During the days of Spada Inc, my consulting practice, one of my clients was the Baskin School of Engineering, at the University of California-Santa Cruz. As part of the assignment, I spent one day a week at Moffett Field, in Mountain View. Today’s story about Jimmy Stewart cites his time there, which brings forth a realization about the energy of the place.
The spirits of past and present innovators from all time, not just wartime, pervade Moffett. Stewart’s story – what he did to become a pilot, how he pursued it relentlessly – is an archetype of the change agency that abides at Moffett. The story teaches that undeterred focus in the face of rejection is usually part of every innovator’s journey. Change agents will encounter resistance at best, politics for sure, and outright scornful sabotage at times.
We all have our Moffett Fields – the places and the times that present a moment to make change or to be a part of it. We may not always succeed in the mission, but it’s always worth the effort, if for no other reason than to stand with the change agents who propel civilization forward.