It calls me
Why Moana reminds me of entrepreneurship.
When my daughter was two, she only wanted to watch Moana.
I can’t count how many times we saw that movie.
Moana is the story of a young girl living on an island, who feels called to the sea from the time she can walk.
Except, her father - the chief - has forbidden anyone from going beyond the reef.
This doesn’t stop her curiosity about what lies beyond the horizon.
As a toddler, she hears the story of the shape-shifting demi-god Maui and how he stole the heart of Te Fiti and caused darkness to spread across the world.
The story only draws her more...
All through her young life, she's continually pulled in two directions.
The life her father has planned for her where she takes over as the chief and things stay as they always are: predictable, steady, and everybody safe on the island.
Or the open sea. Unknown and dangerous, but full of promise.
She takes tentative steps into that unknown, but only crashes and is thrown back on the island.
Until the darkness arrives and she can no longer ignore her need to explore the great ocean.
Her dying grandmother gives her a small stone - the heart of Tahiti - and tells her to go find Maui and have him put back the stolen heart.
She finally has what she needs to leave the island.
She boards an old boat and sets off on an adventure that takes her through storms, finding Maui, fighting off crazy coconut pirates, battling a huge shiny crab, and overcoming her own despair and a lava monster before restoring the heart of Te Fiti, and life to the islands.
It's a classic hero's journey.
One that reminds me of my entrepreneurial journey.
Although I didn't feel the call from such an early age but only later in life, I did find myself looking out on the vast ocean of opportunity from the safe island of my job and wondering what was out there.
I worked up the courage to sail into the unknown when I saw darkness begin to spread (in the form of settling into a life of professional mediocrity).
Perhaps for you, it was something similar.
A feeling that you were called to do something more.
And like Moana, the journey has been full of challenges and setbacks.
You may not have to fight coconut pirates, but plenty of internal demons throwing poisonous darts at you.
There are no giant crabs or lava monsters, but plenty of odds stacked against you.
You’ve been so close to your goal, only to be swept back and left wondering how can you can ever get back up again.
I’ve been there too.
But just like Moana, we find the courage, fortitude, and resilience to keep going.
The challenges I've gone through have inspired me to help others navigate the waters of starting and growing a business, in the hopes of enabling them to sail more smoothly and more quickly toward their goals.
If you’ve ever wondered if a guide could help you (one who won’t abandon you like Maui), I'd love to have a chat.