Being an entrepreneur is what I imagine skydiving is like. Standing on the ground gazing up skydiving looks exciting. But when I’ve watched those videos of people in the plane getting ready to jump . . . I can only wonder what they must be feeling! One step out of the plane and it’s too late to chicken out. People who have sky dived talk about the initial rush and then the euphoria they experience during the free fall. You have probably seen skydivers start to do tricks playing like otters in the wind. Crazy. I remember one guy describing the sense of freedom and abandon.
These videos also show the ground approaching quickly. With a thud people land and take some running steps and stop. That’s when the newbies yelp with delight. For me it’s a virtual experience but it still makes my heart beat fast just thinking about it.
I read somewhere that you can tell a happy skydiver by the bugs on his teeth.
I would rather eat Mexican food.
A colleague and I were enjoying a Mexican meal when surprisingly a waiter sat down at our table with a plate full of food. Seriously! I’m sure my jaw fell. Without comment he started to eat his meal with us. My colleague just stared. Who does that?
The waiter broke the silence and asked if we would like to try his food. I quickly assumed this was some sort of marketing thing to get people’s reactions to new menu offerings. I reached over and stuck my fork into a piece of steak and took a bite. Boy, am I glad I did! Delicious! The flavors were so good. In between bites we were free falling in our conversation laced with laughter and feedback.
I asked, “How do I get some more of that!?”
He responded, “You don’t. I made this homemade for our staff. I wanted you to try some authentic Mexican cooking to see what we eat every day.” That’s it. No marketing thing at all. He just wanted us to enjoy a little piece of his culture. Gutsy move on his part to just sit down at our table.
To step out of a plane or to sit down with strangers requires something greater than the risk involved. The promise of adventure. The joy of sharing your life with someone.
That's kind of like what entrepreneurship is like. Sure it can be risky and stressful. Happy entrepreneurs have their own bug stained teeth. But the thrill and reward outweigh the risk.
Whether you are a business owner or an employee, it is important to find the thrill in what you do. Maybe it is chasing after the next big sale and taking a new approach. Perhaps it is the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. It might be just stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new people. With risk comes promise and potential reward.
Step out. Enjoy the free fall. And don’t forget your toothbrush.
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