Gems from the Success 3.0 Summit 2014

The Success 3.0 Summit took place in Fall of 2014, and the conversations that were born there are still continuing, boldly evolving the narrative of Success in the world, rooted in the entrepreneurial values of Wake Up, Grow Up, and Show Up and Outrageous Love.

Here in this blog we're going to take a dive into the idea of Success. We will also explore the visionary work we're doing as a movement - on evolving a post-dogmatic shared language of meaning and success.

To begin, we excerpt from Marc Gafni's brilliant keynote talk - check out the video below for gems from Marc's talks!

I want to ask you to reach now. To stretch, to stretch in mind, to stretch in body, to stretch in heart.

We are going to try to kind of lay down a narrative that works and makes sense, because when a narrative doesn't make sense, when you make up a narrative, it doesn't work. You need a narrative that is coherent, compelling, that actually takes us there.

I'm remembering a gentlemen named Yuli Edelstein. I don't think anyone here knows him. He was a prisoner of conscious. Does anyone here remember the Soviet Union? Show of hands? There was a gentleman named Brezhnev who was the Prime Minister of the Soviet Union and there was a gentleman named Jaruzelski. How many of you remember him? Poland?

Remember Poland when the labor unions were merging before, as Raj said yesterday, before that huge event happened that the Berlin Wall fell. Brezhnev was going to visit Jaruzelski because there were problems in Poland and Yuli Edelstein told me this story. He told me that this story was traded around Siberia in all the prison camps. This story kept people alive in the prison camps. So here's the story.

The story is that Brezhnev went to Jaruzelski and asks, "What presents should I bring him?" He said, I'll bring him a present. I'll have a painting of Lenin's famous trip to Poland. So he commissions a painting of Lenin's trip to Poland. The problem was that Lenin had never visited Poland, but in communism you kind of create a narrative. So they kind of convened everybody to kind of do this painting, but no one wants to do it.

There's this old Jewish dude, Revinewitz who says, "I can take care of that. Not a problem." Three weeks later they are in the inner sanctum of the Polit bureau. Revinewitz walks in with this easel, drape clothes like they do. He unfolds the painting that there is a man and woman fully, you know... engaged. Someone screams, "I don't understand, who is that woman?" That's Elia, Lenin's wife. Who's that man? That's Tratzki. "I don't understand, where is Lenin?" he says, and the answer comes, "He's in Poland!"

So you can create a false narrative, but a false narrative can't take you home. So I want to work on the narrative for the next few minutes and I want to actually engage everyone in the room and invite you to actually write a narrative and I give you a promise, an absolute promise that what you write for your narrative in the next ten minutes, you'll remember it for the rest of your life. It's a game-changing moment. So here's the two lines that we have been working with, but I know want to go into them much deeper. Okay, let's kind of enter them.

The lines are -- and you can say them with me -- we've said it 10 times in the last three days. "We live in a world of...outrageous pain, the only response to outrageous pain is...outrageous love."

Now why are we using the word "outrageous"? Why don't we just say "love"? Because love is becoming an old word. It's too tepid. What's outrageous about? What's outrageous love? What's an outrage about?

To be continued...

We invite you to take a look at some Gems from Marc Gafni's talks at the Success 3.0 Summit 2014!