Chapter 6

You Don’t Need a Parachute to Skydive…You Need a Parachute to Skydive Twice

All passion-sparking includes some kind of risk, but in this chapter I want to discuss how to temper that risk with a specific plan or strategy that ensures you are making your best, most concerted effort toward success. I call it your “parachute,” and it’s a simple way to mitigate the risk of any opportunity by planning for it, around it, and through it, in case of unexpected challenges or obstacles.

For example, let’s say a Midwestern girl wants to move across the country to Los Angeles to be an actress. She’s been in some high-school productions, maybe acted in local theater, she’s pretty and talented and everyone tells her to pursue her dream. Plus, it’s ...

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