“Hell begins the day that you are granted the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done…but did not do.”
- Mark Batterson- In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
My friend Luke is a source of great inspiration for me. For the last couple of years, Luke has spent his spare time beating on his craft as a musician, performing all across Central Illinois, and recently moving cross-country to Nashville to chase his lion of making it as a recording artist.
You see, as Batterson points out, lion chasers are wired differently. They understand that the fear of missing out is greater than the fear of messing up. Put differently, the greatest risk is taking no risk.
What’s unique about the opportunity we all have with technology and the current landscape we all live in is that the rules have changed. The traditional gatekeepers are no more.
In the past, Luke would have needed a lot of resources to have his chance. A lump sum of money, the approval of an agent or a record label, or a combination thereof would have been required for Luke to share his gift with the world. Now, Luke was able to bypass the traditional gatekeepers by sharing videos online and self-publishing a track on SoundCloud.
I don't know if Luke will "get his break" or not, but I do know that who he is becoming in this process is far more important. He won't look back on his life and say: "I wish..."
We all have the same opportunity. Etsy has made it possible for you to start your own store selling your crafts. Your content can be shared through a plethora of free platforms, with an unlimited audience. Youtube makes it easy to share your talents.
My mentor Joshua says that the rules have changed. Many of us hold ourselves in prison; unaware that they lock has been removed and unwilling to step out.
Perhaps most importantly, everyone else needs you to step out, be bold, and stop playing small. When trailblazers take a chance and start doing the things that they are called to do, it makes it easier for others to follow in their footsteps. I can say with certainty that I have been indirectly pushed by a lot of trailblazers that I have a lot of respect for. Whether it be Ryan going back to school, Carrie starting a new career, Konrad, Brooke, and Jess starting their photography businesses, Trevor and Kaci training athletes, Kristen starting a blog, or Kameron running his own Crossfit gym; these folks and countless others make it easier for me to stick my neck out and chase the scary lions in my own life.
“Action regrets taste bad, but regrets of inaction leave a bitter taste that last a lifetime.” –Batterson