You Just Gotta Jump… Like Felix Baumgartner

On October 14, Felix Baumgartner jumped out of the stratosphere, literally. The daredevil set the world record for longest free fall – and captured the attention of the entire globe.

While this is no small feat, there is no need to strap on a Red Bull suit and break the sound barrier to embrace your own bravery and ambition. Young professionals can learn many lessons from Felix’s death-defying adventure… and apply them to their blossoming careers.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Felix didn’t get into a capsule and jump from outer space by simply putting all of his trust in Red Bull and the engineers who designed his suit. He and his team took the time to carefully plan the attempt, and took every step possible to ensure success.

When you want to make a career move, make sure you take the time to plan carefully and execute well. Research target companies, or companies in your target industry, and the types of positions that are available that may interest you. And consider scheduling several informational interviews to find out more about “a day in the life” of your new target job.


Find Your Inner Felix

Without a doubt, it takes guts to decide to jump from outer space… and sitting up there, in a tiny capsule wearing a suit you can only hope will protect you as designed… it’s easy to decide to put off the jump for another day. But if Felix hadn’t jumped, he wouldn’t have overcome his fears and had the adventure of a lifetime.

When it comes to your career… just jump. Get out of your comfort zone. Take that leap of faith, chase down your dreams – a and execute. Like Felix found, the first step is difficult. Once you’re engaged however, the journey can be exhilarating.

Embrace Your Challenges

Without a doubt, Felix Baumgartner is a daredevil by nature. He is an Austrian born BASE jumper and skydiver, and has been known throughout his career to attempt particularly dangerous stunts. While Felix seems to have no reservations, he reportedly struggled with fears of claustrophobia after spending time in the pressurized suit required for the Red Bull Stratos jump. With the help of a sports psychologist, he overcame his fear and achieved his goal.

Whether you’re concerned about a career-related issue like public speaking, negotiating your salary or networking… proper preparation, lots of practice and getting the right help will get you through. Consider getting tips from blog posts, or TED talks that relate to your fear. You might also enlist the help of a Career Coach to help build confidence and gain motivation.

Take the lead from Felix. If you are passionate about something, be daring enough to make it happen. Set your career goals.  Take risks.

Then… jump.


About the Author: Erica Roberts graduated from Oregon State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Marketing. She is an avid reader and writer, and is extremely passionate about social media. Erica currently works as a social media consultant for several clients, and is a social media coordinator with YouTern. Connect with Erica on LinkedIn and Twitter.



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