My dear, Gonzo, I am rich in the currency of the ski hill, if not in U.S. dollars, and I figure if Tom Seibel or Jim Kennedy buy the ranch next door as the next step in their progression from industry titan to outdoorsmen, then I'm not slow, I'm fast, cuz I got the same view, and I never had to deal with the stress of a real job, having been a ski instructor, as I said, for 20 years now. (Thanks, Sitz, and Fox, you ARE a quick study!)
If my goal was to get rich, I wouldn't have devoted the time to skiing, surely, and I wouldn't have situated myself on a ranch in Montana.
So, now that you have me hooked, what is this vision you attribute to me? I confess I am not getting your references.
My mission is to facilitate, encourage, and advocate quality skier development opportunities for all skiers. I believe that quality comes first. The gold medal has to be backed up with results. My vision is about quality, not riches, but there is a strong desire to empower pros to make a comfortable living and have access to the same creature comforts as their students, like insurance, cars, homes, and families. You know--the same stuff hairdressers count on.
I was asked recently why people stay in the profession, given the monetary situation, and I said, "Well, I think essentially the people who stick with it for years are sort of like monks or disciples with a religious passion for snow, mountains, nature, and sharing their passion with others." The rewards are huge. Far greater than whatever they give you for processing data in a cubicle to which you must commute through snarled traffic, etc.
I didn't go beyond the quotes, because even gurus have material needs and wants, and I'd hate to add any reinforcement to the industry waffle that people just instruct as a lark, don't need the money, and won't be around long anyway, so it would be stupid to invest much in them.