On November 16th, 2004 a newly designed Scramjet rocket achieved the speed of Mach 9.6 (7366.44 Miles Per Hour). It is the fastest US rocket designed to fly in the Earth’s atmosphere. At low elevations the air density and molecules put pressure on an aircraft to slow it down by friction and force. If flown at such high speeds in low elevation, the rocket would burn up due to heat generated from friction with the air molecules.
At 50,000 feet, the pressure can be 100 times less than at sea level. The Scramjet flies elegantly and unrestricted because it is in thin air, and can apply all its power to attain full speed.
Now what does this have to do with entrepreneurship?
Don’t entrepreneurs want to fly at their peak velocity all the time?
To avoid the friction of lower atmosphere, the Scramjet takes off at 50,000 feet. It is bolted to a wing of the larger US Airforce’s, B-52 bomber. The giant bomber gains the elevation of 50,000 feet, which is at the edge of it’s design specification, and unhooks the Scramjet.
Once it reaches that altitude, the Scramjet craft ignites its engine and takes off. First to about Mach 4, and then past Mach 9, the rocket screams speed and elegance. Within microseconds, it is out of visual range of the B-52 that carried it to launch elevation, but without its ride on the B-52, the Scramjet would never achieve its potential.
If you want to achieve Scramjet velocity, test first whether you are in the air that permits your attaining full speed and potential, or whether air pressure and friction will burn up your rocket.
Where is your B-52? Who is your b-52?
Has your college or school, or your university lifted you up to 50,000 feet? Have you matured your skills, knowledge, experience, credentials, and resources to lift you above the mediocre crowds? Have your parents or mentors reached you into circles of 50,000 feet elevation success circles?
If the answers are yes, you are ready to unlock your hitch from the B-52 and attain your max velocity. When people want to follow you rather than block you, you have attained your 50,000 feet rise.
Earn the right, and the world will follow you. Earn the authenticity and you will reverse the chase. You will stop chasing, opportunity will chase you!
Rajeev Rawat –
Mr. Rawat is an author, consultant, and speaker. He serves clients in US, India, Malaysia, and Singapore. His current focus, the Reverse The Chase initiative aligns the core of the organizations to achieve authenticity, which enables professionals and organizations to stop chasing and let opportunities chase them. Clients include startups to Fortune 100 companies.
Mr. Rawat’s earlier career at Xerox and IBM included building trust among large cross functional teams in addressing high priority projects. Even in large organizations, his teams/initiatives successfully executed high risk and entrepreneurial projects.