The Vision Gap
Running Swift Kick is the most exciting, exhausting, stressful and rewarding thing I've done in my life. I started with so much passion for the vision and that sustained me through the slippery start-up slope. Then, I hit a wall where the early phase start up passion was gone and it took raw guts to keep going. This is the point when many call it quits. They don't have what it takes to see through to the other side. I actually pulled myself from the Red Rover project at this time because I was nearing a breaking point financially and emotionally.
The problem is the vision of where Swift Kick and Red Rover can and should be is so much more than where we are now. Same goes for my skill in running them. I have this vision of me being a wise business Ninja on par with personal heroes like Richard Branson. But then, I get down to work and realize I have a long way to go in both my skill set and my perception of who I can be.
In Malcolm Gladwell's new book, Outliers, he says it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. I estimate I've put in about 4,000-5,000 hours into Swift Kick so far.
That's actually really refreshing to know. It helps to visually see that a gap exists between where I want to be verses where I am now. And I'm not alone in struggling with this gap. Ira Glass from NPR's This American Life, sums up "The Vision Gap" perfectly:
video hat tip to @chuckago