“in some way in every story, heroes face death or something like it: their greatest fears, the failure of an enterprise, the end of relationship, the death of an old personality.”
The Writer’s Journey, page 181 (of 1st edition)
Last week I wrote posts about Dwayne Johnson (Hitting Rock Bottom with The Rock), Sylvester Stallone (The Rocky Road to Rocky), and Chris Orwig (‘The Creative Fight’) who all hit life-defining rough spots in their lives that eventually led them to successes they are known for.
That is— after Johnson’s failed professional football career, after Stalllone’s rejection in college acting classes, and Orwig being hit by a car while skateboarding, each of them bounced back in their own unique way. And since Jon Acuff is speaking and doing a book signing this evening in Orlando, I thought pulling a quote from his book fit right in with recent posts.
“The crucible of brokenness has a funny way of leading to awesome lives. For some people, rock bottom is a trampoline. It springs them up from the depths, back into the light, filed by a decision never to experience that low again. Or to help make sure other people don’t end up there either.
“Is there anyone who doubts that being fired from his own company didn’t fuel Steve Jobs? Having lost his baby, having been pushed out by his own board in 1985, is there anyone who doesn’t think he licked his wounds and started planning a triumphant return? Would Apple have been Apple without Steve’s underdog moment that came back full circle when he came back to Apple in 1996? Hard to say, but his Career Bump did impact him and the company.”
Author/Speaker Jon Acuff/ @JonAcuff
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P.S. Two movies that come to mind about characters who had career Do Overs are Erin Brockovich and Jerry Maguire. I’m sure with a little time one could come up with Do Overs being a movie genre of its own. Here’s a favorite “public failure in the work place” scene written by Cameron Crowe.