Posted by Jeffrey on May 3rd, 2013
In 2000, I left a nicely paying programmer’s job to become a pilot. OK, what was I thinking? I know what I was thinking, I wanted to live my dream of being an airline pilot, eventually.
Before I made my decision to the world, i.e., my close friends, colleagues, and my boss, I did a lot of research. But before I knew it, I had made of my mind. I was going to take the plunge regardless of what my friends said and regardless of what the economy was doing. I was going to make it happen.
Granted the economy was a little better off then. Pilots at regional airlines were upgrading fast, getting their 1000 hours PIC and moving onto the majors. It was a good time, or the good ‘ol days as they say.
Then 9/11, and the world crumbled as well as my airline career. Poof! It was gone. Or so I thought. Actually it was just suspended but at the time I didn’t know it. I always joke with my friends that I should have gone back into programming and maybe, just maybe, my life would be better than it is now. It’s a grass is always greener kind of thing.
But I didn’t quit. I couldn’t! The desire to fly was still to strong. I couldn’t walk away. The resolve to become a pilot was so strong that I never thought that anything would get in my way. I could live through the dip. I couldn’t express it at the time, in fact I didn’t even know that it was there, but it was. Looking back I see it but at the time, I didn’t. So after a couple of months, I did what I had to do to get a job flight instructing again. Suddenly the clouds parted and I was back doing what I loved. Back on track.
All through it I somehow knew that everything was going to workout.
All I can say it that I just knew.
I never had any doubts. All I knew is that I would, with no limiting beliefs in my mind eventually become a pilot.
Sure, others were urging me to get a “real” job and no one believed that I would survive the downturn, except my wife, I had to go it alone.
I guess that when no one believes in you but you believe in you, you do it alone. You have to believe.
Now along the way you would have thought that I would “learn my lesson” and “move on.”
But then again, even through the years, through the journey, I have endured but not with the occasional doubt. I keep coming back to it and show up for work and flying airplanes.
So what is it that made me continue? I’m average intelligence (no high SAT scores here), average build, and sometimes my decision-making ability is seriously in question.
I venture to guess that basically I persevered by showing up and getting it done, never fixating on the bad things but always looking forward.
So a question I have for you. Will you have the same “never quite attitude” when it comes to you getting your Private Pilot certificate, your Commercial certificate, your Multi-engine ratings, that airline job, etc., or will you be able to over the doubts that others impose on you and that you impose on yourself?
Few success stories are focused around the “super-genius.” Most success stories are about pilots who persevere, committed, consistent, and believe.
Thomas Edison stated, “The thre great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
Never let the limiting beliefs or setbacks get in the way of your flying career. Instead, stick to your beliefs, persevere, and never give up.
You can do all these things by yourself even if no one else believes in you!
To Your Flying Success,
P.S. And this applies to ANYTHING! Live without fear!