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Might As Well Jump!

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: It seems so easy from far away.

I watched people climb the dive platform in Rhodes for days. I wanted to do it. I thought I could do it. I was scared to do it.

Jutting out of the water like some monolith of ancient times, it beckons you with its Siren song. Odysseus wouldn’t have stood a chance.

3 platforms to jump (or dive) off, roughly at 1, 3 and 6 meters. So, of course, I had to go for the top.

As I made the swim out there I watched a girl climb to the top, wander around for a moment, and then make her way back down. She screamed as she jumped off the 1 meter level. I silently mocked her.

Out of the water now, and with about 30 steps to climb, I began to reassess the situation (and the girl). What was I doing? OSHA clearly had not approved this structure.

The view from the top was….terrifying. I knew my hubby would understand if I backed out (although I would have to destroy the video footage). I knew others on the top might even turn around with me.

Then I thought: I climbed up here. I know I CAN do it. It won’t be pretty, and it might hurt. And it is DEFINITELY scary.

But why else did I come all this way?

And if I don’t do this, what else might I choose not to do? The choice is mine. So just jump!


About the author, Michael

I am an executive leader, sales trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience delivering motivational speeches and training sessions to audiences worldwide. I have a unique range of experience, from my beginnings as a Catholic school teacher to managing hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars as Vice President of US Sales for two global medical device companies.

In 2016, I published my first book, Tell Me More, to share my leadership mantra. Through a strategy of active listening and observational questioning, we become better leaders, better sales people, and we can deliver on phenomenal customer experiences. Through this podcast, we’ll see how the Tell Me More process is at work in the business world today.

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