What a 12,000ft Drop Will Do For Your Personal Growth

Tim J
October 19, 2020

Have you ever been so stuck on a project and there was literally nothing you could do to complete it?

  • You tried working on it at different times of the day (and it didn’t change anything)
  • You got feedback from different people (and their advice didn’t help)
  • You attempted to jump start it by watching tutorials on YouTube (and it still wouldn’t budge)

Well, I’ve been struggling to find my groove making video content and it’s haunted me for years...

The Problem

It's hard for me to make video content for myself. But the funny thing is, I don't struggle to make video content for other people. 

In fact, I’ve spent the last two years running a freelance video production company, making videos for other folks. 

But, when it came to making my own video content I'd get frustrated with the process. And it wasn't procrastination that would slow me down, it was a skill gap that would bring my output to a standstill.

The thing is - my projects were more ambitious than my skill set. And often times the purpose and meaning behind my videos would get lost. 

Here's what the problem looked like:

  1. I'd develop an idea for a video
  2. Write a script
  3. I'd produce the video but it'd take 5x's as long as it should have
  4. Then i'd be dissatisfied with the end result. 
  5. I'd hesitate to share the video, and never grew an audience.

Plus, I’d feel fear whenever I pointed the camera at myself. Or more specifically, whenever I'd try to share an original idea on video.

That would really mess with me. 

  • I tried watching different YouTube videos from creators that I looked up to.
  • I took online courses on how to make better content.
  • I talked to my peers and even a couple of my mentors about it and I just couldn’t find the right path.

Now, fast forward to the present day. I’m working on the ikario team with Shane and the crew. And somehow I’ve managed to put off creating original video content, until now....

The last 6 months I’ve managed to be the guy working on video edits for the team instead of the guy producing original video content.

Luckily, I’d spent enough time absorbing the ‘ikario way’ that I’m finally beginning to get it.

I’d set a goal for myself to create my first piece of original content for ikario, and on the day I was scheduled to begin I sent Shane Melaugh a message asking:

Shane replied: 

The words that really stood out to me were: 

"all growth happens outside the comfort zone."

After I received the message from Shane I put my thinking cap on. I wanted to do something memorable, something outstanding...

The Plan

Then it hit me. I needed to do something so scary that it would overshadow my old fears.

I recalled just how much I had struggled in the past, and I decided to do something about it…

So, for the sake of my own personal growth I decided to strap on a parachute, and jump out of an old Aussie military plane at 12,000ft on the very first day of creating video content for ikario. 

I won't go into details about the jump - because I made a video about it (see above)...

However, through this process I discovered a number of really important things: 

  • I faced my fears, because I intentionally left my comfort zone.
  • Creating future video content is no longer causing me anxiety.
  • Jumping out of a plane is terrifying and I don’t plan on doing it again for a really long time.

Your Turn

If you’re reading this and you’d like to step outside of your comfort zone for personal growth, then take 5 minutes and answer the following questions:

  1. What does your comfort zone look like?
  2. What are your top 5 priorities?
  3. Does your comfort zone take away from those priorities?
  4. If Yes, then what do you need to do - to step outside of it?

I know this may sound cheesy. But, I want you to really think about the following question: What are you willing to do to pursue your dreams?

Because, when it comes to real personal growth and making positive changes in your life, it’s your dreams that are on the line.

My dream is to become skilled enough that I can consistently make contagious video content. That’s it...

And earlier this week I made some progress towards that goal.

I chose to step outside of my comfort zone in order to grow and it worked. And I’m convinced it’ll work for you as well.

So next time you’re feeling stuck and there doesn’t seem to be any way forward remember...

“Deliberately step outside your comfort zone so that you get to choose the direction of the change in your life”

IF you'd like some help figuring out how to step outside your comfort zone, then leave us a comment below. I'd love to help you work through it and see what's on the other side your obstacles.

Tim J

About the author

He's a video content creator who loves a good adventure. He's been studying storytelling for the last three years and hopes to help take ikario content to the next level.

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  • Hi Tim,

    It was great to see your first video for Ikario.

    Especially because I lived many years of my life to parachute just like you did, but suddenly after the birth of my first child, I gave up on the idea.

    Seeing your jump, I imagined myself in your place and was moved.

    Thanks for the ride.

    Good job.
    Geo Caraveo

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks

  • Simply amazing!!!!
    It’s hard for me to think about the “Comfort Zone” actually this is something I say to my students, but the question is: why I cannot apply this rule to me as well?
    Where is the limit of my comfort zone?
    What should I do to move forward? I confess, every time in my life, I found myself at the bottom of something, due to circumstances beyond my control, I came out with a solution. Always.
    But I never caused these circumstances. I didn’t ask to go to the Falkland’s War. I found myself in the middle without asking! And I came back home. I lost my job due to the economic crisis, it wasn’t my fault the business closed, but I came out with a solution.
    Well, yes, I decided to move abroad (without any money), and here I am.
    I didn’t ask the pandemic to come here, this issue moves a lot of us from our comfort zone, and I will come out with a solution, as I always do.
    It’s hard for me now to find the edge of my comfort zone.

    Thank you, Tim, for your video. I hope you really enjoyed the jump

    • You’re right Pablo, there are many aspects of our lives that we don’t get to choose.

      That must have been a difficult journey for you.

      Thanks for sharing.

  • Wow Tim! What a jump in so many ways. I wouldn´t have been able to even drive the car when chosing to jump off an airplane. Or drive after that 😀
    I think I have several comfort zones regarding different areas (business, health, relationships, sex, personal growth…) but the most challenging one right now is business.
    This comfort zone is looking like learning, setting it all up and planning but I am so scared of selling 1:1 and actually get paying clients. Really be visible and face the fact that I will fail again and again (e.g. when somebody says no in a call) triggers all kind of terrors.
    What I will do? Going slow and stepping again and again in my powerful self not the fearful child.

    Thank you for the impulse

    • Hi Jessica,

      I used to suffer from something similar. I was terrified of cold calling potential customers for an old business I used to work for. I recall a season where I called basically every guitar shop in North America. I hated every moment of it because it was so impersonal. These days I’m more open to talking to prospects because I’ve developed a conversational tone and it feels personal.

      Do you have any ideas for how you can run practice scenarios with friends or family in order to overcome this fear.

      • Thank you Tim for relating!

        I am actually practice these sales calls with some colleagues and will eventually ask some friends to. I also have a beautiful sales call sheet that give me some structure and is also very alligned with my values (so not pushing people for example). That is really helping!

        • It sounds like you’re on a good path.

          I’ll add one more personal experience. I’m afraid of the dark. But more specifically I’m afraid of the dark of the wilderness. So my problem is that because I live in Vancouver BC there are many places I simply won’t go at night by myself.

          I do find that there is a solution for this. Light. Whenever I expose my fear to the light it’s no longer scary. So if I bring a bright enough light then it’s less scary.

          Perhaps there is a way you could expose your fear more so that it loses some of its power.

  • Craig Cacchioli says:

    Great content Tim! I need to find something else to do instead of a sky dive… not afraid of heights or flying – just not my thing. I think you made a good point very well. Great edit BTW… p.s. love the way you “locked” the car door 🤣

    • Thanks Craig. Totally. I’m in no way promoting skydiving. However I am promoting taking action in order to see growth. What are you working towards?

  • Wow, that was inspiring! My comfort zone consists of (mainly) my perfection and my stress levels. I’ve worked myself so hard up until now and achieved really great things for a lot of companies, and pretty much what I have to show for it is gripping fear, crippling anxiety, wrecked health and a completely unbalanced sense of myself. I’m a serial project starter/self-learner who’s essentially loves to start stuff, but completely paralyzed to complete it. My overwhelming fear of not being perfect and my well-worn habits of overthinking everything and being able to justify quitting has led me to this very bizarre anxiety-ridden depressed state. I’m learning to just be grateful to be here, to have what I have, to try and love and accept myself (whoa, so foreign), and to go easy on myself. But there is SO MUCH I want to achieve. Sadly I’ve pretty much lost belief in myself, in my ability to do big things. I’m unemployed (blissfully most days) and trying to figure out who I want to be. I’m trying lots of new things. Coding, design, music…practicing meditation, yoga…writing, reading, learning. Now I’m not sure what to do. Everything sounds like it’d be fun to try, to do, but I know I desperately need focus. Any guidance is appreciated.

    • Wow what a journey you are on. I’ve been plagued with a number of different things that are similar to your list. One thing that Shane talks about often is milestones. My interpretation is that you look at a project as a series of steps and celebrate the completion of each one.

      Perhaps you need to consider defining your milestones.

      For example if you want to write a book a great milestone could be that you start a blog. The next milestone could be that you have published 10 blog posts. The next milestone is that you write a short story. Then a series of short stories. Then a rough draft. Then a full length rough draft…. etc.

      Then whenever you complete a milestone you should consider it a small victory. Tell some friends, make a post about it, take someone out for dinner…

      For me, I suffer when I compare my video content to other more successful video creators. I think I ought to be where they are and I can quickly fall into a type of despair. When I zoom out and look at my situation I can see, that type of thinking isn’t helpful or productive.

      I hope this is helpful for you. All the best.

  • Virginia Avery says:

    Congratulations, Tim! On the jump and on the video.Talk about breaking through a barrier…You must feel really good now.

    The questions you posed are thought-provoking.

    • Thanks Virginia. I had a lot of fun making this video.

  • The talk about ‘Comfort Zone’ made me think about liminal space. That area in life where change/transformation happens. Perfectionism is different for everyone but for me, it is an excuse to stay the same whilst kidding myself that things are getting better.

    I’m comfortable doing things the way I always have done them.

    Thank you for taking that jump for all of us to see. It has forced me to look at how I procrastinate – how I can get things done instead of planning and learning. I love Planning and Learning, but it doesn’t produce work or income or even satisfaction.


    • Good point Michael,

      “an excuse to stay the same whilst kidding myself that things are getting better.”

      Planning and learning can be a major trap. At one point Shane shared the idea about when people arrive at a lake…

      People arrive at a lake and need to swim across it. Most people will immediately begin to strategize how to do it. They’ll begin training. Some will read about how to get across. Some will take an online course about how to make the swim most successfully. But others will take a different approach and simply jump in the lake and begin playfully swimming around in the water, once they have enough confidence from practicing they’ll simply swim across.

      And to add a comical element, they’re the ones who will write an amazing e-book about the experience and sell it to the people who are still planning and learning on the other side.

  • Hi

    Here’s my problem.

    I don’t make videos on youtube because I’m fat.
    I also don’t know how to speak well. Spell the words.

    But I would like to make videos on yuotube. I’m stuck.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Um… there are fat people making videos. That’s definitely not a reason not to make videos.

      As for speaking well: when I started making videos, I found it difficult to articulate in English (I grew up in Switzerland and spoke Swiss German far more than English, so I wasn’t very used to it). I found it difficult to express myself well and I remember my jaw used to hurt after a recording session because I was making all these sounds I wasn’t used to.
      Guess what helped me get way better at speaking in English… yep, making videos.

      Do it.

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