Skip the Picnic, Become an Action Here at Your Next Company Outing

The Stunt Ranch outside of Austin, Texas teaches people how to be an action hero for a day. Founder Steve Wolf says companies come to his stunt ranch for a day or weekend of fun and learning. Performing stunts teaches workers to trust, be confident and take risks. Learning to shoot a gun or jump off a twenty-foot ledge onto an air bag forces people to step outside their comfort zones and this can translate into the way they approach work.

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