i <3 the words and art of elle luna.
she redesigned uber's award-winning app, helped scale medium, worked at IDEO, brought mailbox from post-it note to a launch day that exceeded all expectations. and then she quit to be what she is now - an artist and author and advocate for the fearless and exploratory life.
moment of reckoning: [Mailbox] was so well-received and every goal we had dreamed of was exceeded. It was great, but once I started really asking, "What is the truest, most authentic expression of who I am as a human being? What is that gift?" then that changed everything.
the great leap: [I]t's scary to say goodbye to the structure and systems and prizes that keep us afloat in good times and in bad, and say hello to that potential abandonment, fear, and humiliation. ... I believe that when you step into uncharted territory, you are also stepping into ... a space where nothing is guaranteed; there's no case study or roadmap. I have so much respect for anybody who will step away from what they can do in order to find what they must do.
aftermath: I think that once you quit the job that's paying the bills, the entire universe comes out to meet you. But it's only after you quit your job that those people arrive, and that's the secret that nobody knows. ... Taking the leap is the greatest gift I've ever given myself. It's funny to go give talks because I don't have any answers, only questions. But I feel like, if we can encourage people to do this heart-led, soul-led work, then it will be unbelievable.
the grand why: I believe that the whole world is waiting for us to give that gift to them. What if we could empower everyone to operate out of that place, instead of out of job titles or money or security, even? Imagine a world where everyone gives their truest, most authentic gifts.
you know, that does sound pretty cool. 💯🙌🔥