Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Jim Braun

Jim Braun

General Manager of iFLY Fort Lauderdale Indoor Skydiving | DAVIE

Dad to Lauren, 11

“I recently transplanted my wife Kimberly and daughter Lauren to Fort Lauderdale to be the general manager of the new iFLY Indoor Skydiving facility in South Florida. I joined iFLY after a nearly 20-year career in operations for one of the largest telecom­munication companies in the world. I have earned my B.A. and M.B.A. while working full time and raising our daughter. My hobbies all revolve around my daughter and vary by the season.”

The main difference between life before children and life after children is….

Focus. Before Lauren was born I thought that my life was full. My wife and I felt our main focuses were based around our careers, continuing education, friends, etc. After Lauren was born, all focus went to her. Her health, protection, overall well-being and even planning her future before she could sit up. Any extracurricular activities that we were involved in ceased to exist and we dove head-first into all activities involving Lauren.

The greatest rewards of fatherhood are:

Unconditional love. No matter how bad life gets I know my daughter will always love me and I will always love her. It would be unrealistic to say that there won’t be any disagreements along the way, but at the end of the day our love for one another remains constant.

The greatest challenges of father­hood are:

Patience. I used to have very little patience, but once Lauren was born I knew I had to develop some. We know that in order for her to grow and progress, there are times when we will take two steps forward and a few steps back. There is no true textbook to follow when raising kids, but with the great challenges that come with fatherhood there are even greater rewards.

The one piece of advice he hopes his daughter takes most to heart as she goes through life:

There are several, such as the golden rule of treat others the way you would want to be treated or be honest even when it is tough to do so. Probably the one piece of advice I hope she takes is live life to the fullest. Don’t settle.