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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Motivation: Measurement of Success

787 Departing Boeing Field April 30th
"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed." 
Booker T. Washington

Enjoy the Journey! 



  1. When you put it that way... I don't feel halfway to nowhere being a 900hr CFI :)

  2. Wise words! We are honed in the tough times, and that's when character shows.

  3. Derek, That's really funny. Because, I feel the same way... "8" airlines... I mean, seriously? lol. We are successful!

  4. Thanks for this Monday Motivation, Karlene!
    I needed to remember this today.
    I have learned that obstacles are opportunities for leadership, and that all obstacles can be overcome with ... creativity.
    I have learned that one of the biggest limits I have to turning a dream into reality is ... the voice in my head.
    I have learned that when I make a mistake, I must see it, correct it, forget about it, and ... then learn from it.
    I now know that "Impossible is ... only a stepping stone to success."

  5. Thank you Linda. Yes... there are hard times for everyone and all we need to do is change their meaning.

  6. Michelle, Your words are music to this page. Thank you for sharing your lessons.

    "when I make a mistake, I must see it, correct it, forget about it, and ... then learn from it."

    Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom! Have a wonderful day!

  7. What a beautiful picture! And I love that quote. Our trials do indeed define us.

  8. Thank you, Karlene. I've read that wonderful quote before, but had forgotten it. Oh, how wonderfully true it is. Please keep on pushing for those young women that are younger than their airplanes. (I keep joking about my age: I witnessed the first B-52 take-off from Bowing Field, though the memory is vague. [Thanks, Dad!] Does that explain my ancient perspective? Best wishes, -Craig

  9. Craig, I love your ancient perspective. And every day that passes, I too feel ancient. Actually... it wasn't my daughters getting married, the grandkids being born or my hip replacement that reminded me of my age... But it was my student at NWA that was born the year I graduated from High School. Then I felt my age.

    It's all relative. Thanks so much for your comment!

  10. would an oceanic clearance be sent by voice or electronically? what's the difference between them?

  11. Ocean clearance can be requested and received either voice or electronically. What's the difference? None. Just how you get it.


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