Dean's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Newport Beach, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 12

DEAN O'MALLEY

President
Jetpack America

“Scare yourself just a little bit, then work through it and figure out how you're going to come out safely on the other side.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Fear Fulfillment Passion Chance Risk Exploration Inspiration Determination Courage Dedication

FOUNDATION:

Working with Others

TAGS:

boat, chance, change, college, comfort zone, dream, experiment, fear, growth, learning experiences, lucky, mistakes, ocean, opportunity, personal growth, risk, social change, uncertainty, water, water jet pack

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was always confused by the kids and students around him who knew exactly what they wanted to be.
  • Worked in corporate consulting at a big bank for some time after college.
  • Says you're continually changing-what you like now, you might not like in 4 years or 10 years, so keep experimenting.
  • Eventually realized he hated his job; quit without a single plan, just knew he couldn't keep doing consulting.
  • A friend showed him a YouTube video of someone jetpacking, which he'd never seen before.
  • Helped start up and run Jetpack America, which provides lessons and flight experiences on their jetpacks.
  • Says it's better to jump in and try things-even if you don't enjoy something, you won't have regrets, wondering if you should've tried.
  • Believes personal growth comes from extending yourself a little bit past your comfort zone.

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