Three Steps to Greatness – Dare, Prepare and Jump
Dare, Prepare, and Jump
Something utterly amazing happened this week.
Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old Austrian skydiver, leaped from a capsule dangling more than 24 miles above the Earth and safely landed in New Mexico, breaking a 52-year-old record.
Broadcast live to millions of spellbound television viewers, the camera watched and shared with us in real-time, as he stepped off his stratospheric perch and plummeted toward earth breaking the sound barrier as he fell.
Writing for Copyblogger, Sonia Simone distilled this one man’s courage into three steps: dare, prepare and jump.
It occurred to me as I watched Baumgartner step out of the capsule, that all of man’s accomplishments share the same simple formula.
Dare: First we must dare to do the exceptional, the unexpected.
The poet Robert Browning understood this. He said:
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” …
Suspended as he was, between his earthly home and God’s heaven, Baumgartner achieved what many wish for but few attain: victory over fear.
Prepare: Courage is not a talent we are born with, it must be earned, by countless hours of careful preparation. Baumgartner and his staff spent many years in preparation for this jump — and in the end his flight lasted a mere four minutes. He did more than set a record, however, he proved that preparation is the path to accomplishment.
Jump: There comes a time in every man’s life when taking action is essential. We may be nervous or frightened; we may feel insecure; we may begin to doubt the wisdom of what we are about to do — but in the end there is only one trajectory toward success — jump anyway.
If we are indeed fortunate, each of us will stand on a precarious perch one day: one step away from greatness. All that is necessary is to dare to accept the challenges, prepare as if our lives depend upon it and jump with courage and conviction.