I love this story because not everyone gets to live their fantasy. Most people don’t TRY to live their fantasy.
Sometimes a magical moment happens, as it did for Scott Foster, an accountant called into action for the Chicago Blackhawks by a weird fluke. He never expected it, but he signed-up for it. Nobody else did. Why not? To most it seemed too silly, too outrageous to bother. After the game he said, “This is a dream. No one can ever take it away from me.” 14 minutes and a lifelong dream. (video)
People thinking about starting a business also worry about being outrageous, about failing and looking foolish. In my interview with Matt Talbot of GoSpotCheck, we talked about how others would judge founders who, as Matt and his partner did, start a new company then abandon it to start something completely different, becoming over-the-top excited about this new thing. Matt did that, and he was married with a baby, living away from his family on his co-founder’s couch. Worthy of bewilderment from anyone observing. Since then GoSpotCheck has raised $48 million in venture funding and is serving customers including PepsiCo, Panera, Under Armour, and Dannon.
Goalie Scott Foster had a good night. He stopped all 7 shots. What if he hadn’t? What if he’d been scored against and lost the game? How do you think he’d look back on the experience? Still a “dream?” Would he feel he’d lived his fantasy? I’ll bet so. Trying, regardless of the outcome, is always more gratifying than sitting on the sideline.