This afternoon, as I was lying down reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac I had a thought I wanted to share with you.
I saw this news clip earlier today, and the impact of it didn’t hit until now…
You can’t get ahead by hanging on. Clinging to where you are or what you had will never lead to growth, it leads to a slow painful death.
If you want to grow, you need to have faith, you have to let go and trust the bottom won’t kill you, that maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll bounce when you hit.
It’s the same reason drunks have the uncanny knack for surviving car accidents… they are relaxed at impact while sober people tighten up trying to avoid the inevitable and their own desire to survive helps kill them.
It’s like the football team playing the prevent. They aren’t playing to win, they are playing not to lose. The greatest comebacks in history were made against teams that had given up on playing to win and decided to try not to lose.
Clinging to what you have is an act of desperation. It isn’t creative, it isn’t helpful, and you won’t like the results.
The secret to creative growth is the opposite of clinging, it is the act of letting go.