Create lifetime memories for those you love…
My Father, Joe, has been threatening to take flying lessons for nearly 3 years now.
He’s got a bit of an adventurous spirit that’s been squashed somewhat by my stepmother, Adela. She’ll say, “Joseph, don’t be stupid. Only Yanik can do such stupid things.” Or, “You’re not a young man anymore.” Of course she means well but she’s got to be the biggest worrier on the planet.
Seriously. If Missy and I don’t answer our phones she automatically thinks the worst. Or if I call and don’t leave a message – she checks caller ID and wants to know what’s wrong. I don’t get it – but whatever.
So anytime the subject of flying lessons came up – Adela would promptly shut it down. Fine.
I was reading a book the other day by Phil Keoghan called “No Opportunity Wasted”. Phil and I must share a little bit of the same DNA because the guy is a pretty amazing adventurer and his book is designed to get people to get off their butts and go experience life to the fullest. (You might recognize Phil because he’s the host of the Amazing Race TV show.)
One chapter in there presented the question about what dreams could you make come true for someone else you care about. I immediately thought of my Dad and got to work on my plan to ambush him. I told him I needed a ride to the private air park on Saturday because Missy couldn’t take me and then I made up some excuse about not being able to leave my car there for a week. I said I was flying private to Vegas for my Mastermind meeting.
One of my hockey teammates owns a Cirrus 4-seater jet and one of my other hockey teammates is a pilot so the trap was set. I could tell he was a little annoyed for having to pick me up at my house and drive me over there. We pull up to the tiny airplane and Joe asks me, “Are you sure you’re going to be ok in this to Vegas?”
And I turn right around with a big smile and tell him, “Actually hopefully you’ll be ok in there.”
I don’t think it quite registered and then I told him this was his first flying lesson for his birthday (which was the next day). He kinda stood there for a moment wavering and deciding whether he should follow his heart or do what his wife would want him to. It took about 5 seconds and said, “Let’s go.”
Even though Missy told me I shouldn’t get in the plane with him I thought better of it and jumped into the backseat. I was a tiny bit worried because Joe couldn’t hear Brian (the pilot) in his headset telling him to NOT touch the pedals. Yikes! But he got the headsets figured out and Brian even let him take off and land (with his help of course).
Here are a couple pics and video of him flying:
Once we landed, Joe gave me a hug and told me what a surprise it was and thanked me repeatability for making it happen. My step-mother, Adela, had been calling his phone several times and trying to track him down and he got a bit of an earful from her (and so did I). But I wouldn’t have changed a thing.That element of surprise and letting people experience their dreams was so rewarding.It’s well worth setting something like this up for someone you care about.I think you’ll be amazed at the response and how it makes you feel. Personally, I get incredible joy and a sense of accomplishment when I knock things off my own “Big List” but this was a different feeling helping my Dad get one of his done.
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I did fly to Vegas the next day just not on my buddy’s plane…
I was there for about a week for the final meeting of my MasterMind groups I run. Plus, each year we also do an optional adventure activity and this time was an F-1 racing day at the Vegas Speedway. We had about 24 of us come out from the MasterMind members plus a few of my Internet buddies like Jeff Mulligan and Brad Fallon came out. And I brought the winner of the affiliate contest of the ‘Brain-in-a-Box’ launch, Chris Zavadowski out as one of his prizes.
We did 24 laps in a 600 hp Indy-style open wheel race car.
It was pretty awesome except for the weather on the track was brutal. It was probably 20 degrees colder than it should have been and nobody brought gloves or anything else warm. My hands were numb by the time I hit pit road. I’m going to blame my numb hands on the following video:
I hit 155.99 mph as my top speed and Ryan Deiss beat me by .01 mph – I couldn’t believe it. We had a good time screwing around with people and changing their speed because the gals working could enter in any speed we wanted. For Mulligan I gave him an 89.3 mph top speed and he just shook his head in disbelief when he got out of the car. He actually hit 159 and Brad Fallon just inched him out by a few tenths.
I’ll have lots of cool updates for you guys because I’m up in New York for the Virgin Galactic unveiling of SpaceShip Two. Missy and I have got a party tonight with the other ‘astronauts’ and Richard Branson. And then next week I’m off on the premiere Maverick Business Adventures trip. So lots to report back on soon. Stay tuned….