In 2011, Dean O'Malley walked away from a high-paying job with no plans for the future, other than to escape the world of finance.
CNN Money reports that his IT job at JPMorgan had survived the financial crisis, but he had no desire to stick around for the next one. O'Malley had grown tired of the crazy hours, increasing regulation and negative stigma.
"Banking was one of those industries where we were seen as the root of all evil. I felt like I wasn't really doing any positive work," the Southern California native told CNNMoney.
Just two weeks after leaving his Vice President of Technology post, O'Malley ran into a friend who opened up a very different career path.
Her family was launching a business based on jetpacking, an emerging extreme water sport that lets riders fly above the water James Bond-style.
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