Part III: Reinventing Self

The story of Blake Scholl. Blake reinvents himself for his vision.

Part III: Reinventing Self
1
2
Part III: Reinventing Self
Part III: Reinventing Self
3
Was this a bad idea after all? His napkin math made a simple case: improve the 1965 Concorde's efficiencies by 30% and you'd have a viable supersonic airliner on your hands. Surely, aviation technologies had improved 30% in 50 years?
His math needed more rigor. 1. He relearned math and physics starting with rudimentary Khan Academy courses. 2. He binged aerospace engineering books. 3. He called on experts to check his assumptions.
All the while, he kept his studies grounded in his models. With each new insight, he improved his spreadsheets, becoming further convinced that this could work. But he struggled with the idea that he'd be the one to do it.
Where have you set your own professional limit? Past what point does your subconscious never go?
He tried to imagine the future hero who would bring supersonic travel to the masses. Would it be someone from Boeing? Unlikely. More likely an outsider. Someone who could lead others with an articulate vision. A persevering "minnow in a great pond of sharks."
Blake didn't have these qualities. Looking back, he emphasizes again why motivation matters. He overcame his insecurities because his desire to build a supersonic plane was more important than his flaws. What mission would be so powerful, it'd force you to reinvent yourself?
It was very clear that I'd have to reinvent myself along the way. I imagined the reinventions that would need to be possible. It turns out, all of those are possible and more.

Story From

YC Founders Collection