21 thoughts on “Leap of Faith”

  1. What a photo!  Who, though, could ignore all those stairs????  Layer upon layer adds to a more successful leap. Makes me think of philosopher Dan Dennett’s term Skyhook.  He says no Skyhooks, only gradual successes built one atop the others.
    I do believe firmly in stacking the deck, but yes, we cannot account for everything. So in the end I suppose doing anything is a leap of faith.  I prefer the word trust however and I don’t mean to nitpick at all.  It is just that trust smacks more of measured and rational side of matters.
    Dang, I cannot see who the one person listening is!!! Is it you, Shanna?

    1. @cjrenzi Yup, the person listening is always me. 🙂
      That skyhook is a wonderful concept– you’re absolutely right, a leap of faith works best when it builds from a series of steps.
      Back in the oil patch, we’d razz the new guys about going to town and picking up a ‘skyhook’, basically the oilrig equivalent of ‘blinker fluid’.

      1. @Shanna Mann Ha! Just as I thought. You are Alan Parson’s Project Eye In the Sky. I date myself. 
        Truly though, I use the Skyhook concept quite frequently mostly with myself and my composing so I don’t move too fast to the next motif.  I also find occasion to use it when watching the news or overhearing parents try to explain sticky matters to their children.

  2. Great food for thought, Shanna, and I love the image.  We did take quite a leap of “faith” when CJ started his side of the business and when I quit before we had really worked his side of the business up to an income that would pay the bills.  It has been the best thing that ever happened to us – or damn close to it.  I guess you could say our confidence to take more risks in the future has increased.  I like to ask myself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” and try to talk myself out of my fear.  Sometimes it works, sometimes I run like a chicken!

    1. @tammyrenzi I think there’s a lot to be said for the ocassional ‘screw your courage to the sticking place’ moments– at the very least you learn that the world doesn’t implode when you act boldly. And very often, amazing things happen– I think people know the outcome is worth the risk, deep down, some instinct reassures them enough to overcome the chicken tendencies.
      And so I also think the chicken tendencies are the same thing– a subtle message that “Nope. Not right, or not yet” is the correct answer. 
      This might not be true across the whole population, but MY Tribe don’t suffer from a surfeit of caution, even if they sometimes they think they do.

  3. I see your insightful and thought-provoking image and raise you a Seth Godin quote: “It’s impossible to have a ‘success only’ policy. That policy itself will guarantee that there will be no successes.”
    I then double-down with an amazing and related Keith Ferrazzi quote: “The choice isn’t between success and failure; it’s between choosing risk and striving for greatness, or risking nothing and being certain of mediocrity.”

  4. I like the image approach! Very nice.
    Leaps of faith have always been hard for me because I like to be “sure” before I act. Clearly, that’s not a very effective way to live. I’m working on it 🙂

    1. @remadebyhand A good way to get around (or at least mitigate) that tendency is to ask “What would it take for me to be SURE?” If the conditions for surety are ludicrous, you know that you’re taking it too far. 
      Datapoints like that are like polestars.

  5. Normally, I would say yes.. I’m all about the leap of faith, but lately my faith has been lacking because of depressing life events and it’s affecting my faith and optimism a lot. Very little is guaranteed though, I’ve seen that to be true.

    1. @deniseurena I think it’s natural for it to ebb and flow as your personal reserves do. Part of what makes a leap of faith viable is knowing you’ve got the resources to roll with whatever happens.

  6. I think I’d like to group myself in the “only if it’s going to be worth it” category sometimes. But even if there was an effective guarantee, our attitudes so drastically affect how we perceive the results. If I’m looking for a guarantee in the first place, am I going to really be able to enjoy the reward?

    1. @michaelwroberts You’re right– attitude is everything. Sometimes when you’re looking for guarantees, you get pissed off if every little thing isn’t right, and that takes all the serendipity out of things.

  7. This reminds me of something that I had to remind myself of when I was preparing to quit my job. My cousin told me that having faith in yourself means “Finally Allowing It To Happen”. You’ll never allow it to happen unless you allow yourself to leap, right?

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