Jumping Out of an Airplane... 4,100 Times
That's once a day for about 11.25 years. Even if you had 72 years to do it, like my new friend on the ski lift, it's still a jaw-dropping figure.
We were on the high speed quad at Bristol Mountain, so our ride was short. I didn't inquire about his name or occupation, nor how long he'd been married to his wife (God bless her soul!). I didn't really care. I wasn't going to waste our brief time together talking about his favorite brand of ski pants. This was a man after my own heart — willing to risk it all, over and over again... 4,100 times.
I leaned over and candidly asked, "What on earth drives a person to jump out of a plane 4,100 times?"
He looked back and cracked a smile. "Life is precious," he said to me. "And damn short!"
His face turned more serious as he continued, "Our only guarantee is this brief moment between the day we exist [birth] and the day we cease existing [death]. You have to decide whether you make your decisions to avoid failure, or to achieve something else... something greater."
I suppose those words have been on the tip of my tongue for a long time. For some of us, it's in our blood to push the boundaries — to avoid "content" and eradicate "apathy" — and in doing so, we learn that risk isn't a statistic to be bound by. Risk should be delicately managed and outcomes are for our choosing.
In sky diving, as in business, preparation, competence, and, most importantly, GRIT are our survival tools. They help us achieve something greater, 4,100 times and counting. And that is key: achievement isn't one big-game win, one new business idea, or the right team that'll be together forever. It's 4,100 continuous, persistent acts. Each one requires us to take a leap of faith in its own way... and if we truly want to build something greater — something that's never been done before — we have to leap.
Jump now. Jump often.
Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/jumping-out-airplanes-4100x-jake-weidert
Jacob R. WeidertCo-Founder and COO
Jake Weidert is the COO and Co-Founder of Perdix Software.
In addition to his duties at Perdix, Jake owns and runs OTEX Protective, which specializes in manufacturing arc-rated clothing for electricians.