Part II: What's Impossible

The story of Blake Scholl. Blake sees a future of supersonic travel.

Part II: What's Impossible
Part II: What's Impossible
Part II: What's Impossible
One day, Blake decided to course correct. He listed his career interests on paper, ranking them by the joy they'd bring him. For once, he ignored his practical mind. He simply asked, "What would I like most if it were guaranteed to work? At age 80, what would I regret not trying?"
At the top of his list was, "build supersonic jets." He had no experience or connections in aerospace. He only had a passion for the idea and a vision of a world with supersonic travel.
To think impractically it's helpful to remove yourself from your own vision. Simply describe what the future looks like. Setting aside your prospective role, what's your vision for the world?
The first airplane, the first airliner, and the first jetliner were all built by entrepreneurs. The last of these early innovators retired in 1958. Since then Boeing and Airbus have made planes safer and efficient, but not much else. (Planes still fly at 1958 speeds.)
Why aren't many entrepreneurs innovating in aerospace? Blake gives two reasons: 1. **The Bystander Effect**: people assume that if no one is doing it, it must be bad or impossible. 2. **Complacency**: people accept the status quo as natural law (in this case they assume planes *must* be slow). Where are you guilty of accepting the status quo?
In the next lesson, we'll see how Blake reintroduces himself back into his big vision, reinventing himself for his new role.

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YC Founders Collection