Went to yoga this morning. My favorite instructor, Phil, was teaching. When he saw me, he gave me BIG EYES… as in “Holy wow, I thought you must have QUIT yoga…it’s been so long…” But, as most lovely yoga people are, Phil was forgiving and funny and great.
About an hour into the class, we moved to the wall. This is part of Phil’s yoga magic, of course. The part where we practice handstands.
I dutifully moved my mat, placed my hands on the mat, and walked my feet up the wall until my torso and legs formed an EXACT (irony included) 90 degree angle. I took a few breaths, smiled, pretty much collapsed onto the mat.
When it was all done, Phil had us all move back into our places on the floor, and offered this wisdom:
Handstands are scary because you are afraid that you will fall on your head.
Pretty much everyone that tries to master this rather challenging feat does, actually, fall.
You practice on the wall so you learn that you have all the power you need to support all that will come when you fully commit.
As a part-time, totally humble yogi, I appreciated his humility.
As a full-on entrepreneur trying to bootstrap a startup, in this wild, wild world where all of the rules have changed, I heard something else:
In the new, crazy world, we (along with all of you) have the power to realize your dreams. That power is based on all of what’s inside of you. In our case, that’s a collective foundation of 20+ years of being students, lawyers with serious jobs, 5 kids, 2(ish) years of blogging, and (with much much humility) leaning in on all of the connections, goodwill, friends, and friends-of-friends that all of the foregoing has given us.
And as a direct result, E and I are also spinning. We realizing that, ironically, the biggest challenge in all of this is staring down (and planning for) what happens if your dreams and plans GO BIG. It’s actually easy to deal with the opposite… an app and idea that lives in mediocre-land for awhile, sputters along. That’s easily scalable, not that hard to support.
But GO BIG? Oh sheesh. Lets start with the fact that it’s a champagne problem. But more realistically, it’s a challenge – how MUCH do we care about the problem we’re trying to solve here?
A very good friend (who happens to be awfully awesome in the VC world) pretty much asked us this question last night. At almost midnight. On a flight, far away from his sweet family, and at the humble request of a friend he had not seen since the 80’s, and with whom I was only connected in a real sense via Facebook. THIS, friends, is the new paradigm. “WHAT are you willing to do? HOW are you going to compete with all of the 20-somethings with unbelievable connections??”
Got it B. As lawyers, we plan for the worst. As entrepreneurs, we absolutely MUST plan for the best.
Thank you B. Truly.
E and I have our own answer.
And, I suppose we’re posting this because we wanted to share the same query to our other friends – far and near- considering the same thing.
WHAT are you willing to do in your life for what truly moves you?? Do you have a plan for the best?
Thanks y’all — good week!