I just saw the trailer for the new movie “Burnt” with Bradley Cooper, and it really “struck” me. I feel it really hits the hammer on the head of the rollercoaster ride that is the artist or entrepreneur’s path – the Hero’s Journey – and internal natural disaster that it entails:
1) … The bold choice to risk it all.
“At 16 I quit school. I saved just enough for a 1-way ticket to Paris.”
(Like Cirque du Soleil’s founder Guy Laliberté whose story began by heading to London as a street performer with only $50 in his pocket, and spending it all within a few hours. He later described how absolutely free he felt, with all the doors of the world blown wide open…)
2) … Early taste of success, followed by the Fall.
“Maybe I was wanted it really bad and when I got it too early I didn’t know how to hold onto it.”
3) … The falling into the dark side, when we aren’t doing what our soul calls us to do.
“Sniffing, snorting, injecting…”
(As Steven Pressfield of “The War of Art” talks about – what’s worse is what we are capable of doing what we AREN’T pursuing our heart’s calling.)
4) … Holding a vision for the most inspiring standard that far exceeds “standard” that pulls you up towards playing at a rare air place of genius.
“I don’t want my restaurant to be place where you come and EAT. I want people to sit at that table and be sick with LONGING.”
5) … Persevering in the face of REAL risk.
“If you try to start a new restaurant there are at least a dozen people who will try to have you killed.”
6) … The feeling of being at home in your craft, and the love for every single detail of your path.
“The kitchen’s the only place that I’ve ever felt like I really belonged.”
“I loved every minute of it. The heat, the pressure, the violence.”
7) … The intensity and madness of riding the crest of the creative wave.
8) … The terror (and aliveness!) of finally stepping towards the edge of your calling.
“What happens if you succeed?
What happens if you fail?…”
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I love the rawness of it all. The doubt, the fear, the thrill, the obsession, the intensity (madness?) that comes with artist’s path. The ability and willingness to play into both extremes of both the dark side and the light.
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