Power of Yet
The Power Of Yet
More times than I wish, progress feels more like stumbling my way through complete darkness than running downhill through rocks, streams and roots. Shoot, it feels more like darkness than even running uphill, in the snow, without snow shoes, or clothes. There are times where hiking naked in a snowstorm sounds more appealing than guessing at each step wondering if you are making progress, walking in circles, or walking backwards.
In talking to people about entrepreneurship versus stable-long-term jobs we regularly find ourselves asking “why”. Why in the world would someone choose an unknown route and continue to commit to it rather than choosing the more predictable route? The reality is that this is not only an entrepreneurship thing. It is being a parent. Going back to school. Training for a marathon. In all of these types of adventures, there are plenty of times we look in the rear-view mirror and gaze longingly at the comfort zone we once knew.
My belief is that there is a call in all of us that never gets completely silenced. It might get muted over the years. Or maybe it takes such a beating of fear and failure that we try to shut it down. Yet, I do not think it ever gets completely silenced.
At some point, our inherent level of Grit kicks in and we awake the passion and perseverance to satisfy the call. In some of us, it also requires awakening the growth mindset that we needed as kids to attack new things. Some people always have it ready. Regardless, it takes us to establish a “mindset of yet.” The mindset keeps us sane as we progress because it gives us the expectation that the goal will take more time than we thought, hurt, exhaustion, exhilaration, amazement and success will likely only come if we embrace a humility that we otherwise were not ready to show the world.
Isn’t that the irony, the most daring have to be the most humble and accepting of failure?
The glory is that we find a guide, inspiration, strength that warms us through the cold and shows us that of the last 20 steps we took, at least one was forward but all of them were preparation for whatever comes next. One way or another, the journey is always the reward because the growth mindset never stops asking us to grow.
Here is to great stories,