The Call to Adventure: An Introduction to Anchor & Leap

Let’s begin by looking at the Hero’s Journey, where at its onset, the call to adventure invites us to explore something new and unknown.

It is a call, or awakening, familiar to many entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and founders; to those who seek answers to new questions. It is what jolts us from our ordinary lives and invites us to break away from life and business as usual. It brings the possibilities held by the unknown, the initial excitement, and wonder. And simultaneously, it reveals the security of our current stance and the uncertainty that venturing into an uncharted one may disclose. It also makes space for Fear.

“Resistance will unfailingly point to true North…we can use it as a compass…letting it guide us to that calling or action that we must follow before all others.”

Steven Pressfield writes in The War of Art, "Resistance will unfailingly point to true North...we can use it as a compass...letting it guide us to that calling or action that we must follow before all others." Most of us have experienced this. We initially resist a new calling and must overcome a series of obstacles before leaping into that new venture.

During this process, the possibility of failure becomes real, we see that we might take the wrong turn, guide our team down the wrong path, invest time and money into the wrong project. Do we veer from the course we understand to test one we do not? Do we wait for others to test it first?This is a delicate decision to make. Stay, pivot, or leap? Our doubts and fears pick up a megaphone, and often a dangerously convincing one.

“To be a truly creative company, you must start things that might fail.”
— Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc.

Innovation in consumer electronics demonstrates how this plays out in business, specifically with the introduction of digital photography. A handful of companies invested in experimenting early with new technologies, while others waited and observed, trying to size the risks and returns or intentionally deciding to stick with analog, the business they knew. Many of these brands who banked on waiting are the ones we no longer know. 

We do not always know where we will land and failure is real. Yet, innovation and growth are stifled when fear of failure prevails.

Anchor & Leap is a Call to Adventure, with a humble nod to Joseph Campbell. It is where curiosity prevails. It is a space for deep thinking and learning, for ideas to be tested. A space to explore and learn from the journeys of inspirational leaders across multiple sectors—social innovation, the arts, sports, and enterprise.

Welcome to a new home for thinking and action. Welcome to Anchor & Leap.

-Alison E. Berman, Founder

“Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.”

Posted on December 15, 2014 .