Create cliffhangers in your life and JUMP!

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Create a few cliffhangers in your life and jump! Sometimes you’ll crash and burn but it’s the only way to reach your goals. Read more to find out how.

Lured by the rush of adrenaline and weightlessness, Hank Caylor and his friend planned to jump. They entered the revolving door of the Embassy Suites Hotel, slipped past security and the front desk. The two-story escalator took them to the mezzanine. They dashed to the elevator. After riding up to the 38th floor, they made their way to the roof and climbed onto the ledge. With less than 400 feet and mere seconds from the impact of concrete, there was no room for error. BASE jumping is illegal in Denver. They had been warned.

BASE jumper on ledge of building

Hank and his friend dropped their gaze to the street below. While timing the traffic lights, so they wouldn’t get hit by a car or truck, the wind picked up.

Hank hesitated. His friend jumped. His parachute opened and he landed on the street. Crowds formed.

The longer Hank waited, the higher the risk that someone would run inside the hotel to tell security. They would call the cops. Security could be on their way to the roof already. He didn’t want to get busted.

He jumped.

At first he sailed down in a free fall, hands and legs splayed out. The rush of air whipped through his hair, stung his eyes and screamed in his ears. As he dropped, he pulled the ripcord of his parachute. But a sudden burst of wind blasted between the skyscrapers.BASE jumpers off antennae

It spun him around. Instead of floating to the street, the gust slammed him into the side of the building. His body smashed through a plate glass window on the 21st floor.

My heart pounded while Hank Caylor told me his story. I met him while he worked as an electrician in our home in 2000. He was recovering from that infamous BASE jump. Ironically, my husband and I lived on the 35th floor of the apartments at The Embassy Suites Hotel for two years when we were first married. I could picture everything.

I knew Hank survived, he stood right in front of me, but I hung on his words like I clung to the building beside him. It was the ultimate cliffhanger. Hundreds of stitches, jail time, and an acquitted lawsuit weren’t a part of his plan, but at least he took a chance. He didn’t wimp out.

So what does this have to do with you? Why should you jump?

You need to create cliffhangers in your life in order to challenge yourself.

Attaining a new goal can be exhilarating and can take you to a whole new level in life’s journey, but you have to be willing to take the leap and risk crashing in failure.

My son applied to an exclusive music production school. It required a detailed application, a Skype interview, submitting original music, and answering personal essay questions. He created a cliffhanger. While we waited to hear if he’d been accepted, he flew out to Los Angeles and took a tour. Impressed with the direction of the school and its graduates, the pressure to get in increased ten-fold. We all sat on the edge of our collective seats. Last Tuesday, he received an email. It contained a fantastic acceptance letter saying he had the talent they were looking for. Go Kelly! 

My daughter works in digital marketing, but has always been physically active. She participated in ballet, high school pom-pom, and CU’s Dance Team for half-time shows at football games. Now that she is working full-time, she goes to the gym on a regular basis and calls herself a “gym rat.” She is taking an intensive course to become a personal trainer to supplement her income. She created a cliffhanger. So far she’s passing with flying colors. Go Courtney!

Both of them have climbed up on the ledge, looked down and then jumped.

I can’t wait to see where they land in the next year or two. I sit on the edge of my seat and watch.

I’ve taken a huge risk in investing thousands of hours writing for this blog and my books. Now I am taking a leap in querying agents. Every day I check my email for responses. The rejections aren’t as painful as smashing through the plate glass window of a building, but they can be gut-punching setbacks.

Use failure as a way to improve.

I’ve received feedback in several rejections and my manuscript has been out on submission. Instead of giving up to self-publish, I’ve taken the constructive criticism, worked on my technique, and repacked my parachute. If I end up self-publishing anyway, I won’t look back and regret the querying process. The professional critique has hugely impacted my manuscript and it’s been free advice by top professionals.

You’ll never please everyone.

I want my book to be the best it can be. I’m not in a big hurry to publish. It’s worth the extra time.

Regardless of how it is published, someday I’ll face public reviews of my work. Talk about nerve-wracking while looking down at tiny traffic lights as turbulent wind pummels my face. I expect that no matter how much I revise and improve it, my book will be panned by someone.

Cliffhangers are a way of life.

Will I score an agent? Be traditionally published? Will my words find ten readers or ten thousand? Who knows?

The only way to find out is to climb out on that ledge and jump.

By the way, posted a video of Hank and two friends skydiving from a hot air balloon a few day ago. Go Hank!

Do you take the safe route in attaining goals or do you jump off the ledge?

76 thoughts on “Create cliffhangers in your life and JUMP!

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  1. Congratulations on your children’s successes, Susie! The apples don’t fall far from the tree and your justifiable pride is evident! So good!
    I noticed your comment further up about Barber’s article. I had somehow missed that whole debacle. So I took the time now to go and read her article. All I can say, Susie, is that she is seriously misinformed and most of her post is sheer nonsense. There are many literary authors who have switched to the indie world in recent years, for a variety of reasons … think J.K. Rowling. Many indie authors use the same editors, cover designers, and other vital support, as those in the traditional world because most people who work in those fields have to freelance now. Many indie authors receive great recognition … for example, Lisa Genova, who initially indie published the amazing “Still Alice”.
    I have many friends with trad publishers who have to market themselves because the traditional houses no longer have the budgets of yesteryear. Good, serious indie authors learn to market with taste and efficiency (spamming is definitely not acceptable) and most of our time is spent on our craft, writing our stories.
    I feel fortunate to have one foot in each world but will always encourage serious writers to try the indie route if it is taking years for their good work to be published.
    I won’t blather on here about it. You and I have had this conversation before and I’m always happy to continue it with you. Just please promise me you will not use Barber’s post as “the truth”, because it so terribly isn’t.
    Onward, my talented friend!


    1. Thanks so much, Pat! I am a proud mom and they are hard workers. Exciting times!
      I knew that article was ridiculous, but I loved how it inspired conversation. I would love to learn the publishing ropes by being traditionally published, but will self-publish if I can’t find an agent or boutique publisher. It’s quite a process. Wouldn’t it be great if we could hire someone to find an agent or publisher for us? Actors have managers. Why can’t we? I would rather spend my time writing. Speaking of talent, congrats on your third book! Woohoo!


  2. I love the risks your kids are taking! As for Kelly, the music industry today is over populated with a lot of no talent. I’m happy to hear that his was recognized and that he took that tour while waiting, not allowing his passion to sit on the sidelines.. Go Kelly!!!
    This post hit home…time to figure out what cliff I can hang off of in the near future. Good luck on getting your work published!
    Thanks Susie!!!


    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! He is super excited. We are flying out next week to find him a place to live. It’s all getting very real!

      Cliffs are good for us. With so many balls in the air above my pointed head, I find it hard to keep walking to the ledge. But every time I put myself out there, I’m so glad I did. Good luck to you in packing your parachute, Lisa! It’s scary, but thrilling to jump.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I’m packing my parachute and taking another leap today. Ha! The “win win” is exactly my point. In most cases, people aren’t losing anything except pride, but they can be waaaaaaay better off for leaping. We’ve all got to jump!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I can’t believe that guy lived to tell the story! His guardian angel was working overtime that day. You do meet the most interesting people, Susie.

    I just know a faboo agent is about to email you any day now. Go, go, go!


    1. He’s still at it. I added a video of Hank jumping from a hot air balloon…last week! I do meet interesting people. You won’t believe who I met on Sunday. Blog post alert…

      Thanks so much, Peg! I keep imagining that email too. Positive thinking goes a long way….
      Great to “see” you!


  4. I do like your philosophy on cliffhangers. I’m a big advocate of choosing new challenges to push me out of my comfort zone and always setting a deadline. I don’t want to dip my toe in the water. I don’t want to dabble. I’m not really interested in starting unless I have a real deadline to force myself to progress and hold myself accountable.


    1. You’re cool like that, Paul! You take on the challenge headlong. I don’t think most people do that since it’s too uncomfortable. You take the ultimate risk in your stand up and get immediate feedback. Boulder just hosted and I thought of you! I’d have to work up to working a crowd that size.

      Danny and I went to a celebrity thing last Sunday. (I plan to blog about it.) Public speaking used to be my greatest fear. Now I don’t think I would have a problem speaking to a room full of people about something I knew a lot about. But asking a question in front of a crowd is nerve wracking. I worry that it might be an eye-roller or has already been asked and I missed it. If I have a question, I ask. It’s breaking down that fear. Baby jumps…


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