What I Learned from Crashing a Jet: Part 6 While most of the lessons I took away from my accident were philosophical, the most significant insight came 25 years later. It has impacted my view of the world, outlook on life, and role as a leadership coach. But the funniest thing is that it all comes […]
In the months that followed my accident, I felt many emotions. I am unsure I could explicitly identify the feelings I was experiencing at the time, but I now know it was shame, dread, awkwardness, and self-consciousness. Looking back, I was forced to push through these sentiments, which was fortunate for my growth. But it
We gain a sense of security through control. If we can influence our environment and its processes, we forecast our future more easily. As neuroscience has learned, predicting our future is directly tied to our survival mechanisms by reducing our energy output. The circumstances after my mishap were no different – I wanted to predict
Having a firm grasp of our values offers many benefits. They serve as guideposts in decision-making, build a sense of purpose, and develop our moral compass. Through adolescence, we tend to take on the values of the institutions in our life, including figures we hold in high esteem or organizations we belong to. But as
We approach every situation with a certain amount of energy. Several factors, such as sleep, nutrition, and environmental conditions, can influence our levels. However, we fail to function at our utmost potential if we don’t utilize our energy fully.* Reflecting on the afternoon of my fateful flight, I realize that my performance was not my
This month marks the 25th anniversary of my qualifying as a naval aviator and earning my “wings of gold.” The journey to those wings was longer than most due to several factors, but the one set of circumstances that had the largest impact on me and my growth as a leader was my aircraft accident.