Last week I watched the movie Chef. It’s about a restaurant chef who achieved a certain level of success, settled into the mediocrity of popular food, experienced an ugly and public fall from grace, and then dismantled everything in order to rediscover his passion for his craft. There are many lessons embedded in the movie that got my wheels turning:
- To launch an arrow, it must first be drawn back. We can choose to make setbacks the guts of a new foundation.
- To succeed, our work has to be rooted in love. There is no luster without light, and love is the light.
- If we are drones, in work and in life, then a serious shake-up is required. This won’t be comfortable but it’s necessary.
- If we say we will never do something, rest assured that is exactly the thing we eventually must do.
Our failures are the basis of some of our very best work if we allow them to be. With a steady mind and a wild spirit, anything is possible.