How many times have you heard a motivational speaker say, “Jump and the net will appear?” Not sure if “Fearless Feix” Baumgartner heard that message, but he took a huge leap of faith. And millions of us watched it live last Sunday as he exited a capsule 24 miles above earth and hurtled through space, breaking the sound barrier and setting records before landing feet first in the New Mexico desert some nine minutes later.
Now, I’m not suggesting you risk your life, but his stunt reminded me how important it is to continue to take healthy risks. Risk is even more challenging when others are depending on us. As a business owner, knowing your employees are relying on your smart decisions to propel the company forward can make you second guess the risks you’re willing to take. But take a cue from the 43-year-old Austrian — he spent seven years preparing for this death-defying leap, which ultimately was more than just some stunt. NASA was watching closely, with an eye to improving its spacecraft and spacesuits. For Baumgartner, when the moment of truth came, as he looked down from his capsule toward earth so far below, he moved forward and gained a new perspective.
“Sometimes,” he said after he landed, “we have to get really high to see how small we are.”
Life passes quickly. No leap of faith toward your dreams is too small. Jump!