Cliffs, Jumping, & Parachutes…

I think Steve Harvey is spot on.

It can be really scary taking that leap of faith–jumping off the cliff not knowing what you will find.  And you do get beat up, knocked around, discouraged… but get this…

In the time between jumping off the cliff and your parachute opening, you are fighting for your dreams.


Wouldn’t you rather fight the good fight than sit on the sidelines and wonder, what if?

I decided to jump off the cliff 3 years ago.

At first I took baby steps toward it–inching closer and closer each day, until one day there was no more space between me and the cliff’s edge.  And then came the decision to live in safety or take the leap.  I leapt.  I quit my corporate job.  I moved to California.  I dedicated my life to music–nothing was the same.

But you know what? I felt SO ALIVE.  I still do feel SO ALIVE.  And to be completely honest my parachute has opened yet. I’m still getting knocked around and beat up, but I am learning.  Day by day, month by month, year by year… I am learning–getting prepared for the time when my parachute WILL open and I will SOAR.

Great reward requires great risk.

I cannot expect success in the music industry and in this world if I do not chase after it with all my heart.  I have failed, and I will fail again.  But you know what I have also done?  Won.  I have experienced victories all along the way.  Some so small, I didn’t even realize they were a victory until weeks or months later.

Me about to go sky diving at 16

Me about to go sky diving at 16

I’ve been rejected. I’ve been ignored. I’ve been side-lined… But I’ve also been accepted, listened to, and focused on.

Yes, the leap is scary, but the time in between the jump and the parachute opening isn’t only scary–Its a learning and character building experience that is filled with hope.

If you want to soar at your craft, you first have to learn how.

There is no exception to this rule.  Every successful person has had to fight the good fight on the way to their parachute opening. And even though its hard, its a good thing.  I wouldn’t trade what I have learned in the uncertainty of the last 3 years for the safety of certainty.  EVER.  The lessons learned make me who I am.

I do not know what the future holds or what it will look like, but I can tell you with every fiber of my being, I am so grateful I jumped.  I don’t believe we were placed on this earth to be safe, but rather, I believe we are each here to find our purpose, and to pursue it whole-heartedly.

You are just as capable as I am.  You are worthy of the jump. It may be scary at times, but it will also be oh-so-good.  You CAN do it.

My wish for you is that you follow your dreams, take the leap, and then SOAR.

Go love one another,


Jaclyn Steele


2 thoughts on “Cliffs, Jumping, & Parachutes…

  1. I love just thinking about what you share Jaclyn! You have so much insight for a person your age. I see you soaring gracefully, and a safe and happy landing. Your music and voice is an amazing gift. Much love!

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