Gary Connery was the first person to skydive 2400 feet without a parachute and land safely. Here is the story:
The entire flight of nearly a mile took less than a minute and was only given the green light because the weather conditions were “perfect”. Mr. Connery dropped for three seconds before reaching speeds of more than 80mph in a specially developed wing suit that “started to fly”. He landed on a strip measuring about 350ft (100m) by 45ft (15m) – and at its highest point 12ft off the ground.
In order to survive the audacious stunt, he had to flare his wing suit about 200ft from his target in order to bring his gliding speed down to 50mph and his vertical falling speed to 15mph. He landed to cheers from thousands of people who watched his feat and was met on the ground by his wife Vivienne, who gave him a kiss. He celebrated his achievement with champagne on the ground. (To read the entire article click here)
I found 5 lessons every leader can learn from this extreme daredevil:
1. Risk Takers- If you want to be successful and achieve great things it requires taking risks. This does not mean a leader should take uncalculated risks or walk blindly into the future. Gary “assessed the risks” and felt confident the risk was worth the potential outcome. Great leaders make it a point to get out of their comfort zone and take calculated risks.
2. Conquering fear- Gary said, “The fear comes before you get into the helicopter. You don’t get in before you have dealt with that.” This is interesting because it shows he dealt with the fear and unknown before he committed to the stunt. If he failed to do this beforehand then once he was on the plane he might have allowed the fear to conquer him and prevent him from jumping. This shows the importance of being inwardly prepared by dealing with fear before an opportunity.
3. A support team- To achieve great things requires having a strong support team who can encourage and support your dream. When Gary completed his stunt he gave credit to those have supported him by saying, “Thank you everyone involved for your support and belief in me because this really has been a team effort.” If you want to see your dreams become reality take time to build and have a people who support you. Make it a point to regularly thank and show gratitude to your support team. Kimanzi Constable recently wrote The Importance of a Good Support System when he said, “Support can be the difference between success and failure.” These are essential words a leader needs to know and remember.
4. Preparing- Gary has experience with 880 skydives and 450 base jumps. His experience prepared him for this extreme stunt. He said, “I have been training and planning for this record attempt for many years now and I am so proud to have achieved a world first.” This shows the importance of preparing yourself. If you consistently develop yourself your future will be bigger than your past.
5. Celebrate then plan for the future- Leader’s need to remember Success or Failure is Never Forever. Therefore a leader should celebrate a success or learn from a failure then move on. In a lot of cases success or failure has prevented a person from moving toward forward or toward potential success. Gary said, “Tonight will be all about celebrating with friends and family, tomorrow I will be plotting my next daring challenge.”
Question: How can you apply the lessons from a daredevil into your leadership?