Standing in a pool in chest high water, I encouraged my three year old son Jack, who was perched at the edge, to take the plunge.
"Jump Jack, I'll catch you".
To my delight, he did not hesitate, despite the fact that he hasn’t yet learned how to swim. He bent his knees, and with a big smile, he leaped out towards the water and my outstretched arms. With that first jump he was hooked, and we repeated this routine until I was tired.
This started me thinking about taking risks in general and a leap of faith that I took a few years ago. I didn't come to furniture making by working with a grandfather, nor through a college or vocational program. I was never "in the trades". Rather, I did the thing that kids who have an aptitude for math and science are encouraged to do -- I went to college, worked hard and graduated with an engineering degree. My parents were thrilled. I followed this up by continuing on the traditional path and I found a job in my field. Fifteen years and a few employers later, I had a well established career, a 401k and solid future in my profession.
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Take a Leap of Faith
Faith is not trying to believe something regardless of the evidence; faith is daring something regardless of the consequences.