The Starship Freedom

Written by on July 15, 2020


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The Starship Freedom is a mindset.

It’s an imaginary spacecraft designed to provoke, nurture and support a growth mindset. It’s also my new base of operation here at the Go Time Success Group. For now, here’s a little history on the Freedom.

In 1998, author extraordinaire Dan Holohan provided me with my first opportunity to write on an industry website (Prior to that I’d written anonymously at various places within Yahoo Finance). I wrote short articles and posted them on The Wall, Dan’s website at the time.

The Wall allowed my two partners, Steve Merker and Tom Steiger, to build our voice and sea legs. Due to nasty trolls, Dan had to take The Wall offline temporarily toward the end of 1998. Consequently, Steve, Tom, and I launched AREA51HVAC to provide a place for The Wall’s community to meet while Dan took care of business.

AREA51HVAC was a community for industry professionals to gather and exchange knowledge, information, and ideas. Members came from all corners of the HVAC industry. We had CEOs, high-level executives, middle management, technicians, installers, engineers, truck drivers, floor sweepers, media . . . the list was seemingly endless.

It was at this time that I created the imaginary Starship (the name Freedom didn’t come until much later) and used it to represent not only my Road, but to board and house industry professionals as we traveled through space on the way to the edges of business reality as we knew it. Here is how I described her at the time:

She travels at speeds beyond human comprehension. Her size fluctuates according to her occupants. Her structure is metamorphic, ever-changing as it incorporates the new technologies and business ideas of those on board. The Starship is a vehicle built to vaporize boundaries and limitations. She will take us to the very brink of our imaginations. And with but a glimpse of visions to be, she engages the afterburners, blasting us forward, screaming to shatter the barriers of conventional thinking and complacency. How can a ship accomplish such noble tasks you ask? Because her fuel is the collective passion of those on board. The passion to learn, share knowledge, information, and ideas. Through this collaborative effort she reaches destinations impossible for one human being or alien.

The Starship Freedom’s crew are like-minded, like-valued and possess a growth mindset. We are wired to push the boundaries of what is known to explore, discover, process, delineate, and radio back the coordinates of knowledge, wisdom, and ideas to others traveling through space. Sometimes our transmissions are the product of combining elements of what we’re discovering with our own new thoughts and ideas.

Although we shut the site down in 2004*, the Freedom’s activities never ceased coursing through my mind, body, and soul. This is how I approach purpose, transformational leadership, and my writing in general. The following is the code that governs the Freedom on her missions to the edge of the Universe.

The Starship Freedom’s Code

  • Do the Right ThingOur foundational belief. Our mission is collaborative. Consequently, trust is essential. In order to be trustworthy, each individual needs to do the right thing.
  • Pursue the Growth MindsetThe desire to grow emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually is the human fuel of the Freedom. One cannot fly on the Freedom without the passionate desire to grow!
  • Be CuriousCuriosity fuels exploration and leads to discovery. It’s the flint that sparks the tinder that explodes into an all-out fire of growth and possibility!
  • CreateBecause the Freedom flies on the fringes we are exposed to many different high-level elements, some from our industries, most from without. Whether it’s ideas, thoughts, or physical manifestations, we are in a position to combine these disparate elements and create something new and different.
  • Radio-BackRadio-Back is the act of relaying the coordinates of our discoveries and creations to those traveling behind. Ours is not a reporter’s voice; it’s that of a guide. Our syntax is leadership driven.
  • Connect OthersAs solar systems come and go, we continually meet like-minded and like-valued people. Whether we connect them to our mission or connect them with each other, we believe it’s good for the Universe!
  • Inspire OthersYou cannot board and fly even a single mile on the Freedom and not be inspired. The emotion overwhelms your consciousness, stimulates your heart, and ignites the act of inspiring others!
  • Live Your PurposeWhile the Freedom’s purpose is to push the boundaries of what is known, to explore, discover, process, delineate, and Radio-Back the coordinates of knowledge, wisdom, and ideas to others, we all have our own, individual purpose.

We join the Freedom and her crew to help mobilize and actualize our own purpose. The Freedom’s collective belief is that transformed lives are major components of success. We cannot transform lives unless we are living our own purpose.

Live your purpose and help others uncover theirs!

We join the Freedom and her crew to help mobilize and actualize our own purpose. The Freedom’s collective belief is that transformed lives are major components of success. We cannot transform lives unless we are living our own purpose.

Live your purpose and help others uncover theirs!

My Own Purpose Is: To inspire fellow travelers to connect with their purpose and pursue transformational leadership. To connect with knowledge, ideas, and others so that they’ll be more effective transformational leaders.

*Tom Steiger brought the AREA51HVAC experience back to life in 2020. It serves today as an RSES chapter in Northeastern Ohio. Steve Merker passed away January 30, 2013. He is presently building an AREA51HVAC community in Heaven.