Who Packed Your Parachute?

Who Packed Your Parachute?

Have ever jumped out of a plane? Did you did use a parachute? The chances are that if you are reading this article, the answer was yes. But do you know who packed that parachute? How do you know that individual did it correctly? How do you know that it the parachute itself was complete and non-defective? You must have believed the parachute was packed properly and was completely intact or you wouldn’t have jumped out of that plane, correct?

In the business world you need direction in the form of a business plan. You need resilience and courage. You need to surround yourself with people who are better than you. Without these factors, you can be likened to those that jump out of planes without a parachute.

Running a business is much like jumping out of a plane, you need a parachute. You need a plane. You need fuel. You need a pilot. You need the skills to know when to jump. You also need to be able to free fall, knowing precisely when to pull the ripcord. But who packed your parachute?

In other words:

  • What is your plane? (What is your vehicle for success?)
  • Do you have enough fuel? (Do you possess the energy and endurance it takes to succeed?)
  • Who was your pilot? (Who showed you the “ropes”?)
  • How did you learn when to jump? (Where did you learn your business savvy?)
  • Do know how long to free fall before pulling the ripcord? (Do you know when to ask for help?)
  • Who packed your parachute? (What/who will you turn to when you need help?)

According to www.thefreedictionary.com, the definition of parachute is as follows:

par·a·chute (par’o-shoot)


1. An apparatus used to retard free fall from an aircraft, consisting of a light, usually hemispherical canopy attached by cords to a harness and worn or stored folded until deployed in descent.

2. Any of various similar unpowered devices that are used for retarding free-speeding or free-falling motion.

v. par·a·chut·ed, par·a·chut·ing, par·a·chutes


To drop (supplies or troops, for example) by means of a parachute.


To descend by means of a parachute.


According to www.merriam-webster.com, a description of a parachute is as follows:

Umbrella-like device for slowing the descent of a body falling through the atmosphere. Separate panels sewn together form a canopy attached by suspension lines to a harness worn by the user. Originally designed to provide a safe escape from a disabled aircraft, parachutes are also used for dropping supplies and for slowing returning space capsules. The parachute was conceived by the 14th century, but practical demonstrations began only in the 1780s in France, leading in 1797 to a 3,200-ft (1,000-m) exhibition jump from a balloon by André-Jacques Garnerin (1769–1823); in 1802 he made a jump of 8,000 ft (2,400 m). Early parachute material was canvas, which was later replaced by silk and then nylon.

In the business world, a parachute is essential to success. Too many times we put all of our eggs in one basket and then drop the basket. Or worse, we “outgrow” our pilot and begin to fly the plane solo.

I have been blessed with a wonderful individual who has packed my parachute. His name is Dave Josephson of The Growth Coach of Jax. Dave has helped my company grow so much in so little time, that I just cannot put it into words. His vision and expertise have proven so beneficial that I nicknamed him “Super Dave” and bought him a crystal trophy with the Superman emblem etched into it. Super Dave’s services are offered to team members working for my company. One of those team members bought Dave a red cape to go with his emblem.


I would like to encourage those who are reading this and have worked with “Super Dave” to post your own experience in the comments section.

This individual is so special that I wanted to write this post in gratitude of him and to encourage everyone who does not have a business coach to seriously consider getting one. After all, would you jump out of a plane without a parachute?

Christopher Gould – President

Gould Design, Inc.

2 thoughts on “Who Packed Your Parachute?

  1. I have indeed jumped from a perfectly good aircraft while in flight many times with the 82nd Airborne. In those days we did not even meet many of those who packed our ‘chutes’ but would instead check the log that was attached to each and every one. If the log said it was packed by Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck that was a sure sign that the rigger who packed it had intentionally packed a malfunction.

    Unlike those days in business the people you work with or work for you do not always give you a heads up that they have not done the job right or intentionally sabotaged it.