Set Goals, Exceed Expectations

Take your extracurriculars to the next level. Skydiver Amy Chmelecki, the only female member of the Red Bull Air Force, lays out her strategy for setting a goal and realizing it.

1 DON'T HESITATE.

My friend invited me on my first skydiving trip after my freshman year of college. Rather than be intimidated, I just went and jumped. You have to go for it and see if it's worth pursuing.

2 BROADCAST YOUR INTENTIONS.

I knew I wanted to get onto the Red Bull team. Instead of waiting for them to come to me, I e-mailed the guy who does their hiring to say, "Hey, I'm ready."

3 STAY FOCUSED.

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