The Cycles of Practice

“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience, it is necessary for us to do the opposite; that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”

-Leonardo da Vinci

The straight line only exists in the past. When creating something from nothing, entrepreneurs and other applied dreamers, experience a storm of chaos, periodically hitting a milestone, as we spin towards the achievement of our dream. Then when we reach the end, we look back and tell the story of the milestones, as a straight line. But that straight line never exists in the present or in the future.

Know that it is a cycle of practice. You take a first step from a place of faith, you tell the story imperfectly, you find maybe one believer, you work on some part of the dream, you try to maintain faith, horribly. You fail, misstep and then start another cycle of practice. Determined to do it a little better. You use the mistakes to refine; you use the successes to reinforce your journey. And with each cycle, you hit a milestone. At first, small ones, like a prototype.

Maybe a cycle takes months in the beginning because you don’t recognize, understand or are resistant to the feedback you get from other people or the market. But eventually, with practice and collaboration, you get better and the cycles get shorter and the milestones get larger- the first major investor, a large customer, a new product release.

The ROI of Faith, is an experience-based practice, you realize your dream, by doing something, not just be thinking about it.. The most important thing for you as the dreamer is to just take the first step. The first step is the last step, the start is the finish; because all that separates the beginning from the end– is FAITH.

About Tribetan

Tribetan was founded by Tiffany Norwood a successful serial entrepreneur, global thought leader and a patented inventor. Ms. Norwood is one of the pioneers of digital satellite radio; as part of the start-up team of WorldSpace/XM Radio; as well as, an early collaborator in MPEG technology, later to be known as MP3 and MP4. She personally raised nearly a billion dollars in her 20s to fund this new global communication platform.

She recognized that most frameworks related to entrepreneurship, like lean canvas and agile development, were for the product or the company. What was missing was something for the person, the entrepreneur themself. Our Tribetan framework; a step-by-step algorithm for turning imagination into reality for any person trying to manifest an idea, was captured and codified based on her 30 year history of startups.

The market realized the framework’s value, and our audiences came to us. We have now reached more than 9,000 people live, 150+ countries  and over one million people through broadcast. All through word of mouth. Venues have included NYU, the Italian Parliament, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Creative Business Cup, USOW, the Mexican Embassy, KMPG UK, Forte, and many others. Organizations working with Tribetan have included accelerators, incubators, universities, companies and others; with an interest in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, imagination, innovation, startups, the skills of successful entrepreneurs, global entrepreneurship and leadership success.

To learn more about our framework, we have included many resources on this website and will be adding even more in the future. If you are interested in speeches, lectures, workshops or collaborating, please contact

-The Tribetan Team

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