Monday, July 13, 2015

Taking Off

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can not do."
 - Walter Bagehot

Every person has had someone in their lifetime, at least once, tell them that they can not do or become something.  An astronaut.  A pilot.  A student not that great in 7th grade Math wanting to be an accountant.  This has happened to me personally several times.  I am here to say, that I was able to have the pleasure of showing that person that yes, I was able to become what I am today whether or not they knew or not the price in which I had to pay in order to reach that mark.

As the well known aviation quote goes, "When everything/one is going against you, know, that an aircraft takes off going against the wind."

Having people in your life that make it a point to bring out your faults is actually a major blessing.  They give us the fuel to go against them and attain the pleasure of saying to them, "Yes, I can."

Many people have many backgrounds in life.  To have someone, and their attached ego, who feel the need to tell us things that they think we didn't already know about ourselves, to tell us that we will never be able to do something, gives us the fuel to do so.  Take that opportunity and prove them wrong.  It feels soooo good.

I hope that everyone's week finds them with nothing but jet fuel and success.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Passing The Test

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
                                -Ferris Bueller

As a pilot, time flies - pretty fast.  You are the pilot of your time, you are also the Captain.  I know I have neglected my blog for months, but it has been for many good reasons.  Had I not taken these opportunities, I would have missed several big opportunities in my life, both aviation and non-aviation related.   (I hope everyone is enjoying the summer months as we've had a lot of celebration going on here in the US with July 4th, numerous air shows across the world, and with OSH15 on the horizon.)

Life is a test...
If there is one thing that I have learned during this time that is if a person has to take a major exam to determine if he or she is fit to earn a license or a rating, take it seriously, but also do not let the exam questions intinimate you or determine your self-worth and/or self esteem should you pass or not pass. Don't beat yourself up if you do not pass the first time.  Many people have taken many exams, many, many times.  Not in all cases, but there are some cases where people passed the first time who really do not deserve it and end up loosing the license down the road altogether.
As I have learned recently, it's better not to pass an exam the first time.  Experience is the best way to learn and gain development for any career you wish to pursue, both aviation and non-aviation.  Also, when you prepare for the exam, don't rely on studying the questions alone and guessing which of those questions will be on the exam, because they won't.  Read and experience the material first hand.  Use whatever add-on study aids your course or (flight) training provides to your advantage.  If you are going for a written exam, use Mobile Apps, MP3 files, your own flashcards or flashcards that come with your course.  Of course, there are videos out there to learn the material or course rating on what to do and what not to do.

Stepping outside of the above a bit, life is a test.  We think about life situations and questions we have that if we become too focused on them, we loose focus on how to prepare ourselves to receive the best answers to life's questions - if we don't stop to take a look around at the lessons we've learned.  With life's experience under our wings, we will know the answers to the questions needed to be answered in this life tet and we will never miss many of life's most adventerous, exciting moments, and to grab as many opportunities as we can.


Thank you, everyone, for your patience and understanding during my Sabbatical as I was able to accomplish a lot in my personal life and to get the licenses needed to continue to help other people.

Here's to success for everyone!