Wow, what a night. After long months of planning, and with few expectations, Failure:Lab Chicago was a magnificent evening.
What is it??
As we prepped, planned, and recruited people and companies to join us in hosting, participating and attending this storytelling event, there was a common question….
“Failure? I don’t get it?”
Failure:Lab is a storytelling event started by three fine gentlemen in Grand Rapids Michigan. Six storytellers tell their personal experience with failure, yet instead of telling the lesson they learned, the audience is provided time to write down the lesson they took from the story. Entertainers perform between each story to recharge the audience and prep them for the following storyteller. This format encourages connection and inspiration through real (yet subjective and personal) tales of failure. Success and failure go hand in hand, but admitting the defeat [in failure] opens the door to success.
…and who is ChicagoCBM…? Why did CBM host it??
ChicagoCBM is a Psychotherapy private practice working with clientele from many different backgrounds, with many different goals. Most clients and potential clients (and all HUMANS really) are or have experienced failure in some aspect. Failure to lose weight…fear of failing at a new job, old job, same job…failing as a parent..failing at a sport…failing as an addict in the program…failing in a relationship…on a team…in academics…life in general…we have all shared in the experience of failing, and it has most likely changed us significantly.
Failure:Lab was our first major event – a great opportunity for us to get all different parts of our community together to witness and connect. We jumped on the opportunity to host because failure is so real to us and our clients. We loved how Failure:Lab put “it” out there, so raw and real. Success and failure are so subjective and our irrational belief system, from society, experiences, etc, has us keeping failure behind closed doors. The evening showcased failure as normal, and left it up to the audience to process the risk that has to come next.
ChicagoCBM could not have hosted Failure:Lab without the help of our many and varied sponsors, volunteers and storytellers! Thank you to everyone involved!
Other sponsors included:
Rhine Hall provided drinks!!
Charlatan provided food!!
What comes next??
We are all working to process the powerful impact of Failure:Lab, individually and practice-wide. ChicagoCBM has exciting things coming up – a new and bigger space to offer more healthy ways of living to our clients and our community, partnerships with organizations working to fight the “failure” of mental illness, and efforts to help make access to wellness easier. Look for updates from us on the successes and the failures of these ventures. Because if we learned anything from Failure:Lab, its that embracing the fear of failing can help us become better in whatever we choose to do.