Call to Adventure

Every Maker Journey begins the same.


This is the beginning of my story.

It is the second in a series I call ‘Maker Journey that follow my trajectory, as a complete unknown, untested and unverified ‘Maker’ through our (my company, Gnito’s) impending product release, and my return to the West Coast to reclaim my bike, surfboard and car (and some other stuff).

In my own Maker Journey, over the last 2 years, I have given up literally everything: my condo in Vancouver, my career, car, belongings, relationship(s), etc. Literally everything.

My Journey

Like every maker journey, mine began with Identity. How do we self-define? For which purpose? For which audience? Self-definition leads to a defining moment, in which your identity is put to the test. Who are you? From this starting point, your mission becomes clear.

In one way, Katniss is lucky — She has no choice.

Katniss, for example, must volunteer to save her sister. Mission identified: She must survive the Hunger Games.

From that single starting point an epic journey begins. And in one way, in that defining instant, Katniss is very lucky: She really has no choice. (Please see our next blogpost: Refusing the Call).

And that is really the point. For any hero maker, you or me, when we are presented with our own defining moment, our Call to Adventure, we too, have no choice:


..destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his [/her] spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of society to a zone unknown. This fateful region of both treasure and danger may be variously represented: as a distant land, a forest, a kingdom underground, beneath the waves, or above the sky, a secret island, lofty mountaintop, or profound dream state; but it is always a place of strangely fluid and polymorphous beings, unimaginable torments, superhuman deeds, and impossible delight.

The Maker Journey

The Maker Journey is no different.

In fact, today, the Maker truly is the Hero. In all contexts, it is the ‘innovator,’ the ‘disruptor,’ the one who challenges the status quo that we want as our protagonist. I’m not the first to recognize the similarities between Maker and Hero Journey — many have trodden this path before me.

My focal point is this: If you can control the narrative from the outset, you have a tremedous advantage! (That’s why we created our iPhone App called Gnito. We hope to give you control your own narrative in all contexts. We think that if you can control your narrative, you can control your destiny. More on that soon!)

Hero Entrepreneurs

I have many heroes.

(I always have.)

My heroes recently seem to mainly be successful entrepreneurs (and some as yet unsuccessful ones too). Recent technological break-throughs allow us to see into people’s lives (when we are invited, and sometimes not) in a way like never before (think Periscope, Meerkat, and prior attempts, and even Twitter, Snapchat etc. to some extent).

Thanks Kayvon (@kayvz) for creating @Periscope!

Nowadays, I am truly stoked when a @Kayvz, @Sacca, @Jack, @rrhoover, @invoker or a @bfeld Periscope notification pops-up on my Phone, particularly when they are partying, or on a boat, or in a chopper over California.

Having a glimpse into their lives, is my own Meeting with the Goddess, or glimpse into the Green Room. I know my obstacles remain, and I know that success for me will be different, but vicariously visualizing their present success (and the seamless integration of their lives) truly helps me stoke myself up, address my own challenges, forge my own path.

Narrative

One thing I notice, in my Periscope observations, is that I am always somehow pleasantly surprised (and often amazed) at the authenticity of the voice of the narrator, and the visceral emotions I share with the subject. Literally, subject and object seem to disappear. Perhaps I am very lucky in the heroes that I follow, but I always learn something deeply personal about them, and am always inspired to be a better person myself.

My heart lept when Meredith Perry of Ubeam hosted her first Periscope broadcast!

That’s why narrative and voice have become so important — they are literally real-time and universal now. Our thoughts become our words, and our words our destiny. Sometimes instantaneusly.

Periscope and Meerkat are the most immediate and visceral narrative tools available today. As an aspiring maker, I can literally peek beyond the next stage into the lives of Makers that I admire.

Their narrative inspires mine — leading by example, and looking back through Periscope to assist Makers at an earlier stage in our Journey. Its kinda poetic!

There are other tools as well — I am always using some of these awesome social media tools in my daily process and communication:

  1. HootSuite
  2. Buffer
  3. Mention
  4. Pablo by Buffer
  5. Respond.ly

Are there others I should try? If you know of any really good tools for story and narrative, please leave a note for us below.

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Please visit us tomorrow for the next in 14 part this Maker Journey series: Refusing the Call.

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