Today, let me share Frances' unique story.
At age 6, Frances stood in the 97th percentile for height.
This led to an exciting mixup in her ballet class. Her journey provided me, a founder, with valuable insights.
Frances' height prompted her ballet instructor, a former national prima ballerina, to place her two years ahead of her peers.
Most would feel overwhelmed, but Frances didn't. She didn't know about the mixup and tackled the challenge with determination. Now, she excels among older students.
We only learned about the mixup weeks later when the instructor mentioned the missing name on her class sheet.
This sparked my interest.
How does one become a prima ballerina, the lead female dancer in a ballet company? I searched on Google.
I learned that becoming a prima ballerina needs intense training.
Students usually start at ages 7-10. After eight years, promising ones may join a 3-4 year pre-professional course.
Upon graduation, they may join a professional ballet company as a corps de ballet member. It can take five to ten more years to reach prima ballerina status.
Assuming 20 hours of training per week, a dancer accumulates 1,000 hours yearly.
Throughout their journey, they may complete 16,000 to 22,000 hours of training.
Even after reaching prima ballerina status, the journey goes on.
Dancers keep refining their steps, positions, and techniques. They focus on muscle memory, strength, and precision.
Each performance of ballets like The Nutcracker demands hours of rehearsal. Mastery comes from refining basic steps over time.
Frances' ballet experience mirrors the founder's path. Both show the impact of repetition, dedication, and resilience.
It's normal for startups to change and adapt, but foundational principles remain crucial.
Like ballet, persistence and determination are essential in the startup world. Success demands time, repetition, and an unwavering commitment to growth and improvement.
So, to all founders striving for their own 'ballet,' continue to dance your way towards greatness.