“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.”
– Robert McKee, From the book “Story”
Leaders are the men and women of the world that write new stories for those that are near them. The initiation of these new stories, better stories, stories that are more full and free is the call of those that lead.
A leader has a responsibility write, tell and yell if necessary these stories.
Despite the fear, despite the risk of rejection.
The risk of writing/telling a new story, day by day, hour by hour requires a focus. It requires commitment. It takes seeing that which is to come, but that which is not yet. They have tell of the thing that must be.
It takes someone struggling to find the words to help point others in that direction. It takes men and women who are willing to stay in the tension between what is and what is to come to tell the story well.
It takes those people that carry the mantle of leadership to invite others down a path that they do not yet fully know, but they know that they know that they know must be traveled.
It is a quest to lead in that way.
It requires thoughtful study, but it also takes bold courage.
These questions has been echoing in my brain and heart:
What is the story I am called to tell by the Creator?
How do I tell that story?
To whom do I tell this story?
These are the questions haunt me. They hang like a weight around my days. It is a sacred responsibility that I must sort through. I am certain this question is present in your life – either front and center, hanging out in the background, or stage left waiting to make itself known. But the question is there if you are willing look.
Ask the question.
Find the story you are called to tell.
Tell it with all the words/actions/heart that you can muster.