Lighting Myself on Fire

September 16, 2011
Brandon Sutton on fire

Last night, I had one of the most productive and inspiring conversations I’ve had in a long time with my good friend and colleague, Michelle Morgan from Hub Atlanta. We were discussing the work we are both doing in the community and how we are looking to facilitate major social and environmental movements.

She used an expression that really resonated with me. She described people like me that get so into the initiatives we are working on that it’s like we are lighting ourselves on fire. Let that one sink in for a minute.

It’s literally like that right now. 

Lately, I’ve been on the run-up to launching what is without a doubt the biggest thing I’ve worked on to date, and it has the incredible potential to inspire millions of kids and youth around the world. Seriously! Stay tuned for an imminent announcement on that – perhaps even over the weekend. Yeah!

Brandon Sutton on fireRight now, I am on fire, metaphorically speaking, and it feels amazing!

Michelle was describing how her whole reason for doing what she does at Hub Atlanta is to connect with people like me that are willing to light ourselves on fire over important issues and help connect us with the resources to bring this work out into the world in a big way.

That conversation triggered a whole tangent on how I’m going to be asking for support from the community so I can light myself on fire more often. More on that soon.

But for today, I just wanted to share a little bit about how it feels to be going through this. It’s nerve-racking, exhilarating, butterfly-inducing, gut-wrenching, and yes totally and completely amazing all at once.

And it’s blowing my mind beyond anything I could ever describe.

What about you? What inspires you to light yourself on fire? Are you getting the support that will help you do it?


  • Reply Anonymous September 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Go you!!!!! Can’t wait to hear what you’re up to … and to see you in a couple of weeks. Keep on rockin’!


    • Reply Brandon Sutton September 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks, Lori. I’m about to pop over here – can you tell?  😉  See you at CIP!

  • Reply Kathleen Jaffe September 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Good for you! I’m currently on fire and inching my way toward launching my own Big Thing. I’m still in the really early stages, but excited at the prospect of leaving corporate life to do something that helps people in a real and meaningful way. I’d love to talk sometime and pick your brain. 🙂

    • Reply Brandon Sutton September 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Sounds great, Kathleen.  Definitely stay in touch! Oh, and try leaping instead of inching and see how that feels.  🙂 

  • Reply Simone Lipscomb September 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Great photo! That pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? I totally understand the place in which you find yourself Brandon. I’m selling my mountain home, moving back to the Gulf Coast so I can continue my work there documenting the oil spill and with kids who live near the Gulf. It’s nerve racking wondering how it will all work out….but it’s happening. I feel it…and so I leap and allow the fire of creativity and passion to consume me, surrendering….surrendering  to my Path as it unfolds. 

    • Reply Brandon Sutton September 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Simone! It really does sum it up nicely. I’m consistently in awe of your bravery in this area and how you’re totally willing to surrender and let that surrender propel you into orbit.  It’s incredible to watch! Nicely done.

  • Reply Michelle Morgan September 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Great post!  I agree that it was an incredibly inspiring conversation.  It’s great to have a community of people around me that really get it.  Thanks, Brandon, for being a part of that.

    • Reply Brandon Sutton September 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you again, Michelle. It’s an honor to be part of your tribe. 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Chapin September 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    It gives me secondary goosebumps just knowing that you have such amazing opportunities opening to you right now! This reminds me of a quote that my dad shared with me some time ago – “You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair.” – Taisen Deshimaru

    Here’s to goosebumps and a life so amazing that it sets you on fire!

    • Reply Brandon Sutton September 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

      Goosebumps – love it! 🙂 And I love that quote.  Thanks for your ongoing support – it really means the world to me.

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