Sometimes when you wake up you are scared.
A strange agony creeps between the sheets over the bed to settle somewhere in her heart. In a split second, perhaps before he is fully conscious, he goes through the tasks at hand that will threaten him during the day: the things that didn’t go well, the calls he has to make, the overwhelming reality of this project haunts him with deadlines. Delivery that seems impossible to meet.
Sometimes when he wakes up he doubts. About yourself and your ability. About the choices he’s made and the distant port of where they might take him. He doubts that if he gets lost he will be able to find his way back because he knows absolutely anyone could be lost one fine day. Or fail.
Sometimes when he wakes up, he prefers to remain silent in front of the emptiness full of strangers that tarnish the new day. It happens especially on Mondays when the uncertainty of the beginning week seems unbearable.
Only on one of these days did a video come to him by chance: A little girl of about ten years old is standing on the edge of a ramp Ice skate with everything and his skateboard. He’s wearing a baggy T-shirt, blue jeans, a helmet in shades of purple and pink, and a pair of knee pads that look too big on his frail body. She doesn’t move, just stares fearfully into the void that extends before her eyes. In front of her, at the end of the ramp, a slim man in black watches and encourages her.
“Don’t bend over to me, go straight ahead.” That’s the key.
He’s not just any man. Is about Tony Hawk, maybe the greatest Skater that ever stepped on earth. The girl is her little daughter Kadence Klover Hawk who tries to jump on a skateboard for the first time. And even when you have the best teacher anyone can imagine, the step takes courage and determination.
Kadence takes the position to take off, but then hesitates and returns with both feet to the platform. She is dominated by fear. The girl gives her father a sign to stand right in front of her and try to hold onto something that can give her security. Tony Hawk not only obeys her but goes to the ramp to take her hand. Then he goes away again and just watches for 25 seconds.
This is the moment when she really needs to overcome fear. Just like any of us. It is the moment when we are faced with the void and ready to jump into the unknown when we can most doubt ourselves. The voice of reason whispers to us that what we are going to do is irrational and dangerous. That our idea doesn’t make sense. If we keep going we will fall, break, and then no longer be able to get up. These 25 seconds of doubt in Kadence’s life move us when she resolutely shifts weight onto the foot that rests on the skateboard and throws itself into space. When Tony Hawk sees the action, he takes off and lets her alone and independently follow the little journey that will mark her life.
The girl does not fall. Once the movement has started, it will move forward on its own and inertia will take care of everything else. His father screams and applauds, perhaps more excited than the day he made the 900 (a risky 2½ turn from the air) for the first time in the history of the 900 Ice skate in the output of the X games 1999 after ten unsuccessful attempts.
There is a lesson for each of us in this little big step by Kadence. Because even though we’ve been through similar situations hundreds of times, every time we’re faced with an unknown project, a challenge that looks in capital letters, or a problem that doesn’t seem to have a solution, we’re scared again, we freeze and don’t jump. But the feat we observe in the video reminds us that the only way to know what’s at the end of a new day, complex project, or entrepreneurial idea that no one else believes is with us To equip courage and strength like the little girl Kadence Klover Hawk, equipped with a helmet and knee pads, just jump into the void.