Jumping Off The Bridge!

As a teenager I was intrigued when friends talked about jumping off the old railway bridge a few miles out of town into the river.  One clear summer day I mustered the courage to go along with them to see whether they were on to something or whether they had just had too many Slurpees.

Being cautious by nature I let several of the other guys jump through the air high above the treetops and plunge into the river below.  Having sufficient assurance that their hollers were shouts of delight and not pain, and seeing that they survived the ordeal and crawled back out of the river to have another go- I stepped up to the edge of the trestle.  I held my breath and took the counter intuitive step out into the air.  I will never forget the exhilaration of that free fall.  More than that I will never forget having conquered my fear and expanded my horizons.

Photo credit: tunogkanto.blogspot.ca

Today, after 20 years of enrolment of the leadership school of hard knocks, I am jumping off the bridge again.  It is with the same sense of trepidation and with the same rush of adrenaline that I step out into the air and launch my blog.  For me, this is another step in my journey of learning how to make my one life count- and to help others to learn to do the same!  Three times a week I will be posting about self-leadership, vocational fulfillment, leadership solutions, life lessons and other topics that I trust will leave you the richer for having stopped by.

If the bridge represents your zone of comfort -and jumping represents the risks you need to take to fulfill your God-given destiny- they allow me to encourage you to take the plunge.

Now it’s your turn- I’d love to hear your thoughts on this question:  Do people tend to err on the side of  having been too cautious OR having been too audacious in the pursuit of their desired outcomes?



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3 thoughts on “Jumping Off The Bridge!

  1. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts and perspectives Rob. I know that you will have a lot of insight that will encourage others and myself. Congratulations on the launch of your blog.

  2. The outcome is decided by the depth of the understanding about the “plunge”. So do we investigate and pursue wisdom and prepare for something new, or stay in our comfort zone, status quo. My nature is status quo.

  3. As you know, I’ve often had the courage to jump off bridges (only figuratively, mind you). In reality, since I’ve done more or less the same thing job-wise each time, it’s like I’m getting back up onto the same bridge and jumping off it again. I suppose I end up back at the railing of that same bridge time and again because I’m not so good at swimming as some other people. Because once you’ve jumped off the bridge, you have to swim. I’m hoping I’ll learn to swim better — that may reduce the need for all that jumping.