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Lady Skydiving To Conquer Fears
In my ten years of teaching snow skiing, the students I teach usually say that when they are just starting to ski steeper slopes, it is the most adventurous thing they have done. When I tell them that I’m also a scuba diver, they couldn’t believe that someone could be as adventurous as I am. However, this past winter, one of my ski students shocked me with her amazing skydiving achievements.
This lady, Laura Hampton from the UK, was in Canada for a three month work assignment and one day during the winter, she took a ski lesson from me as part of a ski day. Normally, I chat with my students on the chairlift to find out a bit more about them and that’s when I realize that the vast majority of these folks are spending time out on the slopes as their most adventurous activity to date.
Now when Laura told us that she’s a skydiver who has made nearly 500 jumps before the age of 25, I was honestly shocked.
Here’s somebody who has done something in the adventure world that has impressed the heck out of me as I’ve never been skydiving. To me, skydiving is a far more extreme sport than either snow skiing or scuba diving. And to have jumped out of airplanes 500 times at such a young age, well that is incredibly impressive.
Skydiver Video Interview
At that moment on the chairlift, the wheels in my mind were turning and I just knew that I had to get Laura for a video interview as part of my Motivational WebTV series. It’s not often I get an opportunity to interview someone like Laura.
Fortunately, one week before she was scheduled to depart Canada back to her homeland, we were able to nail down a video shoot and here is the resulting episode.
Share This Motivational Video With Others
I hope we can all be inspired by Laura with her achievements and her attitude as she claims in the interview, that what scares us can be used as a strength.
If you know others who would like this motivational video, please share it with them. There are buttons on the blog post to easily share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and by email. All past episodes are at my Motivational WebTV Archive.
If you missed the last episode where I had my camcorder running while skiing down Stoneham Mountain, see it at Work Life Balance.
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