“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.”
The Love of Learning Leads to Success.
Whether you are learning to fly a plane, investing in the stock market, earning a new type rating, switching from a Boeing to an Airbus, transitioning from a PC to a Mac, or writing a novel... Success comes from the ability to learn. And the greatest asset to learning as an adult is being teachable.
Successful people know better than to accept everything someone tells them as truth. They also know that much of what is taught is opinion. But successful people open their minds, and know that in every situation there is something they can learn. They park their ego outside the hangar and identify truth from opinion, and fact from fiction. They take what works, and leave the rest behind.
The love of learning opens the door to brilliance.
Experience is something Pilots gain by making mistakes.
Focused on learning, successful people shift their mind from one of fear from making mistakes, to one of confidence in doing the best they can. When a mistake is made, they are not incapacitated... they deal with it. They know that mistakes are nothing but learning moments.
Threat and Error Management identifies that mistakes will happen. Every person has the capacity to make mistakes. The goal is to not allow those mistakes to compound into unrecoverable errors. Pilots mitigate catastrophes by keeping their eyes open, accepting responsibility, and knowing they are not exempt from learning.
Successful people do not deny they will make a mistake. Nor are they fearful of making them. They embrace errors for the gift of education that follows.
Pilots are perfectionists by nature, striving to do everything right. But if a pilot makes an error and shifts her focus to the fact she failed, verses the power of the education on what she had just learned, performance degrades. The lesson is lost.
Successful people embrace their failures and use them for learning moments.
Every person you meet has something to teach you. Sometimes the lesson may be nothing more than what not to do.
Pilots know that they do not hold all the answers. Every person they meet, experience they live through, and opportunity that presents itself is a learning moment, awaiting to be embraced.
Successful people focus on what they can learn during times of failure. They shift their mindset from a fear of making a mistake, to one of confidence of doing their best and being aware if they do make an error, they can recover and learn. They listen and question, and accelerate their learning through the experiences of others. They never make the same mistake twice.
Embrace Learning as if Your Life Depended Upon it
It just Might.
Enjoy the Journey, And may your life be filled with many learning moments.