous. We live in possibility. More accurately, we are infinite possibility. Nothing occurs as unreasonable, unrealistic, naive, silly. We are not present to criticism. Nor have we suffering rejection. Slowly and surely possibility is driven out of us and its place is taken up with right/wrong, good/wrong, appropriate/not appropriate, success/failure. And our house of being is filled with shame, guilt, duty, obligation..
Today, I’d like to get each and every one of us present to possibility once more. What is possible in the music business if you allow yourself to be vulnerable and simply ask? That is the answer that Amanda Palmer shares in this fabulous TED talk. I challenge you not to be touched-moved-inspired-uplifted.
This talk gets me present to that which is much neglected: asking/receiving can be a source of contribution when our asking shows up as giving. The kind of giving that generates possibility – a possibility that enables connection and mutual contribution – and enables a transformation in our experience of living.
Is it possible that the defining act of leadership is generating possibilities that call to our fellow human beings, engender connection, and create an opening for people to join together and co-create a world that works for us all, none excluded?
Am I willing, are you willing, to put in that which is required to play the game of possibility, transformation & leadership? What am I pointing at? The courage to connect with our deepest call, the courage to respond to this call, the courage to be vulnerable – to share that which calls us and ask for our fellow human beings to contribute.
Put differently, are you and I willing to generate the courage to ‘play BIG’ and give up ‘playing small’? To choose to be ‘extraordinary’ and risk criticism, even abuse, rather than stay comfortable (and dead) in the ordinary?