Episode 0003

There Are No Perfectly Good Airplanes

Photo Credit: Norman Kent Productions Image may not be copied, printed or otherwise disseminated without expressed written permission of Norman Kent Productions.

Photo Credit: Norman Kent Productions

Image may not be copied, printed or otherwise disseminated without expressed written permission of Norman Kent Productions.

Lynn Broberg grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota doing some of the normal things that kids from Minnesota do.  During the summers, you could find her on the soccer field, and in the winters, on the ice with her hockey team.  After high school graduation, Lynn attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

After college graduation, Lynn eventually found herself immersed in the field of child and school nutrition.  She's currently the Business Systems Manager for Nutrition Services at Saint Paul Public Schools, and recently earned her School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credentials.  School nutrition isn't the only thing that Lynn eventually found herself immersed in.

As a celebration of her 30th and her aunts 45th birthdays, Lynn made her first tandem skydive on September 17, 2005.  Because of her nerves, it was a jump she almost did not make.  Fast forward 11 years, and you'll find Lynn at a drop zone almost every weekend adding to her over 3,000 skydives and five world records in large formation skydiving.

Listen in as Lynn describes what it's like to jump, how she handles the risks of skydiving, what it's like to be a female in a male dominated sport, and how skydiving has change her life on the ground.

Reflection:

Learning from another woman's experiences can be incredibly valuable. One way to do so is to spend time reflecting on what you've heard. Some choose to do this through journaling, others through meditation, and still others choose to discuss topics with their friends and acquaintances. Regardless of your preferred method of reflection, I'd encourage you to think about some key messages from Lynn's episode.

  • How do you conquer fear? Lynn talked about using a risk / reward analysis to focus on her role in minimizing risks and focusing on how much fun she will have on her skydive. How can you use this type of analysis to help conquer your fears?
  • What are your signature strengths? How can you focus on them in your career and in your life? What projects and roles best utilize these strengths? 
  • What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Do something brave today. You don't have to jump out of an airplane, but pick one small thing that scares you a little bit, and take steps toward doing that thing. You'll be amazed at the confidence boost you get!