Ok, so it’s been a minute… Thanks for sticking with me! One of my favorite adventures lately was earlier this month out in San Francisco. As challenged by Cadre Igor in Episode 1 of Season 2, I did a 12-mile ruck with a 30# pack in less than 3 hours! I started near Land’s End in San Francisco, went across the Golden Gate Bridge, and ended up in Mill Valley (thankfully there was a Starbucks almost exactly at the end of my route!). A few things I learned on that journey:
- This was hard but totally doable with about a month of training for fast rucking.
- For me, listening to worship music was more effective to keep a good pace than fast metal
- Stretch out before using a Ruck Wrap!
- Keeping a consistent pace is more important than a fast pace
You can do this too! Be sure to post about it when you do, using the hashtag #cadreigor. This is the hardest challenge from Season 2, so when you’re done it’s all downhill from there and you’ll earn an awesome patch once you’re done with all the challenges from the season!
Visual model and Financials
I lumped these two together because Exercise 7 and 8 go nicely with each other. Exercise 7 focuses on creating a visual model of the initiative, and how services, products, and money flow from the different people involved in it. Exercise 8 is all about putting down exactly what the financials will look like for 24 months of operations, all costs and revenue sources. The reflections on these two exercises will be a bit shorter than others, for reasons to be revealed later (oh, the suspense!). 😀
Exercise 7 reflections:
I feel like I’ve got a really good handle on my project’s operations now, and also the flow of money that’s going to need to happen. I’ll need to do a lot of work on the sponsor side to make the subscription cost low enough to not be a barrier to entry!
I didn’t revise my project very much during this exercise.
I found a potentially problematic area of Chuck and Brian’s donation of a space. Maybe they won’t want a for-profit company operating there, so I’d have to figure out how to make it run as a non-profit or have the members not pay (support the business with sponsors).
I’m so motivated to talk to others about the project, it’s crazy. I just want to get it out there and get going!
Exercise 8 reflections:
This one, as Josh said, is where a lot of people (myself included) go “ohhhhh crap. This just got real.” I honestly got stuck at this point. Stopped me dead cold for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t make the numbers work out with the visual model I had in place, and also I had no idea how I was actually going to get the money flowing in the ways it needed to for the whole thing to work. I asked the guys who I invited to the first group meeting about the structure and what they thought of it, especially the part I was really excited about with providing a welcome kit with survival gear for each of them, and do you know what they said “I don’t really need that.” Gut punch. However, once we actually had a couple of meetings, the small group of guys who were there all unanimously agreed that what we were doing is needed in their lives, and they loved it. So… that brings us to a greater understanding: how could I do this without charging the guys? Where would the money come from?
I’ve completely changed how this business is going to work, based on an opportunity to work with a good friend on this within his business. I can’t share too many details right now, since we’re still working on a communications plan for all that, but suffice it to say… you’re going to want to stay tuned. 😀 😀 One thing Josh mentions in the book right at this point (how’d he know?) is that you might get job offers as you talk about your initiative. That’s exactly what happened!! I’m so excited to be able to act on this opportunity because I’ve been putting in the work to make it happen. It’s crazy, this whole thing is a huge answer to prayer. I actually wrote down my prayer from July about my career, and it went a bit like this:
Me: Ok Lord, how do I get involved in the NASA Resilient Extra Terrestrial Habitats Institute?
God: Know it by its fruit: it will bring joy and peace
Me: How much do I get involved?
God: Half of your week
Me: What do I do with the rest of the week?
God: Serve me.
God: Wherever I lead.
Me: Doing what?
God: Whatever I call you to.
Me: Ok, that’s not very specific, God… What will Tracy say? Will I still be able to provide for my family?
God: Have I ever NOT provided for you?
That conversation was so awesome. God also reminded me that a big part of the adventure distinction is about persevering into the unknown, and if I want more adventure in my life I’ve got to be ok with the unknown! Since that prayer, I’ve grown a LOT spiritually, and now realize that there is so much more to prayer than just requests. If you haven’t read it already, pick up a copy of John Eldredge’s book, “Moving Mountains.” Let me know what you think once you get through that!
Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for when I can talk about the next stage in this initiative, it’s going to be EPIC!