Taking The Leap

Showing up and being seen is scary, especially when you're generally pretty private and risk adverse people. Letting others into our process and publicly sharing doesn't come naturally to us. Or at least not yet. It usually feels much easier and safer to stay in and look out. But in doing so we often find ourselves in a slow descent towards perfectionism, judgement and ultimately insecurity.

There is something powerful about opening up and inviting others in, even when it feels messy and unfinished. We are continually learning that there is strength in vulnerability, freedom in the unknown and joy in imperfection. This blog is our little leap, with hopes of greater things to come. We have no template or master plan. It's a passion project that is still figuring out its identity. And you know what, that's okay.

In anticipation of The Great Discontent, Issue 02 release, I've been re-reading The Great Discontent, Issue 01. It's encouraging to know we are not alone in the fear and uncertainty of leaping. Here are some inspiring thoughts from those who have been brave enough to take the step.

Our first issue is loosely based around the theme of leaps. We’ve selected 17 interviews that are full of stories from people who have not been afraid to take the leap, but they didn’t get to the edge of the cliff by scheming, plotting, or devising strategies. Instead, they have chased the Want instinctually, taking risks, failing, getting back up, making a move when common sense would merit caution, and overcoming the obstacles, including—and especially—themselves. In other words, they just fucking did it.
— Ryan & Tina Essmaker (TGD founders)
I believe that when you step into uncharted territory, you are also stepping into total abandonment, potential humiliation, and a space where nothing is guaranteed; there’s no case study or roadmap. I have so much respect for anybody who will step away from what they can do in order to find what they must do. That’s a hallmark characteristic of entrepreneurs and artists. And it’s scary and exciting as all hell.
— Elle Luna
Being creative is hard and, for people like us who are sensitive, it’s hard not to let everything get to you. I think that being a photographer is the best kind of therapy you could ever have. To get through it, you have to face your demons in a serious way. You might get kicked down and beat up, but you get back up and do it all over again the next day.
— Anna Wolf
There’s a perception that people who are successful are just simply good and didn’t have to work at their success. I want to show people that everyone who creates is the same; we all go through the same struggles. When you’re feeling like your work is not that good, you’re almost there—you just have to keep pushing. The moment you stop pushing, you give up, and then you’ll never know what could have been.
— Ike Edeani
This began because I wanted to do what I loved, which was going on adventures. If you do what you love and are willing to work hard at it and be innovative and imaginative, then it’s likely that you can somehow turn it into a living. There has been no master plan to it, really; i was just trying to work out a way to pay for what I wanted to do.
— Alastair Humphreys
I don’t think you can achieve anything remarkable without risk. Risk is actually a rather tricky word because humans aren’t wired to tolerate it very much. The reptilian part of our brains wants to keep us safe. Any time you try something that doesn’t have any certainty associated with it, you’re risking something, but what other way is there to live?
— Debbie Millman