A Momentous Equation.
How your success is a force to be reckoned with.
So, we are going to physics class. I’m here to tell you that your rate of success, your impact, and your momentum can all be described by a few simple physics equations.
Just in case you slept your way through Physics 101 in undergrad let me define two terms for you and try my best to relate these terms to your business and influence.
Mass is the quantity of matter in a body regardless of its volume or of any forces acting on it.
We aren’t talking about physical weight in the post, we are talking about the quantifiable volume of your passion and your commitment to what it is you are doing.
Your mass is not dependent on the forces acting on you, whether it be others’ opinions, what your parents think you should be doing, what the current trends are — your mass is the personal affliction you have towards your goals.
Velocity is the rate at which an object changes its position in a given direction.
You’ve heard it time and time again, “Don’t think, do.” Excessive planning and overthinking are the biggest thorns in the sides of entrepreneurs, passion pursuers, and corporate hustlers. We take baby steps as we over-analyze our situation waiting for the opportune moment to execute. More often than not we still don’t seize the opportunities in front of us.
Overthinking slows you down, your ideas need speed to build. The longer you are sedentary the more vulnerable you are to distractions, discouragement, and apathy — change your position constantly in a positive direction.
Cool, now that we are on the same page, let’s begin with the real lesson.
Momentum, the quantity of motion of a moving object
It’s a phenomenon, you know, when it seems that people that are winning, stay winning? It’s the sheer opposite of, “When it rains, it pours;” when you are moving in a positive, you stay moving in a positive direction.
Taking the aforementioned momentum equation, the more mass you have, remember - your level of commitment, number of people you have counting on you, and amount of passion you have, the greater the momentum your endeavors will posses.
In addition, the quicker you execute the greater your resulting momentum will be. Stop sitting on ideas, stop overthinking, stop waiting for someone else to do it for you, GO (quickly), to breed your momentum.
An object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. — The homie, Isaac Newton
When you intersect your passion and active engagement of your goals, you become hard as hell to stop.
Force, the energy required to change the motion of an object.
I’ll describe this in layman’s terms as your impact on a situation, an individual, or a cause. It’s a result of our previously defined mass, your passion or commitment, and your acceleration, or how “gung-ho” you are about it.
When we think about acceleration or our drive, we can think about Newton’s second law:
The acceleration of an object is dependent upon two variables — the net force acting upon the object and the mass of the object. — You guessed it, Isaac Newton
If you re-arrange Newton’s second law, you get our aforementioned force equation. Your impact is directly correlated to your passion and your drive.
“As an entrepreneur from a single-mother household I made a promise to become successful and assist those in my position to become successful as well. In childhood I grew distrustful of a system that I witnessed break the hope and confidence of many of my peers. Simultaneously, I observed my mother work tirelessly to suffice for the two of us.”
In the summer of 2006, at age 14 I hit my peak frustration with the seemingly endless barriers, sub-standard expectations and financial struggles we faced. In the midst of the emotion I felt, I questioned how I could ever be successful. In this same moment, a thought struck me that I could overcome my obstacles. At that moment I made a promise to become successful despite all obstacles in front of me and assist those in my same position to become successful as well. Coupled with my natural entrepreneurial spirit and belief in the power of young leaders — the solution became clear to me when I attended Babson College in the fall of 2010.
By coupling a mass and an acceleration, Oliver created WeThrive an impressive nonprofit that allows undergrads to mentor and teach life skills through entrepreneurship to our youth of under-resourced communities.
Impulse, change in momentum due to a new force.
A couple years ago my good friend and I had a spur-of-the-moment idea to create a Champagne Gun, yes, a Super Soaker-like gun that facilitated in the creation of champagne showers, #ItsLit.
It played right into my group of friends sweet spot: “work-hard, play-hard,” engineers that like to jump on couches and buy bottles at nightclubs for little to no reason.
After scouring the internet and Google Patents I saw it didn’t exist, and assumed I had time to sit the idea and didn’t do too much to talk about what I was going to do. Fast forward a year, and:
Yes, that’s Rick Ross with our idea — only someone else made it a reality. We were sick. Though we also learned a valuable lesson. When you have an impulse — you have to change your velocity, you have to GO (quickly).
Since your change in velocity is a product of speed and time, it is imperative that you dedicate time each and every day to pursue your passion and amplify your impulse.
We could conduct a theorem if we really wanted to relate your force, impulse, and momentum. In hopes that I don’t reignite any traumatic college experiences, I’ll spare you and summarize:
- The change in your momentum equals the impulse (speed and passion) applied to it.
- If your mass (passion) is constant, your momentum will require a greater velocity over time (rate of change of your position).
- If your velocity (rate of change) is constant, your mass (passion) must increase.
- The greater your momentum, the larger the force that is needed to slow your success.
You’re going to have opposition. You’re going to have naysayers. The pettiness will always rain down on your success — expect it and keep it moving. The faster you catalyze your success (acceleration), and the more passionate and committed you are (mass) — the greater the force that is needed to slow you down.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. — The homie, Isaac Newton (again)