Is it possible for someone to come from nowhere and make a significant contribution?
Yes and no.
Yes, because we are living in a time when our changing perspective on Human contribution, together with technology, makes it possible for someone to bring their art into the world.
No, because no-one come from nowhere; everyone comes from somewhere:*
“position yourself and wait for the wave to come to you. So then you ask, Position myself where? Position yourself with something that captures your curiosity, something you’re missionary about”**
You have been positioning yourself somewhere for the whole of your life. You may not have recognised this place (with its ways of thinking, relating, and behaving), but if you take a closer look then you’ll find curiosities and skills and values which allow you to be smarter about this.
And waiting doesn’t meaning inactivity.
It means filling your days with activity around your “smarts.” Here are my three encouragements:
Be open to more (more has never been more accessible);
Follow your heart (what you feel can be more important than what you think);
Be willing to try and fail, often (it’s the best way to take something from okay to wow).
Waiting for the wave is about listening for your emerging future: ‘Attend. Listen to what your life calls you to.’^
Who are you? You are someone who has come from your future.
“I will not die an unlived life,
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my day to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise …”^^
(*Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers is a good place to check out where people come from.)
(**Jeff Bezos, quote in Peter Diamonds and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)
(^From Otto Scharmer’s Theory U.)
(^^Dawna Markova, quoted in the Northumbria Community’s Morning Prayer for 17 December, 2015.)