In October of this year, Felix Baumgartner set the world record for skydiving an estimated 24 miles, reached speeds of 834 mph, and is to date the only human to break the sound barrier without vehicular power. I didn’t watch the jump live -without being reassured a guaranteed landing I couldn’t bring myself to watch a potential disaster. My husband and his brother watched it though and were so thrilled by what they witnessed they immediately went out and bought a 6 pack of Red Bull in solidarity.
Since October I have thought a lot about that leap – what it means to try something that has never been done before and to push past limits that have been placed before us. I am in awe of the human capacity for going just one step further, looking over the edge and trusting what has been built and letting go. I think that is what all entrepreneurs do. We see what has been done before, combine our skills and ideas with effective partnerships, take it just one step further, and then … leap.
Unlike with Felix’s jump, I am able to watch and stand by people who make these leaps daily. Even though there is no guaranteed landing for my clients, friends and even myself I get up every day and work to make a difference for those willing to take that extra step. I am proud of the work we have accomplished and the businesses we have helped build.