Three Steps to Greatness – Dare, Prepare and Jump

Dare-Prepare-JumpDare, 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.



About Michael R.H. Stewart
"Give me faith, freedom, resources, and a little time ... and I will make things happen that matter." Michael R.H. Stewart is a respected Internet executive with broad experience in all aspects of online business, with an emphasis given to social networking development, and company management. He has over 131,000 engaged Twitter followers. He enjoys 22 years of direct experience with corporate, entrepreneurial, governmental and non-profit clients, having advised them on all aspects of their online initiatives. Prior to his Internet career, he served as a Senior Vice President of AIG Marketing, doing business in 135 foreign countries as well as the United States. Stewart is an experienced public speaker and communicator, with worldwide experience; an expert on corporate branding; an accomplished writer, a creative thinker and problem solver.


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