Week 9: Infinite Density
I woke up this morning to the news that Stephen Hawking had passed away or, as the yogis say, left his body. His fascination and study of existence inspired me in many ways. Although, to be fair, I didn’t read the book or watch the movie.
“Awareness of death is the very bedrock of the path. Until you have developed this awareness, all other practices are useless.”
What I do barely grasp is his exploration of black holes, where too much mass or energy can trigger a reaction of infinite density: a so-called cosmic dead end where the rules of physics, as we understand them, fail.
Philosophically, I’m reminded of Newton’s Third Law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. As my time at Grand Central Tech winds down, I have been experiencing an opposite reaction as well…nights and weekends of anxiety. What’s next? Will the rebuild be done in time? Can I rally investors and friends to get behind this is a meaningful way?
One of my peers here who has a background in venture capital pronounced to the group, “If you can’t handle rejection, then you shouldn’t be here. And you can’t run a startup.” As half the room glumly submitted to this tough love comment, I couldn’t help but wonder if that’s the judgmental attitude that elevates sociopaths to the highest levels of leadership.
Yes, we could all stomach rejection better. But I don’t believe it’s a disqualifying factor. It’s a learned skill. That has nothing to do with your capability, experience, and vision.
The world is full of sharks, angels, and black holes. Our work is to discern the difference. And keep going. Infinite is waiting.
“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”